So there I was…
I had all my fancy pretty mapping software all installed, and then someone on the Starfire discord pointed me towards a nice piece of software called yEd for doing graphic maps. And after some playing around, I think I’ve got comfortable enough with the tool to actually make use of it. It’s still not quite proper yet. I still have to add a bunch of missing things like communication lines, ownership/claims, as well as colonized planets and shipyards, but it is coming together nicely.
I still haven’t quite gotten a good feel on how to use the various groupings, or the various rules for re-organizing the star systems to make the web links more intuitive. The latter has been a real challenge, but I think I’m making some progress by mixing and matching which parts of the map I’m actually having rearranged. It isn’t complete by any means. But we’re looking at a pretty nice bit of progress if I dare say so myself.
One VERY nice thing about this though, is the fact that this is a lot easier to maintain and update, and that’s a big part of why I wanted to push forward on this Mk2 version. Instead of maintaining it via cobbled together or annoying software, it’s all on one program designed for this kind of data manipulation. I look forward to seeing what else I can get done.