GeoPackage in MapTiler 8.0

MapTiler 8.0 is here - and it can generate map tiles in OGC GeoPackage format. The standardized OGC GeoPackage can store the tiles in the most popular mercator profile as well as in the coordinate systems specific for your country.

For the standard tile profile in Mercator - the generated GeoPackage file (.gpkg) is also compliant to MBTiles format in the same moment - which makes it very versatile and compatible with many viewers and software tools.

Our utility for direct fast uploading of the map tiles to the most popular cloud hostings (such as Google Cloud Storage or Amazon S3 buckets) now supports the GeoPackage format too - for all profiles generated by MapTiler. This means you can push any tiles to a reliable hosting which costs a few cents - and you get a web viewer and WMTS compatible with ArcGIS and QGIS. This including map tiles in a local coordinate system - and available for batch processing and automation as `cloudpush` command in the terminal.

It is possible to drop 16-bit raster input files into MapTiler - and they are automatically scaled into 8-bit RGBA output tiles - which eliminates the need for extra preprocessing in some cases. 

MapTiler graphic interface now allows to visually pick a colour for transparency from the input file.
There is no need to use 3rd party software to select  required background colour of your map.

We have updated the internal Proj4 library with the latest database of the coordinate systems and projections.

MapTiler 8.0 also includes the following features:

 - QuadKey tiling scheme output in the folder (known from Microsoft Bing Maps)
 - Online preview of the bounding box for the input file
 - The GUI remembers Amazon S3 / Google Cloud Storage credentials
 - Global projected cutline applicable on more input files [Pro command line]

The updated version is now available at http://www.maptiler.com/. Try it out for free now!


OpenMapTiles are now multilingual

Do you need online maps with place names in your language? Our OpenMapTiles project can now display these multilingual names of places from the OpenStreetMap data very easily - just use our free map hosting service or install the maps on your own infrastructure.

The major feature of the OpenMapTiles v3.6 release is support for multilingual maps. It is now possible to create a map in your native language or a combination of more languages.

Tiles now support place names in 57 languages covering European languages and most major world languages.

Every map style (GL JSON), which is using OpenMapTiles vector tiles, can now define the main language for placenames and a fallback language (displayed in case the place does not have a name in the main language).

Place names in a non-latin script such as Russian, Chinese or Japanese come with a  transliterated alternative - to make them readable by more people. These alternative names can be displayed together with the main language place name.

The details of the implementation are described on GitHub.

Roads, railways and more

Several improvements were made on transportation layers, which now appears sooner and with more details. Primary roads are added to zoom 7. Railways are available one level up, and missing railway stations have been added. Highways are now improved - with links and road ramps fixed. Details are in the release notes.

If you need OpenStreetMap maps with places displayed in your language try our open-source project! For more details visit http://www.openmaptiles.org/


Bounding Box tool improvements

We have modernised our Bounding Box tool and added new features!

The tool is freely available at http://boundingbox.klokantech.com/ and allows visual selection of geographic coordinates of an area on a map directly in a web browser.

It is a popular tool used regularly by many librarians all over the world - during cataloguing of maps. It allows direct copy&paste of the selected area into a library system in various formats such as MARC, DublinCore, FGDC or ISO 19139. Thanks to this effort the maps can be discovered with a geographical search - for example at OldMapsOnline.org.

It is practical also for GIS people - who can get the bounding box in GeoJSON, KML, or OGC WKT for use in PostGIS or SQL.

What is new?

The drawn rectangle can now be rotated for higher precision (by dragging the circle in the bottom-right corner) - this is often required for recording area of maps which are not north oriented - for examples riverbed maps.

And there is also a completely new "Polygon tool" accessible by clicking the pentagon icon on the left side. This allows you to draw (and modify) any shape with high precision:

In both cases, the full geometry is formatted into the MARC format (fields 34 and 255). The wrapping bounds, automatically calculated and shown as the dashed rectangle on the map, can be included too.

The tool has been also upgraded to latest mapping library (OpenLayers) and we are now using as the default background layer the OpenStreetMap maps from the OpenMapTiles.org open-source project.

The development has been supported by the Swiss libraries as part of the Kartenportal.CH project.


Online drawing tools in GeoEditor web application

GeoEditor for web is a simple online app for collaborative creating and editing of basic geographical data - just draw points, polygons and lines on top of the maps directly in a web browser. For every shape, you can record additional information or attach a photo.

This web app is great for a review of the field data collected with the GeoEditor mobile app and it can help to share the data, save it to your desktop, reuse it in GIS software or web applications.

It is also perfect if you want to load your existing online maps made with MapTiler and draw on top of these.

Main features

  • Collaborative editing of features on top of maps - real time synchronisation of multiple people working on the same data - great for teamwork or classroom
  • Displays two maps at the same time (foreground overlay and background layer)
  • Custom attributes, attached photos
  • Drag&drop into the web app any GPX, TopoJSON, GeoJSON, etc.
  • GeoJSON as the main storage format - with direct preview and editing by end users
  • Integrated with MapTiler default map viewer (one click in “Edit” tab)
  • Draw on top of map tiles in any coordinate system/projection
  • Made with OpenLayers JavaScript library
  • Supports OpenStreetMap vector tiles base maps from OpenMapTiles
  • The simplest way how to extract features and later on add interactive hotspots to raster map tiles with Leaflet or OpenLayers! 

Google Drive app

We implemented GeoEditor also as a Google Drive app for quick display of GeoJSON from your Drive. Add it to your account from the Chrome Web Store.

GeoEditor in action

See the YouTube video with the recording of a real-time session of multiple users digitising buildings on an old map of London:

So now just try the GeoEditor online web application at http://geoeditor.maptiler.com/


GeoEditor mobile app for MapTiler

Our new GeoEditor mobile app is now available on the App Store and Google Play!

The free GeoEditor mobile application allows you to use your scanned maps and geodata on your mobile device - even offline! Send the maps to a mobile device and annotate the maps while on the way!

Comfortable drawing tools

Draw points, polygons and lines on the maps directly in the mobile device. Collect field data and notes related to a location, attach a photo and fill custom attributes for features you make.

Import your own maps into the mobile device

It is easy to import scanned hiking maps, PDF maps, drone aerial imagery, nautical charts for sailing and navigation with a boat or a yacht, fishing maps, aeronautical charts for flight planning by pilots, parcels and city plans and other geodata or opendata from local government.
Just use MapTiler desktop software to send the maps to the mobile.

Base maps from OpenStreetMap to Google

OpenStreetMap vector base maps are powered by OpenMapTiles project. In the online mode, you also get the high-quality global satellite and street maps from Google for your overlays.
Custom maps can be added from existing tile servers with TileJSON, WMTS or XYZ tiles.

Standardized data formats

The app supports GeoJSON and MBTiles formats, transfer via cable or SD card and online synchronization via Google Drive for basic sharing of the data with other people! Perfect for mobile data collection for GIS and surveys.

Display GPS position

Precise geo location is displayed on the maps in your device. Magnetic compass and rotation in the direction you are heading are available too.

Opacity adjustment

The opacity slider gives you a possibility to compare your scanned map with the background map layer - the app displays foreground map as an overlay of a selected background map.

It works even offline

You do not need to be online to work with your map! Just go wherever you want and collect field data related to the particular location.

Rebrand and use it for your business

Speed up development and release of your own mobile application. Our app can be modified according to your needs and released under your company name on the app stores.
Just build your own business logic on top of our source code and make a mobile app for your customers showing your maps!

More info about the mobile app source code at http://www.maptiler.com/mobile/source/.

See the preview of the functions of the mobile application in this short video:

Import of existing maps is easy with the MapTiler desktop application.

Supported geodata formats: GeoPDF, PDF, GeoTIFF, TIFF, JPEG, ECW, SID / MrSID, NOAA KAP / BSB, DEM, OziExplorer OZI OZF2 & OZFX3, WebP, JP2, JPEG2000, GeoJP2, Erdas, Grass, Safe, Sentinel2, SRTM, NASA imagery, USGS map sheets, exports from ESRI ArcGIS, ArcSDE, etc.

The GeoJSON can be converted from/to: ESRI ShapeFile, DXF, DWG, GPX, CSV and KML with external tools.

More info at the website of this mobile app at http://www.maptiler.com/mobile/


OpenMapTiles v3.5: From runways to mountain peaks

New release of OpenMapTiles is here! Ready to take a look at major changes? Fasten your seatbelt, because we start at the airport!

The aeroway layer now contains runways and taxiways as linestrings starting at zoom level 11. Previously only aeroway polygons were available starting at zoom level 12, so now you can see more even at lower zoom level.
Attribute network of transportation_name layer is now filled-in for three major road networks of the USA, Transcanadian highway, and UK’s motorways and A roads. This change enables to display network-specific road shields in the map.

We also adjusted zoom levels of both transportation_name and transportation to show more roads and road numbers at lower zoom levels.

Our tiles now speak German! Together with name and name_en we added also name_de attribute that contains German name if available. This change is available for all layers having name attribute including place, poi, and waterway. Viel Spass!

Release 3.5 introduces also brand new layer mountain_peak with mountain peaks and their elevation in both meters and feets. Mountain peaks start at zoom level 7 with only the most important peaks, up to the zoom level 14, that contains all of them.

We hope you enjoyed the flight! More information available in release notes. Download prepared extracts from https://openmaptiles.com/downloads/.


New generation of Georeferencer

Georeferencer v4 is a revolution in the online processing of scanned old maps. Matching scanned maps to the real world coordinates in a web browser has never been easier.

With feedback from the previous crowdsourcing pilots in over a dozen of countries all over the world, we have decided to reimplement our online Georeferencer tool from scratch. The new version comes with many new features, improved usability and finally, after two years of development, it is available to the public!

A complete mapping platform for old maps

The Georeferencer is now a complete mapping platform which provides the full toolset for bringing the maps from paper to screen. After the maps are scanned, they can be turned into precisely located map overlays on top of modern maps.

Redesigned interface is optimised for tablets and mobile devices. With the full-screen layout, which focuses the attention on the map, no screen space is wasted while the important tools are highlighted, and you have everything in your hand. The whole tool is collaborative so multiple people can work on the same map at the same time - similarly to Google Docs. On top of that, there are tutorials available throughout the interface so the new users can start georeferencing immediately and learn to use even the advanced features and produce professional output.

Overlay recalculated instantly

When at least three control points are placed the tool can be switched to overlay mode. The old map overlays a new map and visitors can easily add points to improve the precision of the location of the map. The map position is recalculated instantly directly in a web browser. The visitors can even switch between five different transformations and see warping results on-the-fly. 

The new “My maps” sidebar allows you to add other maps as overlays to the Georeferencer tool, which can be powerful when processing a collection of seamless maps.

Various map services are available to bring the georeferenced maps to GIS tools such as ArcGIS and QGIS, web viewers such as Leaflet or OpenLayers as well as Mobile applications. The provided map services are compatible with the Web Map Tile Service (OGC WMTS). High-resolution images are displayed via International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF).

Read more about the new features at http://www.georeferencer.com/features.

Online research with Compare tool

Georeferencer mapping platform also contains a new public tool that can combine maps from various institutions from OldMapsOnline. The Compare is designed for fast searching and in-depth comparison of old maps.

Several view modes are available - besides overlaying the maps you can also study them in a Swipe mode, using a “Spy glass" or you can interactively compare multiple maps in a Grid.

Try the compare tool now at http://www.georeferencer.com/compare.

David Rumsey pilot launched

David Rumsey is the first to move maps to the new version of Georeferencer. His collection of maps contains now over 47.000 images. All are available to be georeferenced at DavidRumsey.com.

Contact us if you are interested in starting your own Georeferencer pilot.


OpenMapTiles: Vector Tiles from OpenStreetMap

After months of work, we are thrilled to announce a new game-changing open-source project!

OpenMapTiles (http://openmaptiles.org) provides the fastest way how to setup custom styled world maps with open-source software. In a few minutes, you can have your own OpenStreetMap tile server - ready for use in your websites or products.

Just download the pre-generated vector tiles and get started

The project turns the publicly available OpenStreetMap data into ready-to-use packages containing vector tiles for the whole planet, individual countries and major cities.

Downloaded map tiles can be displayed on websites with JavaScript viewers, used in native mobile applications on Android and iOS (even offline), or turned into traditional raster tiles or high-resolution images for printing.

There are online guides to get started.

Open Map Styles & Open Tile Schema

We have prepared a set of beautiful Open Map Styles for our vector tiles. The styles are free and open-source, and you can adapt the design and code for your project or commercial product however you like. Either use one of our map styles directly as your base map or as a starting point for your own map design. You can also use an open-source visual map style editor.

Open Map Styles compatible with OpenMapTiles Vector Tiles
Our new Vector Tile Schema is encoding the cartography decisions made on top of OpenStreetMap, Natural Earth and other OpenData sources and is 100% open and free to use, extend or build upon. We hope people will adapt, copy and reimplement our schema and data model in their projects while providing attribution.

Open-source tools and no vendor lock-in

The whole project is open-source, documented and comes with a license which is friendly even for business use (BSD + CC-BY). The project reuses existing many open-source components, map designs and open standards from the OSM & FOSS community and Mapbox Inc. The work on the new open vector tile schema was done in cooperation with Paul Norman and Wikimedia Foundation and was initially modelled after the cartography of the Positron base map from Carto (former CartoDB), with their permission.

With OpenMapTiles there is no lock-in to a single hosting platform or provider, and interested parties can adopt our workflow and do the tile generating as well as hosting completely independently and in-house. We offer a set of services and preprocessed data - including worldwide contour lines and hill shading datasets - to speed up the adoption of the project and applications in production use.

The OpenMapTiles project is a successor of OSM2VectorTiles, a project which won the OpenStreetMap Innovation Award of 2016 at SOtM in Brussels and which started in Switzerland as a student bachelor thesis at HSR Rapperswil in cooperation with Klokan Technologies GmbH.

Support and community

The team behind OpenMapTiles is available for commercial support and consulting and can assist with deployment and applications of the maps in products and services.

Contributions to the source code from the community are very welcome!