Qt Location GeoServices plugin to use geo-referenced image file as map source



  • I'm currently working on a Qt Quick application that will provide a map viewer for a smallish area (1 square KM or so), the map details for which will be provided in a single geo-referenced image file (GeoTIFF, geo-referenced PDF, ESRI Shape file etc.), along with display of current location, operator identified points of interest etc. It's primarily responsibility is the display of custom maps (as opposed to generic maps retrieved from public map image service providers (OSM, MabBox, ESRI etc)), and it will often be used in areas with limited connectivity

    An extensive web search has identified others who have made similar enquiries in the past (in these forums, Stack Overflow etc), and the general suggestions for solutions are as follows:

    • ArcGIS Runtime with Qt SDK Doesn't work for me as down the track I'm intending to target an embedded linux device using an ARM processor, and ArcGIS doesn't make source available for cross-compilation for arbitrary targets. They've recently produced an Android release, but nothing for ARM linux in general)
    • QGIS developer libraries GPL licence not compatible with my commercial development
    • Use the Qt Location Map component with a local tile server or offline tile collection (some plugins have recently introduced support for this) Seems a bit of a hack, as noted I'm primarily using custom maps, as opposed to offline copies of public map server images, and my images won't be big enough to really warrant tiling anyway

    It would be feasible to develop a Qt Quick component from scratch to do this, but given that the existing Qt Location Map component provides a well defined pre-existing front end interface for everything my map would need to do and has an extendable plugin based architecture, writing a custom Qt Location GeoServices plugin seems the most sensible and elegant way forward.

    I've started examining the source code of the existing plugins, but can't shake the feeling that in a world containing 8 billion people, with "nothing new under the sun", this would have been done already if it was a good idea....

    Would anyone with more familiarity with the Qt Location module care to comment?


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    Hi,

    That a question I'd recommend bringing to the interest mailing list. You'll find there Qt Location's module developers/maintainers. This forum is more user oriented.



  • @SGaist Thx, have done so



  • Discussed and resolved on https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47670504/writing-a-custom-qt-location-geoservices-plugin-to-use-geo-referenced-image-file

    Generating a custom Qt Location GeoServices plugin to directly provide map imagery from a geo-referenced image file would not be a great idea as the implementation would be less than straightforward, and in practice any non-trivial map image would likely be large enough that an initial tiling step, followed by use of one of the standard tiled mapping plugins referencing a local tile set would be more appropriate anyway.


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