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I've been reading the designers manual
and I need to make me a map of the place and I'd rather have it on the computer than use up a couple reams of quad paper getting it right and making planning changes. plan to start at the top corner and do me a halfway reasonalbe  topo map so I can get all kinds of fussy about sun angles, drainage and water storage.
 
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Can you start with a google map?
 
                            
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I started with topos from google earth and traced what I needed with inkscape.  Inkscape is free open-source, so I'm pretty sure Linux would be its native habitat.  It wasn't ideal, but it did work.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:
Can you start with a google map?



interesting notion, but alas I checked an not only is the resolution not good enough for the tight planning my little 1,5 acre homestead needs the picture is also nearly a decade old the place already looks a lot different from what the last owners got done
 
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True, but you can convert it to something way bigger.  It will have lame resolution, but it can still be something to put dots on. 

You must live a couple of hours from an urban area.  When the satellites pass over your area, there is usually a lot more interest in taking pics of the urban area instead of you.
 
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