Dear OAM community,
In a nutshell:
I had been struggling with health problems for quite a while this year. I would like to say THANK’s to my comrades-in-arms Tobias and Manfred who have kept up the support here.
I am now looking forward to a long overdue holiday trip which I will start next week and which will – hopefully – take me to the far north.
Which means that the next map update, any bug fixes and improvements will continue in August (at the moment the computer is runnig full speed and every map rendered until Friday will be uploaded). I hope for your understanding.
Looking back on the first half of the year, a lot of improvements have been made to the maps – and Sonny has been busy adding the LIDAR elevation contours.
The Scandinavia_North map will be replaced by a Scandinavia_NorthEast map. From now on the maps Scandinavia_SouthWest + Scandinavia_NorthEast cover Scandinavia completely.
Until autumn, stay healthy and
(again) nice tours with the OAM
With the new Elevate 4.5, there are lots of changes to the displayed POI symbols and captions. There are now more colors which depend on categories that are identical to the POI options. The categories have been resorted and all symbols have a more unified look. Also the mapstyle options now have category letters (R=Route, W=Ways, P=POIs, A=Areas). That all those changed symbols can be displayed at all I’ve renamed the symbol folder from ele_res to ele-res – the old one can be safely deleted.
You can download it here: https://www.openandromaps.org/kartenlegende/elevation-hike-theme
Dear members of the OpenAndroMaps community,
Another year is drawing to a close, already the 9th year for OAM !
Nine years are a long time in an era in which continous and accelerating change is the only constant.
Without my ally Tobias and Michal and the Members of the OAM Developer-Community OpenAndroMaps wouldn’t be what it is today – probably the best vector maps for all outdoor fanatics and travellers.
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.
A short summary of the innovations that have been incorporated into the OAM in 2020:
- offline POIs for Locus
- 10m contourlines for most maps
- better representation and resolving of country and state borders
- name-labels adapted to curved ways, an essential inovation
- the overview/general maps by Michael have been completely reworked, he also created the new map coverage pictures in the download area
- webservers moved to a cloud-server at Hetzner.de
Investments were also made in the equipment of the rendering machine:
- The system SSD was changed after 9 years
At the beginning of the year 2 SSD’s were purchased just for file caching,
1* Samsung 970PRO 1TB PCI,
1* Samsung 850PRO 500GB
- An own graphics card to free another 2GB of RAM for rendering
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
The elevation data for Europe are now very accurate in many areas thanks to flight laser scanning.
Wherever these data are freely available, @Sonny collects them, checks them and interweaves them with Jonathan de Ferranti‘s Viewfinder panoramic elevation data in the areas not yet scanned.
The result is a constantly growing set of elevation data, the best that could be achieved without paying licence fees at the moment.
The accuracy is good enough to make sense for contour lines at 10 meters vertical distance. (which was definitely not the case so far).
To make a long story short:
The following maps are now available with 10m contour lines (more will follow):
Alps, Alps_East, Alps_West, Pyrenees, Austria, CanaryIslands, Corse, Czech_Republic, Great_Britain, UK_Scotland, Ireland, Madeira, Mallorca_Ibiza, Malta, Sardegna, Sicilia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Luxembourg, UK_Wales, UK_LakeDistrict, UK_IsleOfMan, UK_Shetlands
New and updated Maps:
The Alps-West now also includes the neighbouring Rhone Valley.
New map: BalticStates (Estonia, Latvi, Lithuania as complete map)