has an active community of 3rd party developers who release free tools for the benefit of other players. While tools like EVEmon,
used to plan skill training, and EVE Fitting Tool,
used to experiment with ship fittings, are widely used by players, there are a number of other great programs out there that have gotten less attention. One of those out-of-game tools is EveMap,
created by Paul van Santen -- otherwise known as "AcriQuo."
The galaxy of New Eden has over 5000 solar systems, and plotting safe routes or simply some optimal wayfaring can be a bit involved. When in-game, you can pull up an interactive map to help navigate, but it takes up the entire client window while active. Some players prefer to view their maps off-screen, and there are some 2D options
available to help in this regard, but until recently, going 2D was the only option players had. That's all changed with EveMap, which is a fully-functional 3D map of the EVE
universe, with myriad display options and filters. The beauty of the program is that it literally displays all of EVE's systems
without being confined to the client. The system requirements to run it are minimal: Java Runtime Environment version 1.5 or higher, and an OpenGL-capable graphics card. EveMap has been well-received
on the official EVE Online
forums. If having another way to navigate in EVE
sounds good to you, why not fire up EveMap and see how useful it can be?