Route Map Design Software?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by jrober, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. jrober macrumors regular

    jrober

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    All,

    I want to be able to produce on my mac a route map. If you think london underground you are on the right track. What sort of software could I use to do this especially as the map grows I will need to add lines which would require changes to the map e.g. I have two stops on one route when another route crosses it meaning I have to extend the gap between the stops to keep the design integrity.

    Thanks in advance.

    John
     
  2. iGav macrumors G3

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    I don't know of any specifically... though to do what you want, Illustrator would do the job, though obviously it won't automatically accommodate you adding new lines or stops.
     
  3. billy_d_goat macrumors member

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    I have to agree with iGav here. If I were doing it, I'd just build the entire thing in Illustrator and then export to whatever format I needed. You could use different layers to keep your routes seperate. This way you could turn them on and off.
     
  4. jrober thread starter macrumors regular

    jrober

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    billy_d_goat and iGav,

    Is Illustrator a vector graphics program or bitmap based? I understand from a bit of research that vector based graphics are key to allowing me to link nodes and stretch etc if required.

    John
     
  5. 20rogersc macrumors 65816

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    Illustrator for vectors, Photoshop for bitmaps.

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  6. billy_d_goat macrumors member

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    Yep, Illustrator is mainly vector based, though, you can place raster (bitmap) content. I would not recommend doing that too much. It is not really designed for it.

    InDesign, also has basic vector abilities. I recently did a spotlight effect in it that is purely vectors. Looked better than the traditional Photoshop filter effect.
     

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