Enable Offline Storage for Maps Control Tiles
The TileSource class enables developers to provide custom tile sources for the Bing Maps control (such as OpenStreetMap), but requires an absolute URI to provide tiles. Given the frequently disconnected nature of WP7 applications, it would be better if it was possible to provide tiles from isolated storage to enable map downloading and access to maps when offline.
Thanks folks for the commentary.
I’m marking this as ‘Under Review’ and changing the title to better reflect the commentary in the thread (which differs from the title of the suggestion).
Daniels Danilins commented
Currently I'm using StreamSocketListener on localhost to workaround offline tiles issue. So it is not so urgent for me. But I have another 2 show stoppers. Without them I will have to use the old map control. First, it is not possible to add a route with custom points to map (without using RouteQuery, for example if your App offline or you already has the path coordinates). Second, not possible to disable base tiles layer and street names.
I have created an "idea" for the first one, but it does not get many votes. http://wpdev.uservoice.com/forums/110705-app-platform/suggestions/3351645-create-a-new-route-object-without-using-routequery
I suppose not because people don't want this, but because it is hard to find.
Hi folks, now that I have time to give UserVoice some update love, I did a couple things here:
- Changed the title to reflect the tiles focus of this request
- Changed the title to reflect the Maps control (as opposed to focus on Bing Maps control, which isn't getting much dev focus)
- Toggled the status back to 'Under Review'
As always, thanks for the commentary and keeping us honest. :)
Daniels Danilins commented
New map does not allow to remove the base layer. All labels are painted over custom tiles.
The new map control is not usable! The old control was better. Please remove the obsolete from old map.
Douglas Laudenschlager commented
Local Uris are not supported for TileSource in Windows Phone 8. I have requested that we remove the "Completed" status from this request.
http://greatmaps.codeplex.com doesn't support W8 or WP8, right?
Cliff, this item is not completed as far as anyone can tell. No Topo, no FAA, no nautical charts, no GIS on WP8 without this feature! This a big hole, easily filled if you provided custom tile sources with the ability to specify isolated storage Urls.
use http://greatmaps.codeplex.com instead, supports caching and cutom tile providers
Dear MS.. this is NOT yet done! Or if it is.. please document it!
We have our own tiles and GIS data to display!!!!
Please show us how we can consume it in offline/cached scenarios.
There is no documentation regarding how to access offline, local tiles for custom tile layers in the WP8 map control . How is this done?
Daniel D commented
The workaround would be sockets that can listen for local incoming connections. This way we could build a local http tiles server. But there is no listen method in current sockets :(
Yep either isostore of file uris should work when a tile exists in isolated storage. Except they don't...
Martin Ra commented
Fully agree, the isostore:/xxx scheme should work there, too
That's what I liked about my old Nokia phone - offline map data. Currently with WP I always have to worry about roaming costs in Europe. You can spend a lot of money on this when travelling to nearby countries. Besides: ever tried going online somewhere deep in a valley while hiking?
"isostore:/xxxx.aaa" schema doesn't work
I so somewhere that Mango supports "isostore:/xxxx.aaa" URIs. Did you try if that works now?