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Nuzbad Ug Urdgunz
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Old August 25th, 2014, 08:19 AM
both hex and overlay grids are stupidly useful !!!
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Old May 29th, 2015, 10:59 AM
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both hex and overlay grids are stupidly useful !!!
Oh indeed! Right now I've got 32 images that I'm going to fill with pins, and at the moment I'm going to have a duplicate set so I've got one with a grid, one without...

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Old May 29th, 2015, 11:09 AM
Maybe another approach would be to "copy all pins to another image". That way you could create multiple maps that all share the same information. In particular, I'm thinking of GM, player, gridded, gridless and historical views but I'm sure there are others. It would be great to start from a master set of pins that could be copied and then remove/add those applicable to the new map (must be the same size).
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Old May 29th, 2015, 01:27 PM
These are some great ideas. I would love to be able to have a GM only view of the current overland map I am using for my Kingmaker campaign.
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Old May 30th, 2015, 03:13 AM
As soon as I read this thread, I knew I badly want overlays too, despite not having a clue on how to create one - nor the correct program to do it.

*sigh*.

But a +1 to add this to the dev list. Please.

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Old May 30th, 2015, 09:40 AM
My thought on how overlays might work would be to have the ability to add additional image files with a transparency layer (e.g., PNG). As long as the new image is the same resolution as the base image, it should work to turn that secondary image on or off - at least in theory.

My thought on application would be to use a program like GIMP or Photoshop which allows the creation of layers to make the individual overlays as separate layers, then export each layer as it's own PNG with transparency.

For instance, you could start with the base map with all physical features, then add things like political boarders in a layer. If you export the "Political" layer as a discrete file with the transparency intact, you could add that to the smart image as an overlay, and you'd be able to reveal or hide political borders by turning the overlay on or off.

Obvious caveat - I am not a programmer, so my "simple and straight forward" solution is certainly anything but. However, from a practical application/usability standpoint, I don't think it would be all that convoluted a function to add.

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Old May 31st, 2015, 12:48 AM
Another aspect to the user of overlays would be to allow the pins to be grouped together (call each group a "layer" if you like). So that I could switch on the pin layer for settlement names separately from the visibility of the geographical region pins.

Writing the above, I just realised you could partially do this with a "filter" based on the type of category for each pin that is linked to a topic. Although it doesn't cover unlinked pins.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 07:01 AM
Pin groups. That sounds useful for world maps for sure. Or to quickly isolate things that can get lost like traps or secret doors.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 10:42 AM
Pin groups are another fantastic idea!
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Old June 5th, 2015, 06:56 AM
+1 to this idea!

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