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OpenLayers MapEngine

The latest snapshot on the Download page includes early support for OpenLayers thanks to sothawo mapjxf by P.J. Meisch.

The image below shows some tiles from ESRI.

In order to try it out you have to activate the OpenLayers map engine in the Options dialog.

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Manage data updates

Manage your data updates with the recently added Update manager.

The Update manager assists in updating data provided by the plugins, not the plugin themselves.

First one out is the GeoNames search engine database, which is no longer bundled with Mapton, instead, you will be prompted to install it if it’s missing and update if it’s old. As a result of that, the got reduced from 61 to 55 MB. 🙂

This is part of the Mapton API available to plugin developers.

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HiDPI – a huge improvement

As of today, Mapton now supports UI scaling.

It’s available in the development branch and in the new snapshot.

Start mapton with an argument like this:

mapton --fontsize 24

or edit your $MAPTON_INSTALL_DIR/etc/mapton.conf like this:

default_options="--branding mapton -J-Xss2m -J-Dnetbeans.logger.console=true -J-ea --fontsize 24"

fontsize 12 equals scale 1.0, so 24 will double it.


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Let there be darkness

Even though it’s somewhat experimental, Mapton now has a “dark mode” available in the settings.


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Chart support

A ‘Chart window’ was just introduced in Mapton, the intended use is to display charts when clicking on a map object or similar. The chart can easily be fed with data or to be replaced with a very customized chart object.

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Mapton Measure Up

The WorldWind MapEngine just got a measuring tool that measures the following geometries:

  • Line
  • Path
  • Polygon
  • Circle
  • Ellipse
  • Square
  • Rectangle

The geometries can easily be exported as a KML file for use with Google Earth et al.

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Colorized bookmarks

Mapton now supports colorized bookmarks.

It’s up to each map engine to use the bookmarks color and ME WorldWind is the first one out to do just that.

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In the crosshairs

Mapton just gained support for a crosshair in the middle of the map.

It’s small but it’s there. 🙂

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Google Maps search engine

Mapton just gained support for using Google Maps as yet another search engine. So, now we have the following ones

  • Bookmarks
  • GeoNames
  • Google Maps
  • Nominatim
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Hello Wikipedia!

It is now possible to browse Wikipedia articles from within Mapton. The list in the lower right corner is populated with a location based search in the map’s context menu.