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Important Changes to OpenStreetMap
« on: January 25, 2018, 12:33:48 pm »
January 25, 2018, 12:33:48 pm
Introduction


We have always strived to provide architects with the most reliable and innovative rendering tools. With Lumion's OpenStreetMap (OSM), it became possible to instantly surround a project with context. OSM was also a beta feature still in development and it used a third-party service to import accurate map and building height data.

The third-party service has announced they are closing down, and on February 1st, Lumion will no longer be able to download the map and building height data.

In light of this news, we developed a mighty little tool called the "OSM Patch" to ensure continued map functionality. We will send you an email with detailed instructions on how to install the patch once it is ready. Lumion 8 users can expect their OSM patch next week.

We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. In this guide, we hope to resolve any questions and/or concerns you may have. If you don’t find an adequate response here, we invite you to contact the Lumion Support Center for help. (Don’t know how to get support? Click here.)

Here is a summary of the crucial bits of information you should know regarding OSM and Lumion:
  • Why Lumion's OSM is undergoing this change
  • How you can get continued OSM functionality with the upcoming "OSM Patch" and the next Lumion update
Why Lumion's OSM is undergoing this change

As a beta feature still in development, Lumion’s OSM was dependent on a the third-party service to import accurate map and building height data.

On February 1st, this third-party service will be closing its doors. This also means that Lumion will no longer be able to download the map and building data.

This is only a temporary issue, and through the OSM Patch and a Hot Fix (detailed below), you can enjoy continued map and building height data for your projects.

How you can get continued OSM functionality with the upcoming "OSM Patch" and the next Lumion update

With the OSM Patch and the next Lumion update, we are migrating to a new OSM mapping service. This new mapping service comes with a few limitations compared to the old one, but there is a good chance that you won’t experience any differences.

What do we mean by this? For example, see the spire of this building in New York City?


At the moment, the new mapping service may not be able to include some spires, domes, and other intricate architectural details of skyscrapers in major cities.

We repeat: this change will mostly be noticeable in major cities. If you're importing map data from Madison, Wisconsin, for example, you may not notice any differences.

Here's how you can start using the new OSM service when it is available.

Option #A: The OSM Patch

From February 1st until the next Lumion update, OSM will not work unless you connect it to the new mapping service. You can do this by downloading and installing the “OSM Patch."

The OSM Patch will be available for download on the Lumion Support Center in the coming weeks. We will send users an email and include a guide on the forum regarding how to download and install the OSM Patch for your Lumion version.

Option #B: The Next Lumion Update

The OSM Patch will be built into the next Lumion update, a free upgrade for Lumion 8 users.

If you are using a previous version of Lumion that included the OSM beta feature, you can still download and install the OSM Patch for your version it is available.
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Again, we are very sorry for the inconvenience. Please contact the Lumion Support Center with any further questions and/or concerns you might have – we are always happy to help.


Important Changes to OpenStreetMap
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 10:16:45 am »
January 31, 2018, 10:16:45 am
Lumion 7.5 Pro and Lumion 8.0 Pro: OSM Patch

As you might have heard in our recent newsletter, we're switching to a different OpenStreetMap data provider on January 31st, 2018.

If you want to download OpenStreetMap models in Lumion 7.5 Pro or Lumion 8.0 Pro from now on, you need to install the hotfix below.
 
Click here to download 'OSM Patch' for ‘Lumion 7.5 Pro’.

Click here to download 'OSM Patch' for ‘Lumion 8 Pro’.


Instructions:

1. Quit Lumion if it's already open.

2. Download the .ZIP file for your Lumion version via the download links above (Lumion 7.5 Pro or Lumion 8.0 Pro). Don’t unzip, extract or do anything with the .ZIP file yet.

3. Next, locate the Lumion installation folder for your version (Lumion 7.5 Pro or Lumion 8.0 Pro).

The default locations for Lumion 7.5 and 8.0 respectively are as follows:
C:\Program Files\Lumion 7.5
C:\Program Files\Lumion 8.0

There are several ways to do this depending on your operating system. Here’s an example using Windows 8.1 and the File Explorer search:
  • A. Locate and open your computer’s File Explorer.


  • B. Locate the File Explorer’s search function and type in your Lumion version.


  • C. Click and open the appropriate folder for your Lumion version. You should see a file structure for the folder that Lumion is installed in which looks like this:


4. Move the .ZIP file to the Lumion installation folder (Lumion 7.5 Pro or Lumion 8.0 Pro) that you opened. You can drag and drop (such as in the screen capture below) or copy-paste the file.



5. Right-click on the .ZIP file and choose 'Extract here' (or whatever the option is called in your ZIP application).



6. If everything was done correctly, Windows will ask you if you want to overwrite four existing files. Simply click on the OK button to overwrite those files. When it's done, delete the .ZIP file.

7. Start Lumion and test the OpenStreetMap function.


Having difficulties installing the 'OSM Patch'?
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