Many of you have likely been disappointed by prior map-making software, so a healthy degree of skepticism is expected. That is why I am making the MapForge Beta Release publicly available. Download the software and try it out for yourself, in order to evaluate it. Take the program for a spin to see if this is going to be the program you want/expect it to be.
But do keep in mind that this is a Beta Release, and thus is likely to contain bugs. Note that some features such as the draw/paint tools and support for Textures are expected after MapForge v1.0.
Click here to download MapForge Beta Release 2 for Windows (Zip, 26.8 MB)
Click here to download MapForge Beta Release 2 for Mac OS X (Zip, 34.8 MB)
Note that the software does not come with mapping assets included, so be sure to download the content below.
Click here to download 10 free content Add-Ons for MapForge (Zip, 1.54 GB)
Some users have reported errors when all the Add-Ons are loaded/active at once. Simply disabling the Halls of Nys Add-On (the biggest Add-On of the 10, and thus the most memory-intensive) should help prevent out-of-memory errors.
All users: If you see a message asking that you please install ShockWave, don’t. Shockwave is not required. Most likely, you have not heeded one or more of the instructions provided below. MapForge is entirely self-contained, meaning you don’t need to install any additional software or frameworks. If you see a message to that effect, ignore it; the problem lies elsewhere (contact me for troubleshooting assistance once you’ve tried all the suggestions below).
Windows users: It’s recommended that you unzip the downloaded file using the built-in Windows unzipping utility, rather than a third-party tool, and to not attempt to launch MapForge from within the uncompressed Zip file. Don’t install MapForge in your Programs directory. If you want to launch MapForge from your desktop, don’t simply move the executable there. It needs to reside in the same folder it comes in so that it can access the Support Files, Xtras, etc. Instead, drag an Alias of the MapForge app to your desktop. Norton Security Suite might false inform you that “MACAddress.xtra” is a harmful file. Ignore that warning, it’s a false-positive.
Users with Windows 10 64-bit OS are advised to run MapForge as an administrator and in 32-bit compatability mode.
Mac OS Sierra (or High Sierra) users: this Beta Release is not code-signed, and therefore Mac OS’s Gatekeeper feature will not allow the program to launch unless you first follow the “special measures” mentioned in Kickstarter Update #22. If you launch MapForge and it immediately starts asking you for files it can’t locate, it’s a sign that you have not properly followed those one-time instructions.
I advise everyone to read the included “MapForge Hotkeys” document, since by doing so you’ll discover lots of stuff you can do that you wouldn’t otherwise know about.
Disclaimer: Any maps produced using this Beta Release that incorporate other artist’s artwork should not be used commercially or published.
Please provide feedback to let me know what you like, what you don’t, to suggest improvements, report bugs or to request features. Email me at support (at) mapforge-software.com
Getting real close, now! MapForge v1.0 is expected to be released in February or March 2018. Fixing any bugs reported in the Beta is nearly all that remains to be done.