ANAmap: a free RPG Map Editor

ANA Map will no longer be updated

This version won’t be updated anymore. You can switch to the new RPG Map 2 which gets rid of Flash and implements many features requested by users. The source code of the original ANA Map is available on GitHub.

About the old Flash version

IMPORTANT : you need a Flash Player for this version to work. So far it has been tested on Firefox 59 and Chrome. For Chrome, you may need to click this link for it to work and choose “Allow” when asked to run flash. If nothing shows, there might be an issue with the Flash player: you should check if it’s enabled and not blocked by any third party extension.

For the last 20 years, I’ve been playing tabletop RPGs with friends on a very regular basis. I’ve spent a huge amount of time writing scenarii and missions. I did it with traditional pen & papers at first, and with Google Docs afterwards.

Problem is: it’s ok to write missions with Google Docs, until it comes to drawing the map of, say, a dungeon in Dungeon & Dragons, or a haunted house in Call of Cthulhu. Most of the dedicated tools are either:

  • Old: like with a Win95 interface with almost zero attention to ergonomic
  • Bloated: the tools allows EVERY single thing related to drawing a map, and therefore, is too complicated for my simple needs.
  • Ugly: the tool uses lots of terrible textures where I just want to draw walls and doors.

For some times now, I’ve been using Photoshop to paint my maps. But let’s face it. It’s a great tool, but it has not been designed for that purpose. And it’s not free.

So I’ve decided to work on my own tool, with the sacred KiSS principle in mind (Keep it Short & Simple).

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  1. Hawk12397:

    Honestly, I was intimidated by some of the options out there for my first roll20 session a couple weeks ago. This map editor is amazing! Suits all my needs, is simple and easy, and actually had my players doubting I made the maps from this editor myself they look so good. Loving it!

    June 22, 2015 at 23:03
  2. Ox:

    Great tool, having fun making some great things with it. Just what I needed as a nice in between from the horrors of my own drawing to the eternity it takes to get something to look nice in Photoshop/Gimp.

    June 8, 2015 at 15:17
  3. Purp:

    It's a very great tool but it keeps wiping all of my walls and rooms when I pan right

    June 5, 2015 at 22:01
  4. Saber:

    First just gonna say that I love this tool, I've made quite a few fun maps with this, might I suggest adding in more color choices and some simple things like a way to show windows and such.

    June 5, 2015 at 12:26
  5. KAy:

    If you could add a couple of colors like red, grey, yellow and have it possible to print text vertically by pressing the space bar–that would be awesome. (3D would be cool)
    I am writing a book and needed a map of the town with road names and locations like John's house, bookstore, etc
    I use the walls as my roads and the 1×1 furniture as houses with other shapes as larger houses and shops.
    Thank you! You are a life saver!I've been looking for something like this for years.

    June 4, 2015 at 19:07
  6. Chad:

    Could you make this open source like on github or something so we can add additional blocks etc. Would be nice to expand on this. Really easy and quick to make maps with.

    May 31, 2015 at 22:37
  7. corumeach:

    Awesome…so simple to use and so good looking.
    I get some glitches in my PNG exports, though, for some reason. Any plans on adding new features any time soon?

    May 21, 2015 at 22:02
  8. Ezarox:

    This software is crazy good! Any way to get diagonals (or maybe even arcs) for walls? Or circular furniture? It's definitely the most simple software I've ever come across. Thanks so much!

    May 21, 2015 at 05:38
  9. Tony:

    Is there a way I could pay you, this thing is amazing. A few features I know I would like would be, ability to change window size. Maybe an option to turn numbered grid lines on/off so I can keep track of things I can't see on the window. The outdoor button is a good one as well. Thank you so much you have helped my world come to life!

    May 12, 2015 at 20:16
  10. D. Ximenes:

    This is fantastic. Congratulations for the best RPG mapping tool I've ever used.
    I agree with you: all other mapping tools are bloated and ugly. Also, they are usually too theme-specific to be used in campaigns that are even minutely distant from a classic D&D setting, which was a huge problem in my group that prefers modern setting adventures.

    Thank you for this.

    May 12, 2015 at 00:13
  11. Tom:

    The fact a single tile wall is 0.5 of a square makes the whole thing look more like actual building interiors (without 1m thick walls). My maps have become less barren square rooms and much more varied. Thanks for this tool.

    April 22, 2015 at 11:49
  12. spidamoo:

    This is truly awesome!
    I really love this minimalistic design. Although it seems a bit too minimalistic =)
    Adding about 5 different tokens (like stickman, skull, heart, diamond, chest etc.) to indicate some spots of interest would be nice. Or could it be possible to enable importing custom user tokens?

    March 19, 2015 at 09:41
  13. Nero:

    Awesome !
    Absolute awesome !

    March 16, 2015 at 07:56
  14. Kevin Dunn:

    This is one of the best sources for RPG materials on the internet. I love this site, thank you so much for making it. If there is a downloadable version in existence (or in the works), then I would be thrilled. I'm telling all my friends about it ASAP.

    March 15, 2015 at 05:02
  15. neobolts:

    This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Needed Hexographer for the complexities of the world map, but the level of bells & whistles in everything I tried for dungeon mapping was way too high. But then I found ANAmap. Simple dungeons with simple labels, so the text of the adventure doing the heavy lifting! Praise be! Thank you for making this tool!

    March 8, 2015 at 20:01
  16. Revenant9911:

    When you move the corrent layer to the right or up, then the walls and rooms are erased. Please fix it.

    February 28, 2015 at 17:30
  17. Borax:

    Hi,
    nice tool. Exactly what I was looking for.
    Suggestions:
    – I could translate it into german
    – The "blut" does not exactly cover a whole 1×1 quare. There is always the upper and lower right corner left to see.
    – Could the the dark/bright theme also influence the color of the menu? Would be even more awesome, than it already is.

    February 16, 2015 at 22:44
  18. Misutabaker:

    This is pretty awesome. For how simple it is, it's remarkably versatile.
    If you ever want to sell a finished product, you've got guaranteed money from me.

    February 14, 2015 at 03:02
  19. Molusco:

    Excellent tool! But im having trouble with the doors.
    Everything is fine until i export it to png.

    Here i got 2 examples:
    http://i.imgur.com/cbbAnID.png
    See middle of map, and near "B1, B2".

    And here it fucked up real bad:
    http://i.imgur.com/R5iUlQn.png
    See mid, near "Camas" and "Cañones" or right, near "Salita" and "Repuestos y velas".

    February 13, 2015 at 17:41
  20. fwyzard:

    And, well, it would be nice if areas separated only by "corners" would not lead to connecting rooms :-(

    .A

    January 11, 2015 at 23:42

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