Archive for April, 2012

New version of MapOSMatic available!

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

In September 2009, we launched MapOSMatic, a free web service that allows to render city maps on-demand based on OpenStreetMap data. Those city maps, divided into squares, are
associated with a street index, making the process of locating a street on the map easier.

Multi-page map

Multi-page map

We are proud to announce today the launch of a new version of MapOSMatic, which is the result of significant development efforts. Amongst the new features:

  • The rendering of poster maps is now done on large standard paper formats (A3, A2, A1, etc.), automatically chosen depending on the geographical size of the city, instead of arbitrarily-sized papers that were hard to print. The end result is close to commercial folded maps;
  • The availability of several rendering styles. For now, we provide the standard OpenStreetMap.org style, several styles provided by MapQuest, and a custom style more suitable for printing. In the future, we expect to extend those styles, or even to let users provide their own styles. Do not hesitate to contact us about custom styles;
  • Improvements in the selection of cities: in the previous versions, we were limited to OpenStreetMap areas of a certain administrative level;
  • And many, many other smaller features and improvements: quality of the renderings, better user interface to render maps, last OSM database update date printed on the map, etc.

MapOSMatic is completely free software, distributed under the terms of the Affero General Public License v3. The project is available through Git repositories, has a mailing-list and an IRC channel. For details, see our About page, our wiki and the Savannah project page.

In addition to the launch of this new version, we are also starting a donation campaign. The project is completely developed and maintained by volunteers, but we need funding to cover hardware costs and transportations costs to organize the developer meetings during which MapOSMatic improvements are implemented (see this blog). If you appreciate MapOSMatic, do not hesitate to help us by donating with PayPal.

End of March 2012 MapOSMatic hackfest

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

The hackfest is now finished! The last changes were committed by Thomas at 9:00 on ocitysmap module and at 9:30 on maposmatic module this April 1st.

MapOSMatic hackers at work. From left to right: Thomas, Étienne, Sylvain and Gaël

Overall we have committed 127 changes on the ocitysmap module (17848 lines added, 3713 lines removed) and 40 changes on maposmatic module (3532 lines added, 1544 lines removed) over the 7 days of the hackfest. Some of those changes were made at 2:36 in the morning.

Drawing, testing, designing, listing bugs, ...

Now, given a city name, we are able to automatically produce booklet maps, with a nice overview page, the map spread over several pages and an index referencing for each street or amenity the corresponding map page number and the square on this page. Each map page has pointers to map pages at the North, East, West and South of this map.

All those changes can be seen for France’s map on the development website (take care to empty your browser cache and reload the website from scratch).

Before putting them in production, we need to fix a few remaining issues (choice of scale on poster maps, a few typos here and there, take into account latest translations, …) and to wait for the end of the world OSM database import (started 7 days ago!).

And then you’ll can enjoy the new MapOSMatic! Have fun! :-)

(Part of) MapOSMatic team. Top: Frédéric, Gaël and Étienne. Bottom: David and Thomas