[OSM-talk] Best base to build on ...

Paul Norman penorman at mac.com
Sun Aug 16 00:46:10 UTC 2015

On 8/15/2015 2:09 PM, Lester Caine wrote:
> The simple answer seems to be that there is no standard when it comes to
> mapping applications and everybody creates their own personal special
> such as kosmtik rather than working with established standards:(
Kosmtik is a standard. But it's a development tool for stylesheet 
design. The other options are Mapbox Studio and Tilemil. All three are 
essentially desktop applications, although the developer using them 
might interact with them via a browser.

The former doesn't support a raster tile style, has tie-ins with Mapbox 
that make it difficult to use independently, and does not work 
reasonably with styles in version control. The problem with Tilemill is 
that is is abandoned, and includes in-program text editing, which adds 
significant complexity to the codebase, and this text editing does not 
function with large complex styles.

It's also not a question of duplication, as all of these options are 
written in nodejs and the map rendering parts share common modules.

renderd, and all similar software, serves a completely different 
purpose, and are not good options for applications where Kosmtik, 
Tilemill, and Mapbox Studio make sense.

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