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This program is exactly what I've been looking for! My friends and I play using a SKYPE conference call, and I just need a grid map to show them what's up.
Maybe i'm just really clueless, but I can't figure out how to make/where to find assets for MapTool.
I assume these assets are icon libraries of some sort? I suggest posting a FAQ about assets on your webpage, even if the question isn't really frequently asked!
Great question ! It's actually quite simple, albeit a bit non-intuitive at the moment (Our current development towards M6 is all about improving usability, which will make this much more intuitive).
There are a number of ways you can get images to use on the map.
1) Drag and drop an image from any web page. This includes using images for background maps, just drop the image either into the black space when MapTool starts up, or onto one of the minimaps in the bottom right.
2) File->Asset->Add asset panel pops up a dialog, you can then navigate to a directory on your local filesystem that you have images stored in. The directory can be hierarchical and it will show up as a tree in the left panel that says 'Assets' (double click your added directory to expand the tree)
3) Use Token Tool to create pretty images. Start TokenTool from rptools.net, then drag an image from either your file system or from a web page (check out wizards.com for some great art), select a bounding image from the left (I recommend the bigger one), scale the image using your mouse wheel, move the bounding image around by dragging it. When you have the image you like (by looking at the preview in the top right), just click-drag the preview image and drop onto the MapTool playing field, and you are good to go.
At this time we do not have an image repository, although that's one of the features we're working on. In the mean time you can get all sorts of great art from wizards.com and other internet sites.
As we're in the middle of heavy development of the user interface, we would love your feedback and first impressions: things you like, things you don't, features you'd like to see, etc, etc :)
Yes, MapTool comes without any assets. However, www.wizards.com has a realy nice art gallery that is good for about anything you need if you are playing dungeons and dragons. TokenTool is simple and powerfull, and above all it is fast. With it you can create all the tokens you'll ever need and quite a few that you won't in a few hours
I don't see the asset submenu in Files, I downloaded both the new beta and the new alpha
Yes, it has since moved to the Tools->Add Image Explorer Path (shortcut key is CTRL-I)
I see no asset submenu in the file menu, I have checked both the web versions and the downloadable versions.