Mapper news


Something is brewing

Not exactly a mapping application, but I'm been trying out libosmscout a bit for map rendering. Yeasterday I got inspired to try getting it to run on the Jolla phone, you can see the result below:

Åre piste map, data from OpenStreetMap, rendering by libosmscout
Åre piste map, data from OpenStreetMap, rendering by libosmscout

Still, I'm sorry to say, no progress on getting Mapper itself anywhere.

Status update

I'm sorry for not updating here and Mapper itself. Unfortunately my N900 got the hardware failure that communication with the phone module, that controls the GPS, has failed. This means that I'm not able to use my N900 for any kind of GPS work anymore. Because of that (oh, this little tiny thing that happened) Mapper development has stalled indefinitely.

I do have a N950 and N9, but unfortunately, to get Mapper running on them it needs to be rewritten 99% from scratch in Qt/QML as GTK+ is not available anymore on these devices. But, it might happen! And maybe, just maybe, Mapper will find a new life on BlackBerry 10.

Getting back to Mapper work

I've been very busy the last 4-5 months, and have only worked on-and-off on Mapper under that time. But now I'm getting back to it. I've been planning on splitting up some of the more common parts, you might have noticed that direct espeak support was removed in git. That is now handled by a dbus service, gdspeak and progress on the GPS information widgets has also been made.
More news when there is some.

New gpswidgets

I've been working on rewriting the GPS information widgets using cairo, and the result is quite nice. Below a screen shot of the satellite positions widget.
GPS Signals widget

I'm also rewriting the compass widget to use cairo and adding some new features to it and preparing a simple Compass app for the N900.


Mapper was uploaded to extras-devel just before midsummer, changelog below:

  • Hide building POIs from the map
  • Load and cache a larger amount of POIs
  • Fixes to POI icons paths as locations of some icons in the osm icon pack has changed
  • Parse and display turn information from cloudmade routes
  • Minor bug fixes

Unfortunately the quick fix to start panning after some movement, that worked just fine on the desktop, broke the map panning on tablets. A fixed version ( will be uploaded after some testing.


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