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#1 June 19, 2010 1:48pm

Arkanix Labs
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CartographPC V1.5 by Arkanix Labs

CartographPC V1.5 by Arkanix Labs


CartographPC is a Windows application created to assist in designing tile-based datamaps. This devtool serves as a companion piece to our C64 native Cartograph devtool. The original purpose of CartographPC was to enable us to take nice screenshots of our datamaps without having to take four or six screenshots of smaller windows and piece them together. CartographPC has since grown into a full editor with the benefit of being able to load datamaps created on the C64 directly into memory and edit, save, and move them back to C64 without much hassle.

It works by creating datamaps using tilesets created on C64 with the old, but popular, Ultrafont editor, crossdev tool CharPad, or simply a 512x128 BMP file. Datamaps can have dimensions of 1 to 255 tiles horizontally and 1 to 127 tiles vertically. CartographPC allows the user to create a datamap as small as 1x1 tiles up to 255x127 tiles, but the smallest size compatible with Cartograph is 40x25 tiles (one screen). This application was created as an internal devtool for Arkanix Labs. We're using Cartograph and CartographPC extensively with our Crimson Twilight Trilogy (tile-based CRPG) and Damned: Out Of Hell (push scroller shooter/jump and run) projects.

CartographPC V1.5 Changelog:
[June 19, 2010]

- New: Complete re-write of CartographPC engine
- New: Resizable main window
- New: Tileset and datamap names shown in information window and titlebar
- New: User selectable stamp size (mouse driven)
- New: Copy from datamap
- New: Paste into datamap
- New: Check size of copy buffer
- New: Random fill - works as a fill area will not overwrite entire map
- New: Undo feature completly re-written
- New: Open .PRG (standard C64 charset)
- New: Open .CHR files (CharPad)

- Updated: Fill - works as a fill area will not overwrite entire map
- Updated: Re-organization of menu for more standard layout
- Updated: Sample datamaps now located in datamaps folder within the main install directory
- Updated: Sample tilesets now located in tilesets folder within the main install directory
- Updated: Zoom/Preview datamap in main window rather than secondary window
- Updated: New/Resize datamap now has scoll bars also to be able to select datamap size
- Updated: all text for datamap standardized
- Updated: all text for tilesets standardized
- Updated: Settings changes
- Updated: Ability to save window size and position on exit
- Updated: Setting INI file changed from cpc.ini to CartographPC.ini
- Updated: Tileset changes

CartographPC V2 Roadmap
[July Release]

- Basic tile editor
- Rotate
- Invert
- Copy tiles
- Paste tiles
- Shift/nudge
- Delete tile
- Clear tileset
- Hires tile coloring
- Save BMP tileset to a .PRG or .CHR
- Save .PRG or .CHR as BMP file
- When saving .PRG or .CHR a color map is created to save colors
- Compatible with Vice palette files
- Datatypes
- PNG support (screenshots and tilesets)

Download Setup [exe]


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