[Merkaartor] Why I love QT - MerkaartorMobile
cbro at semperpax.com
Tue May 27 19:39:05 BST 2008
I LOVE Qt. This afternoon, I tried to compile Merkaartor for WM5 and,
besides 2-3 edits because of the compiler, it did!
I then tried to start it under the emulator... and it did.
I didn't yet tried to load a map but, besides performance, I expect it
to just work.
So, in the coming months, there will probably be a MerkaartorMobile.
The idea is not to have a full-fledged editor on a PDA, though, but
rather a powerful tool to do tracking/mapping on-the-go.
I checked the other WM tool supporting OSM but didn't like it as they
were and as they are closed-source... (why in hell do the developers
have to go close-source when there is "windows" in the OS name?!).
Besides, using Qt would probably allow it to run on any linux-based
PDA (Qtopia, of course, but also Android, maybe)
Of all, I like the interface of OSMTracker best, so it would be
The code base will obviously be the one of Merkaartor. Only the UI
will have to be adapted to a mobile screen estate and to the specific
feature set, so it will probably be a sub-project.
In the previous months, features like a merkaartor document and tile
caching have been added which would allow off-site tracking.
All we still need is GPS support (quite trivial as NMEA import is
already there) and maybe a binary merkaartor document because of the
mobile memory constraints.
I'm more than open to your suggestions if you are interested in the topic.
- Chris -
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