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offline OpenStreetMap.org client

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 4:12 pm
by TacBeaver
Not sure how new this idea is, but I haven't found a decent program that does this.
What I'm really looking for is a linux replacement for MS Autoroute. I use this quite often and it is one of the reasons I'm still using Windows on my pc's. The guys from OpenStreetMaps.org are doing a great job creating the necessary databases and applications for online streetmap information. unfortunately you can only use this when you're online. I come in many places where there is no possibility to go online (or where it's so expensive, you don't want to go online). In those places an offline user friendly (very important!) application that could use (part of) the openstreetmaps databases (which are available for download) would certainly be very usefull. In a later version route planning could be added too.
What do you think ?

Re: offline OpenStreetMap.org client

Posted: Thu May 27, 2010 4:18 pm
by dawgdoc
I have briefly played with TangoGPS. It will download the OpenStreetMaps databases. I do not think it will allow for Route Planning. (I used it under Gloria on a laptop, it was difficult to tote the desktop around in the front seat. I didn't have sufficient extension cords.) :lol:

Re: offline OpenStreetMap.org client

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:19 am
by Verix
I used to use Mobile Atlas Creator (http://mobac.dnsalias.org/) to create offline maps to use with TrekBuddy on my cellphone, but yeah it just downloads tile maps in image format with no metadata about the streets and routes or anything like that. For that you have to get online.

Re: offline OpenStreetMap.org client

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 12:29 am
by Biker
TacBeaver wrote:What I'm really looking for is a linux replacement for MS Autoroute.
As far as I know, there just isn't anything out there along the lines of what you're looking for.

Re: offline OpenStreetMap.org client

Posted: Mon May 31, 2010 1:37 pm
by Verix
I just remembered you can try running Garmin Mobile PC in wine. It's expensive but it might work.

Re: offline OpenStreetMap.org client

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 12:45 pm
by Verix
Ok I found what you were looking for. You can download OpenStreetMap map files here: http://downloads.cloudmade.com/

Then you can use them with Navit: http://www.navit-project.org/
It's an open source navigation system. Download the *.bin.zip file from cloudmade and use it with it. Also, you can export any area from OpenStreetMap to this file format using tools available on the OpenStreetMap websites or elsewhere, I'm not sure.

Re: offline OpenStreetMap.org client

Posted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:02 pm
by TacBeaver
Verix wrote:Ok I found what you were looking for. You can download OpenStreetMap map files here: http://downloads.cloudmade.com/

Then you can use them with Navit: http://www.navit-project.org/
It's an open source navigation system. Download the *.bin.zip file from cloudmade and use it with it. Also, you can export any area from OpenStreetMap to this file format using tools available on the OpenStreetMap websites or elsewhere, I'm not sure.
This sounds promising. I'll certainly give this a try. Thanks to all for your help, guys (and girls ?).