[Activities] new activity, RoadMap

Christoph Derndorfer christoph.derndorfer at gmail.com
Sun Sep 7 07:56:41 EDT 2008

On Fri, Sep 5, 2008 at 2:57 PM, <pgf at laptop.org> wrote:

> well, it's a new activity, but an old program.  i finally got
> around to bundling up the street mapping program that i've been
> using for years.  (disclaimer:  i'm also the current project
> maintainer on sourceforge, and principal author.)
> it's on the wiki now (http://wiki.laptop.org/go/RoadMap).  the
> bundle installs on current joyride builds, and presumably also on
> the 8.2 stream.  the project home page is http://roadmap.sourceforge.net .
> as a proper sugar activity, it's a bit rough, since it's a legacy
> app, and since it needs some system services to help it out
> (access to high-volume storage on the SD card, access to a GPS
> device).  even without sugar, it's also a bit rough -- no UTF8,
> primitive, partially implemented i18n, no in-line ability to
> download new OSM maps (you can download tiger maps on the fly,
> but you need to set up your own repository first), etc etc.
> anyway, diane serley has been pestering me about writing this up
> for some time, christoph's question about why Map (a different
> mapping activity) doesn't currently work spurred me into action.
> christoph -- http://dev.laptop.org/~pgf/brno.tgz<http://dev.laptop.org/%7Epgf/brno.tgz>contains maps of
> brno, if you'd like them.  unpack onto your USB or SD card into a
> top-level RoadMap.maps directory, so that it appears as
> /media/<whatever>/RoadMap.maps/qt23/...  on your XO.  the lack of
> UTF8 is a problem, but at least th streets and parks are all
> there.  :-)

Sweet, thanks so much Paul!

I've just downloaded the activity and toyed around with it on my XO. Seems
to work pretty well, however I have no idea how to access the Brno maps
since a search for city: Brno and city:Brno && state:Czech Republic doesn't
work. But San Francisco is also nice to look at! :-)

Also corrected one link on the [[RoadMap]] page and added two screenshots,
unfortunately I somewhat broke the layout of the page in the process and
have no idea how to fix it. (How hard can it be to add two images next to
each other? 20min into the game I'm no smarter!)


Christoph Derndorfer
co-editor, olpcnews
url: www.olpcnews.com
e-mail: christoph at olpcnews.com
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