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Map Demo

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I recently upgraded my Campaign Cartographer 3 software to CC3+, and I've been having quite a bit of fun experimenting with the new features. In case you've never heard of CC3, it's basically a brilliant piece of mapping software used for creating fantasy maps for tabletop games, posters, and even those wonderful maps one might find at the beginning of their favorite epic fantasy novel.

I've also been toying around with the idea of making a fantasy GIS (Geographic Information System) that one could use to pan and zoom around their favorite fictional locale. There are a few things out there that are capable of doing this in one way or another, including a Wordpress plugin called Mapplic, but I'm more of a visual person, so I settled on trying to make something using HTML5. The really cool thing is you can use another great piece of software called Hype that will allow you to make animations and presentations, and embed them in a webpage.

So here's a video I made…

Vellum 2.0 review

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Vellum 2.0, create beautiful books.
If you’re an indie author looking to self publish your own books, I think you owe it to yourself to download and try out Vellum 2.0. It just might become your new favorite tool in your writer’s toolbox. First, what is Vellum 2.0? Vellum is a WYSIWYG interior formatter for ebooks and now print books. It allows you to import your finished manuscript and style it using built in themes that can be used as they are, or mixed and matched, all in real time. If you make an edit to your manuscript, or change a chapter title, you see the revision automatically updated in the preview window using the currently selected template. I’ll go into more detail on how it all works later, but first I’ll explain why I decided to use Vellum.
Like many of you (I suspect), I use Scrivener to organize my writing and to craft my manuscript, and for those tasks, there are no finer software choices available (in my opinion). However, when it comes time to compile in Scrivener an…