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I used to use MacDEM to play with and output elevation and shaded relief for map projects. But it' not available for the Intel based Macs. I can't afford high end full function 3d software and don't need most of their capabilities anyway. Is there anything out there similar to MacDEM for the Intel Mac guys?

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I may have answered my own question. I found a product called Natural Scene Designer for the Mac. Price seems reasonable, does anybody have any experience with them?

http://www.naturalgfx.com/index.htm

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I may have answered my own question. I found a product called Natural Scene Designer for the Mac. Price seems reasonable, does anybody have any experience with them?

http://www.naturalgfx.com/index.htm


I haven't upgraded to v5 yet, but I used v4 for a set of hiking maps a couple of years ago. I found it did everything I needed it to do. It took some getting use to when it came down to the oblique views I needed for the maps, but once you get the hang of it no problems. The one thing that I didn't quite get was it was hard to know what file I had open, the name at the top of the window was the name of the first DEM I imported, anyway this is small and overall I think it is a solid package. I bought it for the same reasons you are having now, the feature were there and the price is right. HTH
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I just took a look at what is new in version 5 and I'm ready to upgrade just for this:

Transparent overlays
NSD 5 will now let you drape an image with transparency over the terrain. Transparent areas will show the terrain or the overlay below it in the stacking order (if any).

This will save a ton of time as this removes the need to export with no shading, place in illy, export with data, and then put it back in NSD just to export it with shading.

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Well the price seems right so I ordered. We'll see. Thanks for the reply.

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