I have completed and released a new version of World Builder. The current
version is 1.5. It is available on Windows-95, Windows-NT, Linux Intel and
Sun Solaris platforms. See:
World Builder is a shareware program to draw maps of worlds. It uses
continental drift and true meteorological computations to provide
realistic maps including mountain ranges, rain shadows and rivers.
You can use World Builder to invent worlds for roleplaying games or
as background for fiction, or you can use it to learn about earth science
Major features added in 1.5:
* Added menu choice to create islands and craters, as well as fine
tune the land square by square. See the Land->Edit->Splatter menu choice
in the reference manual.
* Added capability to create a series of snapshots of the spinning
globe. While this almost gives you the ability to create the animated
GIFs shown in the examples, it doesn't quite. I haven't been able to
find an automatic way to merge the multiple GIFs into a single animation.
See the FAQ for more technical details. You invoke the dialog with the
File->Export->Globes menu choice.
* After a user survey, added a number of features to improve usability:
- Improved window management: dialogs now stay in front of main window,
come to the front when you call them, and remember their positions when
you close them.
- Improved handling of most common user error: World Builder cannot be
started by double-clicking from File Explorer; now you get a dialog
telling you that instead of a blank grey window.
- Added help menu choice to display documentation using your browser.
- Added a legend for all map display types.
- Temperature and rainfall display now use heat-spectrum colors instead
of boring old grayscale.
- Many users did not find the "interpolation" checkbox, which dramatically
increases the display resolution for climate. It is now on by default.
- Added load/save/open hotkeys.
- Last filename saved or loaded is remembered and used in save dialogs.
- Created a new icon which looks nicer than previous dark blue globe.
A number of minor features and bug fixes have been added as well.
I welcome enhancement requests and bug reports, and I will continue active
support of World Builder. However, I am now well into the development of
the next product, Nation Builder, which simulates the development and
spread of nations instead of continents.