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Significant TT1:50K Look n Feel Style Changes!

I have now completed the latest tweaking of the TT 1:50K Look n Feel map style to futher increase the detail useful for outdoors use (hiking, mountaineering, mountain biking, etc),

I have now added scree, bare rock, stones/rock, caves, sinkholes, geysers, shingle, outcrops, hot-spings, as well as marking up moors, heaths, aretes, ridges, bays, straits, etc. I have also added in single trees and tree rows, and a huge number of other tweaks. These will be shown where the data exists in OSM.

Here’s a screen shot of the map of the area around Wassdale Head (Scafell Pike) showing the new scree, bare rocks and shingle as well as other tweaks):

First in 3D (from Basecamp):

And a different area near the Derwent, in 3D:

Then in 2D (again from Basecamp):

And a different area near the Derwent, in 2D:

This new style will become the standard for all new compiled versions of the maps from the 24th of July, 2019 (not only the British Isles map, but ALL the TT 1:50K Look n Feel maps I offer for almost any country/region across the world). The TT 1:50K Look n Feel British Isles maps are now in this updated style and all other TT 1:50K Look n Feel maps will use this before the end of July, 2019.

If you haven’t updated your map for some time, I would suggest doing so, as I update the British Isles map every week (yes, every week) and they are constantly improving and increasing in size as the data is added to or tweaked.

As always, changes are made when possible, and also based on customer feedback (where it is useful to most customers or the intended use for these maps).

Hope you like the changes?

 

2018 Statistics Infographic

Yes, it is that time of year again, when I look back at the previous year and crunch numbers to produce an Infographic that shows the top 5 of the most requested maps for the USA, Canada and the Rest of the World, as well as the Top 10 most popular GPS devices that those requesting maps, own.

I recently crunched the data from orders received during 2018. This shows what maps were most requested, individual countries as well as individual US states and Canadian provinces.

The most interesting data from 2018 for me was that showing the most popular Garmin devices that my customers used, with the Fenix 5x (and the Fenix 5 Plus, 5s Plus, 5x Plus, Descent Mk1, D2 Charlie and Tactix Charlie) leading the pack with a whopping 46 percent of those placing orders for maps, owning one. To put this in to perspective, in 2017 the Fenix 5x was also number one, but with only 22 percent of the pie!

You can see the info-graphic full-size by simply clicking on the graphic to the left of this text.

This is an amazing statistic as it shows that smart watches with GPS and map support is not only viable and usable, but also how many people are now using these devices (rather than hand-held devices); from the average person, through those that track their fitness and health (sleep, calories, heart-rate, stress, steps, stairs, other activity, etc.) to those that compete professionally or regularly in ultra events (races, rides, etc.)

You can see the top data in the info-graphic on the left of this text. For those that would like to see the full data-set and results, you can find them by clicking on the link below.

For those of you that are interested in statistics, I have pulled together the data so that you can see which of my maps (both countries/regions, US states and Canadian provinces) were the most requested during 2018, the full data can be found here.

So, what will 2019 bring? Will we see more of a shift towards smart GPS watches (even further than we saw in 2018), or will we see the increased use of smartphones using OruxMaps (on Android) that works fine with my maps?

Your feedback and comments are most welcome!

TT 1:50K Look n Feel Style Changes

I have now completed tweaking the TT 1:50K Look n Feel map style to adjust it for some display improvements, these include field boundary, cliff, and contour styling/colouring tweaks. See the screen shots below of how they are now, and how they will start to look as of the 30th of December 2018:

Old style, with black contour lines, etc.

Updated: 30th December 2018

New Style, with grey contour lines, and darker cliff and distinct hedge and wall markup:

I have also added Ski Lifts and related items (Aerialways) and Pistes as specific styles now. These will be shown where the data exists in OSM. Lots of other minor tweaks.

Here’s a screen shot of the map of the Alps Region showing the new Piste (purple dashed line) and Aerialways (ski-lifs, etc.):

This new style will become the standard for all new compiled versions of the maps from the 30th of December, 2018. The TT 1:50K Look n Feel British Isles maps are now in the style and all other TT 1:50K Look n Feel maps will use this before the end of January, 2019.

Updated: 20th January 2019
Some tweaking of the contour colours as on some devices the intermediate contours were very light; they are now a darker gray (but still lighter than the old style that had black contour lines).

Only maps compiled between the 30th of December and the 19th of January were affected (and the only devices that may have experience the issue are, the Fenix 5x, the Plus models of the Fenix 5, 5s and 5x, Tactix Charlie, Descent Mk1 and D2 Charlie. These models were not always displaying the intermediate contours). They still did display/render the major contour lines.

No handheld Garmin devices experienced this issue.

Please contact me if you believe you were affected and have one of these devices. I will need your order number to confirm and to supply an updated version of the map at no cost.