Cadcorp enhances image handling capabilities of Cadcorp SIS with support for unlimited ECW export

Enables greater use of satellite imagery and aerial photography within a digital mapping/GIS application.

Stevenage, Herts. 6 February, 2007 -– Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp has announced that its Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System now includes support for unlimited ECW (Enhanced Compression Wavelet) data export.

Developed by Cadcorp using the latest version of ER Mapper’s ECW JPEG2000 Software Developer Kit (SDK), the new exporting capability is available within Cadcorp’s flagship desktop GIS product Cadcorp SIS Map Modeller. Map Modeller users will now be able to create highly compressed ECW or JPEG2000 files from any of the wide range of CAD, GIS and image formats supported by Cadcorp SIS.

“Until this new development, customers who make extensive use of raster data, such as aerial photography and satellite imagery, in their GIS applications were obliged to use third-party software tools when compressing raster data files larger than 500MB,” explained Mike O’Neil, managing director, Cadcorp. “Now they are able to use Map Modeller for the entire workflow, with no file size limit either for reading or for exporting raster data in the ECW format. Map Modeller can even create ECW or JPEG2000 files by rendering any of its supported vector data sources, for example to use as a fast, static backdrop dataset”.

“Our ECW format is the de-facto industry standard for compressed image data, so the enhanced support of it within Cadcorp SIS is a natural step for Cadcorp, a company that is as supportive of industry standards and data interoperability,” commented Cristina Robinson Marras, general manager, ER Mapper UK.

The new capability is now shipping with Map Modeller Version 6.2 Service Release 4 (SR4).

About Cadcorp

Established in 1991, Cadcorp is a leading UK developer of digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software. With offices in the UK and the USA, Cadcorp's distribution and value-added reseller (VAR) network stretches worldwide. The company also plays a pivotal technical role in the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.® (OGC®).

The Cadcorp SIS - Spatial Information System product family is fully integrated digital mapping and GIS software that uses OGC certified compliant interfaces. Cadcorp technical director Martin Daly is an OGC Gardels Medal holder for his contribution to the OGC, and a member of the OGC Architecture Board. Cadcorp is an ISO9001:2000 certified company, an Ordnance Survey Licenced Partner and holds a UK government Catalist S-CAT agreement for category 15, GIS Software.

Cadcorp SIS applications exist in local government, central government, emergency services, insurance, oil & natural gas, mapping and surveying, commerce, utilities and many other markets. (For more information please visit:

For further information contact:

Richard Rollins, Tel: 01438 747996, e-mail: Email Contact or
Neil McLeod, Tel: 01666 504293, e-mail: Email Contact.


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