Georeferenced Images



One of the map source types supported by Maperitive is a georeferenced image. Georeferenced image is a bitmap file (PNG, JPG, TIFF and some other image types) which comes together with a world file. The world file contains geographical information on how to place the image on the map.

Various commands like export-bitmap and generate-relief-igor generate such georefenced images. You can save them on the disk and later load them into your maps.

Image Projection

Maperitive only supports non-rotated georeferenced images. Basically, only images that are compatibile with the Mercator or Equirectangular projections can be used, since Maperitive currently does not offer any kind of image rectification mechanism to convert the image from another projection. Rotation information will be ignored when loading the image and the image will probably not be properly placed on the map.

NOTE: World files do not contain information about the map projection used to generate the image. When loading georeferenced images not generated by Maperitive, make sure they are generated using the Mercator or Equirectangular projections.

Exporting Georeferenced Images

export-bitmap generates two other types of the so called "sidecar" files:

GeoTIFF Files

GeoTIFF file is an advanced form of a georeferenced image. It can contain a lot more information compared to world files. Unfortunately Maperitive is currently not able to read or write this georeferencing data in GeoTIFFs.

There are tools which can generate world files from GeoTIFF information. Again, same restrictions about the map projections still apply.

Future Plans

My hope is to be able to add both image rectification and GeoTIFF capabilities to Maperitive in the future. Unfortunately .NET is poorly equipped for such a task, so implementing this capability will require a lot of work.

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