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Draw Explorer: Named Drawings

Draw Explorer: Named Drawings

With the release of Maptool 1.5 comes a much-requested feature to the Draw Explorer. You can name drawings or groups of drawings via the Draw Explorer interface. This might not sound like much, but it greatly helps you navigate your way those around large, complex maps.

Being able to name drawings opens up functions that previously only applied to images. So now, with the aid of the Maptool script language, you could hunt for all drawings with a specific name and move them to a different layer on the map, and in doing so perhaps hide them from player view.

You can download the RPTools’ Products from our Download page or our DriveThruRPG publisher’s page. If you’re a coder you may also want to download the source from GitHub. While you’re in there, fork a branch and fix a bug. It’s the Open Source way.

Excited about the new functionality? Let’s discuss in the comments below or on one of our many social outlets.

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Log and issue or fork a branch of the code on GitHub

You can download the new version of MapTool from the following link:

https://github.com/RPTools/maptool/releases/tag/1.9.3

All users running versions prior to 1.8.3 are strongly encouraged to update. See this announcement post on our forum.

A JAR file version may be downloaded as well but is only recommended for developers or other advanced users.

Mac Users are encouraged to use the PKG version of the install. Windows users are encouraged to use the MSI.

If you need help, please join our Discord Server. A list of all changes can be found in our Change Log

Draw Explorer: Vision Blocking Layer

Draw Explorer: Vision Blocking Layer

New in MapTool 1.5, the ability to add or remove VBL from drawings created via the Drawing Tools. Continue Reading

Draw Explorer: Merging

Draw Explorer: Merging

With the release of Maptool 1.4.2, you will have the ability to merge different drawn elements of your map together. You can try this functionality in the Dev/Test Build of MapTool now but we don’t recommend using Dev/Test for your gaming sessions unless you’re the adventurous sort. If you’re unfamiliar with the Draw Explorer, we… Continue Reading

Draw Explorer: Cut example

Draw Explorer: Cut example

The new feature provided by the Draw Explorer is the ability to group elements of your drawing together. Grouping draws these elements as one effective object. How this differs from elements drawn normally becomes apparent when you include cuts or erasings in your group. You draw a tower, starting with a circle. You then hollow it… Continue Reading