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Hier die wesentlichen Neuerungen – Feedback willkommen:

Versionsinformationen 202108-1.0

Die Dichte von Siedlungsnamen ist jetzt (*) signifikant reduziert für Gebiete mit Namen in 2 Alphabeten (lateinisch plus kyrillisch, arabisch, chinesische, hindi, etc.) und hoher Siedlungsdichte.

Die Namen von Orten (nicht im Sinne von größeren Siedlungen) erscheinen jetzt (*) in Bereichen die siedlungsfrei sind, mit bräunlicher Umrandung. Mit dieser Ausgabe werden auch Farmen so dargestellt (kaum in Ost-China, Mitteleuropa etc., aber in Australien und im mittleren US-Westen, z.B.).

Die regionalen Addons zur ZL-10-Weltkarte mit einem transparenten obersten Zoomlevel für Locus werden aufgegeben. In Locus 4 gibt es den max. Re-Scale-Mechanismus, der diesen Overhead unnötig macht. In Locus 3 wird die oberste Ebene für 2 Zoom-Schritte vergrößert, bevor die Vektor-Karte ebenfalls sichtbar wird.

Auf Anregung von Sonny (Spezialist für DTM) bekommen die Weltkarten einen Präfix, der die Namen weniger kryptisch macht. Aus W1-10-J70.mbtiles wird z.B. OAM-World-1-10-J70.mbtiles. Für ein paar Ausgaben werde ich allerdings beide Namensschemata bereitstellen, um den Nutzern mehr Zeit zu geben die Einstellungen in ihren Apps anzupassen (wobei das Auslaufmodell als solches gekennzeichnet wird).

Korrektur der Staatszugehörigkeit von Agaléga Islands (SC -> MU).

(*) nun ja, schon seit April, aber undokumentiert

Maps / World overview map summer edition 2021 is available - enjoy
« on: August 30, 2021, 14:07:50 »

Here are the most relevant news – feedback welcome:

Release notes 202108-1.0

The density of settlement names has been reduced considerably for areas with names in two alphabets (latin plus cyrillic, arabic, chinese), hindi, etc.) and higher settlement density.

The names of places (not in the sense of settlements) now appear (*) in areas that are settlement-free, with a brownish border. With this edition, farms are also shown this way (hardly in Eastern China, Central Europe, etc., but in Australia and the US Midwest, e.g.).

The regional addons to the ZL-10 world map with a transparent top zoom level for Locus are dropped. In Locus 4 there is the max. re-scale mechanism which makes this overhead unnecessary. In Locus 3 the top level is zoomed in for 2 zoom steps before the vector map becomes visible as well.

At the suggestion of Sonny (specialist for DTM) the world maps get a prefix that makes the names less cryptic. For example, W1-10-J70.mbtiles becomes OAM-World-1-10-J70.mbtiles. However, for a few releases I will provide both naming schemes to give users more time to adjust the settings in their apps (with the discontinued model being marked as such).

Correction of the nationality of Agaléga Islands (SC -> MU).

(*) well, since April in fact, but undocumented

Maps / The Winter edition of the World Maps is available
« on: January 09, 2021, 17:27:02 »
After nearly 3 years I dived into peak selection and presentation again.
Plus some more province capitals and small updates, based on the OSM database from early Dec. 2020.
The OAM backgrounds for ZL 8+ are from their autumn edition, but will be updated once their winter edition is available for all continents.
As always I am interested in hints re. errors, problems or ideas for improvements.
A healthy New Year for all of you

Nach einer längeren Pause gibt es eine aktualisierte Version der Welt-Übersichtskarten (Einstellungen -> Karten -> Erweiterte Funktionen -> Lade Standardkarte):


Mit dem Schmelzen in der Ant-/Arktis werden die dortigen Forschungsstation immer relevanter. Die Liste für die Antarktis wurde auf den Stand der aktuellen Wikipedia gebracht. Und erstmals werden die Stationen der Arktis gezeigt.

In diesem Zuge wurden die Abdeckung für ZL 7 bis 10 erweitert - <a href="#Legende"><b>siehe dort</b></a>. Der Preisverfall von Speicherkarten ist jedenfalls viel massiver als das Wachstum der Dateigrößen :-)

Weiterhin sind die Siedlungen, Fähren und Kraftwerke jetzt auf dem Stand vom 5.7.2020 (leider erst mit dieser Ausgabe 1.1)

Auf dieser Datenbasis wurden auch hunderte von Provinz-Hauptstädten hinzugefügt.

Erstmals wird eine Karte mit PNG-Tiles angeboten; d.h. alle Ebenen die am Ende zusammengefügt werden sind im verlustfreien PNG-Format erzeugt. Die Qualität hat ihren Preis: knapp 6 GB für ZL 1 bis 10. Sinn macht dies (nur) für Exporte bzw. Screenshots mit höchstauflösenden Smartphones. (Die PNG-Ausgabe 1.1 ist erst ab 28.8. verfügbar)

Alle anderen Weltkarten bis ZL 10 haben in den höchsten ZLs eine Komprimierung mit JPEG-Qualität 70, die regionalen Karten mit ZL 11+ sind in JPEG-Qualität 60 kodiert.

Maps / New release of world overview maps available
« on: August 27, 2020, 10:26:31 »
After some break there is an update available for the world overview maps (Settings -> Maps -> Advanced features -> Pre-load global map):

Release notes:

The melting in the Ant-/Arctic makes the research there ever more important. Their list is updated according to current Wikipedia information, now with the Arctic stations, too.

In doing so, I extended the map coverage for ZL 7 to 10 - <a href="#Legend"><b>see here</b></a>. The collapse of memory card prices more than compensates for the increase in map sizes :-)

Settlements, Ferries and Power Plants are based on the 5th of July 2020 OSM database information.

From this data base, hundreds of province capitals have also been added.

For the first time a world map in PNG format is offered; i.e. all information of all zoom levels is rendered in loss free PNG format. That quality comes at a price: nearly 6 GB for ZL 1 to 10. That makes sense (only) for exports or screenshots from high res. devices. (Release 1.1 of PNG only available from Aug. 28th..)

All other world maps up to ZL 10 are compressed to JPEG quality 70 for their highest zoom levels. The regional maps with ZL 11+ are coded with JPEG quality 60.

Maps / Universal world map
« on: January 17, 2018, 00:13:48 »
@Michael: thanks - are your latest versions available elsewhere?

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Hello John and all interested parties,
once the new release is complete, it will be hosted on Christian's site, like the old overview maps.

But here is a link to the ZL 8 map, which is mostly stable (only some rogue elevations in OSM in Alaska and the Philippines (in feet, without notice) keep changing the most isolated peaks there, while I correct the elevations round by round based on Max' SRTM-OSM comparison):

And below is the draft of the text for the overview page (google translate, not yet redacted).

Enjoy and I'm interested in your feedback.


January 2018:

Overview maps with more information
What is common in comparison to the 2016 edition: different zoom levels are different
Data sources used, and the file size remained in the same order of magnitude.
And also the basic format: these maps are NOT vector maps because they react too slow in low zoom levels, conventional bitmap maps
Here are much faster - the undisputed domain of vector maps is now the detailed resolution higher
zoom-levels. However, now only one format, MBTiles, is offered, which can be displayed equally by the essential apps.
As is usual with all cards here, there is a button for the quick installation directly on the smartphone for Locus and Oruxmaps.
What has changed? The more or less random presentation of OSM data (e.g., locations) in the rendering and map generation tools
is simply a nuisance. Therefore, I have explicitly included the selection and control of the objects to be displayed and highlighted in the generation process of the overview maps.
But for a better end result, this presupposes a (mostly manual) editing of the OSM raw material.

So far, the following information has been prepared:
- The main places of countries, provinces and sub-states of many countries are highlighted in 3 different colors, in English and the national language (if that name is significantly different.
- The display size of city names increases in steps with the number of inhabitants (if specified in OSM, hopefully correct, otherwise an assumption is made by location category (city, town, village)). These location size categories are now also included as a "PopCat" tag in Christians OAM maps and can be used by theme for interactive selection. An adapted Elevate theme is on my list for 2018 - maybe Tobias is faster too: -)
- Islands or groups of islands, especially the remote ones, are often hard to find, and there is also a remedy here.
- Inspired by a discussion on the appearance or visibility of mountain peaks operated by Christian and Tobias, and with helpful data tables from Max, I have highlighted some 100 important mountain peaks
- The deepest sea trenches have also been around for a few days.

The idea behind all this is to have selected information available at a glance, OFFLINE. A supplement to Wikipedia, so to speak, which also exists offline: Kiwix and Aard2, both of which I highly recommend.
In the case of settlements, information maximization here means: it is not simply selected by size, but a certain amount of settlement names is packed into a surface. For Alaska or Siberia then show up with less than 100 inhabitants - and they are important because they are the only ones - while in Japan at the same zoom level some 50,000-inhabitant city finds no place. In general, overlaps are NOT avoided, but names of places of larger category always cover smaller places. If it gets tight, this too is an indication, and 1 or 2 zoom levels further, the names of the places are completely legible.

Discussion/New features / WikiLocation feature and alternative
« on: August 17, 2017, 21:16:37 »
Hi Menion, just wondered if you took the WikiLocation databases from Ben back in 2014 ? Or would you consider using the new and supported and official Wikipedia API that Ben mentions in his services termination post of 2014 ?   TXs and cheers from France Michael

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I did a series of routings for vacation planning and found that only one out of 10 or so targets appeared in the recently used list.
Can this pls. get fixed ?
TXs and cheers

Troubles & Questions / FC when deleting point from Appalachian trail
« on: September 03, 2016, 07:41:36 »
Hi all,
first observation is that Locus creates 1000s of arrow down icons while importing the trail tracks. The 10s of POIs are handled properly, and the track itself is valid, too, but for each segment Locus creates a useless point in addition. 1000s. Trying to delete one, Locus cycles forever and ends up in FC.
The issue I see is the amok import exercise in the first place.

Selecting the option Merge points with track will lead to long running import, that delivers only the extra points, but NOTHING from the track.

The GPX I use comes from here:

Moving from one Country to another correctly swizches maps, but the name displayed in the top bar stays with the map of the old place and only switches to the correct name at zoom level 15 or so.

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Troubles & Questions / Geo based access to Wikipedia
« on: May 22, 2016, 12:18:39 »
Hi Menion, I am on Sicily and face on gap in the information flow chain:

Locus shows a map section, all offline, I select search, then the Wikipedia of interest (language)   and then access to the Internet is needed. Once the list of nearby matches is presented, you can continue offline by using aard 2 app and SD card DBs. 
I saw you are using an older DB from Ben D.
Could this DB be downloaded and evaluated by the Locus app itself ?

TXs and cheers

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Fortsetzung von
in deutsch.

Hier meine Antworten:

Kann man vielleicht auch die Google Map unterlegen? ja - App Locus-addon Map Tweak hilft.

Wie kann ich während der Navigation eine Adresse, einen Punkt auf der Karte o.ä. abfragen u. dorthin navigieren? Während einer Navigation ist Locus weiter normal bedienbar, inkl. Adress-Suche, Punkt-Infos etc. Wenn Du dann dorthin navigierst (via > Kontextmenü, ist die alte Navigation natürlich tot. Probiere die Details einfach einmal aus.

Was hat es mit der Gültigkeit der Karten auf sich? Die wird von Locus nicht überwacht (d.h. keine automatischen Updates), und auch nicht limitiert. Ich nehme an die Frage geht um Offline-Karten. Bei den LoMaps von Asamm gibt es eine zeitlang Updates. Aber ich nutze praktisch nur die OpenAndroMaps-Karten.

Was heißt Karte neu initialisieren? Was ich mich natürlich nicht traue, weil da steht "own risk". Wo kommt diese Funktion vor ? Habe sie bisher nie gebraucht.
ist übrigens der Einstieg zum Benutzerhandbuch (CZ, E, D).

Schöne Grüße

Troubles & Questions / Tracking start stuck in "working" message
« on: March 16, 2016, 07:28:52 »
Even after hours no way to get back control. Reboot needed.

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Troubles & Questions / Hill shading and HGT downloads
« on: March 15, 2016, 21:14:54 »
Tried Hill shading for areas for which I do not yet have the HGTs on my SD.
Funny effect: the HGT covers more than shading is displaying. But the dynamic elevation does recognize and display the value. I attached a typical situation.

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Troubles & Questions / POI DBs not recognized
« on: January 22, 2016, 01:35:52 »
From earlier times I have many POI DB files along the OAM map files in mapsvector folder. In the past Locus recognised them all,  regardless of available map files and their names.
Since a while a POI DB file is only recognized if there is a map file with the same prefix name. E.g.  and austria.osm.db will show you the austria.osm POI file in the selection list. If there is only,  you will not see austria POI file. This is obstructive and not justified. POI DB should work even with online maps and not a single offline map. Pls. do not take your users hostage of the Locus vector map store.
Thank you.

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