[OSM-talk] Custom rendering of a small map

Sam Vekemans acrosscanadatrails at gmail.com
Sun Jun 6 19:15:53 BST 2010

Hi everyone,

FYI  WikiTravel offers instructions on how to create a 'WikiTravel
Style'   Map  (using OSM data)


(the instructions require super-human powers, that i dont have yet,
but others might be able to translate it to "WikiMap for Dummies" :-)

And thank you Gervase for pointing out that you can export a SVG from OSM.
And using Inkscape to play.   You can also SaveAs an OpenOffice file,
then play with it a bit more in OpenOffice Draw and add in map keys &
other map stuff.   (changing colour of the polygons  & line types
etc.) & breaking apart & grouping the areas etc.

I use Marble Desktop as it has a nice Mapnik Legend that is easy to
copy & move it round the page (using 'PrtScr' button on the keyboard
with Windows paint (or Equivenent Linux program) and paste it there
and just select what you like & paste it in the OpenOffice Draw
document to work with.

Hope that helps,

On Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 9:46 AM, Gary68 <gary at gary68.de> wrote:
> dear ian,
> could you please be a little bit more precise what you don't like at
> osmarender and especially mapgen.pl?
> of course a lot of appearance is defined in the style file and the
> symbols being used - i didn't spend much time there! (i was challenged
> by the render engine). it (mapgen) is not aimed to be a fully blown
> renderer - however if it's possible i might implement some improvements.
> cheers
> gerhard
> gary68
> On Sat, 2010-06-05 at 07:53 -0500, Ian Dees wrote:
>> n Sat, Jun 5, 2010 at 4:09 AM, Gervase Markham <gerv-gmane at gerv.net>
>> wrote:
>>         Hi,
>>         I'd like to render a map of about a square mile or so of the
>>         town of
>>         Bromley, in Kent, for the information sheet for my wedding in
>>         August (yay!).
>>         http://osm.org/go/0EEBWURG
>>         I want to make the map, then remove a few bits which I don't
>>         need and
>>         add stuff to it like bigger labels on some important POIs like
>>         the
>>         church and the nearest station. I want it to look
>>         professional.
>>         This is just the sort of thing OSM should be good for, or so I
>>         hope :-)
>>         My first effort involved an SVG export of the Mapnik image
>>         from the main
>>         website. This is pretty good; the only problem is that the
>>         roads are
>>         unnecessarily narrow and so the road names are small and hard
>>         to read.
>>         I'd like pretty much that map, except with wider roads and
>>         bigger text.
>>         It would take an age to change it all manually in the SVG.
>>         What are my
>>         options for a custom render?
>>         - Mapnik: requires an incredible amount of setup, according to
>>         the wiki
>>           page.
>>         - Osmarender: It's ugly. Sorry, but it is.
>>         - mapgen.pl: Same.
>>         - Kosmos: I'm on Linux, and it only really runs on Windows.
>>         - Cobra: development seems dead.
>>         - Cartagen: It does road labels square on, which I don't like.
>>         - Cloudmade: initially, this seemed really promising. They
>>         have a
>>           variety of styles, and I probably could make
>>           one with wider roads, but the Terms of Service are so long
>>         and
>>           complex, and say "don't do anything with this data that
>>         isn't your
>>           own personal use" about three times in different ways, so I
>>         assume I
>>           can't use it.
>>         Any ideas? Is there an online service to which one can submit
>>         a Mapnik
>>         style sheet and get back a rendering of a small area?
>> I'm interested in this, too, because I want to draw OSM data in my car
>> computer as a sort of GPS satnav/realtime editor.
>> Dane (of Mapnik fame) suggested I use Mapnik with the OSM data plugin.
>> That cuts out the majority of the setup time due to PostGIS install
>> and import of OSM data.
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