CloudMade partners release new mobile libraries

Great news!

Our trusted partners CartoType and Nutiteq have created new mobile & desktop libraries.  These new libraries support the latest CloudMade mapping services including raster and vector maps:

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Raster Libraries

  • Java Micro Edition J2ME
  • Blackberry
  • Android

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Vector Libraries

  • Windows Mobile
  • Symbian
  • Windows Desktop

Nutiteq have long been a trusted CloudMade partner providing mobile libraries.  They have now added CloudMade support for two leading mobile platforms -  Blackberry and Android.  Blackberry commands a high worldwide market share for smart phones and is the leading platform for email and enterprise.  Google’s Android has set a new bar for open source mobile OSes, and we expect a number of new handsets to come to market during the remainder of this year.  Both libraries give access to a full range of CloudMade services including custom image tiles, geosearch and routing.

CartoType have been experimenting with CloudMade’s alpha Vector Server which can stream map data to any connected device where it can be rendered on the fly. Per Nick’s previous post, there are a lot of new features planned for CloudMade’s vector server – including multiple outputs formats (XML, JSON, OSM) and a fully featured API that will let you select which parts of the map data are returned to the client. CartoType have been gracious in releasing their libraries to our developer community at an early stage.

We’re excited to hear feedback from our developer community on these new libraries.  We’d like to thank CartoType and Nutiteq for their support!

July 29th, 2009 - Posted by Cragg Nilson in customers, for developers, products

Building the Map

Whether you saw it at State of the Map or in the posting below, many of you have seen and commented on Mapzen, CloudMade’s upcoming web-based mapping tool.  We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from people on what they like and what they’d like to see.  I am pretty excited about it.  We hope that it will introduce more people into the OSM community, accelerate the growth of the map worldwide and also improve the quality of the map by making it easier to add the attributes that sometimes aren’t seen but really make the map work.

CloudMade is committed to helping the OpenStreetMap community build the best map in the world.  That goes right to our roots and our founders’ passion for OSM.  With Mapzen we are building the next generation of mapping tool, that will greatly improve mapping for existing mappers and make it easier for new mappers to get started with mapping. This will help ensure the best of community mapping, rapid response and map quality.  We think Mapzen is a great step in that direction and offer it to the community in that spirit.

As many of you know, CloudMade’s Community Ambassadors have been working very hard to build the map through outreach to local groups, holding mapping parties and working on behalf of OSM at trade shows and conferences. This has helped spread the word on OSM in selected regions in the US, but in the process we have learned that we can get a wider reach by working with larger national and local community groups. Based on this, we have made the decision to dissolve the ambassador team and build a team that will focus on partnering with national and local groups, support finding and importing public data and communicating local success stories.

Going forward, CloudMade will be actively working with national and local groups to promote OSM and community mapping.  We are working with the Geo-Georgia group on a very cool project to map the city of Atlanta in a weekend (September 11-13, if you want to help). The goal is to make Atlanta a showcase city for the OSM map and there’s a great team of people working on that. You’ll hear more about that as the time gets closer.

Our goal here is simple:  Build the Community.  Build the Map. We hope that our efforts can make a difference, but the community will build the map.  If you know of ways you can help us in that, or ways we can help you, let us know. Send a message to community@cloudmade.com.

July 23rd, 2009 - Posted by Marc Prioleau in openstreetmap

CloudMade releases Style Editor 1.1

Great news for Style Editor users: we’ve launched an updated version of Style Editor (v1.1) that makes discovering, sharing and creating new map styles even easier!

Style Editor is CloudMade‘s online cartography tool for creating customized map styles.  Application developers can use Style Editor to quickly create their own map styles that give applications a unique look & feel.  Style Editor gives you complete control over which objects are displayed on the map, and how they will appear on your map at each zoom level.  Developers use CloudMade’s Style Editor to design customized maps built for a particular use.   For example, if you were building a cycling application that helps users get from point A to point B by bicycle, you’d want to highlight the cycle paths and roads better suited for cyclists while de-emphasising main roads and motorways.

Style Editor now has a style gallery for discovering new map styles

Style Editor now has a style gallery for discovering new map styles

The most important improvements in Style Editor 1.1 is the addition of the style gallery.  Style gallery will allow you to quickly discover public map styles created by CloudMade and our community.  Style Editor also allows for private styles available only to the author, which you can view by pressing the My Styles tab on the Style Editor toolbar.  By default the map styles are sorted by popularity.  You may also chose to look for CloudMade styles which were created by professional cartographers including some by Stamen Design by clicking on the CloudMade tab.  Or you can browse the featured styles (Featured tab) which showcase a mix of CloudMade and community styles that our cartographers deem fantanstic!

The Style Editor tool bar allows for quick discovery of public maps styles for editing or direct use

The Style Editor tool bar allows for quick discovery of public maps styles for editing or direct use

Another cool new feature in style gallery is the ability to sort map styles based on color.  To the top of the Style Editor toolbar is a Color Filter control.  This control will filter map styles in the gallery based on where you drag the Color Filter bar.  The default setting on the far left shows all colors.  By dragging the Color Bar towards the right, you can select only the map styles with a particular shade of yellow, for example.  In this way you can find map styles that suit the look and feel of your website or application.  Don’t forget to reset the Color Bar back to the far left when your done so that you can see all the styles again.

Each map style in the style gallery shows the style name, author and style ID.  The style ID comes in handy when coding with CloudMade’s API libraries.  You can quickly change the Style ID and see a completely different map in your app!  The search bar in the far right of the tool bar allows for style searches based on style name, author or style ID.

The last new feature we wanted to talk about is the Style RSS feed.  You can now subscribe to all new style updates via RSS.  This is a super easy way to get all the latest updates to Style Gallery via RSS.

Style Editor is open to the public and available to use as a free service.   So go ahead and start creating your own new map styles and publish them to Style Gallery so the world can see and use them!

Style Editor Team @CloudMade

Creating new map styles is simple with CloudMade's Style Editor

Creating new map styles is simple with CloudMade’s Style Editor

July 16th, 2009 - Posted by Cragg Nilson in cartography, for developers, openstreetmap, products, style editor