After some development time with several test version in the forum Elevate 3.0 has been released today. Please take notice that this version can only used with apps that are compatible with mapsforge 0.5, e.g. OruxMaps 6.4beta and later, Cruiser and Atlas.

As many apps aren’t (e.g. Locus, the current OruxMaps playstore version 6.0.7) I also added a legacy version Elevate 2.5 which has many of the improvements of Elevate 0.3, as far as possible.

Both versions can be downloaded here.

The big improvements of Elevate 3.0 are:

  • Map styles are now integrated in one theme file, this means hiking/cycling/city can now be selected directly, only Elements needs another theme file. The map styles differ more than before.
  • Overlays make it possible to switch on or off of different elements, e.g. captions, symbols, protected areas etc.
  • Additional overlays are showing now better visible and emphasized hiking or cycling routes or are a public transport network is shown.
  • Priorities make it possible that settlement names and important symbols are shown much more reliably.
  • A version with SVG-symbols is now scalable for all kinds of devices. The size variants are now only necessary because the glow of symbols there makes them easier to see.
  • Elements now supports all map styles as in Elevate with hiking, city or cycling. The difference is that everything is shown as soon it is contained in the map data.

Additionally many improvements and new map elements have been added, in Elevate 3.0 as well as in Elevate 2.5:

  • Cycling: cycleways are now emphasized and surface information is shown.
  • Cycling: paths and footways with cycling=yes are now rendered like cycleways.
  • Accompanying cycle lanes/tracks on roads are now shown.
  • Hiking/city: cycleways with foot=yes are now rendered like footways.
  • New settlement names like capitals, farms and quarters are now shown.
  • And many more smaller improvements and additions.

Here are some comparison and example pictures. Please use the forum for feedback.

PS – corrections for the translations in the map style menus are very welcome

There is a new version of the Elevate map themes 2.4.

It’s a major update for general map appearance. The goal was to make the map a bit calmer for all those elements which are not so important for hiking/cycling etc. So the colors for inhabited areas, buildings, airports, borders etc. have been toned down. Highway rendering has been overhauled, as well as place names, so that villages and hamlets are easier to distinguish from towns and cities. Many other changes were made to optimize the appearance.

A second major change is the improvements of routes. Local hiking routes now have a separate color (yellow), so it’s easier to follow a regional/local route now. Route refs are more visible.

In the OruxMaps versions the distance of captions to symbols are now larger, so it is possible to use larger variations of the theme on devices with less dpi. Or to resize captions a bit without losing elevation information.

Those and more changes can be found as always in the changelog.

To illustrate the changes in map appearance I attached some comparisons to Elevate 2.3

All downloads can be found as usual on the Elevate theme page, quick installation is highly recommended.

Here are some comparisons to Elevate 2.3:

I’m glad about feedback, for example in the forum here.
News for smaller Elevate updates can always be found here.

Best regards,

Here are the new maps for the Eurovelo Cycle Network:

Available Routes for a first glance:

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Best Regards,

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Dear OAM community,

The new mapping with contourlines at low zoom levels is now done for all maps whereever it’s possible.
So navigation is now much easier for all wide, open countrys like Scandinavia, Alaska, South America, Ozeania, Asia und Africa.


1.) Skandinavia
While planing my Austria to NorthCape-Tour for 2015 I’v noticed that there is a map missing for Northern Scandinavia.
So there is a new map available covering all countrys in Northern Scandinavia with extreme high detail level.

2.) France
France map has exeeded the 2GB limit. This means it will not work an all Android devices any more.
So the solution is to devide France into two maps:
– France_North
– France_South
with a wide overlapping between the two maps.
The map covering complete France will be skipped with the next pdate. For me it does’nt make sense to provide a map thats not compatible with all versions of Android.




Tobias is constantly improving his “Elevate” theme-family.
It might be a good idea to visit his page on the website and download the latest version of his themes.

The changelog for the maps is to be seen here:
So I wish you a pleasant summer and great tours with the OpenAndroMaps, and – maybe – there are some buck left for support of this project ;-)

Best regards

Dear OAM-Community,

As announced three weeks ago there is a new generation of Maps for Android available.
Doe to a new much improved and more flexible prozess of rendering and a better information flow to Tobias wo developed a new subset of his “Elevate” theme we now present better maps for wide, open Countys like Alaska, Iceland, Chile, Argentina, Africa, Oceania…


What’s new:

  • Contourlines now appear at zoom-level 8 providing an overview ways better than bevore
  • Pois for accomodation, water, fords and various other are included at lower zoom-levels

The result (if you use the approbriate themes) is a most improved overview at low zoom levels, the contourlines apply a kind of contour shading from level 8 on.


New, improved Themes:

To get most out of the new maps I strongly recommend to use the Themes from Tobias
These Themes now include

  • Elevate (Mountain hiking)
  • Elegant (Sightseeing in urban areas)
  • Elevelo (Cycle tours)
  • AND NOW: Elements (special made for the new maps, best usage in wide open countrys)


So, how to handle all this:

As an Example: For the outback in Australia use the “Elements” theme – comming to the east coast with their big citys where the Elements provides too much information switch (eg) to the “Elegant”.
Or in Egypt use the “Elements” in the desert and switch to the “Elegant” at Cairo.

Here some Screenshots of the new maps:



There is lots of room for improving the appearence of the new maps during sommer – a slow, steady task we will perform.


Last but not least I want to say thanks for your support an your donations – please keep this project alive, maybe there are some bucks left bevore departing to summer vacation.


We wish you a nice and pleasant summer,
Tobias and Christian


BTW: From now on available with the new mapping: Alaska, Yellowstone_NP, Iceland, Oceania, parts of Asia, Africa, Chile, Argentinia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia
Comming soon: British-Columbia, Yukon, remote parts of Russia


There is a new generation of maps upcoming in the next weeks.
No big deal for you – the old Themes will be 100% compatible with the new maps.

However, the last couple of weeks (weekends ;-) ) I changed the structure of my rendering system.
Now its possible to assign special tagmappings to individual maps with ease, and the simplification-factor too.

Next weeks will see maps with contourlines starting at zoom-level 8 (major/medium) 11 (minor) for maps covering wide empty areas.

Starting with iceland (ready for download) with new contourlines, tags like helipad, shelters, alpine_huts, peaks, volcanos at very low zoom-level and a simplification factor of 3.

So I would ask all theme-composers to adjust your themes:

This is most important because most themes are made for the tagmapping-urban.xml where the zoom-mins are different – if you use these zoom-appears the maps for iceland, kapVerde, Cannary Islands, Himalaya, patagonia, Oceania will only show a fraction of whats possible and included in the maps.

I strongly recommend to completely remove the zoom-mins for

  • highways
  • waterways
  • places
  • alpine_huts
  • shelters
  • lighthouses
  • towers
  • airfields
  • helpads
  • landuses like glacier
  • aso.

OR at least adjust them according to the settings in tagmapping-min.xml

A test-version of the new andromaps_hc is available here (still not perfect with zoom-mins):


New maps:

  • Guam (Oceania)
  • Samoa (Oceania)
  • Bulgaria in Cyrilic
  • Israel, Syria, Jordan in Hebrew + Arabian

I’m aware that some Islands in the Pacific are missing.
If someone needs these maps just drop me line.

Modified maps:

  • Saarland (Germany) now include Lothringen and Luxemburg
  • Geece: Coverage now include the coast of Turkey – so you need only this map for the whole Aegean see

New features:

  • fords
  • toll roads
  • Incline

New maillist:
Announcing new Mailinglist dedicated for Outdoor Openstreetmap-mappers from Richard:

Update shedule:
European maps are rendered every 4 weeks, all other regions 5-6 times a year

Done without any problems, Server is now capable to withstand minor flooding attacks we exerienced in the past weeks.

Nice walks an cycling with OpenAndraMaps

The maps theme Elevate 2.0 has been released today with some important changes. Support for high density displays and rendering of cycling routes are included now. The basis for the new sizes are completely reworked and unified symbols which are now used in the standard version, too.

There are three sizes: Elevate for ~160-240dpi, Elevate L for ~320 dpi and Elevate XL for ~450dpi.

Elevate - Elevate L - Elevate XL

Those are available in three variations: Elegant as a light version for cities, Elevate with hiking routes and thick footways and paths on which difficulty and visibility are shown, and Elevelo with cycling routes and ways.

Elegant - Elevate - Elevelo

Thanks a lot for all feedback on the test versions, and especially to Dsvilko for his size changing script which made this a lot easier!

All changes here. The map key has been revised as well, you can find it and the downloads as usual under Legend/Elevate.

Best regards,


(All new features valid for maps from 11.Jannuary 2014)

Dear OAM-Community,

Tobias and I have checked the whole Tag-mapping of OpenAndroMaps during December 2013.
We have resolved bugs and inconsistency, added missing Buildings + Accomodations + Shops + Churches(Konfessions) + Borders + Different kinds of alpine_huts and shelters + visibility of ways/paths.
We too checked and integrated many of your feature request.

The most important new features relate to alpine hiking/areas:
The alpine_huts are now rendered according to their attributes:

  • Public access
  • Private/no access
  • With winterroom
  • usual alpine-hut

Same for Shelters:

  • picnic_shelter (no sidewalls, area with seats and table)
  • rock_shelter (usualy a cave)
  • basic_hut (closed hut without food, container, ..)
  • weather_shelter|lean_to (usualy basic hut with 3 sidewalls)

added: wildernes_huts
No longer included: shelters for public transport

A most importand feature is the visibility of ways/paths:
Whats this?: The Tag in the OpenStreetMap Database is “track_visibility” and tells us how serious the navigation is from perfect waymarked to not waymarked / path not visible.
Perfect waymarked trails are rendered as continous lines to dashed lines for not visble in 3 steps (supported by themes “Elevate + andromaps_hc”)


  • Hiking/Alpin: “ELEVATE” composed by Tobias:
    Supports all new features for both Oruxmaps and Locus.
    The rendering of Hikingroutes is much improved (inspired by Maki).
    Renders too most advanced Features like rungs, ladders, steelropes on alpine paths.
    THE standard theme for serious mountaineering!
  • Cycling (Andromaps_hc):
    This theme is completly reworked and based on the “Elevate”-framework from Tobias.
    The rendering is improved for cyclist riding along popular cycleways – just follow the dotted lines on your display over thousands of kilometers.
    Big Icons for Toilets, Waterpoints, CycleRepair.
    Perfect with your Smartphone mounted on the handlebar even in bright sunshine.
  • Mountainbike (andromaps_mtb):
    This theme, dedicated for MTB-enthusiasts isnt rerworked yet, however its full functional with the new maps.
  • More themes:
    “Elegant” : Light-Version of the Elevate for city touring / sightseeing (included in the download-zip of the Elevate)
    “Andromaps_pure” : The old Version of Andromaps_hc for user who want stay with this theme

Generic Themes for standard Mapsforge V3.0.0 Apps using the internal iconset:
For Programmers and Experts !

Even more Themes:
There are numerous Themes for Openandromaps at the Locus-Forum eg. from user “JUSC”, themes with the Look and Feel of the british OS-Maps aso….

For Orux there are sevaral Themes at the Oruxmaps Forum eg. the simply_hike

Changes for mapborders (from map-date 11.Jannuary 2014):

  • USA/Alaska: up to WEST179,999
  • Russia/FarEastSouth_2: up to East179,999 – if you want to walk on the most outer Aleuten ;-)

Still TODO: The website is outdated in some parts, esp. the manual and the video tutorials – this will be done in the next weeks.

Best Regards
Christian & Tobias