CubeWerx Announces WMS Extensions for ArcGIS? 8 and MapInfo Professional? 7.0

ArcGIS® 8 and MapInfo Professional® 7.0 GIS desktop users can now browse through terabytes of geospatial data being made available by OGC-compliant Web Map Servers

Gatineau, January 22, 2004 – CubeWerx, the leader in the development and commercialisation of interoperable technologies for the storage, management and distribution of geospatial data on the Internet, announced today that it will soon release software extensions that allow ESRI® ArcGIS® 8 and MapInfo Professional® 7 GIS desktop users to fully leverage all the capabilities of OGC-compliant Web Map Servers.

The CubeWerx software extensions provide the functionality required for:

-Requesting and displaying capabilities of OGC-compliant Web Map Servers, giving an immediate and comprehensive overview of available layers, support for projections and image formats, etc.
Caching and refreshing capabilities of OGC-compliant Web Map Servers, to speed up launch of map request.
-WMS Server Capabilities Display – Control window allows GIS desktop users to gain an immediate overview of all metadata characterizing the Web Map Server (available layers, supported projections, available image formats, etc.)
-Intuitive drag and drop composition of maps - A hierarchical representation of available data stores, themes, layers and styles, facilitates the creation of maps.
-Automatic Map Refresh - Panning and zooming in GIS desktop application window automatically triggers a new map request to refresh all map layers displayed in the Area of Interest (AOI).
-Users can request and view attributive data for a particular feature by simply clicking on it.
-Secure Environment – CubeWerx WMS extensions support SSL (https) as well as X.509 certificate management.
-Optional Extraction Capability - Allows users to download data from CubeSERV® Download Server in native formats.

The release of the WMS Extensions is planned for mid-February 2004. A demo version will be made available from the CubeWerx's Web site.

"The WMS Extensions for ESRI® and MapInfo® GIS Toolkits provide a critical link between well established communities of practice and newer, interoperable Web Services." said Edric Keighan, CEO of CubeWerx. "In essence, there is no longer the need to learn new Web-based client applications for these users, when they can now simply browse GeoData transparently and seamlessly from their desktop GIS applications."

"CubeWerx WMS Extensions for ESRI® ArcGIS® 8 and MapInfo Professional® 7 allow our communities of users to discover and access the geospatial data that is maintained in our spatial data warehouse" said James Moore, Senior Informatics Advisor at Health Canada. "These WMS extensions allow us to deliver the contents of our Spatial Data Warehouse to existing clients in an interoperable, non-proprietary fashion; this allows our clients, already familiar with these tools, to focus on the subject matter of their particular analysis and not the tools."

The development of the WMS extensions was carried out under the GeoConnections Secretariat and within the GeoInnovations program. More information on GeoConnections is available on the Internet at

CubeWerx technologies are currently used by organisations, such as the Centre for Topographic Information - Sherbrooke (Natural Resources Canada), Space Imaging, the US Army Corps of Engineers ERDC - Topographic Engineering Center (TEC), Health Canada, Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Forestry Services, for the online discovery, access and publication of geospatial data.

Founded in 1996, CubeWerx has been developing standard-based off the shelf software products (SCOTS) in response to Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) requirements for interoperable information infrastructures. CubeWerx is an innovative software company whose expertise includes development, marketing and selling of Web Services and Spatial Warehousing software products. These products and other location-based software product components support the most demanding requirements for the integration, access, and management of very large volumes of Spatial Data over the web. CubeWerx products such as CubeXPLOR(TM), CubeSERV® and CubeSTOR® were developed using open and interoperable specifications from the OpenGIS® Consortium. These products allow organizations responsible for Geospatial data to respond to their most demanding client requirements and offer them on-line Web services in a multi-vendor products environment. More information on CubeWerx is available on the Internet at

CubeWerx, CubeSTOR and CubeSERV are registered trademarks of CubeWerx Inc. CubeXPLOR is a trademark of CubeWerx Inc. ESRI and ArcGIS are registered trademarks of Environmental Systems Research Institute Inc. MapInfo and MapInfo Professional are registered trademarks of MapInfo Corporation.

For more information please contact:
G. Daniel Houle
Tel.: (819) 771-8303 x208
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