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=== Japan ===
=== Japan ===

Revision as of 12:43, 17 February 2012

Maps fall into three main categories in terms of how they are added to QLandkarte GT: raster, vector and streaming. The former two may be maps that you have purchased, downloaded off the Web or scanned in yourself but the last is accessed streaming from a map server.

Raster maps
These are your basic raster images (i.e. non-vector like PNGs and JPEGs) of maps. QLandkarte GT requires raster maps to use the GeoTIFF format (a georeferenced TIFF format that contains information about the location of the map on the globe). The Canadian GeoBase, for example, provides its data (maps and aerial photographs) on the GeoTIFF format. Other formats may need converting.
For raster maps without any meta-data, QLandkarte GT has tools with which you can georeference a map yourself. This way you can scan your own maps and use them with QLandkarte GT. You can also download maps where these are available. The National Land Survey of Iceland, for example, provides free to download scans from its archives.
Vector maps
Vector maps are particularly useful to overlay maps with other maps. These can for example be contour maps or maps of points of interest which can be overlaid on top of a background raster or vector map.
QLandkarte GT supports the old Garmin TDB vector format. This provides information on IMG map files which need to accompany the TDB file, but QLandkarte GT does not support IMG maps directly. The new Garmin GMAP map format is not supported.
Streaming maps
QLandkarte GT supports two streaming map protocols; the Tile Map Service (TMS) and The Web Map Service (WMS). Both are protocols that allows georeferenced maps to be served over the internet. TMS will request particular tiles whereas WMS requests a map with a particular bounding box with specific information. WMS is thus more powerful whereas TMS maps are faster. QLandkarte GT currently leaves the WMS work to GDAL so you need to have compiled GDAL with WMS map support to connect to a WMS server.
Both TMS and WMS maps can be opened by loading an special XML description file. Some servers provide these XML files, but others can be constructed with a bit of work. For available XML files, see the collection of #freely available maps, below.
Note that the map-server can get very slow so sometimes it may be better to try later.

Loading maps to QLandkarte GT

If you just want to quickly load a map, go to FileLoadMap and select the map. To permanently add a map to QLandkarte GT, you create a map collection. These are stored in so-called QMAP definition files that are displayed in the map tab in the toolview on the left.

  1. Select Maps(F1) → Edit/Create Map(F6) and select "Create map collection from existing geo-referenced files." from the combo-box.
  2. Create a new QMAP file or load an existing one you wish to modify.
  3. Optionally add a comment and tick if you want it to use quadratic zoom.

Collections can contain several layers which are activated depending on the zoom level. Each layer can have multiple maps but these must all share the same projection. For example, you could have a set of detailed 1:25 000 maps in the top layer while putting a larger 1:1 000 000 map into the next layer overview that would kick in at a higher zoom level. Maps can be any format supported by GDAL (e.g. GeoTiff, WMS XML).

  1. Press Add or Edit' to add or edit a map layer.
  2. Choose the maps to include and how many zoom levels to span.
  3. Hit Save.

Tile service maps

As of version 1.3.2, QLandkarte GT has a simple way of adding a TMS map:

  1. Right click on a map entry in the streaming map tab.
  2. Select "Add TMS map"
  3. Enter the TMS server URL in the dialog. Make sure to provide the placeholders '%1', '%2' and '%3'

Freely available maps

Ignoring for a moment that there is no such thing as a free map, there are a number of ways to access maps on line free of charge. The bulk of these have been created by government agencies (and thus paid for by taxpayers) who have made them freely available to the general public.

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Google Maps http://mt.google.com/vt/x=%2&y=%3&z=%1 TMS Google map 04.07.2011
Google Maps http://mt.google.com/vt/lyrs=s&x=%2&y=%3&z=%1 TMS Sattellite map 2012.02.16.
Google Maps http://mt.google.com/vt/lyrs=t&x=%2&y=%3&z=%1 TMS Terrain map 2012.02.16.
  • Centrope (i.e. Austria, Czech Rep.,Hungary, Slovakia) but not 100% off each Country 1:50000 WMS-Map Date 08.07.2011

Austria

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Geoland.at austria.zip WMS Three maps, an ortho, and two scans a tk50 and a tk200 2012.01.12.
KAGIS kaernten_wms.xml WMS (Kärnten) 1:50 000 2012.01.12
Amt der niederösterreichischen Landesregierung niederoesterreich.xml WMS Lower Austria map (incl. Wienna); 1:50 000 2011.06.28.
Geoland.at Ortho Austria WMS 1:100 000 2011.06.22.
Digitales Oberösterreichisches Raum-Informations-System upper_austria.xml WMS 1:50 000 2011.06.29.
Land Salzburg salzburg_wms.xml WMS 1:100 000 2011.087.08.
Land Vorarlberg Topo Vorarlberg WMS 1:50 000 2011.07.08.

Belgium

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Belgium WMS 1:10000, 1:50 000, 1:100 000 Date 15.11.2011

Brasil

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Brasil WMS 1:25 000-1:250 000 24.01.2012

Canada

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Canada WMS 1:25 000 7.7.2011

Czechia

Source Map Type Description Date checked
MutliLevel Czechia ortho, topo WMS 1:10 000, 1:50 000 01.01.2012

Estonia

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Estonia WMS 1:25 000 08.07.2011

France

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo France WMS 1:50 000 15.02.2012

Germany

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Germany WMS 1:100 000 10.06.2011
Topo Baden Wuerttemberg WMS 1:50 000 22.06.2011
Topo Baden Wuerttemberg MultiLevel WMS 1:10 000, 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1:200 000, 1:500 000 19.07.2011
Topo Berlin Brandenburg WMS 1:50 000 22.06.2011
Topo Bavaria WMS 1:50 000 25.05.2011
Topo Bavaria Multilevel WMS 1:50 000, 1:500 000 19.07.2011
Topo Hesse (Hessen) WMS 1:50 000 25.05.2011
Topo Hesse Multilevel (Hessen) Ortho, WMS 1:10 000, 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1:200 000 20.07.2011
Topo Mecklenburg-Vorpommern WMS 1:50 000 22.06.2011
Topo Niedersachen WMS 1:50 000 7.07.2011
Topo North Rhine-Westphalia WMS 1:25 000 10.06.2011
Topo North Rhine-Westphalia Multilevel Ortho, WMS 1:5 000, 1:10 000, 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1:100 000, 1:250 000, 1:500 000 19.07.2011
Topo Rheinland-Pfalz WMS 1:25 000 22.06.2011
Topo Saarland WMS 1:50 000 02.07.2011
Topo Sachsen Anhalt WMS 1:25 000 22.06.2011
Topo Saxony WMS 1:10 000 21.06.2011
Topo Saxony multilevel ortho, WMS 1:10 000, 1:25 000, 1:50 000, 1:100 000, 1:250 000 20.07.2011
Topo Schleswig-Holstein WMS 1:25 000-1:1.500 000 23.11.2011
Topo Thuringia (Thüringen) WMS 1:50 000 26.05.2011

Iceland

Italy

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Ministero Dell'ambiente italien_wms.xml WMS Topographic 1:25 000 2012.02.17.
Ministero Dell'ambiente italienortho_wms.xml WMS Orthographic 1:50 000 2012.02.17.
Ortho South-Tirol incl. Trials WMS 1:5 000 15.02.2012

Japan

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Japan WMS 1:50 000 Broken! Server is down. 2012.02.17. 25.07.2011
Finds.jp Japan-FGD-25k-WMS.xml WMS NOT WORKING YET 2012.02.17.

Lithuania

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Lithuania WMS 1:100 000 25.07.2011

Norway

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Norway WMS 1:50 000 21.06.2011

Poland

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Poland WMS 1:50 000 22.06.2011

Portugal

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Portugal WMS 1:500 000 04.07.2011
Portugal Multilevel 1:50 000, 1:100 000, 1:500 000 18.07.2011

Serbia

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Serbia WMS 1:25 000 18.08.2011

Spain

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Spain WMS 1:25 000 21.06.2011
Ortho Spain WMS 1:25 000 04.07.2011

Switzerland

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Ortho Swiss WMS 1:250 000 22.06.2011

Suomi

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo Suomi WMS 1:25 000 15.02.2012

USA

Source Map Type Description Date checked
Topo USA WMS 1:50 000 25.07.2011
Ortho USA WMS 1:50 000 25.07.2011
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