Download high res travel map for photobook

Travel Forums System Talk Download high res travel map for photobook

1. Posted by mbudget (Budding Member 3 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys, just signed up here and subscribed in order to create travel maps for a photobook. However, the export page only lets me download a low resolution map of my itinerary, plus I can't change the map style to the ones I could use while embedding (e.g. Outdoors).

Is there a known workaround or is this just not possible? I would love to have something like the emebedded maps in high resolution for download in order to display it in my book, as it would be perfect.

Thanks in advance,
Magnus

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5477 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

As far as I know, neither is currently possible, though both seem like things which Peter might consider for future improvements. Making the different tilesets for the map available for the export function for supporters seems like it should be quite easy to do, and would really fit with what the feature is designed for. Meanwhile higher resolution map images for printing are requested more frequently - I suspect they'll be pretty hard to do, needing a different infrastructure to generate, but the usecase seems obvious.

3. Posted by mbudget (Budding Member 3 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply Sander. Yes, for the use in a photobook these features would be great. I guess that's not the first aim of travellerspoint though.

Would it be possible to at least extract a GPX or KML file in order to use the routes (which are definitely awesome here) in another map program? Or do you know who is the responsible guy whom I can send an email to?

4. Posted by mbudget (Budding Member 3 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

So I found this link in an older forum post:

https://www.travellerspoint.com/member_map.cfm

I can download the locations as KML, which is fine, however the routes are not included. Would that be possible to add somehow?

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5477 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Peter, the admin, is the responsible person for all feature requests, and posting threads in the system talk forum, like this one, is the preferred method for letting him know about them. He has kids at home, so isn't as responsive as he used to be, but I'd still expect him to see this thread within a few days.

The KML export was a feature of the old mapping system; I wouldn't expect him to work on that anymore (though I guess he might port it over to the current map at some point?)

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 6917 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hi Magnus,

As Sander said - the KML export is there in the old version, but since it is old and basically not linked to anywhere, it is not going to get any improvements. More likely that the KML export will find its way into the new version at some point and maybe then I'll include routes. The downside of doing that is that it makes the KML files a LOT larger since the route information takes up a fair bit of space.

On the topic of high res images, there is a bug in the export of PNGs that may explain why you're not getting it as high resolution as expected. For some reason, the first time you hit the button to export, it still exports it in low resolution. But if you hit it a second time, it will have the correct high resolution and should export OK. Could you try perhaps exporting that image twice and see if the second one is better for you? I haven't had a chance to fix this bug yet.

You should also definitely be able to use one of the alternative map backgrounds when exporting a PNG. Although to be fair, it is not very intuitive. To do this, go into the embed option first, keep the tab on Travellerspoint Blog and set your map style to your preferred one. Then go back to the export section and you should see it load up in that style. Hope that helps.

I can see that I probably need to just put the style settings into their own tab somewhere so they aren't so strictly tied to the embed options.

Peter

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1611 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

Peter, Could you put an online manual for using the site someplace easy to find. Things like this are so nice but then when we need them, they're lost, I know I've asked Sander for directions I knew I'd seen before but couldn't find. A user manual would help a lot . . . in your spare time, of course.