[Talk-us] Creating PDF maps

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Thu Jun 28 07:32:05 BST 2012

You're asking two separate questions, one is on creating a PDF map, the
other is a style sheet that shows something other than what osm.xml (the
standard style on osm.org) does.


I wrote mapbook (https://github.com/pnorman/mapbook) which will create a PDF
using Mapnik's default AGG renderer. It works with any mapnik style file,
although I find that osm.xml is not well suited to print. You can also
render directly to a PDF as vectors with mapnik, but this is lower quality
and larger than a high resolution bitmap.


I had a look at the area in JOSM and I can't see much data that the osm.xml
style doesn't render. What amenities were you thinking of that aren't


Incidentally, could someone verify if
http://www.openstreetmap.org/browse/way/159553109 exists? It shows on the
high zoom imagery but not the lower zoom, and the lower zoom may be more



From: Clifford Snow [mailto:clifford at snowandsnow.us] 
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 7:40 PM
To: talk-us
Subject: [Talk-us] Creating PDF maps


Can someone point me to an easy to use resource to create a map in a pdf
file?  For example, Discovery Park in Seattle is a great resource.  It has
Puget Sound on the west side, great trails, hidden ponds, a cultural center,
a veteran's cemetery, playgrounds, a some of the best views of the Olympic
Mountains.  I'd like to produce a map that could be sent out showing what's
offered.  I could just grab a screen shot, but Mapnik doesn't show all of
the amenities.  

I'm thinking that I could use this example to convince others that using OSM
beats the alternatives.  

So, what do you use?  




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