Category Archives: Mobile tools

Locus Map Pro carries its support for MBTiles to the next level

I wrote before about the MBtiles format, a convenient format to store tiled maps in a single portable sqlite database. Probably the easiest way to create them is with Tilemill, as described here. The format is supported by amongst others QGIS, but it is especially suitable for use with map viewers on your mobile device.

The format is now supported by various mobile map viewers, including e.g., Geopaparazzi and OruxMaps. One I like for its rich set of features is Locus Map Pro. I normally only write about open source, but I think the developer of this app deserves some credit for being one of the first (as far as I am aware of) to support the MBtiles format.  Up to very recently you could only view maps in MBtiles format (similar to the other viewers mentioned above), but with the latest update support for the UTFgrid feature has been added.This basically adds interactivity to your map.
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Update of Zim-wiki export template for an adaptive website

A short note that I updated my export template for a adaptive website to work with Zim 0.61. You can find it on my github page. It is very much work in progress, but perhaps it will be useful to somebody.

Examples of websites that were created using this template are http://notebook.ecodiv.org,http://maps.vegetationmap4africa.org/docs.html and http://www.penwatch.net/morrowind_dnd_zim/.

A Zim-wiki export template for a adaptive website

I wrote before about Zim, a graphical text editor used to maintain a collection of wiki pages. Although mostly aimed at individual use, notebooks can also be shared as html files (and a few other formats) by exporting the notebook or individual pages as web pages, as explained here. And to give you an idea what you can get, see here an example of one of my notebooks.

For one of my projects I wanted to create a small web-site with fact sheets that provide a short description of vegetation types in eastern Africa. These fact sheets go together with vegetation maps we have created for various countries in the region. The idea was to keep the fact sheets as notes in a Zim notebook, and use the export function to create a small web-site. Continue reading

Using TileMill to create maps in mbtiles format

The development of open source spatial tools is amazing. A while ago I wrote how one could create mobile maps using a range of tools, including GRASS or QGIS, Maptiler, and Mobile Atlas Creator (MOBAC).

If you are using an app that works with MBtiles, there is an easier way, especially if you want to create a map made up of different data layers. Continue reading

Create mobile maps

Outdoor sport or field work, a GPS has become indispensable. But what if you want to use your own maps? If you are using an Android smartphone and one of the map viewers available on android market, this is fairly easy. You’ll need your favorite GIS application (e.g., GRASS or QGIS), Maptiler, and Mobile Atlas Creator (MOBAC). Continue reading