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[quote] On 24-07-2008 14:10, royston wrote: Well I have had a look. I don't want to give too much away, in case Blib finally works out how to draw a map. Both programs do much the same job. DrawPlus has just three advanages that I can see. (1) Whether you use a circular shape or a recangular shape for a room, you can lock the lines shown for the route to and from the room to the side of the room itself. That means that, if for any reason you want to move the room to another position, the line stays attached. You can arrange these locking postions to compass positions on the edge of a room. (2) you can make an overlapping grid (like grid lines on as OS map)so that the rooms can be arranged neatly in straight lines where the grid lines cross. These grid lines will not be printed. And (3) While I found that you can indeed 'bend' the lines at 90 degrees on both programs, on DrawPlus you can bend them at any angle, particularly at 45 degrees. That means that you need only one line to join one room to another, when for instance one is N to the other in one direction and the other is SW to the one in the opposite direction. DrawPlus costs ?54.99 at Amazon while OpenOffice is free. I am not sure that the extra advantage of one is worth the extra cost. I find there is a lot of satisfaction in making the maps particularly if they look neat. I try to follow the tenets of Harry Beck in keeping the rooms in line and joining them only with horizontal or vertical lines or those at 45 dgrees. One thing is certain, once they are drawn they are hardly ever needed to be used. A fter all, you need one eye on the monitor, one on the keyboard and one on the map. True, they do enable you to make a better mental image of the Land. But the fun is in exploring the land and making the maps. http://www.design-technology.info/alevelsubsite/page5.htm
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