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Support => Wishlist => Implemented => Topic started by: enema on March 31, 2011, 16:38:19

Title: Vector Map Support
Post by: enema on March 31, 2011, 16:38:19
First, I have looked at almost every offline map program on the android market and none are of the calibre that Locus has achieved. Thank you for providing such an excellent product to the android world.

Now, on to the wish...

The main advantage to vector maps is the file size. Raster images takes a huge amount of space on the memory card. Open Street Maps is an excellent source of vector maps. They allow export of XML data directly from their website.

Is vector map support in the future for Locus?
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on March 31, 2011, 16:46:01
Hi,
  I was worried that this request will come :).

Simple answer. I just started selling Pro version. If this allow me to give at least next eight months to develop (so it will pay me at least 16 months of work), I really want to create support of vector maps. It's something like "My biggest goal" :). But I cannot promise that Locus will once allow usage of vector maps. That's all ...

Edit: why next eight months? Because I expect that basic support of vector maps should be for two months of work. Before it I have many other things to do like better support for Tar maps, some tools for farming (yes, you read correctly) and more :)
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: enema on March 31, 2011, 17:10:52
With or with out vector maps, this is a beautiful program. Thank you for your hard work
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on March 31, 2011, 17:21:33
you're welcome!
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: tomtomxp on April 02, 2011, 01:23:58
yeah would also like the ability to use vector maps, thats what i used to, and with vector map can export pois and lables straight on to map as part of image, no loading requierd allthough they wouldnt work in AR feature

although have noticed you can add gpx files into MAC, making some maps there now and try see if it does.
trying out brut maps too nice app to use offline maps in google maps app
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: knoxploration on May 03, 2011, 23:25:26
New Locus user here (in fact, new to Android altogether, actually -- just picked up an Asus Eee Pad Transformer.)

Locus is definitely the most mature, well thought-out mapping application I've found on Android, and I've tried quite a few. I'm definitely going to be picking up the Pro version. I'd be happy to donate a little beyond that to help support this feature request, too (obviously with no guarantee that it will be done).

I definitely want to throw my support behind the idea, though. It could take an already great app to legendary status... :)

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to upgrade. ;-) Just need to figure out how to back up my already-rendered maps so I can import them into Pro, first...
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: berkley on May 04, 2011, 08:54:14
Free and Pro use same data source... just as a hint :D
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: elmuSSo on May 16, 2011, 17:59:22
menion, if you will introduce vector maps support, will it be supporting also vector google maps?
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on May 17, 2011, 07:47:27
don't count with vector maps too much :) I would like to add support for them but it's still far future ...

and support for google map will surely not be included. There is no specification for it, there are not data available for download ...
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: izzy on June 01, 2011, 11:13:17
I also think vectors maps really are the most missing feature in Locus. This is the only reason I currently still have to use OsmAnd and Mapdroyd.

But there is some great news: mapsforge (http://http://code.google.com/p/mapsforge/ ) is an easy to use OSM rendering library for Android and they recently switched to LGPL! This great
library should make vector support for Locus quite feasible.
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on June 01, 2011, 11:22:44
hmm pretty interesting. Can someone explain to me, if LGPL can be used in closed source without needed to be open sourced?

ahh gotcha ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Lesser ... ic_License (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_Lesser_General_Public_License)

"The main difference between the GPL and the LGPL is that the latter allows the work to be linked with (in the case of a library, 'used by') a non-(L)GPLed program, regardless of whether it is free software or proprietary software.[1] The non-(L)GPLed program can then be distributed under any terms if it is not a derivative work."

PERFECT!
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: elmuSSo on June 01, 2011, 16:28:32
Good to see your happiness Menion! Best luck with vectors. Your app is going to be one big, perfect all-in-one machine.
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: migrations on June 03, 2011, 11:35:25
Using Locus (pro) for a month now, great app, the best Android app i know!
Looking forward to the vector support.
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on June 03, 2011, 18:25:35
ehm ... guys ... this is not a joke :)
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Hyperplane on June 04, 2011, 11:04:50
Thanks for the "teaser" :) . I am looking forward to further progress.
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: berkley on June 06, 2011, 06:53:21
You know what logical step follows after Vector Map Support?
===> Turn-by-Turn!!! :D
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: elmuSSo on June 06, 2011, 12:35:03
Im really excited! Holidays are coming, so this will be ideal for use during them.

GOOD LUCK!
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on June 06, 2011, 12:46:26
thanks :) I'm still waiting on response from mapsforge owners. I need to be 100% sure, that there is no problem in using part of their library and also need to know how can I support their work because even they do not have any nice application, they created nice library. I see here somewhere really nice possibility to cooperation :)
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: finnishguy on June 06, 2011, 14:59:17
So could this mean that offline search for addresses might be coming to Locus after all?  :o

Even if not, vectorized maps would in itself be a fantastic addition, and it would bring Locus one step closer to be the one-stop map app for Android. The development of Locus is a joy to follow, as substantial progress seems to be made almost every single day. Great, great work! :)
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: elmuSSo on June 07, 2011, 12:00:39
To be honest, im mostly interested in loading some vector map files from different sources, like MapDroyd or OsmAnd. Are building some universal engine, which will be able to load differenet vector map formats? Or it will be focused on one particular format?
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on June 07, 2011, 12:02:35
no, they use own binary format. MapDroyd have also own format which is also "not public" and OsmAnd have also own format as I know ... so no solution here I think
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: adelinoaraujo on August 15, 2011, 17:09:45
TURN-BY-TURN yes! Just like OsmAnd. I have made a couple of tests with OsmAnd but it's not as Locus. So I wish Locus could have TBT. Please!!! With sound!
Title: Re: Vector Map Support
Post by: Menion on August 17, 2011, 11:01:10
I'm working on some kind of TBT, discuss about it here viewtopic.php?f=10&t=912 (http://forum.asamm.cz/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=912)