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potlatch vs josm

Posted by meannder on 20 January 2011 in English (English)

Because potlatch is so slow, I migrated to josm, as advised bij different users. At a first glace, seems complicated to learn; faulty impression!
And... the integration of BING: Unbelievable nice.

Comment from z-dude on 20 January 2011 at 22:38

Thanks for posting that. I just tried to get Bing working with josm, and it finally worked. It wasn't previously clear to use it because I previously heard about things like slippymap, and plugins, but the wiki helped instead. http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Bing#Using_Bing_imagery now I have to figure out JOSM editing.

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Comment from harrierco on 21 January 2011 at 21:51

use polacht in mozilla, run better

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Comment from !i! on 22 January 2011 at 08:33

I know JOSM looks more like a regular GIS editor but after time you will see that this allows him to assist you in much more ways than Potlatch will ever do (cause of different design goals).

For beginning reduce your user interface to a minimum to learn the essential parts :)

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Comment from bri g on 23 January 2011 at 11:07

Josm has become increasingly powerful over the two years I have been using it. The new integration with BING is very good.

Great advice from !i! regarding reducing UI complexity, I have just two floating windows open, Properties and Layers, the rest are opened when needed.

One thing that has really improved my productivity on very repetitive work has been adding my own custom tagging buttons for basic things such as Residential, Unclassified, Tertiary roads and Buildings, with the extra tag of source=BING.

Take a look here
http://josm.openstreetmap.de/wiki/TaggingPresets

I took the original xml script from Dirk Stöcker - added my custom requirements for Residential / Unclassified Road etc ( with tag source=BING) and this has speeded me up no end.

Just as background I completed a lot of work around south Portugal over the Christmas period, as this has become available from BING to map, hence the need for the source tag

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