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Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/1/2012 19:25:20

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Hey guys, I have a really good idea for a map but I am very inexperienced with the software, I was hoping that someone from the community could help me on this map.

My issue is that I can't really program the map and I was hoping to work hand and hand with whoever wants to be the programmer to make this map.

The reason I haven't really said the idea is because I don't want to get sniped but it is a really cool idea.

If you are an experienced programmer in Warlight maps and you wish for more information on the map please say so below. If I pick you I will send you my design via email (or other way by request) and you can program it, I will test it and then we can either tweak it need be and then release it.

**As a side note, if you enjoy playing Online Games (specially MMORPGS) then you might really like the idea for this map.**

I hope someone could help me on this. Thanks -GWL
Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/1/2012 19:40:00

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How much did you look into the map creation process? It doesn't involve any programming at all!

Of course you don't have to share your idea, but look at it this way: there's always going to be people complaining, the only difference is whether they do it now or when the map is released. But, if you share the idea, someone who agrees with you and really likes it will be much more likely to offer to help you.

|> As a side note, if you enjoy playing Online Games (specially MMORPGS) then you might really like the idea for this map.

So your idea is a map based on WoW? :p
Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/1/2012 23:08:31

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i looked into the process and i tried several times and failed.

my idea is a runescape map, i used to play it a lot and thought it would make a very interesting map, i already have the map divided up and the bonuses and all, i just am lost in the map making (what i call programming) and wish either someone could help me and show me with a youtube video or skype or anything
Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/2/2012 16:00:10

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I've never played Runescape, I only know it by name, so I cannot judge how suitable the Runescape world is for a WL map.

|> i already have the map divided up and the bonuses and all

Do you mean you already have a drawing of the map you want to make? Is it in JPEG or SVG? I'm not a mapmaker myself, but what I gather from talking to a few of them, getting the drawing right is a big chunk of the work. If you've already done that...


ps. Sorry for being pedantic about the word "programming"; I just though maybe you misunderstood the process. Since you already tried (and failed :( ), that's clearly not the case, so my apologies for being a smart-ass.
Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/2/2012 16:17:50


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I played Runescape a few years ago, but got bored with it and quit. Here's a large world map of it:
http://images.wikia.com/runescape/images/b/b6/Runesacpe-world-map-2007.jpg
Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/2/2012 18:11:47

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i already have the map drawn up in adobe illistrator if that can be converted or something. I can get it into a jpeg, i know that for certain
Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/2/2012 18:13:31


Knoebber 
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it needs to be SVG
Need Help Programming Help Map: 3/2/2012 19:22:05

RvW 
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As far as I know, Adobe Illustrator files support both raster-based and vector-based images; it's possible you already *have* a vector. In the "Save as" and/or "Export" menu, see if you can select SVG (or "Scalable Vector Graphics" or anything mentioning "vector" really). If so, do that and ignore the rest of this post.

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Converting a vector image to a raster image (SVG to JPG/PNG/BMP/...) is easy. The other way around is a lot harder, *but it can be done* (well, sort of). Especially if the raster is high quality and preferably only has solid colours (no beautiful-looking-but-software-confusing gradients and stuff like that). Some links that might help:

- [Vector Magic](http://vectormagic.com/home) - a website which lets you upload a raster image, play with some settings and creates an SVG automatically.
- [AutoTrace](http://autotrace.sourceforge.net/) - a program to do pretty much the same thing on your own computer (available for both Windows and Linux).
- [Adobe CS2](http://www.adobe.com/designcenter-archive/illustrator/articles/illcs2ttlvtrace/illcs2ttlvtrace.pdf) - an explanation on how to do this in Adobe itself. I guess they wouldn't remove this feature once it's there, so this probably should still work in CS5 (or whatever you have).
- [Wikipedia](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_raster_to_vector_conversion_software) has a comparison of different programs capable of this trick.
- You can always Google (suggested search terms "bitmap to vector" or "raster to vector") for more information.
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