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Reply #15
OK, I created a Bing Maps key instead of using the Azure one I have for the previous screenshots above. Now when I show the OS map it looks more like what you showed. But, honestly it looks bad to me! Is this really how Bing OS maps look on mobile? How can anyone use them?

Am I missing something? The tile server URL is exactly what Locus maps app uses. Something seems off to me.

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Reply #16
OS maps are best used for showing footpaths etc in the countryside. Your screenshots, while they don't look great as they are showing a city centre, are fine. Presumably, when you zoom in they will switch to 1:25k?

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Reply #17
They are exactly what the OS Bing raster maps show and they don't switch resolutions once you get to a certain zoom level. There is some problem in getting the official OS Leisure raster maps to even work and I'm waiting for OS tech support to resolve it before I can add Leisure maps to Geooh.

If you've got comparison screenshots showing footpaths in Leisure versus Google maps, that may help in understanding.

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Reply #18
Did you get anywhere with implementing the Bing / Locus format of OS maps?

As I said before if you made the use of quadkey available, then I could use my personal licence

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Reply #19
Nope... it got way too messy for what's it would be worth for small use cases. I strongly encouraged the OS group they needed to make it easy to load the 27700 tiles (which you were looking for) using a normal tile server like they do for their other tile sets. The last email months ago said they were looking into it, but my guess is development there doesn't care and really aren't doing anything. Someday they may.

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Reply #20
I'm struggling without a Geocaching app that has a Bing OS tiles layer.   Is there definitely no way you can allow a quadkey parameter {q} in a tile server URL  in the similar way that we can use {x},  {y} and {z}?  
As we discussed, the generation of {q} from (x}, {y} and {z} is a relatively simple calculation.

Obviously, I do not know how your code works - maybe you just link to some API that handles all the URL parameters and map tile display?


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Reply #22
My apologies for persuing this, but I do not understand the OS group issue.

I have successfully used Microsoft's Bing OS map tiles by just specifying the virtualearth.net URL in three applications:

Geocaching Map Enhancements:
https://t{s}.ssl.ak.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/r{q}.png?g=3440&productSet=mmOS&key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

GCdroid:
http://ecn.t{I=0,1,2,3}.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/r{Q}.png?g=3440&productset=mmOS&key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

LocusMaps*:
http://ecn.t3.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/r{c}.png?g=41&productset=mmOS&key=xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

where {Q} is a parameter that the app replaces with the quadkey and xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx is my personal Microsoft API key

*locus maps is slightly more complex in that the url is specified in a providers xml file where {c} is the map coordinates, and the need to calculate a quadkey is specified by specifying a map type of 5
see https://docs.locusmap.eu/doku.php?id=manual:advanced:customization:online_maps

I have had to reinstall all my phone apps and I'd like to use Geeoh GO as a replacement for GCdroid which is no longer available on PlayStore. I don't think GME is available for Android devices and Locus Maps Geocaching option is too cumbersome.

 

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Reply #23
I've said this before... I tried to use OS Bing maps and it got very messy internally to support for minor usage. I have an outstanding OS group ticket for them to resolve (on their end) the ability to use their 27700 maps (what Bing and others use) via their tile server API (which Geooh uses). If/when the OS group responds to the ticket, I'll be able to implement 27700 maps.

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Reply #24
Thanks.  I imagined that it was just a question of generating the appropriate tile's URL and displaying the result but now realise that it's also necessary to be able to move around that tile and fit the required section to the screen size (along with other functionality).

I'll wait hopefully. Is there any enquiry/pressure I can apply to the OS group as a user?