I guess I wasn’t surprised to see that Manifold.net is promoted via Google ads, although it has to be the first bit of marketing I’ve ever seen for Manifold – nice to see Dimitri crack open the wallet and push the product as recently seen in Google adwords – although oddly promoted as “The ultimate KML tool”. Hey, they may as well grab all the attention they can get from the Google Earth hype since everyone else is doing it. Indeed Manifold seems to be a very fine app although many people seem to think (including yours truly) that one of the main reasons it hasn’t taken off “big time” (I’ll let you decide what that means) is the lack of marketing – the cheap price tag could also be working against it as well. Please don’t take this as a negative look at the product, at $245 Manifold is likely still the best bang for your buck you’ll find anywhere for a full-blown GIS, the ultimate KML tool though? You be the judge I guess.
Archives for May 1, 2008
Registration is now open for the 21st annual GIS in The Rockies Conference (see pics from last year) – September 10-12, 2008, The Ranch, Loveland, CO. Cool to see that this event is in NOCO this year, just up the road from yours truly – nice! Should be cool to meet up with people right here in my backyard here in Fort Collins… no doubt there will be a few Fat Tires and Easy Street Beers thrown back during the 3 days. Gimme a ring if you plan on making it here! See http://www.gisintherockies.org
Speaking of events, GITA, just south of here in Aurora, CO has announced a call for papers for the 2009 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference, slated for April 19-22, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. Tampa is a great place and loads of fun, maybe too much fun! I’ve found in the past that many people tend to piggy-back events in Tampa with a family vacation (I know I took the fam. to Busch Gardens one year) some speculating low numbers sitting in on sessions – hopefully that won’t happen next year. Of note, one of the best GITA events I’ve even attended was back around 2000 (or was in 99?) here in Denver, CO, hopefully one of these years the conference will return. It’s a great venue and I know that there’s many GISers out there that enjoy LODO after the long days. See more at www.gita.org/gis
Looks like MDA has now made RADARSAT-2 data products available for sale. Some background info… Launched December 14, 2007, RADARSAT-2 offers unparalleled imaging flexibility, dual polarization and full polarimetric imaging options, high-resolution and a highly responsive programming and delivery ground segment. See more www.mdacorporation.com
On the topic of location-based social networking, have you heard of Brightkite yet? It’s one of those cool, Twitter-like social networking apps that takes advantage of location-based tagging. The service enables users to meet people and discover others that share an interest in places that you visit. BrightKite is currently in an invite-only Beta. I was interesting in seeing that the company is setup in Denver in a trendy loft and has recently received some funding – looks like some competition for Spatial Networking perhaps! Indeed social networking is hot, add to the mix a mobile, location- aware application and you have a cool idea. You have to wonder though, is there room in this space for more players or will Twitter and Jaiku rule? Also, like map mashups, how will these services be monetized?
Are you a Google Maps directions fan? I know I couldn’t get to and from our ball tournaments every week-end without them! Well now, users of this service will notice that Street View is integrated with directions. At each turning point in your list of directions you can now view a street view image of the intersection (if available). A nice touch to a very useful service. I know I could have used this a couple of weeks ago when I had written directions but had some confusion at an off-ramp. To use this feature simply ask for directions from Google Maps and click the little camera icon beside each drive segment.
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