Re: [nbos] Planetary Map Images
"Cam Kirmser"
Tue Apr 17th, 2012
I am torn between mapping software packages.

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
doesn't create much topological variety. But, it's free and works well in
making a map appropriate to the planet's properties.

On the other hand is FM. I've not used this so I really can't provide much
analysis, but with AS being designed to use it and with the native mapper
being FM-based, I'm sure it is pretty useful.

On another hand, there's Fractal Terrains. This is a very useful program and
creates a very detailed planet. Temperatures, rainfall, climates - it's
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 that's great.

Then, on yet another hand - I must be a Green Martian - there's Heaven &
Earth, a system generator specifically for Traveller using Traveller's
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 doesn't make very good images for AS. But, they are great for using as
maps for players.

Each is useful in its way and each also has capabilities that would be nice
to have in the other packages.

From: []
On Behalf Of Doug Jessee
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: [nbos] Planetary Map Images


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...


On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 9:51 AM, Cam Kirmser <> wrote:

It's Flexify <> from Flaming Pear.
It's $54, but I got the demo. It's 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, that's only two days.

It's a nifty plugin with all sorts of mapping styles.

From: []
On Behalf Of Doug Jessee
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2012 8:42 AM
Subject: Re: [nbos] Planetary Map Images


What is the name of that plugin? Is it expensive?

Just curious, as I would like that kind of map projection...


On Sun, Apr 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM, Cam Kirmser <> wrote:

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 I'd like to do that
conversion to certain maps of my planets.

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