There are five standard platform SDKS. This page tells you what languages they support and the files they consist of.

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C++ API for Windows, Linux, Qt and other platforms supporting C++ development

Java API for Android

.NET API for C#, Visual Basic and other .NET languages

Objective C API for iOS (iPhone and iPad) and MacOS

CartoType uses XML style sheets to control the appearance of maps. Features that can be controlled include the following:

  • selection of layers
  • colors
  • transparency
  • size of features
  • SVG icons
  • lettering style and positioning
  • scales at which features appear

Style Sheets Directory

Download makemap, the CartoType data conversion tool

You will need the program makemap, which you can download using one of the links below

By using the CartoType makemap tool (makemap.exe, makemap_x64.exe, makemap_mac or makemap_ubuntu), however acquired, you accept the terms of the CartoType Evaluation License and you also accept that neither CartoType Ltd, nor any owners, shareholders or officers of CartoType Ltd, or any other contributors to, authors of or maintainers of the CartoType system, are liable for any damage, direct or consequential, caused by downloading, installing or using the makemap tool, and that the makemap tool is not warranted fit for any particular use and may not be used for any commercial purpose.

The program exists in these versions:

makemap.exe for 32-bit Windows

makemap_x64.exe for 64-bit Windows, which can handle larger data files than the 32-bit version

makemap_mac for the Macintosh

makemap_ubuntu for 64-bit x86 Ubuntu Linux

The current version of makemap was built using CartoType 4.0.102

Changes since version 4.0.97:

important update: makemap now handles 64-bit OpenStreetMap IDs correctly
fixed another bug in clipping the terrain-height-metres layer
speeded up edge interpolation and reinstated its use for all layers

The previous version of makemap was built using CartoType 4.0.97.

Changes since CartoType 4.0.1:

improved error handling for import rules
motorways were not always marked as one-way
fixed error message for illegal value for the /writerules command-line option
import rules now handle one-way=no correctly, overriding implicit one-way rules for motorways and roundabouts
speeded up map creation for world coastlines, caused by slow point island conversion and polygon edge interpolation
fixed regression: makemap didn't set the roundabout flag, so roundabouts were not recognised in route instructions
the terrain-height-metres layer was clipped incorrectly, causing missing height values

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ambleside

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fast offline routing

The standard routing system, suitable for any maps on desktop platforms and servers, and city maps on mobile devices, is flexible and fast.

route profiles

Route profiles tell CartoType how fast you expect to travel on different types of road, and also allow you to add weightings to indicate your preference. The free Maps app, available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, provides an easy way to try out different route profiles. You can choose from four standard profiles, and an editable custom profile, using the Route menu (first image below). The command 'Edit Custom Route Profile...' brings up the Route Profile Editor dialog (second image below).

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CartoType can show terrain on a map in various different ways:

height coloring: using different colors for different heights. Colors can be blended or drawn as distinct steps. All this is controlled using a height ramp in the style sheet.

nz terrain height coloring

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We supply a full Android Java API for CartoType which provides the same functionality as the C++ API. It contains the CartoType Java API as a .jar file called cartotype.jar, and four versions (debug and release for both ARM and x86 platforms) of the CartoType shared library, libcartotype.so. You can also download sample CartoType Java source code, which contains the source code and project files for the NavigatorApp available from Google Play.

Use the free Android Studio IDE for developing Android applications.

Your app will need to use the cartotype.jar and libcartotype.so libraries.

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The usual way to develop apps for iOS, the operating system used on Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, is by means of XCode, a free development environment which runs on Mac OS. The 'native language' of iOS - that is, the language used for the API, is Objective C, so we provide an Objective C wrapper for CartoType.

A simple test app

You can download the source code of a simple test app which uses the CartoType evaluation library.

First get the CartoType iOS project source files.

Open the project in Xcode on a Macintosh.

Add the CartoType evaluation framework to the project.

Add the map, style sheet and font to the project.

You can then run it in the simulator or on an iOS device. The CartoType evaluation library is built for, and works on, both the 32-bit (Arm7) and 64-bit (Arm64) iOS environments.

The code is largely self-explanatory. It loads and displays a map, and the view-controller class has properties and methods to set the position, calculate routes, record a trail, find addresses, and set the user location. It is designed as a minimal app, and therefore is deliberately very simple.

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Basics

The CartoType core library is written in C++. To use it to draw maps you need to create various class objects. All CartoType functionality is accessed by calling member functions of those objects.

C++ programming conventions

Names

CartoType class names nearly all start with C or T. C stands for 'class' or 'complicated' and is for large classes which allocate memory on the heap, and which are usually created on the heap. T stands for 'type' and is for smaller, simpler classes which are usually created on the stack. Examples: CEngine, TResult.

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Expressions are used in import rules and style sheets.

Use in style sheets

They are used in <if> and <condition> elements. You write them using the exp attribute. For example:

<if exp='scale > 50000'>
<condition exp='$="Italy"'>

You can use the special variables Type, OsmType and RoadType in style sheet expressions. Type is the integer type, OsmType is the same as (Type bitand #FFFE0000), and RoadType is the same as (Type bitand #FC0). For example,

<condition exp='OsmType == "cit"'><condition exp='OsmType == "cit"'>

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Building CartoType for Linux

CartoType is written in standard C++ and will compile using CLANG and GCC. Its output is a bitmap in memory, which you can display on any device if you know how your proposed device handles bitmaps. The license allows you to distribute it as part of a binary package, not as source for on-platform compilation. Linux users tend to expect binary packages, so this should not be a problem.

To obtain a Linux library you can simply take the source code, which is supplied to Cartotype licensees, and compile it (using a script provided as part of the CartoType distribution) on the target you need. If you need the library pre-compiled for any reason please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The library being binary, it obviously matters what kind of processor you're using (Intel, AMD64, ARM, SPARC and so on).

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Using the FreeBSD operating system, a version of Unix, you can create larger CTM1 files than is usually possible under Windows, depending on how much RAM you have.

Installing FreeBSD

Basic Installation

It's assumed you know how to install an operating system, so this part will be brief. You can download the latest version of FreeBSD from freebsd.org, burn it on a CD and boot from it. Make sure you download the AMD64 version, not the Intel386 as the latter is only 32-bit. The AMD64 instruction set appeared before Intel's own 64-bit processors so the 64-bit version is named for them (which must annoy Intel).

Different versions of FreeBSD ask different install questions but you can leave it to the default options selected most of the time.

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Note the type of License Licensee has agreed to will determine the number of Integrated Products in which the Licensed Software can be used and the duration of the License; see clause 2.4

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In this License "You" means the individual who has downloaded the Software and/or the organisation he or she represents ("Your" and "Yours" shall be construed accordingly); "Software" means the software downloaded by You from Our website and for which you have not entered into a full SDK License with Us; and "We" are CartoType Limited. (Registered Number 7021509), registered office: at The Old Rectory, Spratts Lane, Kensworth, Bedfordshire, LU6 3RB, U.K. ("Us" and "Our" shall be construed accordingly). Other defined terms are set out below.

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You can display a list of places on the map as the user enters the name, using CartoType's incremental searching support.

Create a full-text index

The first step is to create your CTM1 (map data) file using the makemap command-line option /textindex=full. That way, all phrases within text attributes are indexed, as well as the whole string.

Searching as the user types

Here's what you need to do in your find dialog.

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CartoType has functions to find addresses and perform geocoding, which is converting a position to an address. You can try out these functions using the Windows demo. Use the 'Find address' menu item in the 'Find' menu to find an address. You can fill in any of the fields. Just leave fields blank if they are not needed or the information is unknown. Searching is faster if you provide the city, state, county, or province when searching for a street address.

find address

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newport

MapPoint has gone. Why not use CartoType instead?

According to Microsoft, "MapPoint will no longer be sold after December 31, 2014. Technical support will be available until July 14, 2015."

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The makemap tool uses rules written in a small XML-based language to control the import of data from OSM and other sources. The idea is that an input data set is supplied containing a set of attributes and values (a row in the map database), and a program made up from a series of statements uses it to create one or more output map objects.

makemap uses a standard set of rules. You can write them out using makemap (see makemap's usage message for details) and edit them to create your own rules.

Thus a single input data set (database row) can create more than one map object, but the converse is not true.

The program is executed in its entirety once for each input data set.

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