Archive for August, 2012

USGS Topographical Background Tiler seems to still be working!

We had removed the topo background tiler back in May because they said that they were stopping the service.  We had created a topo add-on to allow those users that had the topo tiles in their cache to continue to access them.  But recently we have noticed that with the Topo add-on installed it is still bringing in topo maps even for areas where we have not been before.  So if you want to have topographical background maps, and you haven’t downloaded the topo tiler add-on, then please do so.  Of course we can’t guarantee how long they will continue to offer this but for now it is working.  You can find the topo add-on download here.

New OpenStreetMap Add-on now available – only $9.95

The new OSM add-on adds five quick start data sources to your quick start list. The cost is only $9.95 and you can buy it here. You will need to have Depiction version 1.4 or later installed to use this addon.

Here is a screen shot  of the results for a section of Los Angeles

The various elements will only be brought in to your Depiction if the point of interest is in the OSM data base.  You can determine which ones will be brought in for your area by  using the OSM street map as your background tiling source and zooming in to an area.  If the POI is there then it should come in as an element icon when you use the Quick Start. Below I have highlighted in yellow the POI’s that would be brought in for this area of Los Angeles.

It should also be noted that when people enter Points of Interest into Openstreemap they can enter them as a point or as polygon to show a building or property footprint.  Depiction will bring both in, one as a point and one as a polygon.  See the example below.

So what happens if the POI’s for police, fire, schools, hospitals or places of worship aren’t there?  You can go to the OSM website and add them yourself.  This is pretty easy.  You go to If you don’t have an account you will need to create one.  Log in.  Go to your area of interest. Choose edit from the drop down menu.

In the example below, I know there is a fire station at the point highlighted in yellow below.

So I drag a fire station icon to that location. Enter the fire station name and click save.

Now the next time I do an import using the OSM add-on that fire station will be brought in.  So by adding points of interest to your town or community you will be contributing to the OSM community effort and other Depiction users in your area will also benefit from your work.

The place of worship element is a new element and will be included in the upcoming version 1.4.2 release of Depiction.  In the meantime a place of worship icon is included with the add-on. We hope you find this add-on useful and if there are other OSM points of interest that you would like to be able to be brought in to Depiction, let us know and we will develop additional add-ons.