[OSM-talk] New atlas-generation program

Artem Pavlenko artem at mapnik.org
Tue Mar 6 21:57:32 GMT 2007

On 6 Mar 2007, at 21:26, David Earl wrote:

>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: talk-bounces at openstreetmap.org
>> [mailto:talk-bounces at openstreetmap.org]On Behalf Of Schuyler Erle
>> Sent: 05 March 2007 22:12
>> To: Richard Fairhurst
>> Cc: talk @ openstreetmap. org
>> Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] New atlas-generation program
>> On Mon, 2007-03-05 at 21:16 +0000, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
>>> The difficulty is that the text will then be really, really tiny,  
>>> and
>>> the roads thinner than they should be. Maybe another at-home effort
>>> could generate native 300dpi tiles... or convert SVG into PDF?
>> Converting the SVG to actual PS or PDF vectors makes a lot more sense
>> than rendering rasters, IMHO. Perhaps this might be of service?
>> http://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/
>> SDE
> Artem and I discussed the possibility of putting in a native  
> PostScript back
> end to mapnik while in Oxford on Saturday. While there are other  
> routes,
> this is likely to be quite a neat and efficient one.
> I didn't have much luck trying to to large PDF files via Inkscape,  
> but I did
> successfully go out to EPS (a variant of PS) from where it is  
> possible to go
> to all sorts of other vector formats including PDF, and to many  
> printers, or
> to images via Ghostscript, or many Adobe products including Photoshop.
> David

Hi David and everyone!

PostScript back-end to mapnik sounds really cool!  I think it will  
work very well.
We take advantage of already implemented features :

1. Projection transformations
2. Efficient spatial querying
3. Label collision detection
4. Expressions engine
5. Multiple datasources

  and concentrate on outputting optimized PostScript.

David, could you give me some pointers to PS/EPS documentation?


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