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Avenza Systems Inc. announced the release of MAPublisher 5.0 for Macromedia FreeHand, mapmaking software to produce quality maps from GIS data. Significant new functionality includes support for FreeHand MX, Apple Mac OS X and import of MicroStation Design (DGN) files.

Fastrax Ltd. of Helsinki, Finland, a developer of industry-leading GPS receivers for optimal utilization of the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), and OÜ Oskando, a designer and producer of GSM-based telematics devices, introduced a new Personal Security Device (PSD). Based on Fastrax GPS technology combined with a GSM modem, the device will be produced and marketed by Oskando starting in Fall 2003.

Leica Geosystems announced the introduction of the new TPS400 Series total stations for a wide range of construction and surveying applications. Based on the successful hardware platform of the TPS300 and TPS700 Series, the new TPS400 family offers a powerful instrument for general construction, simple alignments or complex stake outs, earthmoving, pipe layouts and other civil engineering tasks. Like its predecessors, the TPS400 is designed with Leica Geosystems' legendary high-quality optics, incorporated in a new-design package with improved operating functionality. A key feature of the new TPS400 series is its large illuminated display and easy-to-learn menu-driven functionality.

Haestad Methods announced the release of PumpMaster™, a new pump selection and analysis tool that streamlines the process of selecting and designing the most efficient pump solutions. Haestad Methods showcased PumpMaster on June 15-19, in Anaheim, California, at the 2003 AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition.

ZEH Software announced the release of ZEHPlot ® for Workgroups, a plotting solution for small to medium size GIS organizations. ZEHPlot for Workgroups plot management solution handles the complex tasks of processing and printing the large GIS files that are so common today. ZEH's solution allows the user to submit print jobs directly out of their ESRI software applications, which greatly simplifies the process. Files can also be submitted for processing via a browser-based interface. The system handles PostScript and raster output formats from most applications.

Letters from Our Readers

Spreading the Word

Dear GISCafe:

My name is Shoreh Elhami and I am a fan of your online magazine and first of hand, would like to thank you for keeping us informed of the hottest GIS events! I also wanted to let you know of a project that I have recently started and is called the "GeoCorps". Below, you can see a copy of a recent email that I have sent to people who have expressed their interest about the GeoCorps to me in that past year. I have received wonderful feedback on this idea and many volunteers have already signed up for the program.

Please review our web site and feel free to include it in your newsletter. Please let me know if you have any questions about the GeoCorps. Regards,

Shoreh Elhami, GIS Director

Delaware County Auditor's Office

140 N. Sandusky St.

Delaware, Ohio 43015

Phone: (740) 833-2070

Fax: (740) 833-2069


Dear Colleagues:

You are receiving this email because you have either expressed an interest in volunteering for the GeoCorps or you are associated with an organization that might be interested in working with the GeoCorps. If you are receiving this email in error, please let me know and I will remove your name from the list.

As you might be aware, I have been working with URISA staff, Wendy Francis and Michele Meng, on a volunteer form and I am pleased to inform you that the form is now available on URISA's web site at:
http://www.urisa.org/GeoCorps/geocorps.htm (the link to the form is at the bottom of the page). Please fill out the form and add your comments to the end of the application and/or email me your comments or suggestions.

Additionally, I will be giving a presentation about the GeoCorps at the ESRI Users Conference held in San Diego from July 7-11th. The presentation will be held at the Sustainable Development and Humanitarian Affair Special Interest Group (SIG) session on Wednesday, July 9th in the evening. Please let me know if you are attending the conference and I will send you more information. Please note that I am hoping to report on the volunteers during my presentation; therefore, it would be greatly appreciated if you can submit your application in the next two weeks.

I would like to thank you for your interest in the GeoCorps and I am looking forward to reading your applications and comments.

Warmest Regards,

Shoreh Elhami

Ed Wells

Delaware County, Ohio

GeoDecisions, Washington D.C.

P.S. Please feel free to forward this email to interested parties. Please respond to

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Just to let you folks know that I look forward each day to the GIS Café news in my e-mailbox.

As a researcher and digital data sales manager for a world class e-government GIS Provincial Crown Corporation, Service New Brunswick, I depend on keeping current on GIS advancements.

Your efforts to keep me informed are very much appreciated.

Ronald Bagnell

Research Analyst/ Data Sales Manager

Service New Brunswick/Services Nouveau-Brunswick

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