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    Oct. 14, 2012
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    Free to try (A nagging dialog pops up at irregular interval.); $37.00 to buy (Buy it now)
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5 stars

"The best map creation tool for the mac!"

April 30, 2007  |  By kelranth

2007-04-30 15:24:28  |  By kelranth

 |  Version: RPGMapMaker 5.1.0


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This is by far the best mapping program I have ever used. It combines the ability to craft the appearance you want with the functionality needed for game play. The list of features is very long indeed but the highlight of this program is actually the developer. He both welcomes and listens to feedback from users in order to improve on an already impressive map creation tool. It is very easy to layout the landscape of the land using default or custom icons. With links you can open a city map just by clicking on the town icon or or navigate down stairwells in a dungeon, each level opening in either the same window or new windows as you click links. With automatic maze/dungeon generators you can quickly add to your world, when players do the unexpected. I really can not say enough, just that I hope you will give this amazing program a try.

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5 stars

"RPGMapMaker is a Great Tool for RPGers who use Macs!"

November 20, 2006  |  By moneill3

2006-11-20 08:17:19  |  By moneill3

 |  Version: RPGMapMaker 5.1.0


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I recently returned to gaming after a near ten year hiatus. A the time that I stopped playing there were a number of computer based tools for RPGers, but none for the Macintosh. About a year ago I got the bug again and, as I still use the Mac, started looking at several of the Mac based tools available. I looked at most of them, and paid the liscencing fee for several before I stumbled upon RPGMapMaker. What a tool!

I found that the learning curve on RPGMapMaker was very short, being able to produce credible maps for my ganes in a very short time. The scripting ability that was built into the earlier version was VERY useful, allowing me to create my own specific Map Sheets, prepopulated with the room descriptions, basic NPC info, and even random encounter tables. RPGMapMaker also included severl modules that allowed the random generation of caverns, mazes and dungeons, though this feature was limited to an 8.5"X11" area. I quickly dropped use of all other tools and have been using RPGMapMaker since, and that was version 4.4.2.

Starting in version 5.0, veraion 5.1 is essentially the same as 5.0 except that it is a Universal Binary, Francois added some very significant features! Scripting has been expanded to all layers, though it is limited to text only on all but the 'grid' layer, and the random dungeon/cavern/maze modules have been expanded to allow for creation of maps up to the largest size maps the program can handle, which is "E" size (for those of us in the US) I have used the latest version to create a 'D' size cavern map for a campaign I am currently running, including scripting to add specific detail on the NPC list, Chamber description, and Random Encounter Table. My only issue now is not having a printer that can print the map,a problem that I resolved by going to a local print house. They LOVED the artwork I produced with RPGMapMaker.

Finally, when I first started using RPGMapMaker, there wasn't an online community from which I could get answers to some of my tougher questions, and even though the software was easy to learn, I am NOT an artist and some of the techniques used to develop the very nice sample maps available on RPGMapMakers home page escaped me. The good news is that Francois has agreed to support such a community and so the 'RPGMapMakerForum' at Yahoo!Groups was born. Its a small community so far, but Francois has been impresively cooperative, answering questions, working with the users to develop new exciting features for his software, and remaining open and extreemly responsive when it came to 'bug' reports on his a;pha and bata versions as he prepared the version 5 upgrade.

All round, I am VERY happy with the tool that Francois had provided and look forward to any and all advancements he makes.

Oh, one more thing. With version 5.0 and higher, Francois has made great strides with the documentation. For a program that was fairly easy to learn, his update of the documentation has made it even easier. If there was one area in the documentation where there is still room for improvement it is in the area of scripting for the 'other' layers. The documentation for scripting the 'grid' layer, in conjunction with the sample scripts provided, is very effective. Samples of scripts for the other layers would make it much easier to understand that aspect of the scripting feature.

Eric C. Smith
An Extreemly Happy User

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4 stars

"Still one of the better ones"

August 18, 2003  |  By Hangnail--2008

2003-08-18 14:45:50  |  By Hangnail--2008

 |  Version: RPGMapMaker 3.0.0


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I've tried tons of mapping software. Although some of the CAD based ones are nice, and Illustrator and similar can produce some impressive output, they are usually way too expensive for my hobby. This fills a nice niche. The interface takes some getting used to but most will be able to easily reason it out. The author is very responsive to any feedback so if you are an avid gamer and need a mapping tool I would highly recommend it. use it, send in feedback, and make it better.

I have noticed the problem the previous review posted. It looks like it is trying to load a help file or similar and cant find it. Simply close the window and you are back. Will continue to play around and see what the problem is.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 6.6.0

[New] Horizontal hex (hex side-up).
[New] Grid polygons coordinates.
[New] File format for maps. Most of the time, you should see a decrease in file size. Please backup your maps before converting them.
[New] You can align tiles on the map grid polygons.
[New] (Fractal Terrain Generator) Physics parameters. See some samples below.
[New] (Layer Manager) Contextual menu to cut/copy/paste/clear a layer without using the menu items.
[New] (Main window) layout (marker manager area increases with window height).
[New] (Main window) RGB color above mouse.
[New] (Clipboard window) Autocrop with color.
[New] (Scripting) version 2.3.0 for kParamAddCoordinates, kShapeHHex (kShapeVHex).
[Chg] (Fractal Terrain Generator) Islands generation only draws a pertinent area.
[Chg] Terrain parameters are now map dependent.
[Chg] (Inks & Styles Pallet) No longer updated when changing a color or a pattern in the Tools Pallet.
[Imp] (Overview window) Better visibility for the selection frame.
[Bug] The Inks Pallet allows again setting a fill foreground or fill background color.
[Bug] Cut/copy/paste/clear layer menu item are now consistent.
[Bug] Invalid recent menu items are no longer present.
[Bug] (Main window) Area dimension text in selection rect no longer increases widely when increasing the zoom factor.
[Bug] Lozenge grid size is now correct.
Publisher Francois Menneteau
Publisher web site
Release Date October 14, 2012
Date Added October 14, 2012
Version 6.6.0
Category Home Software
Subcategory Hobby Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 16.4MB
File Name RPGMapMaker660.dmg
Total Downloads 1,228
Downloads Last Week 1
License Model Free to try
Limitations A nagging dialog pops up at irregular interval.
Price $37

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