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Testing Maperitive

It's time for another post about a tool that is related to the Openstreemap (OSM) project. Yesterday, published a post about Maperitive, a cross-platform real-time OSM renderer that runs on .NET/Mono written by Igor Brejc. Maperitive is expected to become the successor of the Kosmos OSM rendering application. Instantly I felt the urge to give it a try, so I downloaded the latest release from here.

Because I never installed the mono development libraries, I had to take care of that: sudo aptitude install libgluezilla libmono-accessibility2.0-cil libmono-cecil-private-cil libmono-corlib1.0-cil libmono-data-tds1.0-cil libmono-dev libmono-i18n-west1.0-cil libmono-management2.0-cil libmono-peapi2.0-cil libmono-relaxng1.0-cil libmono-security1.0-cil libmono-system-data1.0-cil libmono-system-runtime1.0-cil libmono-system-runtime2.0-cil libmono-system-web1.0-cil libmono-system1.0-cil libmono-webbrowser0.5-cil libmono-winforms2.0-cil mono-2.0-devel mono-csharp-shell mono-devel mono-gmcs I'm listing all the dependencies here, actually it should suffice to add mono-devel and libmono-winforms2.0-cil, I guess. After that and doing a chmod +x, I could start the application.

After feeding the OSM data for Berlin to Maperitive with load-source /home/mattsches/temp/berlin.osm.bz2 it took a couple of seconds to render the actual map, but it worked! Keep in mind, however, that Maperitive is still under heavy development, so don't expect any comfortable GUI yet. All you have is a command line and a long list of text commands. But that's ok for me right now ;-) Here's two screenshots:

Maperitive Screenshot 1Maperitive Screenshot 2

I'm looking forward to future developments of Maperitive. If you want to check it out, too, make sure you're willing to report any bugs you encounter. Igor also set up a Google Group where you can share your thoughts and experiences.