Maptoolkit tile server
Maptoolkit can be used with various types of cartography, including Google Maps, but also includes its own terrain cartography, optimized for tourism and outdoor sports usage. The map is available worldwide (terrain data in Europe, Northern America, Australia and Taiwan) and in color and greyscale mode.
It is based on data from OpenStreetMap – whose data density and quality is almost unrivaled – and is being updated regularly. The additional elevation data (hill shading and contour lines) has a resolution of 30m (alps) and 90m (rest of the world). The map is available up to zoom level 18 (building level, about 1:2,000). In comparison: The Google Terrain Map is only available up to zoom level 15 (about 1:18,000). Examples scaled:
Users of the cartography include Red Bull, the Austrian Tourism Authority, Tiscover.com or Bikemap.net. Test-drive the cartography at Maptoolkit.net.
In addition to these standard layers there are three leasure-type overlays available:
A bicycle layer with bicycle infrastructure such as cylcle routes and ways plus POIs such as workshops and bicycle rental.
A hiking layer with hiking routes rendered according to their difficulty, plus POIs such as mountain huts, shelters and parking lots.
A ski layer with ski routes rendered according to their difficulty (blue/red/black).
The layers can be used to complement the cartography or – via a user interface – to let users toggle them on and off. Example (scaled down):
For print jobs the Toursprung cartography can be supplied in 300dpi. This can include your geodata (POIs or routes). Optionally 300dpi maps can be separated into base map (without any labels) plus text labels. This way the label layer can be edited without damaging the base map. Note that additional costs are incurred based on numbers of copies published.
300 dpi example:
Vector maps (beta)
IIn addition to raster cartography the Maptoolkit stack since April 2016 includes vector maps. Vector maps in contrast to raster maps are being rendered graphically on the client (browser or smartphone app), which has a range of advantages:
Download sizes are a lot smaller than raster maps
Seamless zoom levels, continuous zooming
Maps can be tilted (see screenshot) and rotated, with labels remaining horizontal and thus readable
Map styles can be customized
Retina maps are possible
Expect more functionality and advantages with the full roll-out of vector maps.