Style Prototyping Utility for Mapnik
Sputnik is a quick-and-dirty way of seeing your changes to a Mapnik stylesheet reflected in real time. It provides a simple tileserver, a full-window map view, and a 'refresh' button which reloads the map using your latest stylesheet.
If you're looking for something less basic, you might want to use Kosmtik instead.
Copy sputnik.html to a web-browsable directory.
Start the server on port 8000 with
ruby sputnik.rb path_to_your.mml /path/to/directory/with/fonts_and_styles
Open sputnik.html in your web browser.
Tilemill is a beautifully crafted work of wonder and does pretty much everything the Mapnik-toting cartographer could want. Sputnik is not a work of wonder, it's a messy 100-line hack. It does, however, provide a rudimentary alternative to building your own Tilemill if you want latest/hackable Carto features, use your own editor, and are not too enamoured of NodeJS.
- Ruby-Mapnik bindings
- Carto (command-line compiler,
npm install -g carto)
- obvious stuff like Ruby, a webserver, etc. etc.
npm install -g carto gem install rake-compiler rake gem install hoe rice chunky_png cairo gem install ruby_mapnik
Your map location is bookmarkable, so you can return to the place you were testing yesterday.
There is a little bit of postprocessing to support famous gravitystorm list placement hack.
There should be more postprocessing to support comments and macros in the .mml. Hell yes.
Images are generated via the Mapnik::Tile class. This means no metatiling, so (a) slow, (b) label placement is not very representative of your final map.
Error-trapping would be nice.
WTFPL. Pull requests are encouraged, ideally retaining the principle of "one .rb, one .html".