CardMaker is an application that generates graphics via data sources. It has a graphical user interface for designing layouts and offers scripting functionality.
This application was created to help me generate components for a board game. You can put all of your variable data into a CSV or Google Spreadsheet and then create layouts in CardMaker. This separates your layout and data so you do not have to manually re-create each card.
Command line based export support is in development (coming soon!). Soon you will be able to build CardMaker into a workflow!
Latest stable (I hope) release binary: Download 22.214.171.124
Latest releases (may be a bit unstable): Download Releases
The above image was generated by the following input data row from a CSV:
|1||Siani Malia||che.png||T||3||B||4||Ranged Battle: +1 on all die Rolls @[opt]|
While there is some interpretation of the data by CardMaker to generate the final result, many of the values are direct references. The layout configuration in CardMaker controls the details of how to actually present the data.
Guides / Help
- CardMaker User Guides Section
- BoardGameGeek CardMaker Guild - Good place for bugs/request/discussions
Note: The code that is submitted may not match the latest binary.
Compiles with Visual Studio Community Edition 2019
See more details in the Developers Section
Toxicity Level: Medium-High
- Needs more comments
- Needs warning cleanup
- Needs some shuffling to allow for more narrow and focused unit testing
- Needs more unit tests!
- Every method should be implemented based on an interface and classes should implement hundreds of interfaces (just kidding!!!)
The Google Issue
If you plan to outright copy the parts of the code that operate with Google Spreadsheets please be aware that the source currently uses the client id that is associated with my CardMaker application. Code File
You will need to modify this code to correctly use your application.
Games Developed with CardMaker
CardMaker played some role in the development of these games (prototyping or otherwise). Let me know if you have a game that should be listed here.
|Cardpocalypse & Cardpocalypse Steam Link|
|Iliad: Heroes of Troy
|Town Builder: Coevorden & (Publisher page)|
|Root Cause Analysis Team|
2009 - First created and publicly released CardMaker
20XX - Lots of bug fixes and features
2015 - CardMaker goes open source
2017 - CardMaker is finally marked as 126.96.36.199 for no specific reason.
"CardMaker" and "Card Maker" are both references to the same application. I just never standardized the name.
- Eric Raué
- Kolja Geldmacher
- Everyone that has contributed to the project through emailing bugs and requesting features
CardMaker was originally created in 2009 by Tim Stair.