13 September 2007

MapNik - OpenStreetMap - Google Maps API (Custom Tile)

MapNik - using OpenStreetMap in Google Maps API (as a Custom Tile)

Mapnik Map Transition with Google Maps
MapNik with OpenStreetMap (Oxford,UK) using Google Map API (Custom Tile) works really well. (gif transition created by Mapperz)

"Mapnik is a Free Toolkit for developing mapping applications. Above all Mapnik is about making beautiful maps. It is easily extensible and suitable for both desktop and web development."

UPDATE Starting from 0.4 Mapnik runs on Linux, Mac OS X (10.4.9), Win32 and FreeBSD

Mapnik can read ESRI shapes, PostGIS databases and TIFF rasters
"As always, there are lots of things in the pipeline"


  • Projection transformations
  • Multiple named styles in WMS
  • Line following' text labels
  • 'Shield' symbolizer
  • Feature querying
  • Character encodings support
  • GetFeatureInfo with text/plain and text/xml output
  • Support for right to left languages
If you want to see the functionality of Google Maps and the more detailed (less in some respects)
go to the Demo Area of MapNik website for more examples.

There are other Maps available (a good working one it Victoria, British Columbia)

*Mapperz used Adobe Image Ready to visualize the cartographic differences between MapNik and the Normal tiles available in Google Maps API

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