Maptorian Plus: Vector maps for everyone
Awesome vector maps designed to easily create your own map projects for personal or commercial use.
Maptorian is a vector map collection that was created having in mind what graphic designers, journalists, students and any other people may need to create visually appealing maps easily and quickly. Thanks to Maptorian’s layered maps, anybody who knows how to handle a current vector graphic design program, especially a program like Illustrator, can easily shape their own maps.
- > 2 GB of maps.
- 35 templates.
- 40 thematic layers.
- 25 world maps.
- Detailed maps of Europe and USA.
- Layered AI + EPS + PDF formats.
- 15 different map projections.
Everything in Maptorian maps is editable. The distribution of thematic layers is designed to quickly create different types of maps through their activation and deactivation, change in distribution and, of course, edition. Yes, everything in Maptorian can be customized.
Objects, layers, colors, texts… everything can be changed easily to create the desired map. Also, the user won’t have to rely on a different graphic design tool (can use Illustrator, Inkscape...), nor have to use any complex mapping software (GIS).
Map information is often out of reach for designers or graphic design programs users. Would not it be great to have a collection of maps designed as templates to create new, customized maps not needing to use GIS or similar programs?
That’s where Maptorian comes in. When creating this project, we always had in mind the ideal map pack in our daily work as graphic designers. Using Illustrator or any other popular vector design tool, you can create and edit any kind of map of the world, continent, country or region, simply using what Maptorian has to offer.
Layered AI + EPS + PDF (Requires Illustrator CS3 or higher or other similar graphic design software).
The first version of Maptorian was developed over three years ago. It was a first attempt to create a useful map pack intended for graphic designers. Now we are about to complete the development of this new, improved and expanded version, much better than the initial one.
To create this improved version of Maptorian (known as Maptorian Plus) we have used new data sources in the public domain that contain large amounts of information. This information must first be processed before being converted into templates that can be used to create maps.
This processing stage is very demanding in terms of hardware requirements and time spent on the adjustment of layers and objects. Hence, to properly fund the final development stage of Maptorian Plus, we have placed our trust in the community of enthusiasts who make Kickstarter alive. Thanks to everyone for the support!
The magic behind Maptorian lies in its structure. All the maps that make up Maptorian have been designed to be easy to use. To achieve this goal, each map has several layers of information distributed on separate thematic layers.
These layers can be turned on or off, you can edit them, copy and paste or even merge them. There are layers of rivers and lakes, of roads or railways, cities, text labels… Playing with the arrangement of the layers and the elements that compose them you can create countless maps, all of them meeting your needs. Your imagination is the limit.
Download the Maptorian guide
Maptorian Plus is a collection of vector templates created to allow you to design any kind of global, continental, regional or country map that you may need. For more detailed information about the maps included in Maptorian, its features, layers, objects and descriptions, we invite you to download this guide. (PDF, 27MB).
If you want to discover the power of Maptorian, we invite you to download a small sample. This sample contains a vector map created using some Maptorian layers. It will allow you to test and experience how easy it is to create maps from Maptorian vector files. (AI+EPS+PDF, Zip. 10MB).
Maps included in Maptorian Plus
The new edition of Maptorian is much more than a collection of vector map packs. It’s a toolbox designed to facilitate cartographic mapping tasks in the fields of graphic design, journalism, computer graphics or publishing.
Whenever you need to create a world map, a map of a continent, a country or a region, owning Maptorian maps will greatly ease the task. Each map can be seen as a template. Each of them has several thematic layers that combined and edited to your liking, will become the map you wanted to create.
There are plenty of cartographic databases in the public domain around the world, but unfortunately they are typically designed to be used by cartographers, engineers and geographers who use GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software for their projects. Generally, graphic designers, journalists or anybody else not familiar with GIS often have great difficulty in handling these cartographic databases.
When all what is needed is to create visually appealing and accurate maps, but spatial analysis tasks are not needed, such databases, being a tempting target as they are, become a headache for those without access to GIS tools or the knowledge to take advantage of them.
That’s where Maptorian comes in. Maptorian map packs were created thinking in visual graphic design to easily communicate information. To achieve this, map packs have been shaped using public domain cartographic databases, like Natural Earth. They also follow the CIA World Factbook maps and the National Atlas of the United States as reference.
The resulting raw data is then dumped into a GIS, and later distributed in layers using Illustrator. Each vector object created following this process has subsequently been edited “by hand” whenever necessary, as is the case of text labels, elements of color, thicknesses and other graphic aspects. The final product is a vector map pack created to have a number of ideal quality templates at hand when designing visually appealing maps.
Risks and challenges
The process of creating Maptorian Plus is in its final stage. At this stage an investment in special hardware is needed so that it is powerful enough to allow to properly export the contents of Maptorian Plus. In the event that the campaign is successfully funded, no special risks are contemplated, since the entire map data is already processed. We are just waiting for the final push, which we hope to achieve thanks to Kickstarter. The distribution of rewards, except for USB drives, will be conducted through online downloads, eliminating any risk associated to receiving shipments.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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