Author Topic: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration  (Read 437 times)

Talgrath

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Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« on: (23:33:57/02-12-17) »
So, I've been running a Shadowrun campaign for a few months now, and I've been using the very handy "Homestyler" tool to make maps (link here: http://www.homestyler.com/), both for myself and partially filled in maps for when they do some snooping/bribing and are able to get a map of the location.  So far so good, but Homestyler is built to make homes, not office buildings, and it's crapping out on me now that the group is experienced enough for some "real" corp runs, 100m x 50m and some extra stuff tossed in causes Homestyler to crap out on me.  I've tried a few others, like SketchUp, but they all seem to be aimed at making smaller buildings.  I looked at some others like Campaign Cartographer 3 with the "modern" pack, but I've heard it's hard to use and it's not cheap.  Does anyone have some recommendations for some software I could use to make larger floorplans?  Ideally free, but if not, at least less than $50.
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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #1 on: (20:55:05/02-13-17) »
As a drafting professional and 30 year SR veteran I can tell you that you've got 2 options:
1: downgrade your drawings to more simple representations
2: upgrade to professional grade software costing hundreds to thousands of dollars

I've had access to use professional software like AutoCAD and Microstation in the past while I was gainfully employed and been forced to use SketchUp and other freeware now that I live on Vet Benefits.

The only means by which I could continue to use the freeware to represent larger facilities was to simplify my product down to single plane/surface for a wall/door or similar instead of photo-realistic 3D.

Talgrath

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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #2 on: (18:37:37/02-19-17) »
Thanks for the tip.  I'll have to see how I can set that up, quite frankly I don't want it to be 3D anyway.
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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #3 on: (20:08:56/02-23-17) »
An other option is to do a 'dirty' cut and paste.

Design each floor of the building.... or do 1/4 of the floor.... and print and cut and tape them together to get a larger area....


(Personally, I just use a 6ft gridded white board and draw the floor plans on it...)
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lord_shadow_666

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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #4 on: (05:47:32/03-07-17) »
I use A1 sheets that are for flip boards and dry wipe pens :D

After a few days though what ever you have put on them is permanent without a good scrub!

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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #5 on: (12:21:45/03-23-17) »
Try SweetHome3D (http://www.sweethome3d.com/). Its a freeware home design program that allow you to view a 3D representation of the house you are building. It also allow you to import furniture that are in formats like .dae, .obj and such.

You can print your "deckplans" quite easily and its very pratical
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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #6 on: (14:14:04/03-23-17) »
The paid version of SweetHome seems to be only $15, which doesn't seem too bad either.

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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #7 on: (21:14:12/03-25-17) »
If you want to go the premade route then this line of maps look great. Obviously made with 'shadowrun' in mind and dirt cheap.

   http://www.rpgnow.com/browse/pub/9110/Shadowplans

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Re: Floorplan/Map Software Frustration
« Reply #8 on: (08:25:45/03-28-17) »
I have looked all over for something to make my own maps and have yet to find what i like yet, but I did find these in my search and for under 20$ got all that they had (http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9110/Shadowplans?term=shadow&test_epoch=0) is the link one of the sets are just sections so you can configure how you like as well as mix and match from other sets. This might help until something can be found maybe under a cartography program or something