Public Transportation Map Creator - v0.2 - Help Page
Lines are made out of nodes. Every node can be moved using various mechanisms, and new nodes can be added to the end of a line as needed.
Line segments are enforced to be oriented along 45° axes. This is the basic design principle to keep the maps clear and easy to overlook. This way, you can't freely move a line node.
Every line node can take the role of a station. To add a station at the selected line node, simply start typing a name into the "Station name" field. To remove a station from a line node, click the "Remove Station" button.
You can add and delete lines using the provided buttons.
Left click - Select line nodes and/or interchanges. To select one of multiple line nodes at the same place, first select the wanted line.
Left drag - Slide the line node and all required adjacent line nodes in a specific direction
Right click - Has multiple meanings depending on the position being clicked
- Green circle: add a new line node at the circle's position
- Gray circle: reposition the line node to another place. To reinsert a node in-line, you have to delete it and re-add it.
Right drag - Move the viewport
Stations are created by selecting a line node and then just adding properties on the right panel. They can take the shape of a dot or a dash. You can copy and paste station settings by using the appropriate buttons.
By default, all stations use the font settings declared globally (on top of the right panel). If you tick the checkbox, you can override these settings for single stations.
Interchanges are stations that are rendered across different lines (or the same line, if you want). They are independent objects, but are selected whenever a node that belongs to the interchange is selected. The selected interchange is kept when selecting a node that is not part of any interchange.
To create an interchange, just click the button. The station settings panel will become the interchange settings panel, and the newly created interchange is shown as selected (red circle).
Then, change over to another line, select a node and click the "Add to interchange" button. The interchange now connects both line nodes of both lines. You can add as many line nodes to the interchange as you like.
If the interchange is drawn weird, you may want to change the order of the nodes belonging to the interchange with the "Move <" and "Move >" buttons.
To delete an interchange, just delete all nodes from it.
When you need the text origin to be on the other side of the interchange, use the "Swap text location" button.