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#1 2018-11-14 01:50:01

From: Brasil
Registered: 2013-05-22
Posts: 235

(pre-)renderers options/comparison

This should be more aimed to answer "I want to pre-render some tiles; what do I need? what can I use? what should I use? what is the best and fast way to accomplish this?"

(personally I am interested in a renderer that is as simple and efficient as possible, reading data from a postgis database, just to pre-render some layers)

Locally I did use TileCache ( for small areas (but always on-demand, without pre-rendering), but somehow it feels "inefficient" (or resource-intensive) to render tiles from lower level zooms; there is also TileStache ( which seems to be very similar to TileCache.

I was thinking if we could create a new table complementing this one … line_tools or even update/improve it, with columns like:

  • ease of use/simplicity (will the user need to run a lot of complex commands?)

  • dependencies (will the user need to compile/install a lot of stuff?)

  • style type that it uses/needs (does it need a Carto project? can use MapCSS directly? proprietary format? etc)

  • can pre-render (only needed if some programs can't pre-render)

  • performance/efficiency (will it need a lot of memory to render? is it the fastest renderer? how resource-intensive it is?)

  • other important features

One part is, of course, what would be the best option to pre-render tiles; the other part would be how could we organize a table or wiki with the available options and features information (to have this kind of information available for other users like me smile)


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