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About Toner v2 aka 2012, "Milestone 2" in Github
Easy-to-use tiles: Stamen now hosts easy to embed Toner tiles with CC license from maps.stamen.com, thanks to the Knight Foundation and our Citytracking.org grant! No server hardware or software setup needed, just start using the tiles in your favorite web mapping API client side. You can still roll your own tiles using the data and setup readme's in the Github repo. Read more »
More international: Plays better outside of the United States! Now displays local names in non-Latin writing scripts (like Japanese and Arabic) and better accent marks in Europe. We optimized the road symbology to more places world wide. Issue 30
More Toner flavors: Introduces specific flavors of Toner optimized for map sandwiches, easy to integrating with and promoting your custom map stories: toner-standard (toner), toner-hybrid-with-labels (toner-hybrid), toner-hybrid-only-lines (toner-lines), toner-hybrid-only-labels (toner-labels), toner-no-labels (toner-background). Issue 10.
Easy to read stylesheets: General stylesheet cleanup, consolidation. Restructured all the OSM roads using High Roads. Now uses Postgres views by zoom level, making it much easier to design what big, medium, and small roads should look like consistently between layers while abstracting the data part. Similar appraoch is taken for water bodies using Imposm tables. Issue 9
More content: Added reservoirs, state boundaries, and more. Map now zooms to 19+, important when you're inventory mapping stories at the city block level where locations along a street and buildings/venues are helpful. Before they stopped at zoom 18 but often when you're looking at street-level incidents (as in Dotspotting.org), you need more detail Issue 18. Along with that, the transition between bold black roads and cased white roads now starts at zoom 18 and carries thru to zoom 19+ (Issue 17). This preserves the strong contrast of Toner, but also allows better use as a background map visually at these zooms so your story points stay the focus (and consumes much less ink if you print the maps using a service like Stamen's Field Papers.
Urban wayfinding: At these most detailed zooms building footprints help us orient to the build landscape so we start adding those progressively in starting around zoom 14 (big airport terminals and convention center sized buildings) but most noticeably at zoom 16+. We also show metro (subway) stations now, helping navigate by landmarks in big cities like New York, London, and Tokyo. Issue 16, Issue 48, Issue 40.
Improved graphic styling of country boundary lines at zooms 8 and 9. Issue 27
Added state boundary lines at the city and regional zooms. Important for places like Washington DC where a metropolitan area sprawls across multiple admin-1 jurisdictions. Made sure they stack above the water and made upstream changes in OSM master data to allow for boudnaries in the water that aren't indicator level to be not shown in Toner when using newest OSM Issue 11, Issue 24, Issue 7, Issue 6, and Issue 50.
Added support for international Unicode (UTF-8) labels from OSM by re-authoring fonts. Primarily seen in street labels and park names. Issue 30
Removed map label overlap by manually adjusting the Dymo output around other map features like bodies of waters, country labels, and state labels. Issue 34, Issue 35. Version 3 will address remaining occational placement funk and overlap of marine labels.
Easier to read street labels at zooms 17+. Issue 25
Parks are now tucked under the water in the street-level maps. This is a OSM pecularity where some parks are mapped to the shoreline and others extend out into the water. As these are black-and-white maps, we take a shortcut by making a transparent pattern with the black stipples. When it's over the water, the black park is still drawn, but the water is also black so win-win. MapBox Streets uses a transparency on the polygon-color instead. Issue 12
Added reservoirs to the "inland water" aka "lakes" symbolization. Removed smaller lakes at zoms 8 to 12. Since the water is solid black, these tiny lakes attracted undue attention. Instead, they are now progressively added on each zoom in. This reduces the visual noise in the map. Issue 23, Issue 45, Issue 39
For lake labels, similar progressive approach but with a slight zoom delay. Issue 44
Tunnel stret labels are now grey to match their grey linework. Issue 22
Added metro (subway) icons at zooms 18 and 19, helpful for city wayfinding. Issue 26
Added data import scripts to PostGIS, still rough.
Updated the Readme.md Issue 36
A beta version of Toner v2 was released in late 2011. The final release mostly focuses on airport icons and making map labels more legibile (less overlap).
Visual changelog for Toner 2012:
Toner v2 (2012 and 2011) uses High Road for more sophisticated roads and tucks San Francisco's punky park mohock under the water.
There is now a "lite" version that is less high contrast, better for printing out analog style or overlaying polygons client-side.
We added reservoirs!
And better about showing walking and biking paths thru the meadows and woods:
Back in the urban grid, we've added subways and building footprints to help wayfind:
Speaking of buildings, big ones get added first, then all on the most detailed zooms:
We cleaned up labels so they don't overlap as much:
And added city labels world wide:
And now draw kanji and other non-Latin scripts right:
Beta version of Toner v2. See above for details.