January 4, 2005 -- MISSOULA, Montana – Visual Learning Systems (VLS) is pleased to announce the release of Feature Analyst® 4.0 for ERDAS IMAGINE, providing a sophisticated solution for extracting features of interest from imagery and scanned maps. Feature Analyst 4.0 offers significant new benefits including enhanced image and vector handling, direct read/write capability with the Geodatabase, and a developer API for creating plug-in tools.
While utilizing the ERDAS IMAGINE platform for advanced image processing, GIS analysts can now rely on Feature Analyst to classify object-specific features, such as buildings, water bodies, and airplanes, as well as perform full image segmentation and multi-class extractions. In addition to its automated feature extraction (AFE) capability, Feature Analyst offers tools for polygon editing such as smoothing, convert to line, and square up.
“Feature Analyst and ERDAS IMAGINE are naturally complementary products,” said Stuart Blundell, chief operating officer of VLS. “The combination of intelligent feature extraction technology and advanced image processing provides the analyst with a complete set of tools to truly turn imagery into information.”
Feature Analyst is currently aiding the efforts of clients such as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the USDA Forest Service with a simple approach to feature extraction. Providing increased speed and accuracy, the software offers every advantage over hand-digitizing feature collection methods and light-weight image classifiers. For more information, visit
Visual Learning Systems, Inc. is an international leader in automated mapping solutions. Feature Analyst and LIDAR Analyst, the VLS flagship software products, are used worldwide for GIS database management and mapping applications supporting Defense, Homeland Security, Education, Environmental projects and more. Feature Analyst exists as extensions to ERDAS IMAGINE, SOCET SET, the ArcGIS suite, and now GeoMedia, and is used in every U.S. state, in over 50 countries and 100 universities. LIDAR Analyst is the revolutionary new VLS product that automates 3D capture of buildings, trees, and bare earth from LIDAR data. More information can be found at
Feature Analyst and LIDAR Analyst are registered trademarks or trademarks of Visual Learning Systems, Inc. in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.