World Builder

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World View

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Colors Editor

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Using the Editor

Appendices

About 'planet'

Known Issues and Bugs

World View Display Options

The World View Display panel has various options that affect how the map is drawn -- it's colors, projection, and so on.

Width and Height

Specifies the dimensions of the picture, in pixels. Larger pictures obviously take longer to generate. At the moment you should be careful to keep the dimensions in 1:3 ratio (320 x 240, 640 x 480, 800 x 600, etc).

See Known Issues and Bugs.

Latitude and Longitude

These specify the centre point of the map. If you are using the Globe projection, changing the Longitude will 'spin' the globe around its axis.

Zoom

Specifies the magnification. Larger numbers zoom in to show smaller areas of the world. The latitude and longitude (see above) will determine which part of the world is zoomed.

See also Known Issues and Bugs.

Outline

Produces a black and white outline map. Very useful if you want to print out the map. Note that when Outline is selected, the Black Borders and Bumpmap settings will be ignored.

Black Borders

Outlines the land areas with a black border.

Bumpmap

The Bumpmap option activates bumpmap shading. This shades the colour depending on the angle (which is not currently editable), creating more 3-dimensional looking maps.

Grid

This displays a latitude and longitude grid on the map, at degree intervals specified by the latitude and longitude values.

Projections

There are multiple projections available, including a pseudo-3d globe. Select the required projection from the drop-down list.

Colors file

This displays the name of the colors file that is used by the map. The 'select' and 'edit' buttons beside this file name allow you to select other color files, and to edit or create color files.