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Trying to find some mapping software

der_kluge

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Years ago, I used to use a mapping software package that was tile-based, and super easy to use. You could even create your own .bmp tiles and import them, so you had limitless options.

I can't seem to find it anywhere, and I don't remember what it was called. This ring a bell with anyone?

I'm finding a lot of map-making software out there (a lot of it web-based, which I don't require), but all of it seems to suffer from vast amounts of learning curve, or is way overly complicated from what I want. I just want a simple, tile-based drag/drop thing that I can use to build simple maps of dungeons or houses, or whatnot.

Help!
 

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Drazen

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Years ago, I used to use a mapping software package that was tile-based, and super easy to use. You could even create your own .bmp tiles and import them, so you had limitless options.

I can't seem to find it anywhere, and I don't remember what it was called. This ring a bell with anyone?

I'm finding a lot of map-making software out there (a lot of it web-based, which I don't require), but all of it seems to suffer from vast amounts of learning curve, or is way overly complicated from what I want. I just want a simple, tile-based drag/drop thing that I can use to build simple maps of dungeons or houses, or whatnot.

Help!
Hmmm....

A little vague,
Any idea who produced it, and you know?
A.... Little more details, just a little more.
 



Drazen

Arch-Villain
I'm wondering if it's an old version of this:

It seems somewhat familiar. But the old version I had was probably free, and probably no longer available.
Yes. Probably.
The old windows and stuff are long long gone.
The core system has been changed awhile back. What your looking for probably is now nonexistence
 




der_kluge

Adventurer
AutoRealm looks super complicated, and really ugly. Definitely not.

No, I think it must have been a very old windows-based version of Dungeon Painter that I had. Unfortunately, it seems, I no longer have it.

I also use Tiamat The Tile Mapper from time to time. It's good for simple things. The interface is a little clunky.
 

Has anyone tried Wonderdraft? I was thinking of picking it up. It is supposed to be easy to use, which is what I need, since I have the visual art skills of a color-blind chimp.
 

ardoughter

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AutoRealm looks super complicated, and really ugly. Definitely not.

No, I think it must have been a very old windows-based version of Dungeon Painter that I had. Unfortunately, it seems, I no longer have it.

I also use Tiamat The Tile Mapper from time to time. It's good for simple things. The interface is a little clunky.
Dunno if Dungeon Painter Studio is the same thing but that is still availlable on Steam.
 


ardoughter

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I am not sure what you mean here? are not all maps area maps? I am going to guess outdoor, I have never used it for that purpose but there are assets there for that. I did have to look a the basic tutorial a few times to get the hang of the UI but have worked away since.
I have also used Donjon to pregenerate maps and import them to Dungeon painter. It gets the walls wrong but I strip the walls out easily and replace them.
 

I am not sure what you mean here? are not all maps area maps? I am going to guess outdoor, I have never used it for that purpose but there are assets there for that. I did have to look a the basic tutorial a few times to get the hang of the UI but have worked away since.
I have also used Donjon to pregenerate maps and import them to Dungeon painter. It gets the walls wrong but I strip the walls out easily and replace them.

Not really. A dungeon 'map' is actually a floor plan.

But I was referring to the map of a geographic area, such as a state, nation, or continent.
 

ardoughter

Adventurer
Supporter
Not really. A dungeon 'map' is actually a floor plan.

But I was referring to the map of a geographic area, such as a state, nation, or continent.
I have not used it for that purpose and while I am not an experienced user I would not say it is suitable for that purpose.

The terrain tiles can be used in freeform brush strokes there is only a square grid (as far as I can tell). I would be inclined to use something else for mapping large bits of geography.
 

Thomas Shey

Adventurer
About the only map software I know of that is specifically aimed at regional maps are Fractal Mapper and Worldographer, and neither of those are tile based or super easy (though Worldographer isn't really difficult).
 

I have not used it for that purpose and while I am not an experienced user I would not say it is suitable for that purpose.

The terrain tiles can be used in freeform brush strokes there is only a square grid (as far as I can tell). I would be inclined to use something else for mapping large bits of geography.

Thanks! That's exactly what I needed to know.
 

der_kluge

Adventurer
Yea, I find it odd that some of these programs try to do everything. That just makes some of them super-complicated.

I've resorted to just using PowerPoint (it's my secret weapon). With a large enough library of tiles, and furniture, I can build whatever I want just by dragging it into a blank PowerPoint presentation. It already gives me the option of rotating stuff, and snapping tiles nicely together and evenly.
 

Schmoe

Adventurer
Has anyone tried Wonderdraft? I was thinking of picking it up. It is supposed to be easy to use, which is what I need, since I have the visual art skills of a color-blind chimp.

I've used wonderdraft (and now dungeondraft) for a couple of years now and really like them. There's a little bit of a learning curve, but they turn out high quality results without much effort. As with most mapping software, there's always room for more art assets, but the ones that are provided are actually pretty expansive and useful.

I highly recommend at least checking out some of the results online.

Edit: Here's an example dungeon I created in dungeondraft in about 20-30 minutes, and another of a town I created in wonderdraft for my RToEE campaign. The town map likewise took probably 20-30 minutes.
 

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Schmoe

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About the only map software I know of that is specifically aimed at regional maps are Fractal Mapper and Worldographer, and neither of those are tile based or super easy (though Worldographer isn't really difficult).

Wonderdraft is really well-suited to regional maps. In fact, that's it's purpose.
 

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