MapInfo Professional 9.5 Released
“The benefits for our customers is that SQL Server offers an affordable way of putting enterprise assets inside a database including spatial data, and obviously using MapInfo Pro our customers can take advantage of that data in that repository,” Binyamin noted. “With Oracle a lot of users are using other planning software such as Intergraph and Autodesk as well. If they’re able to store annotation data in Oracle, we’ll be able to directly read that data using MapInfo Pro.”
At the request of mostly European customers, MapInfo Professional 9.5 provides access to Open Geospatial Consortium’s Web Feature Service – with support for Transactions (WFS-T), which allows users to download vector data, make edits and save it back to the server. “We are starting to see more U.S. customers adopting that standard,” Binyamin said. “As long as your server is WFS-T compliant MapInfo will work with that server using the WFS-T standard allowing you to edit your data using a common standard regardless of proprietary formats.”
Expanded programmability to .NET
Programmability in 9.0 allows customers to download MapBasic, MapInfo Pro’s programming language, for free, if they want to automate or customize MapInfo Pro. The expanded programmability options to .NET in 9.5 allow you to design dialogs or the user interface in Visual Studio and easily bring those into MapInfo Pro. This allows users to create more .NET capability inside MapInfo Pro.
Enhanced work group deployment allows multiple users to share their customizable templates of icons, etc. to produce consistent maps or other products.
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