Grid Cartographer is an RPG mapping tool

It's the perfect companion for table-top roleplaying dungeon design or for mapping classic games like Wizardry, Might & Magic, Eye of the Beholder and Dungeon Master.

Download the free edition using the link above and give it a try!

Feeling Creative?

If you're into designing your own role playing games for computer or tabletop and are looking for a great tool to draw out maps for your next campaign, why not give it a try and see what new adventures you can dream up!

The advanced editing features of Grid Cartographer Pro such as the cut and paste tools and border creation make blocking out and detailing maps incredibly easy. Then simply export the map to an image file for printing or sharing online!

Thanks!

Thanks to everyone for the numerous suggestions, kind words and support for this project.

Download Grid Cartographer

Windows(.exe)
Mac OSX(.zip)
Linux(.tar.gz)
Android(.apk)

What's New? Read the Release Notes

Editions

Once you've downloaded and installed Grid Cartographer it will start off in a feature limited Free Edition mode. You're free to use this forever and we hope you enjoy it!

If you'd like to unlock the powerful extra features of the Pro Edition, or to see a comparison between the editions, then click here. There you'll be able to purchase a code to unlock Grid Cartographer into the Pro Edition.

System requirements

Windows

OS:  Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Vista / 7 / 8 / 8.1 / 10 (32/64 bit)

Graphics:  DirectX 9.0c Compatible Video Card

Mac OSX

OS:  OSX 10.7 - 10.10 "Yosemite".

Linux

OS:  Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" (32/64 bit) or compatible distribution.

Android

OS:  Android 4.0.3 or later.

CPU:  ARM-v7a or compatible.

Support and Feedback

You can find technical support and any updates on the forum. Feel free to post feature requests and bug reports there too, or send them to me directly via the contact page.

Unlock the Pro Edition

New customer?
Orders are handled by trusted e-commerce provider FastSpring
PayPal, Amazon and all major credit cards accepted.
($19.99)
buy now!
Existing v2 Customer?
Please have your FastSpring order number handy.
note: Upgrades are processed manually.
($7.99)
upgrade

Feature Comparison

Grid Cartographer is available in two flavours. The free version provides a good taste. If you like it you can upgrade to the pro version to experience the full range of features:

FREE PRO
Grid Shapes SQUARE / HEXAGONAL SQUARE / HEXAGONAL
Floor Area UNLIMITED UNLIMITED
Floors and Basements UNLIMITED UNLIMITED
Region Tabs 2 UNLIMITED
Avatar / Party Marker NO YES
User Made "Custom Tiles" NO YES. COLOR AND MONOCHROME
Add Notes to Map Tiles NO MULTIPLE MULTI-LINE NOTES PER TILE
Labelled Map Areas NO YES
Editing Tools STANDARD TOOLS ONLY MOVE, FLIP, ROTATE
3D View Modes NO SPLIT SCREEN, PICTURE IN PICTURE, MAXIMIZED VIEW
Game Link NO YES
Clipboard NO CUT, COPY, PASTE. PAINT SELECTION TOOL
Colors NO COLOURED LABELS, TINTED WALLS AND FLOOR MARKERS
Export Images NO YES
Export Data NO MAP AS XML, NOTE TEXT, MAP AS OBJ
Editor Themes YES PREMIUM THEMES: VDU AND PARCHMENT
Keyboard Accessible YES YES
Free Updates --- ALL v3.x RELEASES

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What's new in Grid Cartographer v3?

• Hexagons!
• On-map "Avatar Marker" to help track the player or party.
• Wall buttons, wall levers, gates, bars and half-walls and doors.
• Many more tiles including gems, simple shapes and arrows.
• Draw super fast straight walls and doors by holding down the shift key.
• Select complex shapes with the completely re-written Mark tool.
• Terrain Wand and Paint Selection tools help speed up selection of complex areas.
• Ground floor is now optional.
• Setup the right mouse button as a quick eraser.
• Mark areas with arbitrary 'Field Effect' overlays to represent things like 'no magic here' or 'health drain'.
• Per-region grid setups.
• Keyboard shortcut remapping.
• Filters for image publishing to hide traps and treasure from your player facing map exports.
• 3D view!
• Game Link - get player tracking information from compatible games.

Q: Do I need to buy a License Key for each platform / machine I own?

No way! Grid Cartographer is licensed to you and not to any specific machine or platform. If you have the supported hardware then we want you to be able to use your copy of Grid Cartographer on it.

Q: I have a pro edition license for version 2, will it work with version 3?

Using the pro edition of Grid Cartographer v3 requires a new license key. You can purchase an upgrade from v2 pro to v3 pro at a significant discount here.

Q: Will my old maps work with version 3?

Yes! any map created in previous versions will work with version 3.

Q: Will maps I create in version 3 still work with old versions of the software?

Owing to the new features added in version 3 the map format has changed significantly and is no longer compatible with version 2. If you wish to try version 3 but think you might stick with an older version of Grid Cartographer then please ensure you make backups of your map files before overwriting them.

Q: Are there any usage restrictions on maps, images and related data files created using Grid Cartographer?

You are free to use map files, exported images and any other data files saved by Grid Cartographer without restriction for any purpose, including commerical use, either as stand-alone documents or included as part of a publication either directly or subject to further editing or manipulation after they were created. No acknowledgement that Grid Cartographer was used is required.

Q: Where can I ask another question?

If you have a question not covered here then please contact me or post on the forum.