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Autodesk posts strong Q4 results, then stocks fall

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

On Wednesday Autodesk stock fell 2% after the company’s announcements of profitability on Tuesday:

Tech Stocks Head South, Wall Street Journal, Thursday, February 25, 2010

News stories on Autodesk’s Q4 announcement:

Autodesk Posts Sequential Revenue, Profitability and Cash Flow Growth, AECCafe News

Autodesk, Inc. Q4 2010 Earnings Call Transcript Seeking Alpha

Autodesk (ADSK) Reports Strong Q4 Results, Shares Jump StreetInsider.com, February 23, 2010

Battle of the mapping giants at the Olympics

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

It would seem that Google and Microsoft have been vying for mapping airtime during the Olympics in Vancouver. According to a CNET article, “Google has been featuring Olympic-themed doodles on its home page, while Bing is featuring Olympic-themed photos as its background, with the images rotating several times a day. Microsoft can also tap the fact it is helping power NBC’s Olympics Web site through MSN, giving it access to quite a bit of content from the Games….

Bing Maps has a special Olympics page that lets visitors see medal charts and click on a country to see how its athletes are faring. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also updated Vancouver with new street-side imagery and made it one of three cities (along with Seattle and San Francisco) in which it is trying out new features, such as Flickr integration”

For its part, Google features an interactive schedule, with links to medal results, news, and the venues. To get additional imagery for its maps program, Google augmented its usual fleet of cars with Street View photos captured by snowmobile.

Vancouver Sun reporter Jeff Lee has been covering the preparation for the Games since 2003.

His Vancouver map, created on top of Google Maps, has pin points for everything from the venues, to public events, national pavilions, and public transit stops and road closures.”

Olympics notebook: Mapping the Vancouver Games by Ina Fried, CNET News.com

Bits & Bytes

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Some new features desired in mobile phones include – mobile video conferencing, biometric sensors, common awareness between devices and green battery power. February 19, 2010

The New York Times, Bits by Nick Bilton

GISWORX 2010 to provide rich content to all Enterprise and GIS clients, February 17, 2010, Arabian Business

Ohio University Geographers to use GIS to Study Climate Change Adaptation in East Africa February 16, 2010, GIS and Science

Expanded GIS Services Available at the University Libraries’ GIS Research and Map Collection February 17, 2010, Ball State University Libraries’ News

Weather Forecast: Why GIS is the Future of Weather Tracking TechWonder blogspot

OSI Geospatial to Report 2009 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results February 16, 2010, IT.TMC.net

Infoterra’s Skape 3D city mapping service offers fully textured imagery of UK

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Skape is a geospatial 3D city mapping service product from Infoterra that offers advanced imagery of 3D heighted buildings of the UK’s major cities. 99% of the data collected for this product is Infoterra-owned, and the company uses its own dedicated fleet of aircraft to capture fully textured imagery. The new product is designed for environmentalists, architects, planners, local authorities and surveyors. Skape enables users to manipulate urban landscapes online by combining high resolution 3D textured city models with 2D mapping and terrain data.

Research and Resource Center for Land Surveyors portal launched in California

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Land Surveyor Research and Resource Center Website Launched in California

www.tiepoints.com was launched to serve as a research and resource center for California Land Surveyors interesting in obtaining copies of recorded Subdivision maps, Record of Survey Maps, Corner Records and other land survey related records.

http://www.amerisurv.com/content/view/7056/

Cintiq 21UX multitouch tablet from Wacom

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

In the wake of the excitement over the Apple iPad tablet computer, Wacom offers the super high end Cintiq 21UX multitouch tablet with interactive pen display technology that is priced at $1999.

“The Cintiq 21UX pen display combines the advantages of a color-accurate LCD with the performance of Wacom’s patented pen technology. With a UXGA resolution of 1600 x 1200, a completely flat work surface, 8 ExpressKeys, 2 finger-sensitive Touch Strips, and a dynamically adjustable stand” …according to press materials.

I wrote about Wacom in July of 2009 after seeing their product line at ESRI 2009. I include that blog here as it describes the company’s direction:

July 17th, 2009 by Susan Smith

The company Wacom has been around for 25 years with its display technology . I was first familiarized with this company through my work in the AEC industry (architectural, engineering and construction) for which it always seemed like a good fit, with its digitizer tablets and sketching capabilities.

Wacom has now come to GIS with its palette-based DTZ-2100 Interactive Pen Display, making a timely entrance at a time when ESRI’s Bill Miller is working with sketch technology, and the whole notion of “GeoDesign” suggests a way of designing GIS with new tools.

Wacom’s Mike Dana said the company is focused on changing the human to computer relationship. The product consists of a monitor or display, a pen and a driver. The brain power is in the monitor, and the pen is not intelligent but understands pen pressure so that the user will have a “canvas-based response.”

Wacom hasn’t worked out just what features you might be able to have with the pen pressure, however, Dana said that this capability, coupled with the pen’s strength of signal and  tilt direction could be part of 3D of the future.

Dana said that the display, which has buttons on either side of the screen, can be configured as you wish, and you can execute 8-12 repetitive tasks at a time.

There is also a display toggle so that you can work on two screens simultaneously and the image will map directly to the second monitor.

“This product combines the convenience of touch with the precision of penpoints,” explained Dana.

An ESRI Authorized Business Partner, Wacom’s DTZ-2100 will be hanced with flat templates for ArcGIS 9.4. ArcGIS is added to the list of formats in the driver.

“The display is more accurate and precise than the Tablet PC,” claimed Dana. The specialized behavior of the pen, along with the ability to customize buttons to the workflow in office solutions make this a technology to look at.

I did note that the LCD panel is a big draw on power, however, it is powered separately from a PC. Currently, it is not really something you can take out in the field.

Wacom has two models: a  21.3 inch standard size display and a smaller one. The standard size including display monitor, pen and driver retails at US$2,000 and a smaller one is US$1,000.

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