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--- Free Software ---


Due to the ever-changing nature of web links, the links presented here may break from time to time.  Please leave a comment if you notice a broken link and I'll try to fix it as soon as possible.  This document may change often.  Feel free to suggest additional world building software too!  Thanks for visiting.


--- World Building Software ---



Wilbur (last update: June 2005) ( www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/sof… )
Wilbur is an old program (which is funny if you consider 5 years old.  [Okay, now that it's well over a decade old now, it's not as funny...aging...]  But it is very simple to use to make planets quickly.  It hasn't been updated in a long time, but I checked the website and the program and it seems to work well enough.

Terragen ( www.planetside.co.uk/ )
Terragen is a terrain maker that creates stunning, photo-realistic scenes and has come in many versions throughout the years.  The first was completely free and came out back in 2005.  The original was an awesome program that created amazing landscapes with very little effort and ease.  The learning curve for the first version was pretty easy.  Then Planetside Software came out with Terragen 2.
It's successor was a completely different way of making landscapes.  It took much longer to learn, but was certainly more powerful.  The people who put this out have kept Terragen free, and even more fortunate for us, continues to develop it, which is rare when most either succumb to the pressures of profit or simply fizz out due to their deveopers having this powerful need to eat.  Not rest on their laurels, they went on with a Terragen 3 and now Terragen 4, which is not only the most current and most powerful, but also, the only one left available.  And best yet, it's all still free!  (Well, free until you want to make a buck from using it, then you have to buy a commercial license.  But until then, it's great for us starving artists.)  That's right!  Who needs to shell out huge bucks for those other software programs when this one does just as much?  One small difference is that past versions gave you the full experience and you didn't need to buy upgrages.  Terragen 4 is tiered between Free, Creative, and Commercial.  That's just fine though because the free version does a lot.

World Machine 2.3 ( www.world-machine.com/ )
I have not personally used this or learned this landscape creator, but it appears to work very similar to that of Terragen 2.  I don't know if it has better support than Terragen 4 (the current version since Terragen 2 isn't offered any more), but I haven't compared them in enough detail.  I'd be curious to hear feedback if anyone has tried both of these.

Celestia ( celestia.space/index.html ) or ( sourceforge.net/projects/celes… )
Celestia is completely open-source and completely free.  It is a beautiful program besides, and if you like astronomy, get it for that.  The program is very easy to use for that purpose.  But more than that, you have the ability to upload and create your own solar systems! Celestia Motherlode ( www.celestiamotherlode.net/ ) has a number of already created and beautiful worlds ready to download and install...again it is very simple to do.  And if you want to create your own worlds, there are a number of tutorials that can teach you how to do so in less than an hour!  Used in combination with other programs, and you can really create some great worlds!
Note: The original site, ( www.shatters.net/celestia/down… ), went down for a period of time.  It looks like the recent version has much more life to it, but just in case it does so again without warning, I've included a link to SourceForge.  I highly recommend using the shatters.net one, but in case there is an issue, SourceForge might work.  

SpaceEngine ( spaceengine.org/ )
Very similar to Celestia, this is another gorgeous universe-maker that also has the capability to write your own scripts for fictitious planets.  Because it is procedurally generated, there can exist more systems than anyone could find in a lifetime.  That's good if you want to explore a galaxy and discover random stars, planets, and other astronomical phenomenon without having to create your own.  The website itself is gorgeous.  Let me give you the developer's (just one guy) description:
SpaceEngine is a realistic virtual Universe you can explore on your computer. You can travel from star to star, from galaxy to galaxy, landing on any planet, moon, or asteroid with the ability to explore its alien landscape. You can alter the speed of time and observe any celestial phenomena you please. All transitions are completely seamless, and this virtual universe has a size of billions of light-years across and contains trillions upon trillions of planetary systems. The procedural generation is based on real scientific knowledge, so SpaceEngine depicts the universe the way it is thought to be by modern science. Real celestial objects are also present if you want to visit them, including the planets and moons of our Solar system, thousands of nearby stars with newly discovered exoplanets, and thousands of galaxies that are currently known.

ChView ( chview.nova.org/chview )
Before I discovered Celestia, I found this program.  It is sorely outdated, and I wouldn't bother much with it.  I include it here only if you are curious about it.  It reminds me how quickly innovative people can evolve into better programs like Celestia.

WinStarGen ( www.eldacur.com/~brons/NerdCor… )
If you only use any this program and never any of the other programs listed here, I will still be very happy. :D  This is the most essential program (web or download) for the creation of solar systems you will ever encounter.  The original program is based on a solid science-based algorithm called ACRETE.  Anyone can make a random solar system, but this one makes believable worlds.  Anyone who tries to do the same thing and wants to sell it to you is a crook because underneath any bells & whistles is this open-source program.  It isn't a graphics program, but gives you the information to make whole solar systems, and Jim Burrows has done an outstanding job to incorporate visual appeal.  I use this to make the solar system I want, and use the information to program into Celestia.  Then I use Celestia to place it in the sky and represent it visually.  

Everchanging Book of Names (last update: March 2009, 64-bit) ( ebon.pyorre.net/ )
Some people can make up fantastic names, and some cannot.  While I consider myself able to create imaginative names, I use this name-generator when I want consistency.  This program uses mathematical algorithms to create names of people (and sometimes even races, places, and even medicines).  Most "chapters" are from familiar books, like the Lord of the Rings or Star Trek or Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones, etc.).  This is free shareware, so it has a few limitations and needs to download other "chapters", but if you don't mind generating only 5 names at a time, you'll be okay.  The site is French, but the English instructions are easy.  My only wish is that I didn't have to download each chapter individually, but the price tag makes it worth the work.

Blender ( www.blender.org/ )
Say you want to make 3D models, but you can't shell out the money for a program like Maya, Bryce, or other modeling software.  That is the beauty of Blender!  It is open source and free!  It is very powerful, too, and will give those other 3D programs a real run for the money (pun intended).  The drawback is the learning curve.  This is a very powerful program, and it takes a while to learn.  The tutorials used to be few and far between, but these days there is a lot more available.  Still, there are some amazing things that the program can do...it may just take some time to figure out how to do it all.  There is pretty good support in the online community...plenty of very helpful and creative folks who love the program.

DOGA L2 & DoGA L3 ( www.doga.co.jp/english/downloa… )
If you want to create spaceships or robots without having to worry about all of the little details, this is a good program that can even do some basic animation.  It's like working with a bunch of virtual Lego pieces that you get to put together quickly and easily to make some pretty impressive stuff.  The basic model building is pretty easy to understand.  The drawback is that this is a very old program from Japan, so English help is very difficult...non-existent really.  It's worth a look, though, and fun for a time.  

HeroMachine 2.5 ( www.heromachine.com/heromachin… ) & Heromachine 3.0 ( www.heromachine.com/heromachin… )
If you haven't discovered these fun javascript programs already, I'm including these here for those of you who like making superheroes, or need help with fantasy or sci-fi outfits.  Basically, its a virtual paper doll dress-up, but you can really come up with some great looks using these.  Version 2.0 is the classic (actually 2.5, which just has more stuff).  You only get one pose, though.  Version 3.0 doesn't seem to have changed much since it was still under development several years ago and it may still have a few bugs and missing libraries.  But it is much more versatile than version 2.5 and comes with potentially more poses.  When building worlds, every detail invested in makes the world richer and more fun for you and your audience...here is a unique tool to help with that.  Totally free, and you can't beat that for what it does!

GIMP ( www.gimp.org/ )
The GNU Image Manipulation Program is not bad for the price...free!  If you can't afford Photoshop (like me), this is a pretty nice program.  Again, it is open source and free.  There is a lot of support and help for it, and it gets better all the time.  Again, you just can't beat the price.

AutoRealm ( www.rpglibrary.org/software/au… )
I was so happy to find this again!  It is a free mapping software I used way back in the day on my Windows XP computer.  It's meant to be for role-playing games (think Dungeons & Dragons) but I actually find a lot of worldbuilding in many RPG games to be quite good at getting the old creative juices flowing.  AutoRealm is free mapping software that is useful for making localized town and castle maps.  I've tested it out and it will run on Windows 10.  What I like best and haven't seen in most other programs is the ability to use fractals to create lines and curves.  But there are many other features that actually create a pretty good map for free.  Please see the website ( www.rpglibrary.org/software/au… ) for a few more support files, like the help source file and add-on symbols.  While you are there, check out a host of other free and low cost sites found in the RPG Library.

donjon ( donjon.bin.sh/ )
Despite sounding like a cheesy adult site, it's actually an incredibly well-developed set of tools mostly dedicated to RPG gaming (donjon is ye Olde way of saying 'dungeon').  Like I said about AutoRealm above, I actually find a lot of worldbuilding in many RPG games to be quite good at getting the old creative juices flowing.  Perhaps the best tools are the planet creators, solar system creators, and the name generators.  Check out the appendix where you have the ability to download a couple of tools that use javascript and html to give you some very powerful stuff.  My only criticisms are that there is absolutely no support from the person/people who made it, so any questions you have won't be answered and the very short descriptions don't offer as much help as I'd like.  Another problem I have is that while the tools are very powerful, there are limitations and a lack of real-world equivalents (like no way to reproduce our solar system and Earth for comparisons).  The planet maker behaves just like Wilbur, so it has its limitations, but it's quick and easy enough.  And the fantasy map maker uses up so much memory on whatever system that hosts it that you can't always get the result (which is amazing if you are able to get it to work sometimes).  Remember, this is inspiration to help you make your worlds.

Fantasy Map Generator ( bl.ocks.org/Azgaar/b845ce22ea6… )
Thanks to Stellina-90 for contributing this. :D  My only hesitation is that I can't say if the link is going to remain as given or go off into its own world.  However, I have to say that I was pretty impressed with how much you could do with this web-based map generator.  It can do a lot very quickly and easily, and I completely agree with the developer's vision: "Map should be interactive, scalable, fast and plausible."  It meets these criteria well.  But even more, in its current state, it gives you a glimpse into the coding.  If you're not into that kind of thing ("Just give me something that works!") then another feature you might enjoy is that whatever you make can be saved and then reloaded.  There is a lot of control and that lends to trying many different features.  I hope this link remains and that the developer/s continue to improve upon it.

--- Writing Software ---



Apache OpenOffice 4.1.0 ( www.openoffice.org/ )
So, you don't have a fancy word processor and you believe Bill Gates' evil spawn isn't worth any more of your hard earned coin... Here is one solution.  You can get a descent word processor, spreadsheet (good for those pesky astronomical calculations), database, simple drawing program, and a PowerPoint-alike for that word we all love... free!  Also,

Google Docs ( drive.google.com/ ) Google Docs as part of its "Drive" series also offers some word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing capability for that same price ($0, in case you lost track ;) ).  If you can't even afford a computer, at least you can use and store things through Google if you can get access to a public site, like a public library.  Hey...several long years ago, it was Bill, Steve, or nothin'.  We've come a long way, baby.  

--- Low Cost Software ---



I can't always get what I want for free, unfortunately.  :(  In cases like that, I do sometimes use low cost software.  There are two gaming companies I've used (I won't provide the links, though):

ProFantasy Software ( secure.profantasy.com/default.… ): Campaign Cartographer 3 ($45 USD); Fractral Terrains 3 ($40 USD)
The one I actually invested in was Fractal Terrains Pro (a predecessor to FT3).  The guy who developed Wilbur worked on this, so you'll see similarities.  FT Pro was a bit more powerful...but even then it only went so far.  FT3 looks pretty similar.  It may have improved on some things--like creating rivers, altitude, climate, temperature, and rainfall calculations, and other features which helps the feel of the world.  It even lets you edit and tweak your world in case that peninsula looks a little too...erm... endowed. ;)  If you do invest in this, you will get more than Wilbur, but you have to decide for yourself if it is worth $40 more...  I suggest playing with Wilbur or the other terrain-makers first.  If they just can't do what you'd like, check this out.  ProFantasny also has a host of other programs at similar prices.  If you are a hard-core D&D player, you will love these.

NBOS Software ( nbos.com/ ): Fractal Mapper v8.0 ($34.95 USD download); AstroSynthesis v3.0 ($34.95 USD download)
On the one hand, AstroSynthesis has the ability to make an impressive 3D universe surprisingly quickly.  The map output is actually in 3D, which is so very important when making a universe.  There are many people who just give up and make their universes like giant earth oceans dotted with island planets...not realistic.  This tool will help...but only if you really need a huge quantity of random worlds in a 3D universe.  It does create whole solar systems, and can map those out.  It makes names and even can make some surface terrains.  But the name-generator for the worlds drives me nuts, and I find the mechanics of world-building only so-so.  It's an interesting program, and if you are in the business of creating a lot of worlds in large universes quickly, it may be worth the investment.  But I really think that all of that can be done with WinStarGen, Celestia, the various terrain-building programs, and your own imagination.  I got AstroSynthesis v2.0, so maybe some of the issues I mentioned have been addressed in v3.0.

Fractal Mapper is a program that looks interesting.  I don't have that, but it sure does interesting.  Look at the features shows a host of levels of map and world making, from the simple, local map to a Wilbur-like representation of the world on a globe.

Scrivener ( www.literatureandlatte.com/scr… ) : Scrivener ($40.00 USD download) is a great friend to the writer.  As the site says, it's "a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents."  This means that is helps you organize your writing, from novels to screenplays, including college papers, into a workable form.  When you're writing, the fancy, shmancy formatting is a moot point anyway since the content is what your readers are interested in.  Still, it gives you plenty of formatting options, letting you focus on getting that first draft done.


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UPDATED NEW FOR 2018!!!
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It's the INFORMATION AGE!

"Oh, so they have internet on computers now!" --Homer Simpson


Imagination is great. It's the spark that helps those of us who build worlds. But it is nice to have help sometimes, especially when some of us may lack technical, artistic, or scientific skills that can really give those awesome worlds a realism others can enjoy.

Here is a small list of some of the software I use to help me with my world-building. I invite others to share their favorites as well.

Now, none of us are made of money. (Of course, if you are, please give me a call as soon as possible!:P) There are all kinds of fancy proprietary software available, but why shell out a few hundred bucks when you can do a really good job for free and use that money for more important things?

I hope you find these programs helpful to you, especially if they can do the job you need without costing you an arm or a leg...or that next :beer:! :D Please, feel free to comment on these if you've had experience...what do you like or dislike? Also, if you have any other free or low cost software resources you would like to share...by all means, don't hold out on us, man!!! Share and give your own comments and critiques.

As always...
:earth: Happy World-building!
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theundeadunicorn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
Favi g this as this is super helpful, thanks!
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Writer
You are quite welcome.  I do need to go through it again and make sure things are working.  Plus I need to add a couple of items, so stay tuned!  :D :earth:
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harlequinshine Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2018
I would just like to say thanks for sharing all the info and software that you've come to find in your search and compiled here for others to use. it is very much appreciated.
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
You are quite welcome.  I hope it has helped a lot of people who are in need of free and inexpensive world-building resources.  I need to add this to my main article, but I also highly recommend the site World Anvil for some amazing world-building for (that magical word) free!  www.worldanvil.com/

Again, I'm happy you liked it and I hope your worlds are all nice ones!  :D :earth:
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lordceleborn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
If you are looking for a way to manage your worldbuilding work have a look at World Anvil www.worldanvil.com I have started using it 3 months ago and I am soooo very stuck with it.
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Great minds think alike!  I discovered this site this past summer as well.  I can't recommend it enough.  And I've only scratched the surface.  Highly professional quality for free, and for a very modest Patreon subscription, you can get even more.  All hail Dimitrius and the Banana Queen!
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Hyratel Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
OpenOffice is outdated and superseded by Libreoffice www.libreoffice.org/
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for letting me know.  I've not checked in too long a time.  I'll have to update that, so much thanks!
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Stellina-90 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also suggest you this page, it's not a software, but is a simple and useful tool...and it's free.
bl.ocks.org/Azgaar/b845ce22ea6…
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you, Stellina-90, for the suggestion!  It may not be software in the conventional sense, but it basically fits what I have in mind for these links.  I will evaluate it further and incorporate your suggestion.  Thank you.
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DameCeleste Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017
Frankly I have scrivener and adore it I got a huge discount on it but if I hadn't had the discount I still would have bought it. Also the trial version is great.
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you like it too.  It can be a very powerful tool for organizing your writing, keeping track of characters, planning plots, and fleshing out settings.  I use it every NaNoWriMo!  :D
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Sonomatic Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Question, i found this via google (though im on DA already, haha) ok im a total scrub cake to world building. I have a nebulous idea on what to make in my head for my characters but ive never truly started outside a rough continent map I made a long time ago, which I want to remake. Whats the best software to do this with?
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
My apologies for the very, very late response, but perhaps by saying something now it can still help others.  Maybe.

The short answer is: I don't know.  I'd probably need more information to give you a more satisfying answer, I'm afraid.  It depends on a lot of variables such as the kind of story you want to make.  I have another couple of little write-ups I did called Building E.P.I.C. Worlds (and Part 2) that discuss the idea about how to think about making your stories.  And drama is going to be the main driver, so the software to use will depend on the kind of story you want to write.  If the story is a "Place" story, then the drama is going to center around more world-building software that focuses on the unique aspects of your world that your protagonist(s) will have to overcome.  However, you are writing about characters, then anything in your world that tests the characters (and aids your antagonists) will be more paramount.  So in some cases, all you need is a simple list instead of a map-making program. 

So...I guess it depends.  Sorry I can't come up with a better answer at the moment.
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Sonomatic Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. I really appreciate it!Nah that was a good answer. Been busy as of late so haven't had much time to mull over, so this was a good reminder to get back to where i was inspired.

Your right I should just list things down. Just the idea of keeping these things organized based on geography I feel like would really help out. (I guess I could just use any image editing software for my needs and annotate it)
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I actually love to look at a map as a starting point to stories.  I can be transfixed by any map for hours.  I especially like to look at water--oceans, straits, peninsulas and isthmi, and river networks and basins.  I look at them systemically, seeking all of the connections.  What resources are there?  What features?  And what do these do to the people who live there?  Are they fishermen or miners?  What kinds of religions and civilizations arise from that?  Governments?  Is there energy flowing to invite conquest?  Do the neighboring regions depend on one another or despise one another?  Where is the trade flowing (which is most often based on waterways)?  Take that to a galactic scale, and the questions are still the same, only instead of islands and continents, you have solar systems, asteroid belts, and nebulae.  I also like to write short histories, sorting out relationships between the players too. 

So, for software, this can all start with something like Fractal Mapper (NBOS) or Wilbur, but really any map-making or graphic software like GIMP.  Before they put the Interwebz on the computer ;) I did a great deal of world-building using nothing but large sheets of butcher paper.  I had plans to write a whole paper on my theories of world-building but...alas...

Sadly, at least 90% of whatever world-building a writer comes up with is never experienced by the readers.  Yet, if you have it in place before you write, it can not only be inspiring, but can lead to some really great writing.  I think one of the best recent examples of this is Brandon Sanderson, and another is Isaac Asimov.  Our maps are staring points and great tools, but as long as everything is connected, it makes for great worlds and great stories.
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Sonomatic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Exactly! It makes it easy to pull from to make stories. Even if not everything is there for the reader, it makes it easier to setup a story your reader will read, and making it that much better.

I have GIMP and an old version of photoshop (is CS2 good enough? lol), ill give Wilbur a shot, is there something similar to Fractal Mapper thats free? I dunno if Wilbur is good with labeling stuff.
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atomicwolfdog Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2016
Thank you for the resources
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exu-caveira Featured By Owner Edited Oct 14, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tank you Hug 
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Oseviel Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2016  Student General Artist
Hello! Thank you for this impressive list!

I have a question though...has anyone come across free alternatives to ProFantasy's City Designer yet?
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octobersanctuary Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2016
G'day M. Shadawn,

I have been scouring the internet for a program that can let me experiment with geography and climate, so that I can figure out how to organise the landscape of my world and not make the mistake of putting two incompatible environments smack-bang next to one another.

If there are any recommendations that you think would fit he bill, I would be eternally grateful :)
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Rappy-X Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the links also.
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you liked them.  I hope they are useful to you.  :D
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Rappy-X Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Now I wish if their were some I could use stand on a Mac
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, unfortunately I don't really have anything for Mac.  You'd think there would be more, but...alas... :( 

Good luck, though, and thanks for the input.  :D
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HallowPrimordia Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
Terragen 3's link is busted, thanks for the recommendations :)
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for letting me know.  I'll see if I can fix it.  They tend to have the habit of moving their links over there.  CURSE YOU! 
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LadyDeliz Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used Blender for a class once. It was a pain in the butt, but someone more experienced with it might have better luck than I did! xD I also use GIMP every now and then. It produces really smooth linearts!

My sister wants to create her own fantasy world, with her own characters that she can dress up and customize. She's been using Microsoft Publisher, with each slice of world on its own page. The characters and their clothes are simple shapes, which she selects and moves around. Up until recently it's been fine, but Publisher can only go so far. The file is absolutely massive now, and it's clear she needs more powerful software. I showed her HeroMachine (and many more) but she wasn't interested.

Which one of these would you recommend? :)
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry for the late reply...been on hiatus.  (I hear there's a pill for that now, so I should be fine Grey Kit Emoticon-Lmfao  bah-DUM-dum)

Anywho, I can understand about MS Publisher files getting huge.  That's one thing I'm not too fond of with MS products.  Sometimes, the resulting files get so huge and cumbersome that they slow down.  Plus, being proprietary software, they have this tendency to suddenly drop support.  And for those of us who can't afford to shell out several hundred bucks for the latest (and, inevitably, even more cumbersome) product, that can really drag an artist down when you could be spending that time making cool stuff!

HeroMachine is good for a quick character.  Also, it is so simple, you can begin to create almost instantly.  But it has its limitations (like all products, especially free ones).  Version 3 gives you more control than Version 2, but even HM3 is really constrained by one or two poses.  Plus, you're limited to whatever the creator has for clothing, accessories, etc.  If you are really creative, you can tweak what's there, but it takes time.

I've seen several dress-up sites about, but I've never been impressed enough by them to pass on their links here.  HeroMachine 3 is the creator's own website, and there's no need to give away your e-mail, phone, credit card, bank account number, and first born child just to play with a mediocre tool.  It's usually easy and adequate get a simple visual on one of my characters.  Plus, it's FREE!  So, it does a great job for the price.

If you come across more sites, pass them along!  And thanks for the note!  :D :earth:
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LadyDeliz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've been on hiatus too, so it's a miracle this conversation is even happening. :XD:

I already had Hero Machine 3 bookmarked, so I guess I've explored it before? (I don't remember any of it though, so that's probably a bad sign.) I'll re-investigate it soon and see if I can't pass it along to my sister.

Thanks for the response. :D
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dodark Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is awesome!!! I also found another one called outerra anteworld, though it only generates a replica of earth. Thanks for this post!
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you think so!  :D  And I'm always happy to add more free stuff if there are suggestions. :earth:
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Zage56 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Thank you for the links!
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to be of service!  I hope they serve you well.  :earth: :D
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I updated and tested all of the links, and added a couple of items.  Enjoy!
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dragoncatnap Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for this, I run Rifts games in my area and this has been very helpful for my maps, star charts and other needed ideas.  all of the links I have interest in work great.
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wonderful!  Glad it worked for you.  Have fun!  :D
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Kittypie323 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The link to Wilbur is dead, it says. But I really want to try it, so I looked on Google, and still came up with nothing. Could you help me out? Begging Emote 
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I think there's something wrong with the way things link from dA to the links I made back when I made this post (I tested them all, I swear! :lol: ).  Anyway, I confirmed that the link is still there as I remember it.  If you can't link directly, just copy-paste this into your favorite browser of choice:  www.ridgenet.net/~jslayton/sof…
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kingdragon01 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Thanks for posting this, I may need these someday.
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Conclavian Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
The Celestia page no longer seems to be available.
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks, Conclavian.  One of the risks when giving url links is that they can change the next day without so much as a hint.  And since I had written this a while ago, I've not checked on it in a long time.  It's strange that the site is down since it has been up for so many years and has a vibrant following.  Hopefully, this is just temporary since this is probably my favorite gem of the listing.  The site www.celestiamotherlode.net/ is still there (again, with the same caveat that it could disappear the moment I add this comment) so if you are still interested in this amazing software, Celestial Motherload is a good place to keep you posted.  Keep your fingers and toes crossed that the site will be back soon!  Since it is open source software, I doubt it will disappear forever...finding it, however... I wish you all the luck!
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I keep trying the website that used to host Celestia (shatters.net) and still find it down...gone, really.  I have no clue what happened to it or why it's gone.  I'm pretty sad about this, really.  This was open sources software that worked really well, and once you understood how to make a solar system file, it could become a very powerful tool indeed.  I have the files on my computer, still, but I keep hoping someone with the bandwidth will host it again.  Until then, I don't really have an alternative.  :(
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I found several sites that do have Celestia 1.6.0!  The link above is now pointing to CNET.  There is also a download on SorceForge, but with that site's third party advertisements and invasive software, I'm recommending CNET.
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irishlafey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Also, a lot of your links include the parentheses you use to bracket off the link, making the link come up as broken. If you fix that, all of your link seem to work fine. 
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks.  It used to work fine when I first wrote this post, but...well... it appears they don't now.  Off to the editing room! :D
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irishlafey Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Hey, thanks so much for the links, they were exactly what I was looking for. However, the link to Celestia as CNET doesn't work. I wouldn't mention it, but I googled Celestia and it seems to be back up and running on shatters  www.shatters.net/celestia/down…
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Shaudawn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
At first, I couldn't find shatters.net.  I kept getting error messages.  But I did try your link and it works...  Again, thank you.  With the web as it is, links are often outdated before you even post them, it seems...so fluid, yet so eternal.  What a weird world we live in.  :P
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DOCNFOID Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful info here, thanks a lot.
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heartandart Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
Thank you for the links, really :)
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