I have finally succeeded in producing what I think will be good distribution maps for publications using Mesquite’s Cartographer. This took me a long time (I have been using Mesquite for many years) but that is no fault of Cartographer. I wasn’t happy with the look and resolution of the maps and the problem was with the base-maps. I tried various image files that I could download or maps that I could scan, but I had trouble with formats, calibration and the output just wasn’t what I wanted. What I really wanted was the look of Google Maps terrain maps, but at a much higher resolution than what you get with a screen capture. Being too cheap to fork out the $400 for Google Earth Pro (not sure if that gives you access to terrain maps anyway) I gave up for a time. Today I decided to dig in and try again. Lo and behold, I found Google Maps Saver, a program that will allow you to save Google Maps at any resolution your system can handle. Using Cartographer is easy (just follow the steps on the website), GMS is super simple and both programs are freely available. Here is a mockup of a map I whipped up. Be sure to click to full resolution. I would be happy to see what you think if you feel like leaving a comment.