Add support for user scripts to support non-standard tile servers

Kristoffer Björkman shared this idea 3 months ago
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Some tile servers can not be accessed using the methods available with custom online maps XML because they do not fit into the standard types.

If Locus could support some type of user scripts we (users) could possibly handle non-standard tile servers in a seamless "custom online map" way instead of having to resort to methods like pre-download with Mobac or just wait for Locus official support to perhaps be added.

Maybe this is already possible and I haven't found it.

Maybe this is already considered and on a future plans list (or on a will never happen list), but I couldn't find this either.

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Hello Kristoffer,

may you please post here some sample of what you want to achieve? Not necessary to post working solution, more like a better description of what Locus Map has to offer to correctly communicate with public map server. Also, isn't possible WMTS support (not yet working) solving this issue?

Menion

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Hi Menion!


I'm away from my desk at the moment, but one example is the "real" (paper-style) Michelin maps where you can see some details at the forum here: https://forum.locusmap.eu/index.php?topic=2477.0

I also have some other lesser known non-standard tile servers that I can't handle with standard Locus custom XML (besides the WMTS ones).


Thanks for taking an interest in the issue!

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Hello,

I think I've checked Michelin maps some time ago and if there wasn't any change in their terms of use, it is prohibited to download any content (not just maps) by other methods then their own API.

From my point of view: if there are any maps that may be legally used in the app like Locus Map and that cannot be added over the existing system, feel free to write us and we will try to help (add them directly or improve existing system to support them). Add-ing some scripting system is most probably doable, but to me, it looks like a lot of work and I need to know it worth it.

Menion

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Thanks for your response, I understand licensing issues and there is no arguing with that. Most other maps I'm thinking of are of much less general interest (and a few that might have similar license issues, like the Strava heatmaps). However, I believe the functionality could be of general interest since there might be many users like me who would like to add small and odd local/personal/niche map sources that will never be worth the time of the Locus developers themselves (much like the case for custom XML sources today but handling also those cases which need more complex logic).