This article contains all the important information about the option “Vector tiles generating”. It is available in MapTiler Desktop starting with version 10.0. and it works in all editions including the Free edition.
First, if you want to learn more about the vector tiles in general, what benefits they bring to users, why would you want to use them or what is their history, please head to the section “useful links“ at the end of the articles, where there are a few related sources listed.
Rendering vector tiles is easy. Open MapTiler Desktop, choose Standard Tiles or just drag & drop your data in Shapefile, GPX, PBF, DWG, GeoJSON, KML, or any other vector file format (see the table of supported formats. You can get your sample data here.
If you clicked on Standard Tiles, then drag & drop the image inside of MapTiler Desktop or select your data via a file browser.
Most of the time everything is set automatically in this phase and all you have to do is clicking on the Continue button. However, you may want to change the Coordinate system of inputted vector data or Geographical location (Note: Assigning location visually option is not available for vector tiles).
MapTiler Desktop will automatically prepare output layers for your final tileset, with all of the attributes of your source vector map. You can rename the output layer, edit key=value attributes for the feature or remove them. You can also set minimal and maximal zoom levels for final tiles.
Before rendering, you have to select an output format for your tiles. Folder and MBTiles formats are supported for vector tiles as well as direct upload to cloud services or mobile devices. You can also set Advanced options for your final map.
When rendering is done, you could View the map. If you chose MBTiles output, you can also Upload to cloud or Send to mobile. MBTiles is also a format you can upload to MapTiler Cloud for making designing your map.
There is a built-in viewer which directly visualize rendered data. For better orientation in your data, click on Show OSM which will switch on OpenStreetMap based map underneath.