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I have been a ship Captain for 37 years and I am a student of navigation and nautical charts. For years I have always made my own hand drawn custom charts for many areas and for many commercial uses. I did this out of necessity and also because it was alot of fun! I would literally cut and paste paper charts together to get what I needed. Then I would take the original down tho the reprographics place for a few copies usually on erasable velum. I have quite the chart library.

I am very computer literate and I am very interested in learning how to create the charts I need with computer based programs and methods. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!

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Hi and welcome! Sounds like an interesting background, and I would love to hear more on how you approach this further.

I am not sure where to start in introducing you to modern cartography... Map-making often starts with acquiring the data and creating a database in a geographical information systems (GIS) software (ArcGIS, MapInfo, Manifold, qGIS etc) and either finish the map there or export it to a graphic design package for further finishing (Illustrator, Photoshop, Corel DRAW etc). Some people on this forum are using Avenza's MAPublisher which is a plugin for Illustrator which gives it some very basic GIS functionality.

Depending on what kind of charts you would make, the data acquisition might be the trickiest.
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I have been a ship Captain for 37 years and I am a student of navigation and nautical charts. For years I have always made my own hand drawn custom charts for many areas and for many commercial uses. I did this out of necessity and also because it was alot of fun! I would literally cut and paste paper charts together to get what I needed. Then I would take the original down tho the reprographics place for a few copies usually on erasable velum. I have quite the chart library.

I am very computer literate and I am very interested in learning how to create the charts I need with computer based programs and methods. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!



Hi! If you would like to draw maps with nautical charts, hydrography, and bathymetry, take a look at MAPublisher 8 :) MAPublisher now supports S-57 data format. You might be interested in it. :)

Happy mapping!
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Hi! If you would like to draw maps with nautical charts, hydrography, and bathymetry, take a look at MAPublisher 8 :) MAPublisher now supports S-57 data format. You might be interested in it. :)

Happy mapping!
Kimi


A scoop? It's not on Avenza's site yet!

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A scoop? It's not on Avenza's site yet!


Yes ;)
MAPublisher 8.0 will be released very very shortly.... stay tuned!

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I have been a ship Captain for 37 years and I am a student of navigation and nautical charts. For years I have always made my own hand drawn custom charts for many areas and for many commercial uses. I did this out of necessity and also because it was alot of fun! I would literally cut and paste paper charts together to get what I needed. Then I would take the original down tho the reprographics place for a few copies usually on erasable velum. I have quite the chart library.

I am very computer literate and I am very interested in learning how to create the charts I need with computer based programs and methods. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!


Thanks to you all for your ideas. I will check it out!
I would like to ask further questions. What forum is best? General Cartography?
Thanks!

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Thanks to you all for your ideas. I will check it out!
I would like to ask further questions. What forum is best? General Cartography?


Depends a bit on the subject of your question of course, but don't worry, if you inadvertently post it in the wrong section, one of the mods will move it. In any case, General Cartography would probabely be a good place to start I suppose.

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