19. October Map Updates — all Contourlines reworked

New Reworked Contourlines

(deutsche Version weiter unten für email Empfänger) Well, actually I wanted to post this message already last week, but the updates took much longer than I first expected. So here we go:

Already last week, all European maps (except map of Europe) got new/reworked contourlines. While in the Alps, there was no change as the data stayed the same, all other European country maps, now also use data from viefinderpanoramas.org - hence artefacts and holes should be a thing of the past (note, in general the quality in Europe was already pretty high). Much much better contourlines are now in New Zealand and Australia, here the quality is about as good as in Europe now. Also the contourlines of Africa and South America and Asia are much much better now. Mountaineous regions are now more or less everywhere pretty good, some less good/clean contourlines remain in rather flat regions.

The contourlines for the full map of Europe are also updated, and now also Iceland and other "exotic" European countries are covered with contourlines. This means that if you update the map of Europe, you will also need to update the contourlines (usually updating the map data, and running the new installer is enough). Same goes for all other countries where contourlines are not included in the installer (except North America).

North America contourlines remain unchanged for now, but I'm pretty positive that within a few weeks I can also publish updates for them.


Also for all maps that come with contourlines integrated and included in the installer - I rendered the contourlines separately for the Velomaps. This means should you accidentally install Velomap and Openmtbmap of the same country both including contourlines, there is no problem (except one more map on your GPS). For all contourline maps, that are a separate download, you however still have to watch out to only send the contourlines once.


New Country Maps

Besides I added country maps for Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay in South America. All of course with contourlines integrated.

In Africa I added contourlines for Somalia, and with Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia and Nigeria new countries.


Other map improvements

Already last week, I updated the racing layout for the Velomaps a bit more, to give even better contrast.

Better naming for restaurants and include ref for emergency access points into the name.

Rework of National Parks // Nature Reserves

Improving how various towers look in the map.



So if you like my work, I'm allways happy about anyone donating and getting a membership. More than 70% of the recipients of this email, have never donated to openmtbmap/velomap. Please support my work by getting a membership - only then I can continue to improve the maps, and soon also offer maps for mobile devices.


Map Updates 2. October 2012 – first odbl licensed maps

Well, after my trip is over, yesterday and today I worked about 24 hours to get the map updates ready.... During my trip and the subsequent freeride and bikepark buikeguide education - the internet connection was simply too shaky, and I didn't have enough time anyhow (luckily 3 weeks biking, with overall 3 half rainy days only...).


So todays/tomorrows updates are the first using odbl licensed data (the last map update, used odbl cleaned data - but it was still CCBYSA 2.0 licensed). Therefore I needed to make sure to delete all old map data from my server, in order not to publish mixed data or something else. Besides Asia (full continent - as usual) all countries compiled fine (Asia got stuck somewhere). Besides I removed quite a few bugs - which mainly affected the velomap.

Both Openmtbmap and Velomap:

Better detection of steps=yes and stricter avoidance of steps for the Velomap.


Bugs (mainly) affecting the Velomap:

Mountainbikeroutes were faulty shown/included (should be used for better autorouting on paved streets only). Also fixed some bugs that maybe sometimes a cycleroute name was shown instead of the mtb route name in openmtbmap, and velomap vice versa.

Well and a difficult bug - some access=no ways were not shown in the map, even if bicycle=yes was present.

Also consider the unusual tag agricultural=yes - for openmtbmap this will be included in the next map update (probably on Thursday/Friday this week).

I forgot to add the race / roadbike layout to the batchfiles, I just did it, so from next map update you can also select the racing bicycle layout on gmapsupp creation via batchfile.


From this week onwards, map updates will be continued regularily again - sorry for the delays over the last three weeks, but I simply didn't find enough time to work on the maps (last map update was 18.9 with the last CCBYSA 2.0 licensed data - but as nothing else had changed, I didn't write a newsletter). I hope I have answered all emails/comments over the last 3 weeks, and didn't forget some (worked through all of them yesterday/today and tried to fix/implement all suggestions, or find the bugs. If I didn't answer something, or something still broken, please drop me another comment/mail).


So have fun biking this autumn, Felix aka extremecarver

(and don't forget to donate if you haven't yet done so, to keep this site running...)

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