Re: [nbos] Planetary Map Images
Doug Jessee
Tue Apr 17th, 2012
Not a Martian, but a Motie, then it would be the gripping hand... :)

I really hoped that someday something like Bryce could be used to edit the
terrain, then create maps from that...

-LDJ


On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 2:15 PM, Cam Kirmser <ckirmser-at-charter.net> wrote:

> I am torn between mapping software packages.****
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> On the one hand is the one native to AS. It makes decent maps, but many of
> them tend to have this really huge crater. Seems the terrain algorithm
> doesnít create much topological variety. But, itís free and works well in
> making a map appropriate to the planetís properties.****
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> On the other hand is FM. Iíve not used this so I really canít provide much
> analysis, but with AS being designed to use it and with the native mapper
> being FM-based, Iím sure it is pretty useful.****
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> On another hand, thereís Fractal Terrains. This is a very useful program
> and creates a very detailed planet. Temperatures, rainfall, climates Ė itís
> great. Unfortunately, unless making the image in Gaia mode, it looks rather
> artificial. There is a Terraforming package for it that provides some good
> coloring techniques, but the resultant maps are still a little artificial
> in appearance. It does have the native ability to output icosahedron maps,
> though, and thatís great.****
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> Then, on yet another hand Ė I must be a Green Martian Ė thereís Heaven &
> Earth, a system generator specifically for Traveller using Travellerís
> design process to create entire systems, even down to Encounter charts and
> social details. It also makes some very good maps that are based on the
> icosahedron system Traveller uses. But, it maps according to whole hexes,
> so it doesnít make very good images for AS. But, they are great for using
> as maps for players.****
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> Each is useful in its way and each also has capabilities that would be
> nice to have in the other packages.****
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> *From:* nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com [mailto:
> nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com] *On Behalf Of *Doug Jessee
> *Sent:* Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:27 AM
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> *To:* nbossoftware-at-nbos.com
> *Subject:* Re: [nbos] Planetary Map Images****
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> Thanks!****
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> Wow, it would be really cool to combine Flexify with their LunarCell and
> have those be the planetary maps in Astrosynthesis and as a base layer for
> FM to draw maps on...****
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> -LDJ
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> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM, Cam Kirmser <ckirmser-at-charter.net> wrote:
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> Itís Flexify <http://www.flamingpear.com/flexify.html> from Flaming Pear.
> Itís $54, but I got the demo. Itís good for 30 days of use, but not
> consecutive. So, if you run it one day and then wait two years before
> running it again, thatís only two days.****
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> Itís a nifty plugin with all sorts of mapping styles.****
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> *From:* nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com [mailto:
> nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com] *On Behalf Of *Doug Jessee
> *Sent:* Monday, April 16, 2012 8:42 AM
> *To:* nbossoftware-at-nbos.com
> *Subject:* Re: [nbos] Planetary Map Images****
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> Cam, ****
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> What is the name of that plugin? Is it expensive?****
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> Just curious, as I would like that kind of map projection...****
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> -LDJ****
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> On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM, Cam Kirmser <ckirmser-at-charter.net>
> wrote:****
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> Where does AS3 store the default planet map files? I have a plugin for
> Photoshop that can convert a rectangular map to an icosahedron for use in
> the standard Traveller planet display diagram and Iíd like to do that
> conversion to certain maps of my planets.****
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