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Offline Boreas

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How to generate sat view from island?
« on: 21 Mar 2009, 12:55:21 »
Hello all, i wish to generate satelite image files corresponding to an island. If there any way to get this working? The  old metod Print Screen and paste in paint, dont suits my needs because i need the all whole island in one image.

I was thinking in open the island pbo and extraxting the satelite view from there, but i cant find any image in the pbo with the full island.

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Re: How to generate sat view from island?
« Reply #1 on: 22 Mar 2009, 02:11:55 »
Hi Boreas
I assume you're trying to generate a sat map from an existing ArmA map. That being the case I think you're out of luck.
A 1 piece sat map (with any resolution) doesn't exist for most if not all BIS supplied ArmA maps.
What you will find is a mozaic of bits that make up a map.
For example, Rahmadi is found inside "desert.pbo"
Inside that you will find a directory called "data"
Inside that you will find many files, but the many sat map bits have a file name like "s_003_002_lco.paa"
These bits actually overlap each other, so its not even simple to peice them together.

Inside 1 of the pbos theres a Sahrani map 1 peice texture, but its only small as its used to attached to the "map stand" object.
In community made island made addons, the maker may have left the original large sat map inside the PBO, but it thats not guaranteed.
For Sahrani there are 2 downloads from community made custom sat and topology maps;
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=1985
http://www.armaholic.com/page.php?id=1167

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Re: How to generate sat view from island?
« Reply #2 on: 22 Mar 2009, 07:21:15 »
well you can connect the single pieces found in the pbos with some
batch process and decent photo editing app.

vectorboson is also working on a very similar project.
this might work too for your purpose:

Export map-view from ArmA

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Re: How to generate sat view from island?
« Reply #3 on: 22 Mar 2009, 10:57:01 »
 depends what you want to do with the generated picture.
 if you want to use it in another island or even on sharani then thats a big job.
   if its for navigation then simply use the Left shift and  numberpad - key cheat then type TOPOGRAPHY and a EMF pic will be saved to your C drive, this will not have textures but outline of island with grid. this can also be useful if you want to stitch all them individual files together , but remember they overlap by 16 texels ?

here is a 400kb version of the original emf which is 133mb. you can reduce from .emf to tga using ifranview or other free software .

http://i396.photobucket.com/albums/pp43/DeanosBeano/Sarareduced.jpg

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Re: How to generate sat view from island?
« Reply #4 on: 22 Mar 2009, 12:37:43 »
thank u all very much.

I will work righ now with the map island files of sharani that linked Gnat.

But i think i will need  use image island of other islands, i have been trying the "cheat" DeanosBeano but i seems that dont works. Or may be im doing something bad.
I typed "cheat" on player chat and then "TOPOGRAPHY" but no one EMF pic was created on the game folder.
what im doing bad?

Any way i will see the evoultion of the proyect refered by kju.

Thank u all

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Re: How to generate sat view from island?
« Reply #5 on: 22 Mar 2009, 13:38:40 »
hey Boreas,
 as always one of the worst things to do in a forum is to explain step by step a process of typing and buttons :).
 http://community.bistudio.com/wiki/ArmA:_Cheats

 please read above it shows precisely ,you must place a man on sahrani press preview and then when started press "M" for map view then try instructions, although you dont have to press M it seems to work better because of more FPS in that view.

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Re: How to generate sat view from island?
« Reply #6 on: 28 Apr 2009, 00:43:27 »
I might be a bit late on this and I might not know what you mean but try this if this is what you want.

When in Visitor you go to file and then open and go to export map as image. After that you are going to want to follow what it says here: http://community.bistudio.com/wiki/Making_Satellite_Texture_and_Mask#Visitor_-_Export_of_project_layout

Under export of project layout is what you want.

And once again I am sorry if I am too late, shouldn't have posted or misunderstood what you wanted.