Can you filter out power lines, as they clutter up the display and can easily be confused with roads?
Can we have names of cities and villages show up at lower zoom levels? It’s very hard to find my way around without them. One example, I’m staying in Bad Kreuznach at the moment and neither the name of the town nor any villages show up above 3 km in MS:
On the Zumo I have to zoom in to 800m to see any names and Bretzenheim is not a straight label, behaving as if it was a river name.
At 1.2 km and above there are no more place names, not even big cities.
Yes, map detail is set to highest, there are no other settings to play with.
Very strange that villages disappear earlier then hamlets (24 is the highest zoomlevel). Towns disappear already at 22, cities at 20. Resolution 16 or even lower is maybe better for cities.
Íf you are using the typ file, you can modify Garmin type 0x29 (powerlines) to a (invisible) transparent bitmap with the online typ file editor http://ati.land.cz/gps/typdecomp/ (try Line style: Width=0 px)
The changes to the places have been committed in mkgmap. About hamlets vs villages, I think its another mkgmap issue.
If I look on http://ati.land.cz/gps/typdecomp/editor.cgi it shows that garmin type 0x1100 (used for hamlets) is shown as City name(Point, big) whereas type 0x0b (villages) is City name (Point, small). I’ll report this too.
The editor shows that hamlets get a bigger font, same size like towns. Villages gets a smaller font. See a screenshot in Basecamp below.
Area is http://www.openstreetmap.org/?lat=52.2186&lon=5.4076&zoom=13&layers=M
Map is Lambertus’ world map without typ file. In Mapsource 6.16.3 it shows the same, although in MS the streetnames are too prominent.
The problem with garmin is that you aint see what you get when you look at the map on the GPS, it can be a totally different story
Hamlets are in bold fonts, like Doornsteeg, Achterhoek, De Veenhuizen and Palestina. Holk is a village, Nijkerk a town.
This is a real bummer indeed. I feel there is a constant tension between the rendering in the different pieces of software and hardware which makes it difficult to get a good generic map. Shame, really. Many thanks for looking into this stuff Ligfietser, it is really no my kind of thing.
If only Garmin would be less frightened of, tja, what, and document their system a little. It would make Garmin more attractive to a lot of people, but those short term profit company people never understand the full picture.
It seems that this is a display problem in Garmin’s applications. It displayed correctly in Basecamp beta, which just auto-upgraded to 18.104.22.168. In this all places now display with the same font.
In MapSource the display is still with villages smaller and faint, but MS seems to have been abandoned by Garmin. That’s a shame, as track editing still seems easier there with keyboard shortcuts. I don’t expect Garmin to add features for that…
It seems strange that Garmin choose to display names of hamlets the same size as mega-cities.
Interesting: maps compiled by me with mkgmap v 1795 display cities up to a zoom of 50 km, villages up to 10 km. Dots for hamlets also appear at 10 km zoom, but names only appear at 3 km in MS and not at all in BC.