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DenverChief
03-25-2008, 07:00 AM
Just wondering if anyone knew of/preferred to use a freeware/shareware map creating software program? I can do it in simple draw or pixen for mac but it is beginning to be a pain in the ass ...something anything really all I need is something to draw straight lines with an occasional curve, label sites and streets...Thanks for your help in advance...oh yea Mac preferred but I have a PC I can use too if need be

Bacon Cheeseburger
03-25-2008, 07:13 AM
MS Paint? :shrug: It only took seconds for me to throw this together:

morphius
03-25-2008, 07:15 AM
I'd try to tweak things in google maps

DenverChief
03-25-2008, 07:21 AM
MS Paint? :shrug: It only took seconds for me to throw this together:

:LOL: professional looking

DenverChief
03-25-2008, 07:22 AM
I'd try to tweak things in google maps

yeah that just bums me out cause I need an up close street level kinda map of locations that can be as far as 15-20 miles apart...so it i much nicer to draw a not to scale map

morphius
03-25-2008, 07:29 AM
yeah that just bums me out cause I need an up close street level kinda map of locations that can be as far as 15-20 miles apart...so it i much nicer to draw a not to scale map

I know, but you could take the close in views and sort of cut and paste in the larger distances as well leaving a gap between them to show the change in scale.

DenverChief
03-25-2008, 07:31 AM
I know, but you could take the close in views and sort of cut and paste in the larger distances as well leaving a gap between them to show the change in scale.

Interesting...hadn't thought of that

Dartgod
03-25-2008, 07:33 AM
Can you get your hands on a copy of Visio? :shrug:

Iowanian
03-25-2008, 07:53 AM
I know of a few.

Depending on the type of maps you're trying to create, there are options. In a lot of states, there is downloadable data, including aerial photography and roads.

look up TatukGIS

http://www.tucows.com/preview/307222

This site has a link to several freeware applications.
http://www.grime.net/gistools/

GRASS is probably the most widely known and oft used mapping freeware that I know of.


You can make state and county thematic maps via this website
http://monarch.tamu.edu/~maps2


If these can't get it done and you've got a project, pm me.

Fish
03-25-2008, 08:07 AM
I'd recommend GRASS......

Duuuude......

Iowanian
03-25-2008, 08:15 AM
based on what I'm gathering from what you posted, what you need to do is an "overview" map of your area, with inset maps of the close views of locations.

Keep them all to a scale...like 1:400 or 1:1000 for you overview, and 1:100 or 1:50 for your insets. keeping them scaled will help other people understand them in the future, and lend "credibility" to your map if its being used for what I suspect is "work related"......or an event map(wedding reception type). Those aren't as important to maintain scale but show basic information.

Braincase
03-25-2008, 08:53 AM
For D&D, I recommend Campaign Cartographer from ProFantasy (http://www.profantasy.com/).

DenverChief
03-25-2008, 09:07 AM
Thanks guys very good stuff here...I'll get back to you Iowanian, lemme tinker with this stuff first :)

Iowanian
03-25-2008, 09:48 AM
Let me know. the GRASS program should do what you need, and work with some free data you can find. If it won't, PM me and I'll see what we can work out.

DenverChief
03-25-2008, 10:13 AM
For D&D, I recommend Campaign Cartographer from ProFantasy (http://www.profantasy.com/).
ROFL

Braincase
03-25-2008, 10:55 AM
ROFL

Yeah, I had to throw that one out there. Gamers need to have a sense of humor about their reality.

acesn8s
03-25-2008, 11:55 AM
MS Paint? :shrug: It only took seconds for me to throw this together:
I wonder what Joie would say about that?:hmmm: