[OSM-talk] Openstreetmap iPhone app
nickblack1 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 14 19:37:51 GMT 2008
I'm entering the fray pretty late - this one is from my CloudMade
perspective. CloudMade has an iPhone API that's been available as a private
pre-Alpha for a month or so now - we announced to
http://lists.cloudmade.comin late Oct. Its still a closed library
whilst we're adding some more
features - but we have a very lenient access policy for OSMers.
An iPhone based editing app would certainly be usefull. I think the way to
go would be to target mainstream iPhone users and give them a super easy to
use interface to allow people add and edit POIs. Its definitely a gamble
getting apps into the appstore, but there's no particular reason why an app
like this wouldn't make it. AFAIK the major blocker to an app like this is
the lack of remote auth in the OSM API?
So far as CloudMade developing the app, its a great idea - maybe Shaun could
write it this weekend ;-) As well as supporting our own library for iPhone
development, we've added support for CloudMade tiles into route-me, so you
can get OSM goodness from Joseph's fast, low level library. As we release
more APIs we'll offer to add support for them into route-me as well as our
own API - so we're totally backing the project.
Rather than us build our own OSM editing app, it would be great for us to
support a community created & maintained version of the app. We could
provide hosting, help dealing with Apple registration, art-work, UI
assistance, sponsorship, promotion - whatever it takes. We'd be happy to
let the app use our community tiles - an iphone editing app with no-names
tiles would be nice.
Any budding iPhone developers out there want to take up the challenge?
On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 12:20 PM, Joseph Gentle <josephg at gmail.com> wrote:
> You can suppress that, but the performance is pretty crappy.
> On Tue, Nov 11, 2008 at 9:46 PM, Joe Richards <joefish75 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > You can get python installed if your iphone is jailbroken via the Cydia
> installer (apt-get Debian style but for the iPhone). I think you're
> imagining a slippy map via the browser though right? The problem is that
> when you drag on the browser, it scrolls the view (rather than activating a
> mouse-down event, which would scroll the map).
> > =
> > On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 01:41:56PM +0100, John07 wrote:
> >> I thought of the same thing many times in the past. Such a app would be
> >> very cool.
> >> There are also the some webapps for a slippy map, but the usability
> >> isn?t that good.
> > Has the iphone python? Check pymap in the svn repository, it is basically
> a slippy map that will cache all the downloaded tiles. It should be easy to
> add a downloader for a certain region for predownloading.
> > But it has the same functionality/usability as a stock slippy map.
> > spaetz
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