Multilingual maps- what does this mean?
As an example: The OpenStreetMap database provides NAMES for most objects like Citys, Roads, Churches, Rivers, aso.. in different languages. So for the map of Israel usually in hebrew, arabian, english, maybe in german. For maps of Russia usually in russian and english.
Up to now only one language per maps was possible to include and display on our smartphones.
So providing two languages for one maps for OAM meant making – and for you, downloading two different maps.
With the new, multilingual maps it is possible to include different languages while making the map and switching map-language in an APP – if an APP is compatible with these maps AND provides a language switcher. This is the case for ORUXMAPS and LOCUS for Android and Cruiser for Android + PC.
Here you see a small screencast of ORUXMAPS switching between russian and englich using the map of Moscow:
So we decided to provide the multilingual maps on OpenAndroMaps.
The effort for providing two different versions of the maps (old single and new multilingual = 250 each) is crazy.
However, we are aware that a lot of APPs still only support the old “V3” single-language maps – and keeping our users in mind we will support both versions for while, as far and long as our resources will allow this.
For now we provide the new multilingual “V4” maps for download to PC AND for direct install to ORUXMAPS. The download/install buttons for these maps are RED, the included languages are shown for each map as abbreviations in square brackets. The new map files itself are identified by a “_ML” suffix.
So, eg., while the name of old map is “Germany.map” the name of the multilingual map is “Germany_ML.map”
The old maps that we provided in different languages will be available in future only in one language (usually native lang. or english) – this is the case for all russian mapps, several maps for Asia aso. PLUS the multilingual version.
The POI files for the multilingual maps are included in the zip-files of the maps. With the next update of ORUXMAPS these POI-files will be installed in the right place on your Smartphone if chose direct install.
Next posting will deal with the complete redesign of the categorie-structure of the OpenAndroMaps POI-files.
Tobias & Christian
The planed “maintenance” of the OpenAndroMaps website ended up in renting a new, performant server with the latest operating system in a fast network …..
Furthermore, several overweight plugins were exchanged against lightweight ones from GitHub and everything was adapted to run under PHP7 – this should be fine for the next months.
The advantage for you: fast response times (around the 400ms load time) after I have spent a full weekend with the memcached server :-).
The page rendering times on Android is not so nice, unfortunately this is a common problem on these devices.
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Now we can concentrate on the real thing: Making maps, pois, themes, docs.
Maybe some of you have already seen that multilingual maps now available for download – we will present these maps in brief later on.
Dear OpenAndroMaps Community!
Unitl now the map starting position after loading a new map was set to the arithmetical center of the area the map covered.
Unfortunatelly sometimes, at high zoom levels and with GPs device disabled, you ended up in the blue sea or in the middle of nowhere after loading a map.
From now on every map has its own starting position set by hand – usually the capital of the country/region or a well known natural preserve or something like this.
As an example: Loading a fresh map of Cannary Islands – until know you ended up in the blue sea, from now on the map starting point will be N28,46560° W16,25398° = Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
This improvement is the reason why the update for March is delayed for a few days – the map starting points for ~270 maps have to be defined. The updated maps should be available from 7th of March on starting with Europe/Germany.
Tobias & Christian
Dear members of the OpenAndroMaps community,
another year is drawing to a close, already the fifth year for OAM.
When I first started producing vector maps it wasn’t possible to imagine what great success the idea of free hiking and cycling maps in a compact format would be.
Five years are a long time in an era in which continous and accelerating change is the only constant.
Without my ally Tobias, who is continually pushing forward and is creating the best possible renderthemes, OAM wouldn’t be what it is today – probably the best vector maps for all outdoor fanatics and travellers.
A new member of the team is Michael, who made the new world overview maps – in excellent quality.
I also like to thank all users who made the effort to register in our forum and give hints, suggestions and error reports. This is very important for us as we can be routine-blinded or just lack the time to test every map update for errors. Although our standard is and can only be absolutely professional, we do all this in our rare spare time and with only a tiny budget.
Our goal is to sustain and enhance this project and ask you kindly to further support us.
The OAM team wishes you all a merry christmas!
Tobias, Michael, Christian