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    Hi everyone,

    Anyone happen to know if any of the following can produce the API needed for TSRE5?

    https://marble.kde.org/

    https://alternativeto.net/software/wikimapia/

    https://alternativeto.net/software/gmap-net/

    I don't feel like paying Google a damn red cent to load terrain textures into TSRE5 to work on a couple of projects. They are essentially becoming the Borg. I sure has heck aren't going to help them get there either.

    Robert

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    "Resistance is futile. You will comply."
    I hear you Robert.
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    Hi Steve,

    LOL!

    Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW 2156 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Anyone happen to know if any of the following can produce the API needed for TSRE5?

    https://marble.kde.org/

    https://alternativeto.net/software/wikimapia/

    https://alternativeto.net/software/gmap-net/

    I don't feel like paying Google a damn red cent to load terrain textures into TSRE5 to work on a couple of projects. They are essentially becoming the Borg. I sure has heck aren't going to help them get there either.

    Robert
    Huh. I've yet to be billed. Watch your usage and you'll be fine.

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    We need an OSM overlay - which in some areas, particularly Europe, has more detail than Google anyway.

    As regards the billing, fully accept 99.9% of usage will be free but some of us happen to be uneasy about giving our debit/credit details to a faceless corporation in advance, where they could take the money out without prior notification and no doubt severe hurdles if you want to challenge the charge. I would rather not...
    Vern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernWarrior View Post
    We need an OSM overlay - which in some areas, particularly Europe, has more detail than Google anyway.
    Agree there’s better coverage with OSM.

    As regards the billing, fully accept 99.9% of usage will be free but some of us happen to be uneasy about giving our debit/credit details to a faceless corporation in advance, where they could take the money out without prior notification and no doubt severe hurdles if you want to challenge the charge. I would rather not...
    I understand the concern, but am pretty confident that corporations accidentally billing someone is a fairly rare and isolated event.... many banks and card companies offer the ability to get a virtual card number for online purchases which can help limit your exposure and pass payment validations for Google’s API key.

    You’re more likely to have your card charged fraudulently at a place where you actually physically dip your card, especially in the US where mag stripe is still widely used and able to be sniffed.

    Challenging charges is easy, and actually harder for the corporation to defend, especially for online purchases.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthernWarrior View Post
    We need an OSM overlay - which in some areas, particularly Europe, has more detail than Google anyway.
    But you have OSM in TSRE.

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    Hi Goku,

    I think he meant we need an OSM satellite view like what Google Earth does.

    Robert

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW 2156 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    Anyone happen to know if any of the following can produce the API needed for TSRE5?

    https://marble.kde.org/

    https://alternativeto.net/software/wikimapia/

    https://alternativeto.net/software/gmap-net/

    I don't feel like paying Google a damn red cent to load terrain textures into TSRE5 to work on a couple of projects. They are essentially becoming the Borg. I sure has heck aren't going to help them get there either.

    Robert
    Mapbox works with TSRE. I recall instructions being somewhere here or at Gokus private forum

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    Open Street Map does not have their own satellite view. (the iphone open railway map app has one though - I recommend it).

    If we can use mapbox, they'll have an Ariel photo layer (or many). Is mapbox free for this purpose? Or even more expensive than google?

    Christopher

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