linux program to draw custom maps

Didier Casse elprodigio at gmail.com
Wed Mar 30 03:10:48 UTC 2005


On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 18:33:10 +0200, Dotan Cohen <dotancohen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Mar 2005 08:19:24 -0800 (PST), Richard S. Crawford
> <rscrawford at mossroot.com> 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
> > (http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/) 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.

Yes indeed... that's what I meant. Thanks everybody for all the
suggestions but in the end I'm opting for inkscape which is pretty
nice for doing this kind of job. And in addition I can import some
free graphics from http://openclipart.org/ to inkscape.

Cool!

-- 
Cheers,
Didier.

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