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Marilynx

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  1. If I have a Mercator Projection Map , I can use Shape 3D to create a nice globe -- and rotate it, and so forth. Is there a way to then take that globe and "unfold" it into a Wintel-Tripel type flat map? (The Winkel Tripel projection is a modified azmiuthal projection. This is, in essence, a globe that is projected onto a flat surface giving it curved lines of latitude and curved meridians. The projection, by Oswald Winkel in 1921 was developed with the goal of minimizing the three kinds of distortion: area, direction and distance. Thus it became the Tripel Projection (German for triple). The projection is neither equal-area nor conformal, its main feature is that all of the parallels are curved except for the straight poles and equator. This gives a lovely spherical feeling to this two dimensional map. https://futuremaps.com/blogs/news/top-10-world-map-projections)
  2. That's actually a good thought. I might also save it as a PNG file, which would allow people who may not (yet) use PDN to use it.
  3. Pixie, That color picker is pretty cool. I will file it. Not sure if it was the same site, but I have used a shades and tints generator to help with several projects, including my Barn Hunt palette. No, what I'm wanting to do is make a palette of DMC colors. But when you have multiple blues, greens, yellow, oranges, reds, purples, etc. of similar hue next to each other, it can be hard to be sure you snagged the right one. I'm going to be doing a project which involves certain specific colors based on DMC. THat's why I was wondering if there was a a plug-in what would yield the names on hover. I know the names can be included in the palette file. Just wondering if they could be called up, as it were.
  4. Out of curiosity, is there a way to add a color name label to a color in a palette, so that when one hovers the pointer over the color, the name comes up? I'm wanting to do a palette with DMC (embroidery floss) colors. These have both numbers and names. It would be much easier to find the color one wants if the name would come up when selecting a color.
  5. Thank you! I hope I can decipher your decipherings!
  6. Oh, that is SO neat! Yeah, I wish it was a PDN plug-in, because I'm not sure how I would get the mountains and things positioned on MY maps. But oh! THat's gonna be fun to play with, regardless! I've been over at Cartographer's Guild, reading and looking for tips -- but most of them use PhotoShop. What I would love is something which could give real topographic appearance, like this, which is a topo map of Ireland swiped from Wikimedia.
  7. Oh. Dear. One of THOSE. In going through some of my .PCX files, I discovered a whole bunch of things that I remember doing, but no longer remember HOW. And cryptic notes to oneself are even worse.
  8. Nicel! I love the map! How did you create those mountains and hills and things? I'm not a DnDer myself, but have plenty of friends who are -- one who even wrote his own game, called Wizard's Realm. (When a group decided to do costumes for a localish convention, I was one of the prime seamstresses for it. And I do maps for my own universe(s). Have you done a tutorial for this kind of map-making that I have missed? I did go looking, but I keep having arguments with the forum search engine. That is SO cool.
  9. Thanks for the update. I am currently going through the 17+ books in the Dragonriders series and pulling geographic descriptions. I'll work from those, the same way the author of the Atlas did, but it will be handy to look at her work. Anne wrote a number of books after the Atlas was published, so I want to find the later additions. My father, a geologist, worked out the geology of the back half of Pern, and also told me that Ista (the island) was likely the Ceylon of Pern, lots of gemstones, rubies, emeralds, sapphire, etc. Anne included that in Dragonsdawn. When I finish pulling my map into PDN, it may get interesting.
  10. Yep! I already have Planetoid as part of my plug-ins but have not had reason to seriously play with it. I will have to dig out my Atlas of Pern to see what mountains are where and what forests, etc. I haven't checked -- do you know if there are any tutorials for using Planetoid? Some of you folks have an almost instintive knowledge of how to use some of these more complex plug-ins. I fear I'm not that good. BTW -- please restore the copyright info to the map you tinkered with -- I have always been extremely careful about Anne's copyrights. Even if she is deceased.
  11. Edgar Rice Burroughs and Andre Norton were two of my earliest authors to read. I found Xanth much later, and enjoyed the puns -- although I think his earlier books in the series were better. Interestingly, my oncologist learned to speak English by reading Tolkien, and we used to discuss Hobbits while she was doing all sorts of horrible things to me. (I have been cancer-free since 2013, thank goodness.) I know about hosting sites, but got burned by Photobucket, and haven't tried any others.
  12. Anne was our friend for 33 years. We never knew what might turn up on our doorstep, from a manuscript she wanted checked for continuity to the book she dedicated to us, an Arthurian YA called Black Horses for the King. (If you want to know something about Dark Ages farriary (horseshoeing), that's a good book for it. Anne ran a farrier's school for awhile, in her copious quantities of spare time. I'm going to be hunting through the various features of PDN for ways to do mountains and show forestlands and things like that. I'm sure there's stuff there that will do it. I've considered using the clone tool and finding pieces off Google Maps that I could clone into place, but I'd rather do originals. I'd love to see some of your roleplaying maps. What games do you play? (And I bet you are familiar with the Cartographer's Guild, https://www.cartographersguild.com/ , yes?)
  13. Okay.... If you are not a science fiction afficianado, this will make no sense. Anne McCaffrey, author of the Dragonriders of Pern(tm) series was a very dear friend of mine and my husband's. I used to run a fan organization. In 1987, Annie stayed with us the week before a convention. In that time, our house was decorated in "Early Pern" with maps and things all over the walls. Annie studied one of them, and said, "What's this?" And we said, "It's a Threadfall Map -- to help us track when and where Thread falls." (Thread is the main menace in the series.) And she nodded sagely, and we went on to have the convention. Anne had mentioned she was working on the next book on the series, which told how the planet, Pern, was settled, and how the Dragons came to be developed as a renewable air force against the Threads. A couple weeks after the convention, I got an email from her. "Hi. I have just dropped Thread on the unsuspecting site of First Landing. Now to you all. When and where does it fall next?" And we said, "GLEEP!" because we had no idea... we hadn't finished the charts yet. I wrote back, "Uhm, where do you need it to fall for your story purposes, and we'll come up with a justification." And she said, "No, I liked the charts I saw at FenFaire. Dragonsdawn will conform to your charts." And we said, "GLEEP!" because my poor suitcase-sized Osborne One (64K of RAM! TWO 183K SSDD 5.25" floppy drives!) was not up to that level of computing. So I borrowed my Mom's Toshiba 1100+ laptop (640K of RAM (who could ever need more?) and two 720K 3.5" floppy drives, and borrowed a copy of Lotus 1-2-3 from a developer friend, and started calculating. My husband figured out the formula. We discovered 640K of RAM was not enough. So the calculations had to be done one column at a time, transfer the formula to the next column, tell it to work, set a timer for 4 minutes, pick up book, and read. Timer goes BING, move formula to next column and repeat. There were 365 columns. Once the calculations were done, I had to translate them into something readable by a non-engineer. A friend drew the map of Pern, including the 10 time zones that weren't shown in The Atlas of Pern, after my geologist Dad helped us figure out what should be there. An oceanographer friend helped us sort out where the oceanic currents would be. I later reduced the map and scanned it, and cleaned it up using Windows Paint. We had sixteen overlays for this map which showed where all the Threadfalls would be. And I created, from Harry's calculations, an ephemeris, so that Anne simply had to select the date she wanted, check the ephemeris, which told her which map to look at, and gave the times of the Falls in local time and Benden Weyr (residence of the Heroes) time. Several years later, I colorized the map, using PhotoFinish, which was a major improvement on Paint, but everything was still on a single layer, which made edits or changes a royal pain. So it occurred to me a bit ago, that pulling it into PDN and separating everything out into layers could be useful. Land on one layer, oceans on another, lettering on a third, ocean currents on a fourth, latitude and longitude lines on a fifth, and so forth. It's a bit of a bear. Which is what I am working on now. When I get it separated out, and neatened up, then I want to look at putting in all the mountains and other landforms. And then I plan to do a flattened version, trim off the extra bits, and turn it into a globe with Shape 3D. This is the original colorized version, from a PCX file, which I had to reduce to 35% of size in order for it to upload. Also reduced a B&W overlay of the Thread. The PCX converter appears to work very nicely.
  14. My husband and I have had both shots and are members of House Pfizer. Last night, we actually went out to dinner -- first time in 14 months. We sat on an outside patio with a friend from out of town (who has also had both shots) and talked for hours. We'd almost forgotten what it was like.
  15. Thank you! I did search, but..... Uh, which folder does it go in? I'm spoiled by the lovely installer on your pack!
  16. When I first started doing computer graphics, the program I had saved in .PCX format. I have gazillions of pieces of artwork in .PCX that I would like to pull into Paint Dot Net. Because obviously, one can do SO much more with PDN than with a program which ran under DOS and used only 4 MB memory! (Hey, and the computer I was doing them on had a positively HUGE 20 MB (yes MB, not GB!) hard drive!) Any chance of this?
  17. Well, got to play with Creative Text a little. I think I used Rust 2, and then played with the color a bit to get a kind of purple-grey for the rats. The RATCHX4 came up kind of neat. I did add shadows to the Dachshund and the Rat, but not in Creative Text. I don't quite understand how the colorization works... I can't seem to get a good royal blue for the circles -- and also couldn't get a good purple.
  18. I really like the way the ratties stand out from the backdrop. The problem with the gold and silver is that I am trying to stick with blue and purple. In canine conformation, the blue ribbon signifies a win in one's class, and a purple ribbon is the winner of the non-specialty dogs. I have installed Boltbait's latest Pack, but have not yet had a chance to play with Creative Text Pro+, because I don't remember where it IS.
  19. Ah, the two layers for a shadow, as opposed to using object => drop shadow!
  20. My base layer is white. The Dachshund is on the next layer. The blue rings are on the third layer. Badger Rat is on the fourth layer. The lettering is on the fifth layer. The Ratties are on the sixth layer. I like the effect on the Dachshund and Badger Rat. How did you do that? I like the 3D effect on the lettering, but it does kind of blur the lettering, and fades it out, as well.
  21. Pixey, I did have the rat on a separate transparent layer. What I wasn't doing was the Gaussian blur and AA before beveling. Thanks. That looks better. This is what I now have... moved the rats over a bit. This is a lower rez version.
  22. Master Harper FINALLY got his Master Barn Hunt Champion X4 title. Between Covid and sheer bad luck, the title he should have had last year this time is finally his. I always do a plaque to put on a magnet on our car for his title. The last time I brought this up, it was suggested that I go with a simple double ring (beveled) and silhouette rats (also beveled) or in some way made to stand out for the title number, as opposed to doing multiple rings like I had been doing. I can't seem to get the blue rings to bevel this time. And the rats don't stand out the way I would like. Obviously, my brain is fried, or I am doing something else wrong. Showing the design itself, and the larger silhouette rat: Any thoughts?
  23. BoltBait, oh, I am definitely a fan of your plug-ins. In fact, I forgot I had donated to support them, and tried to donate a second time! Yes, probably best to sort through, and see what I am actually using. While I try to figure out why OneNote won't log in so I can sync all my notes between phone, tablet and computer. An opportunity to see exactly what I need to tell Barn Hunters they need to install. I was just hoping there was an easier way. Reinstalling the world when you get a new computer is not entertaining.
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