[OSM-talk] Printed map books

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Wed Feb 22 03:38:02 GMT 2012

I've thrown something together in python. It uses mapnik for rendering the
maps and cairo for page layout. It's on github at
https://github.com/pnorman/mapbook but it's very much in a development

I intend to add 

-          Arrows at the edges, indicating what page to go if you want to
look in that direction

-          An index page at the front

-          The ability to skip maps


From: Graham Jones [mailto:grahamjones139 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 2:50 AM
To: Paul Norman
Cc: Steve Bennett; talk at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: RE: [OSM-talk] Printed map books


My townguide python script does that - it uses a library to put the mapnik
generated images onto pdf pages along with other text.

from my phone

On 19 Feb 2012 09:37, "Paul Norman" <penorman at mac.com> wrote:

Pdfatlas appears to use a custom rendering language, and I'd rather avoid
that. It also hasn't been updated in 5 years.


What I'm considering writing is a set of python scripts that build the map
with mapnik and then piece the pages together. Do you think inkscape is the
easiest way to build the PDFs from the command line?



From: Graham Jones [mailto:grahamjones139 at gmail.com] 
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2012 1:08 AM
To: Steve Bennett
Cc: Paul Norman; talk at openstreetmap.org
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk] Printed map books



The two 'townguide' ones are mine, but the demonstration web service at

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