How to use Maperitive to work off line and display different options simply for the end user.
The formatting is easier to follow here:
To make this work simply for the end user, put a pretty picture on the desktop that links to the appropriate .bat file.
Rules govern what is displayed and how it is displayed. However they are fairly complex to enter from the keyboard in Maperitive, a better way is to make a copy of the default rule set and rename it. Then adjust the rules in the renamed copy. Maperitive also allows scripts so we can build a .bat file to start Maperitive up with a script selecting a set of rules.
Maperitive can be run from a .bat file. The simplest method is to put the .bat file in the same directory as Maperitive.exe. The .bat file can be linked to a desktop icon.
The process is:
- Download and save the OSM data file
- Download and save the custom icons if running offline
- Create a ruleset file
- Create a script to load the data file and apply the ruleset
- Create a batch file to run Maperitive using the script
Note the load-source command is loading from the local hard drive.
Some samples follow.
Sample 1. Displaying French Names
This sample shows all names in French where they are defined. Useful in bilingual Canada, for example.
clear-map use-ruleset location=Rules\french.txt as-alias=french load-source mymaps/ormm.osm
The french rule set contains one additional line to the default.txt text : name:fr under properties (make sure to surround tag names containing special characters like colons with double brackets).
properties map-background-color : #F1EEE8 map-background-opacity : 1 map-sea-color : #B5D0D0 font-weight : bold font-family : Verdana Bold text-halo-width : 25% text-halo-opacity : 0.75 text : [[name:fr]]
Sample 2. Displaying Custom Icons
This sample is more interesting as it contains additional icons and points of interest. Here florist, video, and playground have been added.
clear-map use-ruleset location=Rules\florist.txt as-alias=florist load-source mymaps/ormm.osm
The ruleset florist.txt has the three extra points for florist, video and playground
points place city : place=city place town : place=town place village : place=village place hamlet : place=hamlet hospital : amenity=hospital diy : shop=doityourself hair dresser : shop=hairdresser supermarket : shop=supermarket convenience : shop=convenience bakery : shop=bakery restaurant : amenity=restaurant cafe : amenity=cafe pharmacy : amenity=pharmacy florist : shop=florist video : shop=video playground : leisure=playground
We also need to define the icons. So copy the entry for Pharmacy, note the playground and video icons have been copied to the local hard drive, this would normally be C: not G: Note this use of local icons is a new feature that currently not really supported but it works if the icon is in cache.
target : pharmacy define icon-image : http://svn.openstreetmap.org/applications/rendering/mapnik/symbols/pharmacy.p.16.png min-zoom : 16 icon-width : 16 draw : icon target : florist define icon-image : http://svn.openstreetmap.org/applications/share/map-icons/classic.small/shop/florist.png min-zoom : 16 icon-width : 16 draw : icon target : playground define icon-image : G:\Program Files (x86)\maperitive\icons\playground.png min-zoom : 16 icon-width : 16 draw : icon target : video define icon-image : G:\Program Files (x86)\maperitive\icons\video.png min-zoom : 16 icon-width : 16 draw : icon
Icons can be found here: http://svn.openstreetmap.org/applications/share/map-icons/
To make it usable by non technical people
Senior managers and politicians are an excellent source of non technical people. You just give them a pretty picture to click on and they are happy. So create a .bat file and a script file behind it so that non technical people would have a pretty picture to click on. Now we can demonstrate by clicking here, I can display a map with Drinking Fountains on, click this one and the street names display in French. Click this one and the florists in Orleans, an Ottawa suburb, are displayed. Click that one and you get just the pubs displayed with none of the other distracting icons. Get the picture?