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Questions tagged [software-recommendations]

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Software that shows space travel accurately in 3d from a physics point of view

An answer to the following question mentions a free online calculator for long-distance space travel. Software to ease my interstellar travel calculations I'm looking for a 3d simulator that ...
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Editable map of local stars

I'm looking for a map of stars within a few hundred LY of the Sun. I'd like to be able to add text tags to stars, so I can name them within my SF universe. Then I'd like to be able to rotate the image ...
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Is there software to help me model tides?

I have a planet orbiting a roughly Sun-like star, accompanied by a moon that's a bit more massive than our own Moon. The surface is about two-thirds water and one-third land, with most of the land in ...
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Anyone know of a good software for making a galaxy map?

Pretty straightforward one here, I’m just looking for something to design a galactic map with. I would like to not only name and mark planet/systems but also draw out borders between empires and ...
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What is the best software to create photorealistic worlds?

What is the best software to create photorealistic worlds?
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What software could I use to simulate my world's sky?

My protagonist is an astronomer in a fantasy world. Ideally, what I want is software where I can specify some properties of this planet, e.g. orbital and rotation period, nearby stars, number of ...
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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. ===== Long version: This might be asking too much for ...
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Tool for simulating newtonian/acceleration based space combat

In my book there are occasional battles between space ships or fleets which can span hours due to the distances involved. Most of the combat is done using missiles which can accelerate at e.g. 750g ...
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Is there a software (preferrably free) that can help me make a map from a preset land mask?

I already have a land mask (view below) from a basic world map generator, but I need anyway that will help me place mountains, deserts, rivers, cities, etc on it. And, if possible, a height map from ...
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Program for drawing maps in correct scale

I've decided to draw maps, on these maps, I planned on drawing regions which already have determined areas (ex. Region 1 has 30.000 km²), the problem is, how would a measure a region's area on a map? ...
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Magical code weaving system [closed]

I'm working on a magic system that works with weaving power. The most commonly used power source is a magical code. I'm trying to base this code off of LaTeX. LaTeX is a math code that is based on TeX....
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What would Alien Talking Heads sound like?

We know from the International Pronunciation Alphabet (IPA) and the research that gave us the IPA, what sounds typically used in human speech (certainly not all sounds that can be made). This is all ...
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Program for simulating planets

I am currently constructing a fantasy world, where the sun and moon revolve around the planet, which itself is stationary. Because of this, it is quite difficult to imagine how the climate zones would ...
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Could this algorithm be inaccurate or cause ethical problems? [closed]

Say a company in my future world has an algorithm that can evaluate and hire job candidates? Would this potentially cause problems like bias or hire people unfairly? Could it also be unreliable?
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How do I convert part of a south pole map to a mercator projection?

I do not know the name for the technique I am looking for, but I am essentially trying to take this map: And have it distorted into a mercator projection to complete this map: A program that allows ...
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What are some relatively detailed programs or resources for simulating planet-wide evolution?

A year ago, I asked a couple questions about a world I was building where the all the ecosystems in a planet were designed from scratch by a galactic consortium of species (1, 2, 3). I'm revisiting ...
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Does anybody know tools for custom time measurement/calendars?

I work on software tool for making character's backgrounds/storylines. There may be a couple hundreds of PCs and NPCs with background events. One of the important part of the system is event concept. ...
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Creating a “Zelda: Breath of the Wild”–style topographic map?

One of my favourite aspects of world building is creating maps and I've done a few in various styles over the years ranging from traditional hand drawn style fantasy maps to more realistic satellite ...
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Which wiki or any other software do you advice? [closed]

Sorry guys, I have to ask this question. I will close it when I found the "Holy Grail" for my project. Long story short: I want to "wikisize" my worldbuilding project, and I tried dokuwiki and ...
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Star System/Galactic Map Creator?

I was wondering how people generated star maps/galactic maps for their world, I've been struggling to find any tools. Thanks!
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Is there a method of generating a simulated region of a world with bathymetry?

I would like to generate a relief map of a portion of imaginary world which would be about the size of Europe. I do not want to define the outline of land masses or bathymetry myself; I want the ...
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“Globe to draw on” software?

Looking for a desktop application that lets me draw on a sphere with my mouse, which I find very much needed for geography on a whole planet. With a world grid and showing coordinates and all, ...
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What software can I use to map my universe?

I have a sketched picture of my galaxy and I would like this to be electronic. This way I can access it from anywhere (tablet/laptop etc). I have tried looking at Word or Excel, but they are just not ...
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Software/website for public world design?

Suppose the worldbuilding itself is an artistic creative effort, rather than just a means to write a good novel. People have asked about software for organizing information before. But I'm raising the ...
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How to organize and improve a set of rules?

I’m looking for methods and/or software to list and cross-check the "rules" of a universe. Ideally, I’d like to be able to save each rule in a document or cell and to associate it with its ...
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Software to build a science fiction world with realistic/accurate climates [duplicate]

Is there any free world building software available for download, that includes the ability/feature to realistically and accurately generate different climate regions for that planet/world?
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What can I use for brainstorming?

There's already a question about organizing huge amount of information, but for putting concepts together, like a puzzle (or a tree), I could not find anything useful or simple. When it comes to ...
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Map generator for big world

There are several programs available that will generate a random map of an Earth-sized planet, complete with a choice of projections from sphere to 2-D representation. Are there any available that ...
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Software to ease my interstellar travel calculations

When I asked my previous question about love on multi generation ship, I left blank the where are the people going. Simply because I do not know. Now I am in search of software which would ease some ...
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Is there any planet modelling software?

I am searching for a software capable of creating any planet ( like universe sandbox) with the ability of shaping the landscape and adding tags to any coordinates I wish to in order to represent ...
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Software for inter-family genealogy

In my current worldbuilding project, I intend to create a region dominated by a civil war between a number of feuding Houses (upwards of 50 originally) that also share familial ties. Since these ...
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What software can help me render a planet . . . from space?

So, I'd like to make a rendering of my world to see what it would look like from outer space. I have the map drawn up, and the various features (mostly) designed. Think about it like taking a series ...
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What tools can be used to help with language development?

I love developing complex languages for stories and worlds, I'm not much of a language expert though and on top of this I struggle to store all the necessary information to help me work with the ...
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Software to design villages with orthographic view

Is there a software solution or technique for making static 3D images of a realistic looking village? I am hoping for an orthographic view. I know there is the new Cities: Skyline, but it makes cities,...
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Are Wikis the only solution for creating online encyclopedias? [closed]

Since I've started worldbuilding I've organized all my writing into word documents, but I'm starting to look into solutions for creating an online encyclopedia, mostly so I can incorporate hyperlinks ...
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Site for online custom map with tags or labels

I am looking for a site that will do the following for free: Allow me to upload a map of a world (either URL or file, I don't mind). Allow me to tag/label that map, to mark the locations of thing (...
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Method for creating aerial visuals (photography) for fake landmasses

What is the best method for creating a visual that mimics aerial photography for a fake island. The desired quality is USGS standards for actual aerials, preferably 2 foot aerials. The end product ...
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What is the best platform for collaborative worldbuilding?

I'm about to (re)start an effort to collaboratively create a complete world. I'm afraid most ideas would be mine, but I really want it to be open for others to contribute. I'm seeking for an Internet-...
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What software can prototype a planetary system?

Is there any software tool for quickly prototyping a planetary system? Ideally this should: Allow for placement of planets of different sizes and masses around a star. Allow for examination of the ...
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Tool to simulate climate & weather effects

I am looking for a tool that can be used to create worlds with a realistic (= physically plausible) climate and surface given general terrain shape, or can at least assist in such a task. My ideal ...
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What software is available for keeping and organising notes about your world?

I'm currently writing a story based in another world. I try to keep the story outline and the world in fairly separate notes obviously dipping into the world notes when I need to remember names, ...
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How do I put a rectangular map onto a globe?

I've spent time hand-drawing, and then scanning, and colorizing a world map using Paint.Net. The map uses a rectangular projection (something like an Equirectangular, Plate Caree, or Behrmann ...
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What software is available for map creation?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to build my world, physically. I want to be able to create maps of the entire world and then drill down to individual areas and define the towns and ...