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I am an ios developer who is making a tour app that involves a live map of a park. I have used mapBox to pull in the basic map, but would like to generate my own so I can customize the look just so. It's a very small area that I am actually concerned about, so I don't know the best way to accomplish this. I've downloaded tile mill and tried to follow their instructions for osm bright. I am lacking even a clear concept as to what each of these apps are doing.

Why do I use OSM Bright with tile map?

How can I get street data in tile map that I can style? If I download shapefiles directly, do I still need osm bright?

How do I know which zip files to use with osm bright? Where can I find those?

What should I expect to see when I launch the osm bright project in tilemill? I'm only seeing the base map layer at high zoom levels. Does this mean I've done something wrong, or is it working. If so, how to I get streets, trials, etc?

asked 10 Jul '14, 22:27

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OSM Bright is the style (a description of what the map should look like). Tilemill is a tool that helps writing and visualising styles. It uses data downloaded in osm format and imported into a postgresql database, does the actual rendering using Mapnik, and presents the whole thing with a slippy map, text editor, and project management.

The OSM-Bright readme has clear instruction on how to get data into the database. Once you have that, create a Tilemill project that points to your style and your database. Edit the style to your taste, and then copy all the tilemill-generated images for you app to use.

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answered 11 Jul '14, 09:50

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