Unobvious capabilities of the king of mapping software on gadgets

Impressive OsmAnd codebase at the time of writing.

Impressive OsmAnd codebase at the time of writing.

OsmAnd is Open Source, and for those users who cannot, for some reason, support the developers and purchase an extended subscription + PRO version of the application on Android, they can install OsmAnd+ in a legal way and in more than one way: downloading “nightly builds”, or installing PRO versions applications from the F-Droid store.

OsmAnd as a navigator for car enthusiasts (mass users)

In this area, OsmAnd competes with many, many alternatives at a fairly high level. IMHO, here the software can surprise the user with a non-obvious thing: an overlay with adjustable transparency of the background – Yandex.Traffics on OSM cards in two clicks, literally, but I’m not sure about the legality of these actions. Let’s hurry to licenses Yandex.Maps:

clause 4.6. Any information used in the Service is intended solely for personal, non-commercial use. Moreover, any copying of the Data, their reproduction, processing, distribution, making available to the public (publication) on the Internet, any use in the media and/or for commercial purposes without the prior written permission of the copyright holder is prohibited, except for cases expressly provided for by the functional service capabilities, these Terms, terms of use of other Yandex services or documents specified in clause 1.2. of these Terms.

I contacted Yandex for clarification on the issue of using/licensing Ya.Traffic in OsmAnd and a request: I requested written permission to attach my screencast to the article “what hybrid navigation in OsmAnd with Ya.Traffic looks like.” Reasonable deadlines have expired, and Yandex has not responded to the request. It seems from my experience that this is the only time when Yandex kept silent. It’s a pity that there will be no proofs, much less instructions, for the article.

OsmAnd for Mushroom Pickers and Hunters

Here OsmAnd also has strong competing players. You can surprise a mushroom picker/hunter by the fact that in OsmAnd you can tighten the layer EEKO/Gosgiscentrawhich gives incredible detail of the terrain across the Russian Federation (natural sites/former/abandoned trails/forest roads). With the license, also at first glance, everything was not so simple. I made a request to Roskadastre regarding the legality of using cartographic data, and received the go-ahead (this data is really open). We are talking about a layer called GGC250/500/1km, for example you can touch it nakarte.me. By default it is not in OsmAnd, but it can be added in two different ways: through a plugin (unreliable method) and according to incredibly simple instructions (keyword is “anygis”).

OsmAnd application.  Mushroom fox places The top screen is the OSM map, the bottom screen is the EECO map.  OSM maps do not know anything about the forest road on which I am standing and about the branch of the stream that I was forced to go around.  The blue flag is the mark where you left the bike so you can return to it later.

OsmAnd application. Mushroom fox places The top screen is the OSM map, the bottom screen is the EECO map. OSM maps do not know anything about the forest road on which I am standing and about the branch of the stream that I was forced to go around. The blue flag is the mark where you left the bike so you can return to it later.

OsmAnd for those who like to conquer peaks and tumble through mountainous terrain

Here OsmAnd is unrivaled and offers incredible features for dangerous outdoor adventures. For example, previously the application had elevation contours and relief shading, which allowed the user to quickly analyze the situation and plan further actions for survival. Years later, the developers added a widget to the application that displays the height at any point on the map, for example, when scrolling across the map. And in the latest release, the team proudly rolled out a new 3D mode. Looks promising.

OsmAnd on bike trips

Probably every bike maniac remembers the feeling: what is it like? "to the top of the piggy bank through the steering wheel"...

Probably every bike maniac remembers the feeling: what is it like “to the top of a piggy bank through the handlebars”…

One of the unobvious, but extremely useful functions in the application is setting up your own search filter. Those. You can highlight any cards POI from different categories. For example, it is well known that outside the city, especially on long-distance trips, tourists require free drinking water (springs, pumps, wells and gas stations). The user can create a similar filter and highlight “all water sources” in two clicks. By the way, in recent releases, a preset search category was added to the OsmAnd application: “water”, containing (springs/wells/columns) and you no longer have to stare red-eyed. In a few months (hello Github) I still managed to convince the developers of the need for patches, and lobbied for this great improvement in the application.

An example of displaying all water sources on my route.  The map shows that between the cities of Shumerlya (460 km) and Kanash, 550 km along the way, you can try to get water only at a gas station (500 km).  Therefore, I made the right decision; before setting up camp, I made a detour beyond the city of Shumerlya to a spring.

An example of displaying all water sources on my route. The map shows that between the cities of Shumerlya (460 km) and Kanash, 550 km along the way, you can try to get water only at a gas station (500 km). Therefore, I made the right decision; before setting up camp, I made a detour beyond the city of Shumerlya to a spring.

Another not entirely obvious, but cool thing in OsmAnd: custom map detail settings in two clicks. How to change detail (the fastest option in two clicks): hold down the +- scale buttons and select the level of detail on the OsmAnd scale.

Detailing, comparison From left to right: Yandex.Maps;  Osmand with default detail;  OsmAnd with maximum detail.  Toward Vladivostok, the need for this function only increases.

Detailing, comparison From left to right: Yandex.Maps; Osmand with default detail; OsmAnd with maximum detail. Toward Vladivostok, the need for this function only increases.

More examples of detail in comparison.  Obviously, using OsmAnd it will become more obvious to the user how to get to the lakes ~ in the center of the maps from any side and what awaits him (swamps/forest roads).  Yandex.Maps only details field and forest roads at maximum approximation, and it is unlikely to be possible to plan a route on such a scale.

More examples of detail in comparison. Obviously, using OsmAnd it will become more obvious to the user how to get to the lakes ~ in the center of the maps from any side and what awaits him (swamps/forest roads). Yandex.Maps only details field and forest roads at maximum approximation, and it is unlikely to be possible to plan a route on such a scale.

A little more comparison to complete the picture
OsmAnd application with different detail on the left - default, on the right - maximum.  Maximum detail consumes more resources and in MSC, for example, everything will fall down.  In megacities, on the contrary, it is necessary to reduce the detail.  I'm used to using OsmAnd at slightly increased detail (75% on the local scale).

OsmAnd application with different detail on the left – default, on the right – maximum. Maximum detail consumes more resources and in MSC, for example, everything will fall down. In megacities, on the contrary, it is necessary to reduce the detail. I’m used to using OsmAnd at slightly increased detail (75% on the local scale).

OsmAnd and alloy

OsmAnd has a cool trick here: build routes based on water, not land. The trick is to activate the “boat” profile and then the “route planning” function will build/stick a route to the river.

OsmAnd planned a route along the Oka River.

OsmAnd planned a route along the Oka River.

OsmAnd on the balance sheet of PVD & Sports

And here OsmAnd is again unrivaled and offers the user the most interesting functions: from connecting various Bluetooth sensors to displaying a radius ruler.

I will dwell in more detail on such a non-obvious thing as editing a track in an application: GPX processing.

  1. Cutting a track, for example, when you forgot to stop recording the track after the finish, the finishing “cadabra” is easy to remove. The most correct way (there are two of them, but the second method has not been finalized, but it is not required due to the presence of the first): you need to click the “edit track” function and the non-obvious point is to maximally scale the place that needs to be cut, only then dots for selecting actions will appear on the screen. After processing the track, you need to save it (in previous versions there was an intermediate, non-obvious, extra step through the “apply” button, which misled the user and did nothing).

  2. To merge tracks, for example, I recorded a track on the first day, rested, started recording a new track on the second day… And then I merged all the tracks into one full track;

  3. Filter the track, for example, remove all points by speed above a given limit, if the user is in high traffic police, then GPS emissions of 10-80 km/h need to be destroyed, or simply compress the track, for example from 10 MB to 2 MB, if the recording was carried out point/s, make point/10s. and such a clean track can be uploaded to sports. network (Strava/ST/Adidas, etc.) there will no longer be stray points and maximum speed emissions.

Here is my example of how I cleaned, trimmed and merged gpx tracks into one complete one route of your week-long cycling trip.

Conclusion

Who will like the professional mapping application OsmAnd with its “rebus functions” at first, second and third glance? At least to all those active people who, for example, switched from OS Windows to GNU/Linux and did not break down. To all those labor-hikers who do not have clip-based thinking dominating over critical thinking.

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