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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 3 doesn't work please try Elevate 2.
|Map style size
Pixel density of the display
|Quick install in Android
|Elevate 3 L
|Elevate 3 XL
|Elevate 3 SVG
optimized for 320dpi, scalable for all devices
dpi value of your device not known? Google the device name and "dpi".
The font size is already adjusted to the resolution, an additional multiplicator by the app is probably not necessary.
The Locus version is an automatic conversion, and as Locus uses its own mapsforge version not all new possibilities are supported.
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.
|Map style size
Pixel density of the display
|Elevate 2 L
|Elevate 2 XL
Differences in the map key for Elevate 2:
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 are not possible.
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.
There are two different variants of the map styles contained in the downloads respectively:
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 is a modification of Elevate and is made for sparsely populated/mapped areas, 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 3 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.
Elevate and Elements contain several map styles which can be chosen within 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.
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.
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.
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.
Also mountain bike difficulty levels are marked.
- Dark Blue are settlements. For best view of place names in Elevate 2 (and in Locus with Elevate 3) 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.
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.
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:
Public transport stations
Public transport stations are marked by colorered dots:
Bus stop (large: bus station)
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.
|Yellow - Hiking: flat or slighty sloped, no fall hazard, SAC T1;
in the example without information about trail visibility
|Blue - Mountain hiking: partially steep, fall hazard possible, SAC T2;
in the example trail visibility is excellent
|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 good or intermediate
|Black - 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/T6 paths are marked in dark grey and black
|Brown - unpaved path/footway (or path without surface information) without difficulty information|
|Grey - paved path/footway (or footway without surface information) without difficulty information, on the top one cycling is also allowed|
On some paths fixed safety measures are included in the maps:
|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, stemples, pins|
In addition via ferratas may be marked with this symbol:
Hiking routes are rendered below paths and tracks starting at zoom level 14 (OruxMaps: 15), till level 13 (OruxMaps: 14)transparent above them.
International and national hiking routes are magenta.
Regional hiking routes are green.
Local and other hiking routes are yellow.
|In this example is an (inter)national hiking route in magenta on a track which changes to a path, and there is also a local hiking route in green which connects on a different path.|
Cycling routes are rendered below streets starting at zoom level 14 (OruxMaps: 15), till level 13 (OruxMaps: 14) transparent above them.
International and national cycling routes are violet
Regional cycling routes are red
Local cycling routes are turquoise
Mountain bike routes are greenish yellow
|In this example an regional cycling route called VIA goes from north to south, besides a local route in blue going south east and a mountain bike route called 48 going west.|
Mountain bike difficulty levels(Cycling)
Mountain bike difficulty levels are shown according to the MTB Scale, you can find all details there.
|Blue bars on ways: no special driving skills required. In this example you can see how it is shown on tracks.|
|Blue-red bars on ways: basic driving skills required, obstacles can be passed over. The four dashes show the MTB scale uphill and mean 40% incline max.|
|Red bars on ways: advanced driving skills required. The four dashes show the MTB uphill scale and mean uphill riding not possible. In this example you can see how it is shown on paths.|
|Red-black bars on ways: very good bike control required.|
|Black bars on ways: at least perfect bike control with trial skills required.|
|Three short black bars on ways: exzellent mastering of special trail techniques required or nearly completely impassable|
MTB Scale uphill is marked by horizontal dashes under ways:
- 1 dash: 20% incline max.
- 2 dashes: 25% incline max.
- 3 dashes: 30% incline max.
- 4 dashes: 40% incline max.
- 5 dashes: uphill riding not possible
Forest tracks and agricultural roads are marked in Openstreetmap by grade:
|Unpaved track, gravel road|
|Track made out of a mixture of gravel and dirt|
|Track mainly made out dirt/grass, some gravel|
|Track only made out of dirt/grass|
|Track without grade|
Cycleways and road surfaces
If a normal road or cycleway (not tracks/paths) has a different surface than asphalt or another flat sealed surface it is marked as following, if the "surface" is included:
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.
|compacted unsealed road|
|toll road, marked by red dots|
To avoid collisions or not so nice areas ski and sled pistes are marked unobstrusively:
|Ski piste (with hiking paths)|
|Sled piste (on track)|
|Scree, loose rocks|
|Wood, forest mixed|
|Wood, forest coniferous|
|Wood, forest deciduous|
|Body of water|
|Cliff, rock face|
|Mountain pass, saddle|
Elevate, Elegant, Elements & Elevelo by Tobias Kühn
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Please have a look at licenses.txt for reuse and licenses of resources used in this map style.