Potlatch 2 relation shortcuts

Posted by Richard on 22 June 2019 in English.

Potlatch gets fewer new features in a year than iD does in a day, but occasionally something creeps through.

This week/month/year, that’s the ability to add a function key shortcut (F1-F4) to a relation. Open the relation dropdown menu in the advanced relation panel, choose “Assign to F1” (or whatever), and from then on, you can add the current selection to that relation by pressing the key. It’s particularly useful when building route relations.

Function keys can, of course, also be used for memorising tag combinations and for switching between background layers.


Comment from SomeoneElse on 23 June 2019 at 10:28

Hi Richard, Is it possible to add a selection of tags to a particular function key? For example, if I’m adding ditches and streams it’d be useful to have an easy way of adding the various combinations.

Comment from Richard on 23 June 2019 at 11:17


  • Find a way/node with that selection of tags (create a dummy one if you need to!)
  • Press Shift and that function key
  • From then on, you can press that function key to recall the tags

Pretty much all of my TIGER fixup is done this way - so F1 is ‘layer=1, bridge=yes’, F3 is ‘highway=unclassified, surface=gravel’, and so on.

Comment from SomeoneElse on 23 June 2019 at 12:07

Thanks - works great!

Comment from wambacher on 1 July 2019 at 07:50

Is this a new release and where can i find the infos? Need to know release and change date to keep this list up to date.


Comment from Richard on 1 July 2019 at 07:53

At present P2 doesn’t have release numbers because I can’t remember how the system works (I think Andy set it up and it’s connected with git tags or something). If I have the time to figure it out then I’ll give it a release number but for now it doesn’t have one.

Comment from wambacher on 1 July 2019 at 07:55

Last i know is 2.5. link to git would help.

Comment from InsertUser on 2 July 2019 at 18:56

Are there any plans for Potlatch and Potlatch 2 to survive the end of Flash next year? I think browser support will be ending too?

Comment from Richard on 2 July 2019 at 19:25

Basically I need to finish the (mostly working) port to AIR, which will enable Potlatch to become a desktop application for Mac and Windows - potentially Linux too but that depends on whether I can keep compatibility with the ancient version of AIR that Adobe released before they EOLed it. AIR has recently been hived off to a company called Harman (a subsidiary of Samsung) and it’s not quite clear what’s happening there, but I think it’s probably got a few more years in it.

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