Diagramatic Mapping

Discussion in 'UK Railway Discussion' started by dickdarlington, 24 Nov 2011.

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  1. dickdarlington

    dickdarlington Member

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    Didn't know where to put this (so Mod's please feel free to move wherever is applicable).

    Like some others on here, I have a bit of a thing for maps and route mapping.

    I've been working on my idea of a perfect rail based transit system in the North East. Currently it is in powerpoint (i have a map which I have added routes onto). It is pretty basic, and huge.

    I was wondering, can anyone please recommend some software (free ideally) where I can recreate it in diagramatic form (with the potential to alter it easily). I know some people on here have done stuff like this in the past.

    Your assistance will be greatly appreciated.

    Again, my apols for just dumping this in here.
     
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  3. Evvy73

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    At work I use MS Visio for diagrams. These are mainly technical diagrams and can get very large, but Visio copes well with them.

    It can be a bit fiddly to start with, but if you persevere with it, you will find it is a very powerful tool.

    Unfortunately as it is a Microsoft product, I doubt very much that it is available free, although you may be able to pick it up relatively cheaply via a company/college/student scheme?
     
  4. dickdarlington

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    Thanks

    I have Visio. I've just never used it. Also, I didn't know how useful it would be in this guise. I'll give it a go.

    Ta.
     
  5. Max

    Max Administrator Staff Member Administrator

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    If you send a friendly pm to Jordy, he may be able to assist. He has put together some excellent maps in the past, but the software he used escapes me!
     
  6. stut

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    Visio is pretty good. There's multiple ways of doing it, but if you choose the "Directional Map" template, you can use the "Metro Shapes" stencil to create a diagram really easily.

    Let me see what I can do in a couple of minutes...

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    Here we are. Simple, but easy to do. (Only on touchpad, too!)
     

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