April 28, 2003
Thinking Outside the Box
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Mapopolis.Com, navigation software developer for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds, announced Mapopolis GPS for Handspring Treo handhelds are immediately available. The unit comes with a special version of Mapopolis for Handspring Treo handhelds.

DigitalGlobe(tm) announced the availability of the 1"= 400'-scale digital orthorectified imagery product and a Civil Government License. The new orthomosaics are created using QuickBird two-foot resolution black and white images of the Earth. The product specifications, pricing and licensing are all tailored to U.S. local government requirements and standard operational procedures to better meet the needs of this sector's existing operational flow.

DMTI Spatial of Canada expanded its comprehensive topographic and land use classification file, extending its coverage from 157 to 745 urban centers.
The inclusion of topographic and land use coverage for an additional 588 urban areas represents a near four-fold increase. Areas of land use defined include residential, commercial, resource & industrial, government & institutional, parks & recreational, waterbody as well as open areas.

Autodesk, Inc., (NASDAQ: ADSK) announced the shipment of Autodesk Envision™ 8 software, formerly Autodesk® Onsite Desktop, a geographic information system (GIS) and design tool for mapping, engineering, and land-use professionals. The product offers users the power to visualize, analyze, edit and publish 2D and 3D spatial data in complex scenarios. In addition Envision 8 supports Microsoft .NET, the Tablet PC, and AutoCAD® 2004 Design Web Format™ (DWF™) files.

Clark Labs announced the 14th release of the IDRISI geoanalytic and image processing system. IDRISI Kilimanjaro's new display features include: enhanced cartographic symbolization for immediate classification of data into equal interval, quantile and standardized ranges; layer blending to visually merge layers using alpha blending; background transparency and interactive RGB compositing.

RockWare, Inc., a developer and reseller of earth science software applications, announced an updated version of RockWorks2002 that allows the direct import of shapefiles. This addition will further allow RockWorks2002 users to take advantage of the shapefile format and its widespread use for base-mapping applications. Users of RockWorks can now import features such as sitemap locations; oil and gas wells; mine boundaries; and local, state, and county data.

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Remote Sensing/Image Processing Software

Pixoneer Geomatics, Inc. Education Module consists of well-organized introductory and advanced curricula that provides in depth knowledge of remote sensing and geospatial technologies. The overarching goal of this effort is to empower educators of remote sensing, to stimulate students with engaging curricula, and to encourage educational institutes to incorporate remote sensing and geospatial technologies into their programs. Download a sample chapter.

Around the Web
Geography Shapes War in Iraq National Geographic, April 2003 - See how the desert is both obstacle and opportunity for troops in Iraq.

Going on in April

Date: April 7 - 11, 2003

Place: Freiburg, Germany

Following the first International Antarctic GIS workshop in Wuhan, China in 2000 the Geospatial Information Group within the Geoscience Standing Scientific Group of SCAR plans on holding a second GI Technical Experts Meeting of SCAR.

Date: April 7 - 10, 2003

Place: Coeur d'Alene Resort Coeur d'Alene, ID USA

Date: April 9 - 11, 2003

Place: Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA USA

"The Evolving State of GIS" hosted by So Cal URISA and BAAMA (Bay Area Mapping Association)

Da<>e: April 10 - 11, 2003

Place: Toronto, Canada

MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.

Date: April 21 - 23, 2003

Place: Portland, OR USA

For the past eleven years, the Oregon chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and the Columbia River Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) have held a conference dealing with current issues on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from a regional perspective. A full day of workshops will lead off this year's conference followed by two days of plenary and concurrent educational sessions.

Da<>e: April 24 - 25, 2003

Place: Washington D.C, USA

MAPublisher training using MAPublisher 5.0 on Adobe Illustrator 10 on Windows. Given by Avenza technical and training staff.

Date: April 28 - 30, 2003


Nevada State GIS Conference, Reno, Nevada. This thirteenth annual conference, attracting GIS professionals from throughout the state and eastern California, exhibits the latest GIS technology and features introductory and advanced education sessions. For general information contact the conference committee chair; Sally Kleiner, phone: 775-954-4629, e-mail
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