Re: [nbos] new to mapping
~~Richard K~~
Sat Jul 14th, 2007
With FM7, creating a "world map" with a lot of features on its surface it quite taxing on the ol computer, FM8 is much faster. For example my Europa map takes a long time to load up in FM7, in FM8 it just takes a few seconds. The speed is a bonus, but the submap feature is really helpful, it copies all the layers and gives you the a cropped portion of your map to work on.

But you can still use FM7 as is and create your campaign map, you can embed links from other FM maps which are copies of the original map with features worked on specific portions.

FM8 makes this much easier to do, with a lot more control.

FWE is a big help if time is a factor and you want to bang out a map outline for a world.
Good luck with your project!

----- Original Message -----
From: William Stramiello
Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2007 9:34 AM
Subject: [nbos] new to mapping

I recently bought a CD copy of FM 7 a month or two ago and have played around with it some, but haven't really been able to do what I want with it yet. I am not really familiar with any but the most mundane of software applications, but I would like to change that. Unfortunately time is a big factor, but I think FM is really an easy to use and excellent software for my needs.

I have maybe have two or three hours a week to spend on it, but I believe my needs are pretty simple at this point, and with a little bit of help, I should be able to accomplish what I want.

My goal: My campaign world is very similar in shape to the real world with a few general features and shapes that required, but with quite a bit of flexibilty - I like the fractals for this pupose. I would like to have a continent map that shows land masses and would not require much detail. The adventuring area of the world will be mostly confined to "Europe". I would then like to be able to make smaller scale maps based on this area with a greater degree of detail as the linked map becomes more local. I have not been able to figure out how to select part of an object to make a close up map. I would, for instance like to link maps of "France", "Italy", "Spain", "Greece", etc..., then have maps linked to those of more local areas like the "Riviera", the "Alps", the "Rhein", etc...

Do I need to get FM8 to more easily accomplish this? I have seen some talk of the "submap" feature. Is this the answer to my problems?

Upgrading: I have a cd copy of FM7. Do I go through the same process to upgrade?

Thanks for any help or advice to someone new to this process.

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