How quick and easy is it to search for particular maps?
The viewer uses an indexed search; this means that searches happen in
a split second. You can search for any text appearing in the body of the
map or in the map notes. The map notes contain product information and
map details, so you can quickly find a particular map from a particular
(If you make any changes to the maps or add maps of your own, you can
reindex the atlas. This takes two or three minutes.)
How else can I navigate between maps?
You can select the parent map of any map. For example, if you select the
parent icon on the Waterdeep map, you would see an appropriate map of
the Sword Coast. You can also get to the parent by clicking on the center
of the compass rose.
You can click on hotspots to open other maps. For example, if another
floor of a building is mapped, you can click on the stairs to open that
map. If a town is mapped, you can select it on an overland map and it
On overland maps, you can click on the arrows on the compass rose to
see adjacent maps or click on an area to see a focus map.
How do I navigate within maps?
You can zoom to any part of the map in at most two steps. You can zoom
in, out, to a particular window, to the extents of the map, or to a predefined
view of the map. Finally, you can find and zoom to a particular item of
text. This is particularly useful on large overland maps or maps of cities
such as Waterdeep; you can find any street or keyed location very quickly.
What printing options are there?
Three options control what you print. First, choose what view you want
to print. This can be the entire drawing, the view you can currently see,
or a predefined view. Second, choose the scale at which you want to print.
This can be no scale (in other words, the view you have chosen fits on
the page) or a particular scale (1" = 10', 1:72, or whatever you
like). Finally, choose whether to print on one piece of paper or tile
your print across many sheets.
Here are a few examples of what you can do:
- Print the entire map on one piece of paper
- Print a particular room of a dungeon at 1" = 10'
- Print the entire map of Waterdeep at 1" = 50' across many pieces
What changes can I make to maps with the viewer?
The viewer is designed only to view maps, not to edit them. But you can
add searchable map notes to any map, hide and show layers, or save a particular
view, and if you save the map, that information will remain. You can edit
the maps, but you'll need ProFantasy Software's Campaign Cartographer
2TM or the AD&D®
Core Rules Campaign Mapper to edit the maps.
What format are the maps in?
The maps are stored in a compressed vector format. Instead of using the
array of dots found in bitmaps, the atlas stores maps as a collection
of geometric shapes that combine to make the map. These are stored in
a drawings database. Whenever you change the view in the viewing window,
the atlas recalculates what you can see from the database and displays
The atlas file format has four major advantages over raster-based images
such as GIFs and bitmaps. First, you can zoom in and print without any
loss of detail. Second, the files created are very small in comparison
with similarly detailed raster maps. Third, you can hide and show relevant
features using layers. Finally, the atlas uses the same file format as
AD&D Core Rules Campaign Mapper and Campaign Cartographer
2, so you can use these to edit the maps.
Softback Books & Modules
Aurora's Whole Realms Catalogue*
Cities of Bone
Complete Sha'ir's Handbook*
Demihumans of the Realms*
Faiths & Avatars*
For Duty & Deity
Knight of the Living Dead*
Sea of Fallen Stars
Warriors & Rogues of the Realms*
Wizards & Priests of the Realms*
FOR02 Drow of the Underdark*
FOR04 Code of the Harpers*
FR07 Hall of Heroes*
FR12 Horde Campaign
FR15 Gold & Glory*
FROA01 Ninja Wars
H01 Bloodstone Pass
H02 The Mines of Bloodstone
H03 Bloodstone Wars
H04 Throne of Bloodstone
I04 Oasis of the White Palm
I05 Tomb of Martek
I03-05 Desert of Desolation (I03-05 was referenced to place the town of
Bralizzar, but none of the sites mapped within the supermodule are included.)
LC03 Nightwatch on the Living City
OA01 Swords of the Daimyo
OA02 Night of the Seven Swords
OA03 Ochimo, the Spirit Warrior
OA04 Blood of the Yakuza
OA05 Mad Monkey vs. Dragon Claw
OA06 Ronin Challenge
OA07 Test of the Samurai (in part)
OP01 Tales of Outer Planes*
* indicates no cartographical source
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of the Coast, Inc. ©1999 Wizards of the Coast, Inc.
Campaign Cartographer 2 and City Designer 2 are trademarks
of ProFantasy Software, Ltd.