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I didn't care for it since it's Windows only.




Perhaps a bit off topic, but if its Windows-only, and you claim this as the reason you didn't care for it, then inductively you don't care for Windows (and therefore *not* care for Mappy) and your dislike of Windows bears more on your opinion of Mappy than Mappy itself. Therefore, its more accurate to say that you can't use Mappy (conveniently, on your platform of choice), than it is to say that Mappy is poor, or didn't meet your needs.

It's a bit like saying "I don't like that tie, because I only wear T-shirts." It says nothing about the qualities of the tie itself, only that it doesn't fit into your particular wardrobe. Its an anecdote that has little meaning to the OP based on the original question.


Regarding Mappy itself,

Its been some time since I've used it, but I recall it working well enough. The page you linked has links to several other map editors that would be worth checking out -- Tiled looks nice, and Tile Studio combines both Map and Tile editing in one. One downside to Mappy that I recall is that it didn't support arbitrary object placement, so I had to work around that by creating two map files -- one for the normal, tiled world, and a second for object placement that had a grid that was twice as dense as the other.


If they're free, I suggest you download them all for a trial run and see what you like best.

some features you probably want to look out for are:
- Support for layered maps
- Flexible export options (either scripted or through plugins) or, in leue of that, an format that is easy to read and transform into something useful
- Support for Collision markers

Bonus:
- Support for flags or area triggers
- Support for geometric collisions
- Support for arbitrary placement of objects (non-grid placement for objects, Mobs, etc)

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[quote name='daviangel' timestamp='1328576066' post='4910360']
I didn't care for it since it's Windows only.


Perhaps a bit off topic, but if its Windows-only, and you claim this as the reason you didn't care for it, then inductively you don't care for Windows (and therefore *not* care for Mappy) and your dislike of Windows bears more on your opinion of Mappy than Mappy itself. Therefore, its more accurate to say that you can't use Mappy (conveniently, on your platform of choice), than it is to say that Mappy is poor, or didn't meet your needs.
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It is off-topic, and I have no experience with mappy, so I'll shut up beyond this, but it's more like saying "I don't use that boat, since it's only for rivers". Being limited is definitely a con.

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Not to come off too bristly, but apparently this is everyone-have-an-opinion-on-something-other-than-the-actual-question-day, and the entire point of that portion of my previous reply was to point out that such jaw-wagging isn't helping the OP make any kind of decision.

Being limited in any particular way is not "definitely" a con -- it only becomes a con when it prevents you from doing something that you would like to do. The fact that the roof of my living room is not retractable isn't a real con unless I intend to launch hot-air balloons from my couch (as cool as that would be), so its never been a point of concern for me when renting an apartment.

More to the point, the fact that Mappy only runs on Windows, for a Windows user, is not a con. Since the OP didn't indicate a desire to operate on any non-Windows platforms, being Windows-only hardly seems like anything worth mentioning.

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To Ravyne, as former Windows power user now Mac newbie and Ubuntu Linux lame brain, I salute your evaluation here. I would like to be as cross platform accessible as possible so that many others may be able to run what I produce. I may not have the whits of programming anything worth while now, but when I do I want as many folk as possible to have access to what I have and run it successfully. What matters is the needs of the user, not the OS. =+D

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