I am new to this whole GIS thing (my background is software-development, but not GIS) but I am super interested in making maps. So I started playing around with TileMill and was making my first steps there. Now I know the basics of where to get data from, CartoCSS, Elevation Data, GeoTiffs and so on...
My goal: A outdoor map as an MBTiles file with raster data in it. The data should cover parts of Europe.
Alright... I guess I should start by asking the following questions:
Which tool would you suggest for that job? Would TileMill work? Will I have problems with TileMill2 if I want to render raster data? (Would this tool help?)
I need to add GeoTiff overlays as well. TileMill2 wont be able to do that right? I also don't want to add the raster data on top of the rest, but as a layer in the middle.
I am on a Mac, so Tools that would run on my machine would be best :) But if there is like THE tool for it that only runs on Windows or Linux I should be able to get my hands on it as well... Oh, and inexpensive/free tools are preferred
Where do I best get my data from?
When playing in TileMill1 I downloaded data from geofabrik. Now it seems as if the data isn't complete in there. Especially information about mountains... where there is forest and so on is pretty limited it seems...
So I went over to TileMill2 and started playing around there. The "Mapbox Streets V4" layer has quite some information in there... But then I get very little information about f.e. where buildings are.
Are there any other remote sources I can add to TileMill2? Some that are more suitable for an outdoor map?
Style my map:
In MapQuest when you zoom out you get this nice world map with sand in Africa, green in Europe, Ice at the poles.... how do they draw that? Is that the Humanitarian Data Model?
I already learned how to get elevation data and how to make it visible with gdal. Is this the way to go? But then I would need a tool (like TileMill1) where I can add this raster layer. TileMill2 wont support that, right?
So many questions! Thanks in advance for any tips!