MapInfo Professional Release 9.0

MapInfo Pro 9.0 also offers the ability to link into other systems with what is called “hotlinking.” In an urban planning example of managing parcel maps, you will see on a map a parcel that is identified by a square of land. Users can click on that and find other information that is stored in another system, i.e. a correspondence that has occurred with that customer, a photo of that property. Through hotlinking they can link to all those pieces of information directly from the map itself. They can use the hotlink tool to access those systems directly from the geographic location.


As more capabilities are added to MapInfo Professional, customers need to be able to find their data easily and use operations that make them more productive with the product. Productivity enhancements include multiple wizard-based processes, and MapBasic for creating custom utilities and automating common tasks.

Top News of the Week

Microsoft Corp. and Maporama International, the European leader of geolocalization and navigation services, announced the completion of a major technological and commercial partnership in the mapping market.

Microsoft's Virtual Earth mapping platform featuring roadmaps, satellite and aerial imagery, plus bird's eye and 3-D views will be available for Maporama Intl corporate customers. They will benefit from increasingly innovative and complete solutions to meet their business needs: geolocalization, business intelligence, geomarketing, and mobility.


Garmin Ltd. announced that it has completed the acquisition of GPS Gesellschaft fur Professionelle Satellitennavigation mbH, the exclusive distributor of Garmin's consumer products in Germany. The company will be renamed Garmin Deutschland GmbH and will retain its management, sales, marketing and supporting staff, consisting of approximately 60 people, and will continue operations at its current headquarters and warehouse facilities located close to Munich.

Pixxures, Inc., a provider of aerial mapping, direct digital image processing, GIS services and imagery Web Mapping Services (WMS), has announced its recent joint acquisition of a new Leica ADS40-SH51 digital sensor and aircraft with Landiscor Aerial Information.

Landiscor is the leading provider of aerial information and photography to the southwest market, as well as one of the leading suppliers of photographic information products nationally.


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC(R)) membership has adopted new test suites, test scripts and reference implementations for OpenGIS(R) Specifications. A new TEAM Engine (Test, Evaluation, And Measurement Engine) and Compliance Test Language were adopted as the OGC's official new compliance testing platform.

These new free tests and testing software enable technology providers to confirm that their products are compliant with OpenGIS standards. Providers can then submit products for certification. Certified products can carry the OGC "Certified Compliant" mark to formally signify adherence to OGC standards.

Test suites were adopted for the following OpenGIS? implementation specifications:
Web Map Service (WMS) 1.3.0
Web Feature Service (WFS) with Filter Encoding 1.1.0
Geography Markup Language (GML) Simple Features SF 1.0
Catalog Services - Web (CS/W) 2.0.1
Web Map Context (WMC) 1.1.0

To assist programmers in developing solutions, open source reference implementations were adopted for:
WMS 1.3.0
CS/W 2.0.1
WFS 1.1.0

Developers can download the TEAM Engine to test their implementations of the OGC's OpenGIS? implementation specifications in the developers' own environments.

The TEAM Engine, an open source program developed by Northrop Grumman, and the test suites and reference implementations, contributed by other OGC members, were among the results of the OGC's fourth OGC Web Services test bed activity (OWS-4).

Official OGC Compliance Testing can be done online for a compliance report and/or for submission of a product or service for certification and OGC Compliance branding. This site provides more information about the test suites. More information about the OGC Compliance Testing Program and trademark licensing is available here.

Pixia Corp., a provider of rapid image access technology, has been selected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide a baseline capability for serving geospatial imagery via the Department's Integrated Common Analytical Viewer (iCAV) system. iCAV is a web-based geospatial analytical and situational awareness system that helps the DHS mission partners to better prepare, prevent, respond and recover from natural and man-made disasters.


The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is reminding colleagues in Academia, Industry, and the Defense and Intelligence communities that October 1 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2007 USGIF Awards Program.

Award nomination forms for the Academic Achievement Award, Research Achievement Award, Government Achievement Award, Industry Achievement Award and Military Achievement Award are available to download on the USGIF Website.


PCI Geomatics, a developer of image-centric software and solutions for the geospatial industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Honourable Herb Dhaliwal to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Dhaliwal brings a wealth of diverse experience as a businessman and entrepreneur in both the private and public sectors. In 2002, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien announced the appointment of Herb Dhaliwal, M.P., as Minister of Natural Resources and political minister for British Columbia. First elected to the House of Commons in 1993, Mr. Dhaliwal was appointed to Cabinet in 1997 as Minister of Revenue and in 1999 became Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

New Products

A product that generated special interest at ESRI UC in San Diego included Leica Geosystems' System 1200 real-time kinematic (RTK) GPS receivers and robotic total stations, High Definition SurveyingTM (HDS) scanning systems and, most notably, the multi-sensor, mobile GIS solution, MobileMatriXTM.

For the non-surveyor, as a 'field to finish' solution, MobileMatrixTM allows the surveyor to code descriptions of data as they are collected in the field, export the data to an ASCII file to be read by the software application, which then automates the drawing process.

MobileMatriX is multi-sensor mobile GIS software designed to operate on Tablet PCs as an extension to ESRI's ArcGISTM desktop platform. It is uniquely equipped with integrated survey processing functionality in the ArcGISTM environment with real-time links to a variety of surveying instruments, such as GPS sensors, total stations and digital levels.

ThinkGeo LLC announced the release of Render USA, a .NET GIS plug-in for ThinkGeo’s Map Suite product line that automates the process of building maps of the United States. Designed with the non-GIS developer in mind, Render USA gives .NET developers the ability to build full-featured, detailed maps of the United States in just 3 steps.

GeomMatters Technologies announces TuxedoDB 1.2 Version for ArcGIS ArcSDE. TuxedoDB for ArcGIS ArcSDE is a powerful graphical, unique and specialized tool that centralizes ESRI ArcGIS ArcSDE Administration duties.

Blue Marble Geographics announces the release of their latest GIS data conversion developer tool, GeoTranslate 5.0. This Windows C++ vector file translation and feature manipulation tool, which may be easily embedded in custom GIS applications, introduces a new level of scalable spatial data translation. Based on the GeoConvert component that was formerly part of the GeoObjects developer toolkit and the basis of Blue Marble’s Geographic Translator application, GeoTranslate provides all of the original GeoConvert functionality and much more. Blue Marble’s coordinate conversion technology is the basis of GeoTranslate 5.0, and is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, government and military organizations.

ESRI’s Web-based on-demand analysis product, Business Analyst Online and ESRI’s 2007/2012 demographic data provide faster and better results for professionals in all industries. New capabilities of Business Analyst Online include interactive features such as live thematic mapping and more flexible definitions of study areas. The addition of ESRI’s 2007/2012 demographic data to this release enhances the timeliness and accuracy of results produced by Business Analyst Online.

ISC announces the release of MapDotNet Server 6.1. Using the MapDotNet GIS application development platform, ISC works with commercial and government organizations to deliver high performance and innovative data visualization and mapping applications integrated with Microsoft’s newest technologies. The 6.1 release includes additional support for Microsoft Virtual Earth® 5.0, which was recently released by Microsoft.


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