Chapter 6. Base Maps

6.1. Using Base Maps
Adjusting the Default Base Map
6.2. OpenStreetMap Base Maps
Adding a Custom OpenStreetMap Base Map
6.3. Raster Image Base Maps
Adding Raster Imagery
6.3.1. Reducing clutter with RasterPacks
6.4. WMS Server Base Maps
Adding a WMS Server Base Map

6.1. Using Base Maps

For CartoMobile, the Base Map is the portion of the map that is visible behind all of the layers. There can only be a single Base Map active at a time, but a given Map may have any number of Base Map options available to it, including server-based (WMS or OpenStreetMap-style) and stored on the device (using a wide variety of formats). Once added to a Map, CartoMobile displays the Base Maps in the gear menu directly below the Overlays list and it can be toggled at any time.

CartoMobile contains a variety of different Base Maps that are available through our mapping partner at MapBox.  These include:

  • Default MapBox tiles

  • Topographical

  • Satellite Imagery

The Base Maps can be adjusted by editing the Default Base Map and changing the Variant.

Adjusting the Default Base Map

  1. Choose Change Map from the gear menu to bring up the Change Map window

  2. Tap the Edit button

    For all Local Maps, you will now see the blue chevron button (it looks like a >) on the right, providing the edit function for that map

  3. Locate the Map you want to edit and tap the blue chevron.

    The Map Editor will slide into view

  4. Scroll down to the Base Maps section and locate the default base map

  5. Tap on the blue chevron or the circle-i button to reveal the settings

    The Base Map editor will slide into view

  6. Adjust the tile source with the selector

  7. Tap Done to finish your base map change

    The Map Editor will slide back into view

  8. Tap Done to commit your changes to the Map

    The Map Editor will slide out, showing the Map list in edit mode

  9. Tap Done to exit Map editing mode

  10. Tap on your Map to resume work