Review Illustration Software: City Designer 3

City Designer 3 is a companion app for Campaign Cartographer 3 by ProFantasy Software. City Designer 3 allows you to make cities map illustrations. As with Campaign Cartographer 3, this software is mostly aimed at making maps of fictional places for use in role-playing games. This means that most (but not all) of the symbols provided by the software are fantasy focused, however the app is still useful for all budding cartographers.
City Designer 3 operates on a smaller scale to Campaign Cartographer 3. Instead of focusing on country or continent-level maps, it zooms in to look at cities, towns, and villages. You can still add rivers and other landscape elements to your map, but they are not the focus.
City Designer 3 is incredibly easy to use. Instead of forcing you to draw one building at a time, it allows you to quickly and easily draw entire streets with just a few clicks. You can also make use of the house-builder tool to make custom buildings, and breathe life into your city with a selection of more than 2,000 symbols including ones themed to Fantasy, Science Fiction, the present day, and classical.
If you’re a fan of historic illustrated maps, you’ll love the designs that City Designer 3 allows you to create. The software itself is not particularly demanding, and will run on most modern computers (and laptops for that matter!). It can be a little tricky to learn, however it does come with a guide-book and 90 days worth of online support.
You can use City Designer 3 even if you don’t own Campaign Cartographer 3, and the symbols that ship with City Designer can be used in other company’s mapping software. This flexibility is a part of what makes the package so useful to would-be cartographers.

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