Transport for London is one of the largest public transportation agencies in the world. Each day their bus network alone carries more than 6 million passengers. For those passengers, finding bus information just got a lot easier with the new “Countdown”website, powered by CloudMade. Try it out here.
The Transport for London portal uses CloudMade’s Map Tiles and Geocoding with a custom SLA and server installation inside our Amazon based cloud. The map style was created using the Style Editor and our Cartography Design services. If you like what you see, get in touch.
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.
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!
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. You can subscribe here.
- Style Editor is open to the public and available to use as a free service here. 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
CloudMade partners, Cartotype have produced this nice animation that shows a fly-through of Berlin. Cartotype produce a range of libraries that render maps across different mobile platforms:
Cartotype have been experimenting with CloudMade’s Vector Server which can stream map data to any connected device where it can be rendered on the fly. There’s a lot of new features planned for the 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. You can see all of the feature requests here.
If you like what you see from Cartotype, you can hear them talk at the State of the Map conference which is being held from the 10th – 12th July 2009 in Amsterdam. Click here for more details.
Nick blogged previously regarding three of our signature map styles – “Pale Dawn“, “Midnight Commander” and “Fresh” – that we launched along with our Developer Programme last month. Today we’re pleased to announce that all three styles are now available for customization in our Style Editor.
Our Style Editor lets you tweak, change and configure the cartography of our maps to suit your needs. Perhaps you, as I do, love the Pale Dawn style as originally created by Stamen Design, but want to see if it looks better with a bit more emphasis on parks and public transport? So I fired up the Style Editor, and a few clicks later had this attempt – “Fair Sunrise”:
We’re always interested in what creative things you can make with our tools, so if you’ve made a style that you’re proud of please share a link in our comments. I’ll let you decide for yourself whether you think “Fair Sunrise” is an improvement!
Great news from the British Cartographic Society, who have awarded CloudMade Tech Lead, Andy Allan an award for his work on the OpenCycleMap. OpenCycleMap.org was awarded a Commended Award in the Avenza Eelectronic Mapping category of the British Cartographic Society’s annual awards which were held in the UK last week.
Unfortunately Andy couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony to pick up his prize as he was en-route from Aberdeen, having represented OpenCycleMap and CloudMade at the Society of Cartographers Summer School. The award was collected by long-term cartographer, Steve Chilton, who helped Andy put together the application for the award. Speaking on the OpenStreetMap mailing list, Steve wrote:
[Andy and I] were in a category against some heavyweight commercial entries, as you may see when the full results are available. This is fantastic recognition from peer cartographers of the excellence of this particular use of OSM data. So, congratulations to Andy, and all others who have had input to this particular development.
OpenCycleMap’s award is testimony not only to the hard work of Andy, but also to the dedication of the 61,000 OpenStreetMap volunteers who collected the data that allows such a unique cartographic achievement as OpenCycleMap, as well as the work of Steve Chilton, who lead the creation of the OSM cartographic style that the cycle map is based on. Because OpenStreetMap lets people get access to underlying vector data it is possible to create custom mapping sites like OpenCycleMap.org.
Note: CloudMade are pleased to be sponsoring Andy’s work on the cycle map by providing web hosting and tile serving for the project. If you go to OpenCycleMap.org and start to dig into Andy’s code, you’ll see that tile requests are being made to *.andy.sandbox.cloudmade.com. Sandboxes are testing grounds for personal development projects of people at CloudMade and are not our production servers. We don’t make any promises about uptime, speed or reliability or Sandbox services, but if you want to see the cool stuff first, its the place to look.
September 8th, 2008 - Posted by Nick Black in cartography