[Talk-GB] Freemap (UK OSM walking map) updates
Nick.Whitelegg at solent.ac.uk
Tue Jan 25 22:47:08 GMT 2011
Have made a few updates to Freemap (www.free-map.org.uk) recently. Here's a summary:
* You can once again add annotations (anything which might be of interest to walkers, such as interesting views, path directions, points of historical interest, problems or anything else) to the map; these can be accompanied by a photo. Furthermore, if the annotation is on a footpath, you can select the direction which the annotation applies to (for example, a steep uphill climb will only apply to one direction), and when creating walking routes (see below) the annotation will only be included in the walking route if it matches the direction of travel. * You can now draw a walking route on top of the map. Having done this, the underlying OpenStreetMap data, together with the annotations described above, are used to create a self-describing walking route which you can print off and take with you on a walk; both HTML and PDF formats are supported. (This may be a little slow as the Freemap server has to contact the SUCS server to obtain the rendered tiles that the walk route is drawn on). If you are logged in, you can save your walking route for later retrieval.
* You can upload photos; these can be viewed on the online map but do not yet appear in the printed descriptions, however they should do shortly. One idea I do have is to allow users to annotate the photos themselves, for example, if a path crosses a field and it’s unclear which corner of the field you should aim for, the user should be able to indicate this by annotating the photo (fun with canvas ;-) ). This is not yet implemented but it’s certainly my aim to do so.
Full details on the blog at http://www.free-map.org.uk/wordpress/?p=152.
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