Hot out of the developer lab at GeoIQ / FortiusOne HQ this week comes news of Acetate, a new way of thinking about basemap tiles! This via the team’s developer blog… Made in conjunction with Stamen Design, it allows you to layer pieces of the basemap throughout your visualization. We think what we came up with is quite beautiful, but if it’s not to your tastes all the stylesheets and code is opensource so you can roll your own. And get this for you OSM fans check out the inspiration for Acetate… Created in collaboration with Stamen Design, the FortiusOne team set out to contribute a new cartographic base map style for OpenStreetMap (OSM) data.
From the FortiusOne team we hear the following… We’ve taken a new look at layering geographic data. We provide this through separate layering of place names, roads, boundary information and hill-shading. This allows greater control between reference information and your analysis.
Of note, for developers interested in devloping with GeoIQ and Acetate tools, the company provides support via the GeoIQ developer Resource found at http://developer.geoiq.com/ where they host tools, docs, and image galleries and libraries. Those interested specifically in Acetate should see http://developer.geoiq.com/tools/acetate/. Note, For developers, FortiusOne has released the stylesheets and code to create the Acetate tiles. For more on this and the Acetate story check out the team blog and this write up from Andrew Turner. For complete details of Acetate see this official PR explaining it in detail
See Also: GISuser Expert Feature – FortiusOne Moves Closer to Closing the Loop With Acetate