Elevate

Downloads:

Current versions:
4.1.7, 10/07/17 (changelog)
2.7.6, 10/07/17 (changelog)
last update of the map key: 18/05/17

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Map key in PDF format

Elevate 4

Highly improved version and recommended map style for OpenAndroMaps,
only compatible with current versions of OruxMaps, Cruiser, Atlas, Locus, BackCountry Navigator
and other apps that support mapsforge 0.5. If Elevate 4 doesn't work please try Elevate 2.

Quick install in Android
(recommended)
Manual download
(advanced)
OruxMaps
Locus
BackCountry Navigator
BikeComputer
Normal version
Locus only

The Locus download contains two version: the normal version for Locus, which is shown only when multilingual/V4 maps are used. And the "LE" (Locus Edition) which is an automatic conversion and is used for normal V3 maps. As Locus uses its own mapsforge version not all possibilities of mapsforge 0.5 are supported for V3 maps.

How to install & use for Elevate 4

Elevate 2

Legacy version, that means it's less well maintained and is only available to keep compatibility with all apps that only support mapsforge up to 0.3/0.4, e.g.
Cachebox, c:geo, Locus up to 3.9.0, OruxMaps up to 6.0.10 etc.

Elevate 2 Downloads & Informations

Map style size
Pixel density of the display
Download
Elevate 2
approx. 240dpi
Normal version (Mapsforge 0.3)
OruxMaps 6.0 (Mapsforge 0.4+)
Locus only
Elevate 2 L
approx. 320dpi
Normal version (Mapsforge 0.3)
OruxMaps 6.0 (Mapsforge 0.4+)
Locus only
Elevate 2 XL
approx. 480dpi
Normal version (Mapsforge 0.3)
OruxMaps 6.0 (Mapsforge 0.4+)
Locus only

How to install & use for Elevate 2

Differences in the map key for Elevate 2:

Variants: As there aren't map styles in Elevate 2, there are theme variants called Elevate_Hiking, Elegant_City and Elevelo_Cycling. All things that are possible with mapsforge 0.3 are still valid as is described for the map styles below. Overlays with switchable symbols or strongly emphasized hiking/cycling routes and public transport network, and also hiking waymarks, are not possible. Also very complex additions are not adapted.
Elements_Backcountry: All elements of Elevate and Elevelo (except mountain bike difficulty levels) are shown, hiking and cycling routes as well as the highly emphasized footways and paths in one map, as well as showing everything as soon as possible. Therefore the colored dots at low zoom levels aren't necessary. If cycling and hiking route are on one way the cycling route is rendered dashed above the hiking route so both are visible.

Routes: Routes use different colors and look different.
Hiking: International and national hiking routes are magenta. Regional hiking routes are green. Local and other hiking routes are yellow.
Cycling: International and national cycling routes are violet. Regional cycling routes are red. Local cycling routes are turquoise. Mountain bike routes are greenish yellow.


Variants:

There are two different variants of the map styles contained in the downloads respectively:

Elevate

I developed Elevate for mountain hiking in the alps. At first it was based on the standard hike and cycle map style of Openandromaps, but has been completely revised since. I added additional variants by and by for other uses, by user requests.

Everything should be self-explanatory without a key, as far as it's possible with the possibilities of mapsforge. Therefore I based it on the presentation on paper maps and guideposts in German and Austrian areas. Unified symbols and colors are used. At higher zoom levels names of amenities and areas are shown. As many things which are relevant for hiking and travelling as possible are shown without coming too much to the front or eliminating one another - e.g. big symbols or captions - therefore some symbols and captions are shown at high zoom levels only.

With Elevate 3 overlays were introduced which make it possible to switch certain elements on or off. Those can be chosen, as well as the map styles, directly within the app.
Elevate has been tested and developed with OruxMaps and mapsforge 0.5.1. Locus uses its own mapsforge extension so complete functionality isn't always for sure.

Elements

Elements is a modification of Elevate and is made for sparsely populated/mapped areas or countries, mostly backcountry usage.
Elements contains the same map styles and details as Elevate. Only all content is shown as soon as it is contained in the map. Therefore the colored dots at low zoom levels aren't necessary.
In densely mapped areas this variation is not recommended, in those it is slow and unclear.
With Elevate Elements can help to find specific things in the map - just activate only the overlay which you want to view and not the others (e.g. "Amenities" if you are looking for drinking water) and then all apropriate symbols are shown as soon as possible.


Map styles:

Elevate and Elements contain several map styles which can be chosen within the app (how this workds depends on the app). Depending on the map style some captions and symbols are shown sooner, later or not at all. Every map style has a different default selection of overlays which are shown, and for every map style differen options are possible.

Hiking

Key aspect is to have good overview for all features which are relevant for mountain hiking and perceptibility of paths and track, especially their difficulty and character (or if there isn't any information about that). Cycleways which are allowed for pedestrians look similar to footways. As "Hiking" is the basis for the other map style characteristics like the display of landscape features are included in those.

City

This is a light version which is especially useful in cities, for example for sightseeing or for everyday life.
Neither hiking nor cycling routes are shown. The highly emphasized footways and paths of "Hiking" are discreet and difficulty and visibility is not marked. Cycleways which are allowed for pedestrians look similar to footways.
Additionally for better overview at lower zoom landscape and protected area names and colored dots are missing. Therefore this variation is most suitable for finding names of settlements.

A public transport network can be overlayed.

Cycling

As this is a cycling version instead of hiking routes cycling routes are shown strongly. The highly emphasized footways and paths of "Hiking" are slimmer and difficulty and visibility isn't marked. Cycleways are strongly emphasized and surface information is shown if it's in the map data. Ways where cycling isn't allowed are marked with a turquoise cross hatch.

Mountainbike

Based on "Cycling" this map syle shows MTB difficulty levels on tracks and paths, visibility of paths and MTB routes.


Map key:

Captions

- Dark Blue are settlements. For best view of place names in Elevate 2 (and in Locus with Elevate 4) use zoom 12/13, as points of interest can collide with place names at zoom 14 and larger.
- Black are peaks.
- Red are alpine huts.
- Grey, dark green and brown are landscape names.
- Green with white outlines are protected areas.
Other colors of captions are those of the assigned symbols.

Symbols

I hope that the symbols are self-explanatory, most symbols are from here. A look at the names of the symbol files in the ele_res folder can also help (for viewing SVG files in Windows this extension is helpful).
The colors mean:
- Light blue means transport and accomodation
- Brown means food, amenities and tourism
- Grey/Black means small (natural) details or man-made
- Pink means health care
- Purple means shopping
- Green means sports or education

Most symbols are appearing at zoom 14 (OruxMaps: 15) or higher, some important points of interest are marked earlier by colored dots:
(Hiking/Cycling)
Red Alpine hut
Green Camp site
Pink Hospital

Public transport stations
Public transport stations are marked by colorered dots:
s_pt_bus.png, 343BBus stop (large: bus station)
s_pt_tram.png, 443BTram
s_pt_subway.png, 558BSubway
s_pt_rail.png, 555BRailway
s_pt_ferry.png, 564BFerry

Hiking paths

(Hiking)

Path dificulty uses the SAC hiking scale, however the colors here are according to those used in the eastern alps.
Additionally trail visibility (if it's available in the data) is marked by how the paths are dashed.

Hiking T1 Yellow - Hiking: flat or slighty sloped, no fall hazard, SAC T1;
in the example without information about trail visibility
Mountain hiking T2 Blue - Mountain hiking: partially steep, fall hazard possible, SAC T2;
in the example trail visibility is excellent or good
Demanding mountain hiking T3 Red - Demanding mountain hiking: not always visible, may be secured, hands may be needed, partly exposed with fall hazard, SAC T3;
in the example trail visibility is intermediate
Alpine hiking T4
Demanding alpine hiking T5
Difficult alpine hiking T6
Black - (Difficult/demanding) Alpine hiking/Via Ferrata: no trail, very exposed, climbing, glaciers etc., SAC T4-T6;
only with adequate experience, inform yourself about it before you go;
in the example trail visibility is bad, horrible or no visibility
additionally T5 paths are shown with a broken line, T6 with two thin broken lines
Path Brown - unpaved path/footway (or path without surface information) without difficulty information
Footway Grey - paved path/footway (or footway without surface information) without difficulty information, on the top one cycling is also allowed

Safety measures

On some paths fixed safety measures are included in the maps:

Rope A cable, chain or rope to hold on to; here the grey dots on the path mark the length of the area with safety ropes
Rungs Rungs, stemples, pins
Ladder A ladder

In addition via ferratas may be marked with this symbol: Via Ferrata

Hiking routes

(Hiking)

Hiking routes are rendered below paths and tracks starting at zoom level 14 (OruxMaps: 15), till level 13 (OruxMaps: 14) transparent above them.
International hiking routes are blue.
National hiking routes are red.
Regional hiking routes are green.
Local and other hiking routes are yellow.
Waymarks can be overlayed; in lower zoom levels only a small symbol with the background color is shown.

hknetwork.png, 36kB In this example an international hiking route in blue with a violet symbol called VAA49 and a regional hiking route in green with a red symbol and the number 211 can be seen.

Cycling routes

(Cycling/Mountainbike)

Cycling routes are rendered below streets starting at zoom level 14 (OruxMaps: 15), till level 13 (OruxMaps: 14) transparent above them.
International cycling routes are blue
National cycling routes are red
Regional cycling routes are violet
Local cycling routes are turquoise
Mountain bike routes are greenish yellow

cycle_network.png In this example a regional cycling route in violet that goes from south-west to north-east, besides a national route in red and a a local route in turquoise.

Mountain bike difficulty levels

(Mountainbike)

Mountain bike difficulty levels are shown according to the MTB Scale, you can find all details there.
Additionally trail visibility (if it's available in the data) is marked by how the paths are dashed.

S0 S0: Blue bars on ways: no special driving skills required. In this example you can see how it is shown on tracks.
S1 S1: Blue-red bars on ways: basic driving skills required, obstacles can be passed over;
in the example without information about trail visibility
S2 S2: Red bars on ways: advanced driving skills required;
in the example trail visibility is excellent
S3 S3: Red-black bars on ways: very good bike control required;
in the example trail visibility is good or intermediate
S4 S4: Black bars on ways: at least perfect bike control with trial skills required;
in the example trail visibility is bad, horrible or no visibility
S5 S5/S6: Several thin black bars on ways: exzellent mastering of special trail techniques required or nearly completely impassable;
in the example without information about trail visibility

MTB Scale uphill is marked by horizontal dashes under ways:

0 0: Blue dashes: 15% incline max.
1 1: Blue-red dashes: 20% incline max.
2 2: Red dashes: 25% incline max.
3 3: Red-black dashes: 30% incline max
4 4: Black dashes: 40% incline max
5 5: Two thin black dashes: uphill riding not possible.

Tracks

Forest tracks and agricultural roads are marked in Openstreetmap by grade:

Track1 Paved track
Track2 Unpaved track, gravel road
Track3 Track made out of a mixture of gravel and dirt
Track4 Track mainly made out of dirt/grass, some gravel
Track5 Track only made out of dirt/grass
Track Track without grade
Bridleway Bridleway

Cycleways and road surfaces

If a normal road (not tracks/paths) or cycleway (when using cycling/mountainbike) has a different surface than asphalt or another flat sealed surface it is marked as following, if the "surface" is included:

cycleway

Cycleways have a blue border. This only means that cycling is allowed here, but says nothing about the condition or surface of the way. The picture shows an emphasized cycleway in the cycling map style without surface information; on the footway top left in the picture cycling is prohibited.

cycleway_paved paved/asphalt
surface_smooth_paved paving stones or similar
surface_rough_paved cobblestone or similar
surface_compacted compacted unsealed road
surface_gravel loose gravel
surface_raw natural ground

Access limits

Mainly general access limits are shown. In "Hiking" only if they are valid for pedestrians. In "Cycling"/"Mountainbike" only, if they are valid for cyclists.

destination Local traffic only - only when travelling to this area.
private Private road - only with permission of the owner.
no No access for the general public.
no_cycling Cycling prohibited (only shown in "Cycling"/"Mountainbike").
toll road toll road, marked by red dots
permit only use with permit (might be with costs), marked by red dots

Winter sports

To avoid collisions or not so nice areas ski and sled pistes are marked unobstrusively:

Ski piste Ski piste (with hiking path)
Sled Sled piste (on track)
cross-country cross-country ski-tracks

Landscape

Fell Fell/Mountain meadow
Heath Heath/dwarf-shrub
Marsh Wetlands/Marsh
Rock Rock
Scree Scree, loose rocks
Scrub Scrub
Wood Wood, forest mixed
coniferous Wood, forest coniferous
deciduous Wood, forest deciduous
Glacier Glacier
Grass Meadow, grass
Farmland Farmland
orchard Orchard
vineyard Vineyard
Water Body of water
intermittent Intermittent body of water (sometimes water, sometimes dry)
Military Military
Protected area Protected area
Cliff Cliff, rock face
Ridge Ridge, arete
Mountain pass Mountain pass, saddle
Tree Prominent Tree
Spring Spring

License:

Elevate, Elegant, Elements & Elevelo by Tobias Kühn

These map styles are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

Please have a look at licenses.txt for reuse and licenses of resources used in this map style.

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