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    #21
    I have some good news: the PDF version will happen! It's only a matter of time.
    Accurate DCS 2.5 Caucasus map - v1.0

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      #22
      Originally posted by Flappie View Post
      I have some good news: the PDF version will happen! It's only a matter of time.
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        #23
        Hi Flappie!
        So what's up with the mbtiles or pdf version?

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          #24
          Hey mate ! I've been flying a lot on DCS, mainly as an F-14B RIO for my fellow pilot. But Heatblur is not to blame for the delay, I am.

          The PDF process is what I would call pretty ugly. I'm not quite satisfied by the result, that is why I haven't published any of it. In fact I'd much rather publish an online vector version of the map (i.e. on Google Maps or so). This summer, I've been searching for the right tool to publish my vector map, to no avail. But some days ago, I found this, simply called MapServer. It's exactly what I wanted. This would require a dedicated server to run, but it's not an obstacle.

          Now, I need some time to read the docs, create a Linux virtual machine and give this a try.
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            #25
            Originally posted by Flappie View Post
            ... some days ago, I found this...
            I had a quick look, and it seems (if I interpret what I read correctly) to support WMS. If we can get access to your map by WMS or similar standard, one can use our favorite maping app on our phone/tablet together with my own DCS add-on "DCS-to-GPS" and have a great moving map for Caucasus, not forced to use real world maps or occupie a big part of the device memory with the downloaded version from Combatflight.
            I really hope to see this!
            Good luck!
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              #26
              Thank you.
              The VM is up, let's get to it...



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                #27
                Fantastic. Brilliant work!

                The thing is, helicopters are different from planes. An airplane by it's nature wants to fly, and if not interfered with too strongly by unusual events or by a deliberately incompetent pilot, it will fly. A helicopter does not want to fly. It is maintained in the air by a variety of forces in opposition to each other, and if there is any disturbance in this delicate balance the helicopter stops flying; immediately and disastrously.

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                  #28
                  Thank you, chromium !

                  I've learnt how to write a MapServer "MapFile". I've been through the obvious error messages and got away with it, but I'm now having a hard time trying to display the vegetation layer. For an unexplained reason, MapServer rejects it.
                  Here's what my current work looks like :




                  The (ugly) map you see is dynamically created through a standard WMS request. I'll deal with the ugly raster later, because I really want that trees to show up first.
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                    #29
                    You will find a way, I'm sure of it!
                    Really looking forward to this [emoji106]
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                      #30
                      Splash one!

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                        #31
                        Sorry, I have so little time on my own that I spend it making missions and flying them... I might get back to work during the incoming Christmas holidays.


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                          #32
                          Take your time, worth waiting for!
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                            #33
                            OK, I wasn't motivated enough to resume my work on the MapServer thing. But some insisting user asked me for a vector data or too, so... here's the whole vector data! All of those are my work, except for the MGRS grids.

                            Please feel free to make maps with those vector files, as long as you don't make money out of it.

                            https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...Zs?usp=sharing
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                              #34
                              Thanks Flappie! You already did an outstanding job with this map!

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                                #35
                                I got two days off. Time to get back to my web service project. This morning, I was able to:
                                • see my map through OpenLayers,
                                • use a specific projection (Web Mercator),
                                • add labels

                                For now, I'm not able to display my sweet sweet shaded relief TIFF image, and I don't know why. But now that I'm aware of OpenLayers having its own Shaded Relief filter, I feel relieved.

                                Here's where I'm at:
                                Last edited 01-02-2020, 12:51 PM.
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                                  #36
                                  Looking forward to the release!
                                  Nice to see some progress.
                                  But take your time and don't feel rushed.
                                  Helicopters and Viggen
                                  DCS 1.5.7 and OpenBeta
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                                  i7-3820 3.60GHz
                                  P9X79 Pro
                                  32GB
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                                    #37
                                    Here, that's more like it.
                                    Now I need to find a way to shorten the loading time of both the shaded relief layer and the isolines layer. I'll try to use tiling.


                                    Last edited 01-02-2020, 10:45 PM.
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                                      #38
                                      I found a way to optimize the shaded relief layer! I made a TMS out of it. It is now loading faster than the vector layers.

                                      My next tasks are:
                                      1. redo the TMS with a lesser min-zoom and a greater max-zoom
                                      2. try to blend most of the vector layers with the TMS (urban areas, vegetation, water, rivers, isolines...) so it loads way faster
                                      3. add a search engine (town name, coordinates, MGRS area...)

                                      Then I'll try to find a way to host the map somewhere on the Internet.
                                      Last edited 01-10-2020, 09:36 PM.
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                                        #39
                                        Nice [emoji106]
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                                          #40
                                          Like always, great work Flappie! Your map is such a great asset, thanks!!


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