# Quick-and-simple point-and-click cartographic software to easily make a basic map

Short version:

Just as the title says, I'm looking for a quick-and-simple point-and-click cartographic software to easily make a basic map.

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Long version:

This might be asking too much for too little, but I wish to make a simple map. It needn't be beautiful, or highly detailed (these would be nice, but are hardly necessary). I need only the level of sophistication that one might attain with five or ten minutes of pen and paper sketching (I would go this route, but don't have a scanner) – though better than a very simple hack job in MS Paint.

I have the map in my mind, but would be willing to work with randomly generated stuff if I could add/subtract/edit the result. It's several continents wide, with some mountain ranges, badlands, city markers, etc.. Its purpose is merely readers' reference in a book (e.g.: Narnia or Middle Earth).

It could be something as simple-looking as (or even more so than) this map, or this one, or even this one – though preferably more aesthetically pleasing than this example or this other one.

I have pored over several lists of really excellent of cartographic software.
http://www.rptools.net/
https://shaudawn.deviantart.com/art/Free-World-Building-Software-176711930
https://medium.com/universe-factory/mapmaking-software-65c0318fd3a6
https://alternativeto.net/software/campaign-cartographer/
and more that can be found here on StackExchange

As a result, I've installed GIMP and AutoREALM, but while each has some wonderful bells and whistles, both are more labor intensive than this need be.

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Summary:

Where might I find map-making freeware designed for the use of a lazy idiot? It's embarrassing to say this, but I'm just looking for ease of use, not something with awesome features.

• Not quite as fast as point-and-click, but if you start by saying, “Fiat lux!” and work diligently for about six days, on the seventh day then you should be able to just take a photo for your map. A bit traditional, but seems to generate high quality graphics. And you can shoot video if you want! – SRM Jun 19 '18 at 18:00
• @SRM, you're killing me... – JBH Jun 19 '18 at 21:13
• On the other hand, please feel blessed by any and all answers you receive. The reason there are few (if any) simple cartographic software packages is because cartography is NOT simple. It just looks that way when all you have to work with is pencil and paper. – JBH Jun 19 '18 at 21:15
• More serious: never underestimate the ease of posting to various Internet forums and paying for a cartographer to generate a map for you. I’ve done that a couple times... you can get good work for a basic fantasy map for about $50-$100. Start with DeviantArt.com – SRM Jun 19 '18 at 21:33
• @SRM I thought that it was "Klaatu barada necktie". Huh, I suppose that might have been the problem... :-D – Charles Rockafellor Jun 20 '18 at 9:59