linux program to draw custom maps

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Tue Mar 29 16:33:10 UTC 2005

On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 08:19:24 -0800 (PST), Richard S. Crawford
<rscrawford at> wrote:
> The elder gods, manifesting through Henry Hartley, recently decreed:
> > On Tue, 29 March 2005 at 10:01 AM Didier said:
> >
> >>> Does anybody know some kind of program in linux that can draw
> >>> custom maps from point A to point B? All parameters should come
> >>> from user input and also the program shoud be able to place some
> >>> nice graphics in the place of houses, buildings and so on...
> >>>
> >>> I want to draw a map to indicate to people how to get to point X.
> >>> But I wanted to make it more lively instead of plainly drawing
> >>> roads and boxes to represent buildings. I want something more
> >>> colorful but do not which to resort to something like gimp!
> >
> > It isn't clear from this if you are looking for something to do some
> > manual drawing in (implied by your mention of GIMP) or if you are trying
> > to automate the process (implied by the first paragraph).  If you just
> > want to do freehand drawing, take a look at Inkscape [1].  It's does
> > vector drawing so you can scale your output easily.  GIMP is not really
> > designed for this sort of thing.  Also, Inkscape uses an XML file format
> > called SVG [2].
> >
> > If you want to have a map generated programatically, then I'm not really
> > sure.  I suppose it depends on what sort of map data you have and what
> > sort of output you want.  You could write something that would generate
> > an SVG map based on some kind of map data but without knowing what the
> > data looked like, I wouldn't really know where to start.
> If that's what the OP is looking for, then mapserver
> ( is one approach that I've played with.  If
> that's the route you want to go, though, you're looking at some serious
> time investment in the intricacies and mysteries of GIS.
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I'm pretty sure that the OP meant to ask:

Hi, is there a program where I can create my own cusom map of my
neighboorhood by hand? Where I can drag and drop houses, trees,
streets, and the like? My intention is to show my inlaws how to get
from the park to my new house.

Dotan Cohen

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