Map Updates – Recap 2…


Hallo Everyone, let's continue the news recap and also inform you about latest changes.

First off all there are new contourlines for Denmark, Norway and Finland and Sweden. They are fully based on 1" data - so very high quality. However for Sweden only the 50km bordering Norway are actually excellent quality. The rest is based on 3" data.

So good news for your next trip to Scandinavia. Hopefully soon will update the data for the Alps too - then I will of course also update the contourlines in the Alps.


Also I went through openmtbmap and velomap websites and made sure no more broken image links are present anymore. So the map legend and the screenshots are updated (lesson for me - never upload any images to image hosters - or expect them to be deleted after a couple of years).

I'm thinking of upgrading the layout of the websites end of this year - but still some time to go.


Lots of work on removing obsolete fixme=incomplete arrows in the maps. Now  it should really only be used if a highway is not fully entered in OSM database and also some more stringent requirements when fixme=continue or noexit=no are shown with arrows in the maps.


Again more work on transliteration.


Highway=unclassified was shown with highway=residential color in resolution 23. Fixed for both Openmtbmap and Velomap


Here's a screenshot of North Norway with the new contourlines (well to be frank - you won't notice on the overview- but if you zoom in then the higher quality is quite obvious).


Recap of older Changes


fix bug on unclassifieds roads that are part of mtb route and shown as track...

Another big change - especially important for well developed countries is that there is now a new layout for unpaved primary/secondary/tertiary/unclassified/residential roads. I will still optimize this a bit in the future though. However since 3 weeks it should be clear to anyone if for example a tertiary road is not paved.

I still think that the OSM key smoothness is a much better tag to indicate road condition for cycling than tracktype. Of course I convert the values to tracktype - trying to make sure that a grade1 is always paved, a grade2 is a compacted surface (e.g. good condition gravel) and so on. However I mainly relied on smoothness if available to do so. Badly though I must say I noticed much more errors on smoothness values than on tracktype values. Therefore I now treat both keys as same important - and use them much stronger for errorchecking.

Also I reworked the surface key in order to better classify tracks and trails - inocorporating many new values

OSM changed the way forests and wood are described. I therefore uncluded the new keys Leaf_cycle and Leaf_type in order to classify wood/forest/scrub. I keep on using the standard european map layout with mixed, deciduous and coniferous only though. Also for a long time natural=wood without wood=.... was omitted in resolution 21 in the maps. Fixed this.

Lots of countries got improved address search by incorporating the local rules better.

Service=high_speed for highspeed trains (plus rework of other keys that identify high speed railway lines), and better identification of big rivers/canals.

Rework of naming of peaks and summits.

All maps now have integrated contours - also Asia. So for any country (on windows) the installer will automatically install the contourlines. Long time this was not true for Asia.


Many many more fixes and changes were done.  OSM is constantly evolving, and so are tagging practices. I try my best to constantly reflect this.



4 comments to Map Updates – Recap 2…

  • Erich Gisinger

    wahnsinn was du machst! beim biken bin ich jederzeit dabei wenn du mal nach gsiberg/ostschweitz/lichtentumfürtenstein kommst;-)

  • extremecarver

    Hi Jil,

    Wenn die Gegend die leer ist – ein Rechteck ist – dann wird da beim kompilieren eine Kachel grecrashed sein (kann unterschiedliche Gründe haben) – am besten schaust du dir dann mal die nächstgrößere Karte an – welche die Gegend inkludiert (in dem Fall ist es leicht – die Deutschlandkarte).

    Kann mir echt nicht vorstellen dass es am Mac liegt. Mac Karte auf Windows Donwloaden und dann rüberkopieren ist absolut ident. Das machen nur manche die es nicht schaffen ihre Firewall/Antivirus/etc richtig zu konfigurieren und .7z (lzma2) zuzulassen zum download oder entpacken.

    Über die Türkei – evtl ist die Gegend in OSM einfach noch nicht gemapped? (auf überprüfen – evtl einloggen weils ich Wege mit access=private nicht darstelle (wobei ich da schon noch versuchen false positives rauszufischen) – das wird teils halt falsch getagged).

  • jiglwood

    Hallo Felix,

    wir haben in die letzte Zeit ein Darstellungs-Probleme mit der Bayern karte (leer um Müchen) in BaseCamp auf Mac 10.5 (Imac) und 10.6 (book Pro) gehabt aber nicht auf mein Garmin HCx. In deinem Forum scheinen auch anderen die gleiche Problem zu haben, unsere Lösung, Mac Karte auf Windows downloaden und auf die Macs kopieren und installieren. Vielleicht war es diesmal nur Zufall.
    Trotzdem ein tolles und sehr nutzvolles Produkt.

    P.S. Thank you very much for your transparent maps for Garmin, it is especially good for Turkey (Carian Trail) as there is nothing but a white background in that area. Looking at JaVaWa at the moment because it´s on Mac. But I still have to install the Garmin HCx over a Windows.Thank you very much for your transparant maps for Garmin, it is espesually

    Viele Grüße
    Glenn + Jill

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