Global Mapper 19.1 is now available with multivariate attribute querying, exporting 3D profile paths, 3D mesh creation in the Pixels-to-Points TM tool, and much more! [Read more…] about Global Mapper 19.1 is now available
A little tip for you on a product announcement you may have missed over the busy December holiday season as Blue Marble Geographics announced a major update to their popular Geographic Calculator Software – I like to call it the Swiss Army knife for Geotech users!
Recall, as the industry leader, this powerful application has become an essential part of the data management toolkit for businesses, organizations, and government departments where spatial data must be accurate and consistent. The Geographic Calculator is used to quickly and efficiently convert, reproject, and transform all forms of spatial data and includes the largest database of geodetic parameters available anywhere. The 2016 release includes improvements throughout all aspects of the software. [Read more…] about Software Tip – Geographic Calculator 2016
From the company… Web Map Developers are blind when it comes to user interaction on their maps. Most websites use analytics products like Google Analytics, or Mixpanel to track web activity, but surprisingly, user interaction tracking on a map just doesn’t exist. For example, companies like Priceline may not see how many hotels are clicked on, or other cities that you panned through in their map view before you landed on a detailed hotel page. They are essentially blind to how a user interacts with their map.
I always make the time to have a one on one at ESRIUC with Ted Florence, CEO and get caught up on his flagship product, chat some hockey, and get some candid comments about life as a software solution provider. This year Ted pulled out his iPad and showed me the most recent build of PDF Maps (http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps) and as usual, I was Wow’d!
This week at the annual Trimble Dimensions conference in Vegas, the company officially released the latest update to SketchUp, the awesome 3D modeling environment. the following are just 10 of the new features and functionality awaiting users:
- 64-bit Support: In addition to continued support for 32-bit systems, SketchUp Pro 2015 is available in a 64-bit version for Windows and Mac.
- IFC Import: In addition to export, SketchUp Pro users can now share models between Building Information Modeling (BIM) tools and apply industry standard types that stay with the model as it travels with SketchUp 2015’s new IFC file import.
- Ruby API and Extension Warehouse Enhancements: A variety of improvements to SketchUp’s Ruby API
- Faster Core: Models render faster with core modeling performance improvements
- Professional Drafting: Using SketchUp’s LayOut 2D drawing and documentation tool, users can manage drawings more easily and display more data from their information models
- Modeling Tools: With the addition of a 3-point Arc tool, users can now draw arced edges four different ways.
- Expanded 3D Warehouse
- SketchUp Pro 2015 also supports 3D CAD and BIM services
- download starts with a 30-day trial of Pro features
- 2015 Pro licenses can be used on a Mac or a PC
This week, Seattle-based Lizardtech, the experts in image compression, have rolled out Express Server 9. After 10 years in development, Express Server at R9 boasts a painless, automated upgrade process for users [think upgrade in minutes while retaining all of your existing system configurations and migrating all catalogs] and something new and very cool for users, now included with Express Server is the ExpressZip web app.
Recall with Express Server users can quickly and easily distribute raster imagery via any client, including web and mobile. High visual quality is retained while support for all popular image data formats are supported including: MrSID, JPEG 2000, NITF, Geospatial PDF and more. Express Server runs in a 64 bit environment and as a bonus to new users, is available as a fully functional, free, 30 day trial (See http://www.lizardtech.com/downloads/express-server-trial-registration/)
I love sharing and on Friday I really like to share… and so, here’s a tip off about a cool data viz tool that I learned about from the OpenDataBC gang who recently used tableau to create a cool infographic showing off the makeup of OpenData downloads by Ministries in B.C Canada.
Tableau Public is a free data storytelling application. Create and share interactive charts and graphs, stunning maps, live dashboards and fun applications in minutes, then publish anywhere on the web. Anyone can do it, it’s that easy—and it’s free.
An innovative product from Blue Marble Geographics and Spatial Energy enables users to visualize and map Global energy resources – Energy Mapper. With energy specific symbols, data sets and layer options available for direct access from Global Mapper, users are able to access their Spatial on Demand imagery seamlessly to their Global Energy Mapper desktop application with the tools, terminology and symbols you demand for your energy-based projects. The app converts, edits, prints, tracks GPS, and allows the user to utilize GIS functionality on their own datasets. In the latest release, Global Energy Mapper 14.1 provides a dramatic increase in LiDAR processing and display speed. See more info HERE
A useful geo transformation tool for anyone that has a need to work with shoreline data and other hydrographic data products from NOAA and others. A useful transofrmation tool from NOAA – vDatum. VDatum is a free software tool being developed jointly by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS), Office of Coast Survey (OCS), and Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). VDatum is designed to vertically transform geospatial data among a variety of tidal, orthometric and ellipsoidal vertical datums – allowing users to convert their data from different horizontal/vertical references into a common system and enabling the fusion of diverse geospatial data in desired reference levels. See http://vdatum.noaa.gov/
Now available for download (to licensed customers) ERDAS IMAGINE enables users to easily create value-added products such as 2D and 3D images, 3D flythrough movies, and cartographic-quality map compositions from geospatial data. About the app; ERDAS IMAGINE 2011 features streamlined imagery analysis workflows with new tools and an enhanced interface designed for quick and easy creation of presentation products. The most demanding image analysts, including those in the defense and intelligence community, will benefit from improved text editing for imagery annotations, inset views, new templates with elements that automatically update based on metadata from inserted imagery, and single-click exporting to Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, or JPEG. Some of the new functionality ioncludes:
- Improved text editing
- Enhanced template capabilities for intelligence reporting
- Improved auto-incrementing object counter
- View global context of imagery via dynamic Google Earth geolink
- Work with base imagery and map data along with geo-coding services provided by the Microsoft Bing Maps platform.
- Export to Microsoft PowerPoint, Word, or JPEG with a single click