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)
More and more boundaries are grouped in relations and thus cannot be reliably processed by the MapsForgeWriter. In the meantime this is like a TikTokChallenge = who manages to create as many completely unnecessary relations as possible. At the islands of the Canary Islands and Madeira, every beach on even the smalest islands is occupied by countless border relations – these have to be filtered out with great effort.
That’s why I have now written this relation resolution from scratch for
boundary=administrative and Admin_Level=1 to 4
Means: national borders and federal states.
…and try to filter out the nonsense relations…
Extreme improvements were made for maps of South America, here even national borders were missing.
The Locus version of the POIs is now finally relesased and included in the map downloads
A separate download of the POIs is not necessary
The result exceeds all my expectations – I use this feature on most of my trips. Never before it was so easy to find the nearest drinking water source on long bike-trips (eg)
As always, I strongly recommend – especially for Locus – to download the map via quick installation. The POIs and the latest version of the render theme are installed in one go.
Even I do it this way – it couldn’t be more comfortable and safe.
The naming convention remains as described in the previous post:
- [name]_oam.osm.map (= the map file itself, appears in the Locus Map Manager as [name oam])
- [name]_oam.osm.db (= the POI file for Locus, ORUX users can delete it)
- [name]_oam.osm.poi (= the POI file for Oruxmaps, Locus users can delete it)
If you participated in the BETA test of the locus-pois, please delete all poi files, empty the cache and then install the new maps+pois. Reason: The BETA-pois were partly buggy and the fragments in the cache disturbs the operation of Locus.
How all this works, incl adding the POI button to the right function-panel + cache_delete you will find