I liked the way to add points in Osmand (by just clicking the map), but it takes too many clicks to save them with a name (or number). I tried to customize the source of OSMand for me needs (directly open the name field and the keypad after clicking the map) but I didnt manage it.
Is there anybody who can do this? Or is it possible to add a macro to OSMand to reduce the number of clicks?
I don’t have any smaller devices (I’ve got a 4,65" screen) to test the usability, reports from users of devices with smaller screens and lower resolution would be nice.
Feel free to add comments, suggestions or patches.
I also tried to develop such an app, mainly to become familiar with all that mapping stuff: Numbers (and street) can be tagged directly on the map and a resulting .osm-File can be sent by mail for further editing with josm. Map tiles can be displayed online or be downloaded in advance.
@keypad mapper: I didnt try it but I red about it. I like your approach, ieichens, its an easy and straight forward tool. But in my area the buildings are quite chaotic (houses in first and second row, small paths to the buildings. Houses numbered 7, 7/1, 7/b in one building with 3 entrances). So I like to see the map and set the position of the node myself, not based on current position and an offset.
@ieichens: I’ll try your app, maybe it’s what I’m looking for.
I have the same situation concerning chaotic housenumbers here. With OsmPad you have to place nodes yourself. GPS position is displayed and can be used to position the map but is not used to place nodes or move the map automatically. Instead you have to move the map in such a way that the target is under a little cross in the middle of the map and place the node there.
I’ve uploaded OsmPad to Google play for more convenient installations.
Probably it could help gathering house numbers if the app becomes more public. I considered writing an entry in the software section but wasn’t able to find an entry point quickly.
Currently i’m working on an iPhone/iPad version of it which is nearly ready. There i’ve included the possibility not only to load map tiles but also some osm data. This helps entering the street names since the app is able to display a list of streets sorted by distance from the current location. I’d like to add that feature to the android version also in the near future. I’m also thinking about the suggestions from zorque which sound interesting and reasonable.
last weekend I mapped a larger number of houses using OSMPad and it worked pretty well. Let me make two more suggestions (or develop an old one). I wrote about an auto follow function. I’m note sure anymore if thats a good idea. Maybe the actual way is better, but could be extended by an indicator for the current position (flashing cross or something). And the other one is a autorotation map, alway heading in direction of travel.
the auto follow function should be available since the last two or three updates. I myself mapped a lot of housenumbers and found it useful. The actual position should always be indicated by a blue point as long as GPS signal is available. If not this should be investigated. Most helpful for me was the new feature to get street names selectable by distance. To use this, address data has to be downloaded in advance. The current implementation uses pre rendered map tiles from the OSM server. These tiles are not well suited for rotations. I’m considering to switch to vector graphics instead but this would be a major upgrade or probably new app.
I love your App and i’m using it since some time now, it’s easy and really fast to tag numbers with it. The only thing i miss there is the Accuracy of the GPS like in OSMTracker for Android. (And maybe an Optimal OSM Map on a extra Screen)
The Only Disadvantage i see is that it automatically puts an “null” after every number, for example addr:housenumer=24null. I still don’t know why it does this, but it does it And the Threshold for ne L and R Keys should be set a bit Higher, i found the nodes sometimes to close together and had my Problems to map them Proberly on the map (A Source:Note=Left/Right/Forward Tag would solve this in a Instance)
But yes… I think it would be nice if you could (not must) enter the Street Name before you actually Tag the Numbers, and all the nodes would get the housenumber and street Tag.
@ieichens I tryed your App and i find it sometimes really useful, for example when you get a screwed up Lettering on the houses. But i think you should make the Number Posistioning by Hand to a Optimal Feature because in most cases the Lettering is straight forward and the automatic Node Positioning after the gps fix fits to 80% in most cases. (At least in my Area in Germany)
So to come to my conclusion a Combination of Keypadmapper and OSMPad would be the Best thing to tag the Housenumbers.
In my opinion waze has found the optimal solution for this problem: you have to set the start and end house number on both sides of a street, and in lack of further house numbers the system makes an interpolation which can be improved at any time. In this way the mapping of house numbers is really quick. You donʼt have to be on the spot. The are urbanisation planning maps for all big cities, so you can look for house numbers on them. (E.g. for Budapest, Hungary here.)