This thread has been very quiet lately. I am new to webos and decided to revive it
An offline mode for minimap has been requested several times, and I missed it too. Maptool offers offline maps, but panning never really worked for me, and maptool also does much more than I need and therefore is more complicated than necessary. Are there any other free applications with offline maps that I am not aware off?
Anyway, I did some extremely quick and dirty hacking, and have working offline maps with minimap now. I currently don't plan on doing more work on it, but I might change my mind if there should be a lot of interest. For those who want to try the quick hack, I have attached a patch relative to the latest revision of minimap (I wanted to link it here, but I'm not allowed to). I have also attached an ipk of the patched minimap for faster installation.
To use offline maps, the map tiles have to be downloaded first, jTileDownloader (I wanted to link it here, but I'm not allowed to) is very useful for that. The downloaded tiles should be placed in "/media/internal/.minimap/$z/$x/$y/" ("/media/internal/" is the root directory of the usb drive in usb drive mode). jTileDownloader already creates the "z/x/y" directory structure, just copy that to ".minimap/" or download directly to that directory.
If minimap tries to access a tile that has not been downloaded, it will show "loading" forever (this patch is a very quick, very small hack after all).
Ah, I almost forgot, to choose offline mode, go to preferences and choose "Offline" instead of "Mapnik", "Osmarender", or "Cycle Map" as graphics. The other options work as before the patch.
I hope this offline mode is useful to some of you. Thanks to the developer of minimap for the nice application and for providing the source code!
PS: this forum software really sucks, sorry that you have to find the links yourselves.