Hello, OpenGeoFiction community!

Posted by ATMunn on 1 April 2017 in English (English)

Hello there, everyone! I've just joined OpenGeoFiction last night, and am going to start mapping today.

This seems like an awesome and friendly community to be in, and also just a really neat project, so I'm excited to take part in it.

For now, I'm using the web editor, although I will soon be switching over to JOSM. I just don't feel like figuring out how to connect it to OGF at the moment.

I'm planning on starting out by making a new town in Lonowai District. It will be on the Lonowai Island, above Obaku and in between the 2 forests. (about where I put the location of this entry)

My idea for the town is that it was built after Obaku, Uhola, and Widana Beach. A lot of people were traveling along the river and the roads there, and it seemed like a good place to put a trade center. Thus, the "theme" of the town will be centered around trade. It won't be a huge town, it'll be somewhere between the size of Widana Beach and Obaku. Not sure what I'll call it, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

So yeah, you might see some stuff popping up there over the next few days. I hope to really enjoy participating in this community! Also, if you think I should change something about how I make this town, feel free to let me know. (or just change it yourself if it's something I've already mapped)

Location: E-1, Tiana, County of Paāla, Lonowai District (Gobrassanya)

Comment from tule00 on 1 April 2017 at 15:06

You sound very ambitious. We'll see how it turns out. Good luck and welcome.

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Comment from Mikelatham on 1 April 2017 at 20:18

Welcome to our community :D

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Comment from skquinn on 1 April 2017 at 22:27

What I wound up doing was cloning my existing .josm directory into .josm-ogf, and likewise with the wrapper script which starts JOSM. (At first, I manually switched the username, password, and API URL back and forth, which quickly got tedious.) If I'm editing OSM, I run "josm" and if I'm editing OGF, I run "josm-ogf". Very rarely, I will have reason to have both instances of JOSM loaded at once. I think the last time I did that was to compare one of my larger hospital buildings with ones in my area.

I'm not sure how one would do this on Windows systems. On GNU/Linux:

  1. cp -a .josm .josm-ogf
  2. cp -a \which josm` $HOME/bin/josm-ogf`
  3. Open josm-ogf in a text editor
  4. Find the line in josm-ogf that looks like: $JAVACMD $JAVA_OPTS -jar /usr/share/josm/josm.jar "$@"
  5. Add an appropriate switch to point it at your .josm-ogf directory before the -jar bit. I have-Djosm.home=/home/skquinn/.josm-ogf but obviously you will want to substitute your own username/path.
  6. Besides the API URL, there's another path that needs changing so you get the OGF tiles and not OSM ones when doing a download.
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Comment from tule00 on 1 April 2017 at 22:51

perhaps we need JOGF?

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Comment from ATMunn on 2 April 2017 at 00:13

JOGF would be very nice. I'm running windows, so I wouldn't be able to do what skquinn was saying. I did manage to hook up JOSM to OGF though. I have a quick question though: Is there an easy way to easily keep even spacing between roads, or other things? (either on iD or JOSM)

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Comment from Yuanls on 2 April 2017 at 00:29

To space things, I just use a clear plastic ruler and a set square, and set the viewing screen to the appropriate zoom level.

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Comment from ATMunn on 2 April 2017 at 01:02

Hm... I use a TV as a monitor, and I don't really want to touch the screen.

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Comment from skquinn on 2 April 2017 at 02:46

I use the building tool in JOSM, set to specific numbers. I join the nodes to the crossing roads and delete the actual "buildings" drawn.

JOSM really could benefit from a "ruler" tool that doesn't require the "legal fiction" of drawing buildings.

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Comment from Leowezy on 2 April 2017 at 09:23

I think you guys should take a look at the "measurements" plugin ;) Click

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Comment from skquinn on 3 April 2017 at 18:50

I do use the measurements plugin in JOSM, but occasionally I would like to make a grid with streets a set distance apart. What I meant by a "ruler" tool was something like the building tool that but which draws simple ways, not buildings. (You can set the building tool to draw buildings of a set size in one direction and then increments of a set size in the other direction.)

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Comment from ATMunn on 3 April 2017 at 19:33

I was mainly referring to road spacing actually, (as in, spacing between roads that are side by side) but I'll try the building thing. Also, I'm currently having a few issues with JOSM. When I have it open, every now and then I'll get a popup saying that authentication failed, even though I have the right password and stuff. I can still use it normally though. I also seem to get an error when I try to upload edits, (don't remember what it said though) which might be related to the previous issue.

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Comment from JoshuaRoadMapper on 4 April 2017 at 19:33

Welcome to the community!

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