For those of you who have been unaware of this project (which has admittedly crept up upon us during the last week or so), Neil Butcher has
been developing a highly advanced level editor called Ultimate World Creator. The example videos in the project show how incredibly easy it is
to create levels for top-down and platform games, and now Neil has released a feature-limited demo for testing purposes, which is well worth a look.
Comments from the Author:
"Ultimate World Creator is a new program for creating custom maps for your own games using custom tilesets. With Ultimate World Creator, you can make 16 x 16 tile-based maps with more functionality quicker than ever.
Use Ultimate World Creator to make maps for your own pre-existing engines. Create and load your own tilesets and use them to build entire worlds. Then, just by editing one tileset image, change everything with the click of a button. The quick, efficient interface and shortcut keys along with the advanced editing features like autotile make Ultimate World Creator one of the fastest and easiest ways to make levels for your games. "
Click here to view the project and read its comments
UPDATE: After leaving TDC overnight, it seems as though the program itself has some sort of virus built into it inadvertantly. Neil has stated that he's working on the problem, but if you are concerned, please think carefully before downloading.
UPDATE 2: Program is now free of viruses :)