1. What is a tulip?
"A tulip is a pictorial representation of the route. Each junction along the route is drawn as a small diagram which shows the design of the junction, and the route to follow at that point. In their most straightforward form, the tulip will show the exact arrangements of roads at the junction, oriented with respect to the car or else to the map. A large dot shows which branch you enter along, and an arrow shows which branch to leave along ("dots and arrows"). Such tulips are incredibly easy to use, and if given the route in this form, you may not need to draw the route on the map at all.
Tulips are also used in road books on other types of motorsports events, such as stage rallies, classic runs, treasure hunts and so on. You are bound to come across them sooner or later"
More information about creating road books and using tulips in portuguese: Estrada de Chão - Info Planilha
A tulip example: "Turn right after the bridge."
A road book example from Drew's Navigation Guide
2. What is the Tulip Composer?
The Tulip Composer is a software that can create tulips by using an internal database of images. It can create millions of different tulips and export the result to a common image file (PNG or JPG). It is a part of a bigger project that aims creating an online reference for routes and tracks.
Despite the pre 1.0 versions of the Tulip Composer are 100% usable, they will be focused in gathering more image models, resources and opinions from the users. The final version of the application will be suitable for the composition of professional rally spreadsheets.
There are still no plans for delivering the 1.0 version. It depends of the collaboration of the users.
3. What I need and How do I run the Tulip Composer?
Tulip Composer can be used on any operating system with the Sun JAVA Runtime 1.5 or superior installed (Windows, Linux, MacOS, Unix, Sun, ...). It has not been tested on other JVMs but i´m pretty sure that it works.
To get Sun JAVA Runtime click here.
Once you have installed and configured the JAVA runtime just double clik at the TulipComposer executable (.jar or .exe) to run the application.
4. "20 Clicks" Tutorial
In 20 clicks tutorial you will learn how to create a tulip using all the functions of the "Tulip Composer Application" within 20 clicks. Once the tulip is finished just click at the Export button to save the result into an image file.
5. How can I contribute to the TulipComposer project?
You can contribute by sending to the author, images for the application internal database, suggestions or bug reports.
Specifications for database images :
6. Where can I get more information about the Tulip Composer and download it?
7. Who made the Tulip Composer Application?