What are vector maps?


Modern vector technology makes the map precise in appearance as well as fast and responsive in operation.

But what are vector maps? They consist, in contrast to raster maps, of many layers on which the different information lies. These are faded in and out depending on the zoom level, which makes the display clearer. Furthermore, the vector map requires less data volume due to the lower total data volume. In addition, map information no longer has to be loaded at high zoom levels, since all information has already been calculated at a certain zoom depth. This high-performance technology enables smooth and continuous zooming. The map remains absolutely detailed and sharp, regardless of the zoom level. A loss of image quality is thus impossible, regardless of the device – whether on the smartphone, tablet, low or high-resolution monitors.

The information of all layers, e.g. labels (place names), automatically adapt to the zoom level and retain their normal horizontal alignment even when the map is rotated. In addition, route networks and tour geometries can now be arranged vertically in a desired layer. Thus, these contents, which were previously displayed with simple crossfades in the raster maps, are now optimally integrated into existing elements of the base map.

This prevents the masking of other objects. In the future, it will be possible to switch from summer to winter style without reloading, as the map elements will be re-colored directly on the device. Outdooractive is the only platform worldwide that can offer a topographic map available in this level of detail as a vector map.


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