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I have been using the static map API ( to render maps into the background of my Java desktop application. This method worked fast and satisfying for almost a year now. However, it seems like since Match 1st one of the OSM servers retired - and this URL is not available anymore. I have tried to use alternatives I saw in (like and - but they are very not responsive and give a very bad performance (takes something like 30 seconds to download a single image from a fast internet connection).

Are you aware of this performance? Is it going to be improved? Is there anything I can do (use another server? I have searched the web and haven't found alternatives so far)?

Thanks a lot!


asked 06 Mar '12, 13:07

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Static maps are not good for use in applications. For that you might get better performence and responsiveness by using a tile server. The only slippymap implementation in java I know of is for JOSM and can be found at the josm svn under GPL.

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answered 06 Mar '12, 13:25

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edited 06 Mar '12, 13:44

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+1 for using tiles.

However, it'd be interesting to know why those other staticmap servers are so much slower than the tah one.

(06 Mar '12, 13:41) Vincent de P... ♦

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