If you've thought about the geography of your planet, you'll eventually need a ConMap to organize the information. This section deals with how to make good, realistic, and eye-pleasing maps.
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Mapping software tools provide a wide array of options for creating maps at many different levels as well as rendered scenes of landscapes based on those maps.
- Fractal Planet by Tim Day, an open source tool for Linux that generates a detailed global terrain map for a single planet; can generate global maps, flat square maps, or flat hexagonal maps
- StarGen by Jim Burrows, a non-mapping program that generates a solar system as a spreadsheet containing orbital distance and planetary mass numbers
- Planet Generator by Torben Ægidius Mogensen, a command line planetary map generator offering several different map projections; open-source and delivered as C code
- TerraJ by Martin Smith, an open source Java cross-platform solar system generator combining Fractal Planet, StarGen, and Planet Generator
- GeoMorph relief editor
- G.Projector by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, a free cross-platform Java application that can reproject a map from a cylindrical projection to a Mercator projection, for example
- AutoRealm is an open source mapping utility for creating maps of castles, dungeons, and cities
- L3DT by Bundysoft, a comprehensive commercial terrain modeling solution.
- Fractal Mapper by Nbos Software, targeted at maps more similar to human-drawn maps
- AstroSynthesis by Nbos Software, a star-mapping tool that maps the positions of groups of nearby stars in 3D
- Daylon Leveller by Daylon Graphics, a terrain sculpting application for Windows
- Terragen by Planetside Software, a terrain generator and rendering application