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In iD editor and Potlatch 2, it is hard to see the buildings and other features in the satellite image underneath some types of other users' edits. For example, once there is a large area someone has created/labelled as farmland, wetland, etc. it's difficult to see anything beneath it. Sometimes there are buildings in those areas that need to be traced, but I can't see them underneath the green shaded area well enough to trace them. Is this possible to do in these editors?

asked 03 Oct '14, 03:09

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edited 24 Jan '18, 19:35

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aseerel4c26 ♦

In Potlatch2 you can choose a map style (see the button right to the background settings button) where you can select "wireframe" mode ... maybe this helps a bit.

But as far as I examined there is no such feature in iD editor.

If you want to switch on and off certain layers while ediding OSM data in an editor, I really recommend to try JOSM editor ... maybe it needs some time to get familiar, but working with background layers in JOSM by switching them on or off or giving them a certain tranparency works like a charm!!

(You need Java7 Framework on a desktop PC to use JOSM)

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answered 03 Oct '14, 08:37

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The "d" shortcut in Potlatch 2 is also useful for temporarily dimming map features so that you can see what's beneath.

iD does have a brightness selector at the top of the "layers" menu but it's not very useful - it doesn't dim OSM features.

I'm not sure that I'd recommend JOSM on this basis alone (though there are lots of things that it can do that other editors can't), but maybe (having only been editing OSM since 2008) I haven't had enough time to get familiar yet :-)

(03 Oct '14, 10:02) SomeoneElse ♦

In the meantime, iD has a similar (but not that powerful) feature like JOSM. See a diary entry.

(29 Apr '15, 00:42) aseerel4c26 ♦

In Potlatch 2, try selecting the 'Network' map style, which has fewer area fills than the standard style.

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answered 03 Oct '14, 13:55

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There is now a 'wireframe' option in iD, shortcut w. The 'longcut' is to click on the Map Data icon on the right-hand side, expand the Fill Areas dropdown, and select No Fill (Wireframe).

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answered 24 Jan '18, 23:01

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