Making maps can be a chore in Minecraft. Not only do you need some fairly advanced materials to make something that is more useful the earlier you can get your hands on it, but maps aren’t interchangeable. They can only cover a certain area, even if you blow them up several times with paper at a crafting table, so their usefulness is somewhat limited. The Antique Atlas mod makes maps what they should have been in Minecraft. Not only does it record everything the player explores, but it’s also interactive, a fact that alone makes this modded map better than the vanilla Minecraft map.
Players can place markers on their special atlas, which are useful for marking the locations of villages, natural caverns, abandoned mineshafts, strongholds and just about anything else you would want to remember so you could come back to it later. The Antique Atlas mod generates the map by scanning around the player in every 16×16 block chunk to see what things look like on average. This scanned image is then drawn into the atlas in real time, as the player moves from chunk to chunk. Custom textures from resource packs can be made to appear on the map, with some tweaking.
The atlas features an infinite scroll feature too, so players can get as far from or as close to their position on the map as they like. This is useful for scanning through features that have already been discovered but not marked, for any villages or other things you might have missed. Once you’ve built your one atlas, you don’t need any more maps, or to modify the map or expand it or do anything with it – the Antique Atlas mod takes care of everything once you’re holding the atlas on your person. This mod also comes with its own unique API, but works independent of it.
How to install Antique Atlas Mod?
- If you haven’t already, download and install Minecraft Forge
- Download the Antique Atlas mod
- Copy the jar file into your .minecraft/mods folder
Download Links for Antique Atlas Mod
for Minecraft 1.8
for Minecraft 1.7.10
for Minecraft 1.7.2
Credit: Hunternif – Original Thread on Minecraft Forum