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Welcome to first post on new Locus homepage

Hope you’ll like it. We’re preparing (finally) some working manual together with many useful tips for Locus features that are working, but don’t have any documentation or have only some simple information on forum.

Anyway this is not main reason for this post (to celebrate new pages). Main reason are as usually … maps.

Reason

Because Locus community still grow, number of active users grow, and also overloading of used map servers is growing. I’m sure you already noticed some problems on Classic OSM server. News, is completely blocked access to German style OSM maps. Interesting is, that even when Locus is following all requirements and terms of use of OSM servers (like attribution, valid HTTP user agent, limited downloading and disabled downloading of certain zoom levels), it still cause troubles to some servers. Reason is quite enormous number of active users and also users that download maps that even don’t need.

So since 1.14.0 version, all downloading limits are reduced for OSM maps from 25 000, to 10 000 tiles per day. This affect also external maps added by your own. If you’re adding your own server (for this purpose is ability to add external servers in Locus), add to http header comming from your server also locus_disable_download_limit:true, which will disable downloading limits for your own server and increase number of threads to 3!!

If you’re satisfied Locus user (and don’t want to have reduced downloading), you have to keep current version (1.13.6 – which is anyway without serious issues and fully working). If you update, you agree with these changes. It’s on your own decision. If you want maps, best is to create own OSM vector maps by this manual. You’ll have them for free and without harming any web servers!

And why am I warning you before update when I want to reduce downloading? I’m sure that for many of you, this will not be a problem. And also thanks to this downloading limits, overloading of servers will be reduced. I’m also preparing own OSM server that I hope will be ready till end of November so this will compensate some downloading problems! Also please note once again, that method for adding custom online maps, is created for adding own servers. If you want to use any other map server, read first terms of use of this server and try not to violate it.

 

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