This is the large version of the map, not the small one, and it fits into the size restrictions for a Map
1. SMALL MAP: WIDTH up to 630 px; HEIGHT 600 px
2. LARGE MAP: WIDTH up to 840 px ; HEIGHT 800 px.
3. SIZE DIFFERENTIAL: A large map must be noticably larger than their small map; 9% larger is required but 33.3% (1/3rd) is recommended.
4. NOTE: Mapmakers are encouraged to make their large maps smaller than the maximum size limits when possible to eliminate scrolling to attack/read the sidebar info.
Scrolling isn't ideal, but like web design you have to make a call for the screen res you are creating it for. Heres some quick stats.Resolution vs. % of Internet Users
Higher than 1024×768 = 38%
1024×768 = 48%
800×600 = 8%
Lower than 800×600 = < 1%
Unknown = 6%
So as we can see 80%+ of people use a screen res of 1024x768 or higher, which is pretty much the new standard for 4:3 monitors, i plan on having the small map fit nicely into this size. However a lot of people these days get wide screen monitors which have are generally in the 1200x800 mark. The display size of higher than 1024x768 is up 12% for 2008 on last year so going by these trends we can expect around 50% plus people to be using the SXGA (1280 x 1024) by mid next year, so really im future proofing my map. I know scrolling is not ideal, but NZ is a tall long country and if i make it too much smaller then half of the territories wouldn't fit the armies on them.
I may look at skewing the map, a bit to see if that will work, but it will make the territories of North harbor and Auckland and possibly counties-manukau to small to be effective, especially in the smaller map view, and i've already increased the sizes as much as i can without blowing the borders way off where they should be. I'm trying to keep it as accurate as possible. And im liable to get the bash by rugby fanatics if i screw with it too much. (try pressing f11 as well, full screen mode, with BOB HUD on it r0xx0r even world 2.0 fits on 800x600)
As for downloading GIMP, unless your using linux its pretty much a waste of time when you have Photoshop and Imageready. I also think that Fireworks or Freehand would be a better call, i know that these cost and GIMP is free, but if you set up a virtual machine and install on these you can set the virtual machine up so the Trial will never expire, sound complicated, almost as complicated as learning the short cuts and systems for GIMP. (yes im paying out on GIMP as the functionality between Windows and Linux isn't the same, its WAYYY better in Linux, but i digress)
For now im still working on the borders and colouring, Just a new style on the North Island to implement, then i'll start to play with the sizes, so hopefully i will get that posted today.