[OSM-talk] New technology ...

Tom MacWright tom at macwright.org
Sun Jul 21 19:58:09 UTC 2013

For what it's worth, for those who want to use the Notes facility of OSM
remotely, I've worked on a predictably open source
https://github.com/osmlab/osm-note boringly named project called OSM Note,
that you can open on your phone like so
http://osmlab.github.io/osm-note/and place notes, log in, and so on.

On Sun, Jul 21, 2013 at 3:55 PM, Kai Krueger <kakrueger at gmail.com> wrote:

> lsces wrote
> > With the arrival of a 'new' set of controls, and the discussion on front
> > page, I
> > feel that it IS necessary to open this discussion a little wider. Having
> > been
> > using the new interface on mobile devices I find it much less usable than
> > the
> > older set-up. But that is not to say that the old one was actually
> usable!
> As always this is somewhat subjective. Whereas on the desktop, I don't yet
> see much of an advantage* other than that it is "prettier", I think it has
> somewhat improved the usage on a mobile phone. The larger + - buttons make
> them more touch friendly (pinch to zoom is very erratic and often doesn't
> work at all for me) and the new geolocation functionality is a pretty neat
> feature particularly for mobile use! The notes functionality, which can be
> useful on a mobile, could probably do with some improvements (the bubbles
> are to big to fit on a 5" screen properly), but overall are usable.  iD
> pretty much doesn't work at all on a phone, but then editing on a 4" touch
> screen or on a 24" monitor with mouse and keyboard really are two very
> different beasts and can't really be used in the same design. There you
> simply want separate special purpose apps like Vespucci.
> One question would therefore be, what functionality of osm.org would you
> hope to actually be able to use on a mobile phone?
> Browsing the map and adding / checking bugs seem like the most likely
> candidates. Imho, those work reasonably well with the new design and can
> probably be fixed up with some specific minor tweaks.
> For sat-navs and more sophisticated map applications there are a bunch of
> special purpose apps, some of which work quite well already.
> Kai
> * Once the improvements of the share menu go in, that should change and
> actually add real functionality to the map, which I am looking forward to.
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