Elite Dangerous Star Map and EDDiscovery

December 31, 2016

Where are the Elite: Dangerous mapping tools?

While on this lunatic journey to Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, it dawned on me that I haven’t been mapping my route or even doing much planning aside from pointing the ship in a straight line.

Journey log from EDDiscovery

As I thought more about it and not generally having a lot of people to talk to I wondered if there was a mapping app that I could use. A few minutes of Google-Fu came up with EDDiscovery and Elite: Dangerous Star Map. Seriously, where the hell have I been to miss these?

How to set up and use

So to set these up is fairly straightforward. Just sign up at Elite: Dangerous Star Map (EDSM) using your commander name, make sure you’re happy with the info and go the API key section to get your, er, API key.

Install EDDiscovery (other tools are available) and once you’re happy with the settings having created a profile with your CMDR name used for EDSM simply input your API key from EDSM.

Bingo, all your log data from the installed game is now transferring into EDDiscovery. Hit the sync button in EDDiscovery when your log reading is complete to transfer it into EDSM. This gives you quite a bit of useful information, the ability to better plan your expeditions, Point Of Interest information (POI) as shown above and much more besides! EDSM lets you record logs, it provides a linear log of your travels and a Commanders map reflecting those that use EDSM. It’s anonymised by default.

Commander’s Map from EDSM

I hope this helps you. If you want to follow my journey please feel free to add me on Twitch.TV/StarfleetComms and check the calendar for scheduled Twitches of a non-medical nature.

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