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Themes - Vector maps / [Theme] Voluntary UK
« on: March 04, 2013, 18:22:01 »
The Voluntary UK theme is designed for clarity of display. Its colours are based on UK Ordnance Survey conventions and will be fairly familiar to British users. Even if you are not British, the colours and styles will probably work well for you. It automatically scales for devices with displays of different resolutions and symbols enlarge smoothly for higher zoom levels. The zoom levels at which various features appear has been adjusted to provide optimal information and reduce unwanted clutter.

You can choose Hiking, Cycle, City, Multi, Yellow or Transparent style when you select the Voluntary UK theme.

The styles take advantage of switchable options. Display of hiking, cycle and mountain bike routes can now be switched on or off, as can highlighting for each of them. The number of options shown is relatively limited to aid ease of use. Cycling, Hiking, City and Road styles function almost as presets with a limited range of tailored options. Within these particular styles the display is subtly tailored to its purpose: for example, Road displays junction and road numbers better; Cycling has a better display of cycle routes. Multi, Transparent and Yellow have a fuller (but manageable) range of options. Locus remembers the settings of the options for each style.

The City style is aimed at use in large cities such as London and has a less cluttered (and slightly faster) display at low zoom levels. Colours in the Yellow theme are more muted and are aimed at use with overlays in Locus Pro.


1. Voluntary (Mapsforge version) | 2. Velocity (Locus version)

A "Transparent" style turns off the map background and enables use of a vector map as an overlay on top of a satellite image in Locus Pro. This requires the use of "src atop" blend mode for the overlay map. Similarly the "background" checkbox in the Yellow style can be used to achieve the same effect.

Generally, blue dashes are cycle ways, green dashes represent dual use both on bike and on foot (bridle paths in the UK), and brown shorter dashes use on foot only. Blue blobs are cycle routes, green blobs are hiking routes. Mountainbike trails are shown by violet blobs. Cycle routes are also indicated by blue dashes on the roads. Hiking, cycle and mountainbike routes can be emphasised by selectable overlays.

The theme is designed to work well with both LoMaps from Locus Store and maps from OpenAndroMaps. Footpaths, bridleways and cycleways are indicated on the map by dashed lines where they follow the path of a mapped track or pedestrian way if the map supports it (currently OpenAndroMaps).  Also on maps from OpenAndroMaps, blue dashes on roads are either cycle routes or roads with cycle tracks alongside, while shorter blue dashes on roads show cycle lanes in the road.

The Locus package includes a version that works with Mapsforge v4+ (Multilingual) maps from OpenAndroMaps. This theme only appears when a Mapsforge v4+ map is selected.

Also included in both zip files is the visually-similar Velocity theme for a simpler display with much faster drawing.   

The package is available in two versions, one for Locus maps and the other for Cruiser, Orux Maps, etc.

The Locus version of this theme can be installed easily from the Locus Store in the app. Go to Locus Store > By Usage / Graphic  / Themes - Vector Maps and scroll down to Locus Community / Voluntary UK theme. Alternatively, download Voluntary Locus.zip, below.

For Cruiser , Orux Maps, etc., download Voluntary.zip, below.. 

From time to time I will update these themes (and reset the download count). The latest version is always in this post.

Direct link to full resolution key (Locus version): http://bit.ly/voluntarykey
Direct link to full resolution key (other apps): http://bit.ly/voluntary_key

The themes themselves are in the zip files attached to this post, below. You need to be logged in to this forum to see and download them.

Updated for best display with text on curved paths, roads etc; download count reset 14 November 2019
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