Talk:Map Maker

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Hi there! Although my TV is broken at the moment and I can't try it, your app looks really cool :) I would like to try to merge my implementation of Conway's Game of Life (User:Drei000/WiiLife) with your Map Maker to see what landscapes various rulesets could create from different starting patterns. just have some quick questions:

  • How do you store the terrain data? is It just an array the size of the map, storing height values of every point?
  • Did you write it in C or C++?
  • Are you gonna release the source under some open licence?

--drei000 11:53, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Hey :D I remember seeing your project in the Dev section; I'm a huge fan of cellular automata, and wish you luck. To answer your questions:
  • Yes, terrain is stored as an array of doubles and then scaled to 0 - 255 for color mapping purposes, 128 being sea level.
  • The original implementation was in C, but for cleanliness I switched to C++ and abstracted the generation stuff into a Terrain class. To render graphics, I've also made a VBuf class -- a virtual framebuffer. Since it was very difficult for me to write directly to the framebuffer (which is in YUY2 format), a VBuf is an array of u32s in ARGB format (although A is unused). The VBuf is translated to YUY2 and copied to the real framebuffer every frame. In doing so, I've traded framerate for ease of development. (So there's plenty of room for optimization.)
  • Definitely. (I think it's required, actually, since I'm using the Wiiuse library. I'm not really sure.) That'll be up today or tomorrow.
--Adb 19:27, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

Hello, and thanks for the app, good fun. The minute I first tried it I realized how perfect it would be for creating maps for D&D and other RPGs. Would it be possible to include things like zooming and perhaps being able to save a png of the map on the SD card in the coming versions? --Jubuttib 09:59, 1 April 2009 (UTC)

I used this to create a map of a world I made up. Excellent work! Regrettably, there doesn't seem to be a save function. :| If only...WVI 23:18, 14 April 2009 (UTC)
I lost the source, but you've both inspired me to pick this project up again. I bet I can do it better the second time around anyway. :) --Adb 07:41, 19 June 2009 (UTC)