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Two New Depiction Add-ons Available Now!

Created as accompaniments to the Recreation Add-on software both Add-ons are related to recreation.  The Aquatic Recreation Add-on software comes with new point elements, which allow you to quickly map locations like kayak/canoe launches and diving points.  You can easily draw vehicle ferry routes yourself or import them from a file.  Of course areas can also be imported as swimming areas or drawn with the user drawn shape – freeform polygon tool.  One element has a behavior; the Lighthouse.  This element additionally requires an interaction (included) to simulate a potential line-of-site zone for safely traveling the waters. Use the Aquatic Recreation Add-on to create a simple map of your visit, or to plan and track the operations of a marina.

The Winter Recreation Add-on software also includes new point elements allowing you to map locations like warming huts and back country access points.  Import various modes of transportation line data, such as snowshoe and cross-country ski trails or quickly draw them yourself; including elements based on the North American Trail Rating System for colorizing difficulty.  Of course areas can also be imported as terrain parks and tubing hills or drawn with the user drawn shape – freeform polygon tool.  Two elements have behavior; the first is the Avalauncher Site.  This element additionally requires an interaction (included) to simulate a potential target zone for conducting avalanche control operations.  The Snowmaking Equipment element can be used to show the intended coverage from a snowgun or general area of snowmaking operations by entering properties for a simple arc calculation (direction, distance, and angle).  Use the Winter Recreation Add-on to create a simple map of your visit, or to plan the year round operations of a resort.  Both of these add-on are now available for $12.95 each in the Depiction Store.

What if I want to add new icons?

In my recent post about mapping land parcels for the fire department, I mentioned I changed some existing icons, but I didn’t go into much detail about how I did it. I started by finding free icons on the Internet through a Google search. Next, my quandary was what format they need to be in and what size.

In researching this I discovered the existing Depiction icons were in .PNG format but didn’t find much info about size. So I checked with the folks at Depiction about the existing icon files and they provided me with a full set of the files (about 1mb worth of data). Because these icons all have a similar look and style, they look much better than many of the icons I downloaded, so I decided that I would use these instead. (They have now made the source icons available for download.)

Now the question was how to modify them. For my existing project, I needed four new icons: two residences of different colors and two vacant land icons of different color. I have used Photoshop and other photo manipulation software before and so I started to look for free software that might be easier to use. I found two: GIMP , which is an open source photo manipulation software and Sib Icon Editor. Both of these are free software. I ended up using Gimp for this particular need.

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