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Finally some Open MTB Map News again ….

 

Well I must say, I'm sorry but I have been really lazy about posting news of the maps. I always thought – let's implement this feature – then post a big long news article – and well I never got to do that…

 

So let's split it up into several news posts summarizing the changes over the last year.. Lets start with a list of added Countries and continent maps over the last 14 months:

New Countries where you can get your favorite Garmin maps to Mountainbike…


Antarctica  – well there is not much coverage in OSM here – but it was the last missing continent. Of course with contourlines

and Greenland.

 

Asia – contourlines are now integrated into the installer. Otherwise there is a lot of new Asian countries which I recommend instead because it's a huge download (especially the contourlines at around 9GB)..

 

French Dom Tom:

  • Guadeloupe
  • Guyane
  • Martinique
  • Mayotte
  • Reunion

 

in Africa: Cameroon, Sierra-leone

 

in Asia: Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia-asian-part, Sri-lanka, Syria, Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia-asian-part, Sri-lanka, Syria


in  Australia-oceania: Fiji

 

 

Other Big Changes Part 1 – Internationalization and Unicode:

Since about 1 months all maps of countries that are not by default using latin script – are in Unicode. This means that a map can have e.g. both cyrillic script and latin script. Before often in such countries there were many characters showing as "?" Questionmark or just a box. After doing a lot of work on this – I have now the maps if available in OSM bilingual. If you search for a city – you can search by the english name, or by the local name. Only in the address search you will need to use the local name for searching an address. In general if an english (or sometimes French, German, Durch, Spanish, Italian, Danish) name is available in OSM database – then the name will be: English name (local name). E.g. Běijīng (北 京市). In countries where I assume translation is not necessary (e.g. European countries using latin script) – only cities are translated as a second point. So you can search for Munich as well as for München in the city search. For address search of your you need the local name – so use München.

I hope that in future I can have all maps in non latin script using countries also transliterated  like international name, if no international name avalaible then transliterated (local name).


There is one catch however – old GPS units – like Vista HCx or GPSMaps 60 series – cannot show unicode maps properly. They will only show the international names if available. That's why I hope especially to get a transliteration in any case at least for city names (let's see about street names) in the coming months. But currently this is not possible.

 

More updates of what has changed, in the next few days…


11. May Map Updates – New Overview Map

Well finally after many years of empty overview maps, since a few weeks (as written in my last posts) mkgmap was able to write simple overviewmaps. So much faster zooming/panning when zoomed out fast in Mapsource, Basecamp, QLandkarteGT. From todays map update onwards, the overview map now has several layers. This makes the orientation when zoomed out far, still a lot better.

 

Therefore I also update the Europe map again, because on large area maps, this is even more important. However not only is it faster now on the desktop – but also on the GPS the basemap will become visible earlier, making zooming out work much faster (before I always had to compromise between speed on GPS, vs speed on Desktop, not anymore). Therefore however again I had to add some types to the .typ-file (0x11f04, 0x11f05, 0x10f0a).

 

Besides the work on the overview map, I will start to work on a worldwide basemap. The problem is that currently some Garmin GPS come with a routeable basemap, in some cases this destructs the routing of detailed maps, like openmtbmaps and velomaps. I will try to create a good basemap, that can go in combination with velomaps/openmtbmap showing the most important map features there are (rivers, lakes, sea, huge cities, borders, motorways, maybe some major railways…).

 

Fixed bug that Ireland and Northern Ireland was not updated over the last 3 weeks.

Further changes:

add bridge=culvert and bridge=boardwalk.

fix some more bugs related to autorouting in velomap/openmtbmap

and some more little bugfixes…

 

the new overview map at 150km zoomed out, Detail level High. Very fast…

Overview Map Germany, 150km, Zoomlevel High