Tuesday, December 2, 2008

OpenStreetMap rendering in Silverlight part V

Have released the first version of the map, its limited to just new malden and is still using a simple drawing plug-in.

You can play with it by clicking on the picture:

Its a very simple update from what I've been working with, but I spent most of the day fighting DNS, FTP, Visual Studio and my own stupidity ;-( However it now shows/does a number of things:
  • parallel downloading of tiles (still not predictively, but since you can see only new malden that's not going to hurt!). Tiles fade in for effect
  • fixed colour coding for tiles (red, green, blue and magenta for TR, TL, BL, BR tiles) and then colours the tiles according to size (small to large - orange, cyan, purple, brown and dark gray for everything else). This allows you to see how a tile is a mixture of data from different levels.
  • I extended the drawing to shade areas as its easier to work with the map (the non-shaded version was easy to get lost in)
  • drag and move: you can drag the map around
  • zoom: mouse wheel - you can zoom the map in and out
  • rotate: mouse wheen+ctrl - you can rotate the map (this is too slow at the moment I need to look at why, also there is some odd clipping going on if you turn clockwise)

Its all debug code, and we probably won't ever show tiles at this size and detail (i.e there's too much detail at this level of zoom). However there is certainly work to be done on improving the general speed of drawing...

3 comments:

edgemaster said...

Looks good, I'd try it out if only my computer was compatible with silverlight! (Linux user here, and too lazy to pop up a VM!)

Regards from the next borough over (Sutton)

Jens said...

SilverLight .. humm. This means that OpenStreetMap will be closed to all Linux users!
I run Linux and do not have any Windows OS also not in an VM ... ;-(

Regards
J V Sigersted
Denmark

fe said...

Silverlight is a microsoft product, my understanding is that it is cross platform:

http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/overview/faq.aspx

"Which platforms and browsers will Silverlight 2 support?
Silverlight will support all major browsers on both Mac OS X, Linux and on Windows. Particular care is being taken to account for differences in platform and browser capabilities to ensure a consistent experience including experiences on Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer."

it seems to work in chrome etc, though I'm sure there will always be some things that have to be handled differently (especially with javascript integration)

also I doubt you are going to be forced to used my little project instead of one of the other renderers ;-)