Contour lines maps and Terrain

This plugin gives the terrain information you can view over the basic map.

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Contour lines

How to use

This plugin gives the terrain information you can view over the basic map. It actually works several ways — as a terrain contour lines data provider and as a full hillshade map using dark shades and colors to show slopes, peaks and lowlands.

Where the data comes from?

The global data (between 70 degrees north and 70 degrees south) is based on measurements by SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) and ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer), an imaging instrument onboard Terra, the flagship satellite of NASA's Earth Observing System. ASTER is a cooperative effort between NASA, Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Japan Space Systems (J-spacesystems).

Contour lines plugin is a handy tool for hikers, tourists and anyone who needs the information about the terrain in a specific area.

Android

Where Plugin find?

For using this feature you should buy Contour lines plugin or subscribe OsmAnd live. Remember: Switch on the Contour lines Plugin in Plugin menu.

Contour lines on Android

Downloading files

To see the contours of a specific area, just go to Download maps menu, find your country or region, choose Contour lines, Hillshades, Slopes or all and download the files. Then zoom your desired area until you see the lines and zoom even more to check the height of a specific spot (the number on the line).

To view hillshade or slope, make sure you enable this option in Configure map - Terrain menu. Also, please note that while contour lines file can be split by regions, hillshade/slopes files can be available by country, thus, you'll see the Hillshade/Slopes download on the list of downloads of a country, not on the region maps page.

Contour lines on Android

Terrain settings

In the Terrain menu you can change Hillshade or Slope for the visible layer. Here you can set Transparency and Zoom levels for the layer. To do so, please go to Configure map - Terrain.

Contour lines on Android

Contour lines settings

For Contour lines you can set the minimal zoom level where the contour lines will become visible, color scheme, width and density for lines. To do so, please go to Configure map - Show contour lines (settings).

Contour lines on Android

Note

You can use both contour lines and terrain together to get the information from both layers. Just go to Configure map menu and enable both Contour lines and Terrain layer options. If you cannot see the hillshade/slopes after downloading it, please restart the application.

After that, you'll be able to enjoy a map with all the hills and peaks. A nice option for both practical use and a general knowledge about the area you live in or travel to.

Please see full video guide below: Link to Youtube

iOS

Where Plugin find?

For using this feature you should buy Contour lines in-app or subscribe OsmAnd live. To turn the contour lines on in iOS, you need to go to 'Maps & Resources' menu, switch to the Plugins tab and turn the Contour lines plugin on.

Downloading files

Then download the Contour lines map of the area you need. You'll also have to download the Hillshade/Slope map if you need it. All downloads are available in 'Maps and Resources' - 'Maps' menu. Also, you have to go to the Map menu in the left upper corner of the map screen and turn the Terrain option on. That's it. You are now viewing the maps with contour line information and hillshade/slope.

Contour lines on iOS

Contour lines settings

You can set the minimal zoom level where the contour lines will become visible, color scheme, width and density for lines. To do so, please go to Map -> Contour lines (Map style).

Contour lines on iOS

Terrain settings

You can set zoom levels, layer transparency for Hillshade/Slope layer. To do so, please go to Map -> Terrain (Overlay/Underlay).

Contour lines on iOS

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