Type of Program: 3D Modeler
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP
Authors Name: Joshua Klint
Installed Size: 1.9MB (12MB using plugins)
Cartography Shop is an application that you use for serious 3D
modeling. If you develop games you’ll soon learn that if you want to create the
next generation 3D game, you’ll need
something to create your "world" in. Cartography Shop is fairly easy to use once
you become familiar with the various views (standard in most programs like
this). By using
Cartography Shop you’ll soon be on your way to making your very own 3D world.
Walk around it in, setup all types of Entities, Lights, and so on.
It would be best here to simply list the Pros and Cons of Cartography Shop:
Cartography Shop is easy to use. Although it is simple, you can build many types
of worlds using many types of geometry. Once you have it built you can texture
it to your liking. Within the world you create you can place lights and set the
light distance and color. Cartography Shop can be used to build "Doom" like or
"Quake" like worlds. So in this sense, anything is possible. You can design
personal plugins to be used or use many of the ones currently available.
Cartography Shop allows you to save your worlds in the DirectX format (.X using
a plugin) for use into 3D game engines which in itself is a must for game
developers. Overall Cartography Shop was easy to get up and running fairly fast.
The program is easy to use in its IDE and as stated, being able to save in the
.X format may be a strong point for some types of developers. Other plugins are
for BSP, CSG, save a PAK file, save collision boxes and save an entity list.
The biggest drawback I found while using Cartography Shop was the lack of being
able to place more than 20 images (textures) in the Texture Directory. If you
put more than 20 in that Directory it errored out and closed. There is little
Help or Examples to work with so if you’re new to this you may be forced to
learn it all on your own. Email support lacks a great deal as well. Although
there is a forum, it seems to be used very little and finding it was more than
displeasure. One positive note to mention here is the fact that Cartography Shop
is to be upgraded soon. With this upgrade will come many more enhancements as
well as many bug fixes so keep an eye out for the new and improved Cartography
Ease of Installation
Reviewed by Robert Hall
Purchases can be made online from their Web site.