March 13, 2006
What the World Needs Now
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor

by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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MapInfo Corporation, global provider of Location Intelligence solutions, announces the appointment of Darren Hatherley as UK & Ireland Sales Manager.

New Products

Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia FreeHand as well as MAPdataUSA and MAPdataWorld royalty-free data sets, announces that it has released an update to Geographic Imager, a new plug-in suite for Adobe Photoshop CS2 software that adds geospatial functionality to this powerful image editing program.

MicroImages has added the ability to export the results of its geodata analyses to TNTlite 2006:72B. MicroImages has added export to popular raster, vector, CAD, shape, database, and spreadsheet formats to the FREE TNTlite (including MrSID, JP2, DWG, SHP, and DXF). Now students and those who want to learn geospatial analysis can import, process, and then export their results using TNTlite 2005:72B on using a Mac, Windows, Linux, or Solaris.
Telmap, a world-leading provider of real-time mobile Mapping and Navigation
solutions will announce the availability of its Telmap Navigator solution
for the new BlackBerry 8700. A robust device that is designed for business
and enterprise users and has a large-size screen, the BlackBerry 8700 is an
ideal platform for mobile navigation.

HP introduced two notebook series with the latest processor technology and improved performance to help mobile professionals stay connected and productive.

HP also introduced the HP Ultra-Capacity Battery, a 12-cell lithium-ion battery that works across HP's business notebook lineup and extends the independent operating time up to an additional 10 hours on some models.(2,3)

Autodesk, Inc. introduced the new version of MapGuide Open Source, its next generation web mapping software originally called MapServer Enterprise, and made it available on the new MapGuide Open Source site hosted by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. MapGuide Open Source is free software licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL).

MultiVision introduced its expanded 3D modeling capabilities during this recent international GIS and property appraiser's conference. Using breakthrough 3D modeling technology users can see and analyze the impact of changes in city landscapes, natural disasters, like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and other man-made events.

ThinkGeo announced the release of Map Suite 2.0. This latest version of ThinkGeo's famed line of .NET Development Components now supports Visual Studio 2005. "Map Suite 2.0 is a major milestone for ThinkGeo. It provides support for Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET framework 2.0, allowing our customers to use the latest tools and technologies to build the best mapping and geospatial applications possible," said Clint Batman, President of ThinkGeo LLC.

NAVTEQ, global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has released a full coverage map of Spain and peninsular Portugal - enabling navigation from the Atlantic Ocean to the Balearic Sea and from Bilbao in the North to Faro in the South. Gibraltar is also included on this map.

LeadDog Consulting, LLC announced the release of comprehensive geographic databases for Muscat, Sulalahah, and Sur City Streets. LeadDog map products provide accurate base level mapping featuring numerous vector layers and attributes such as:

Detailed streets at 1:10,000 scale

Street names

Street classifications

Extensive Points of Interest (government offices, commercial buildings, etc.)

Neighborhood points

Park, water, and landmark polygons

Around the Web

Hey, Neighbor, Stop Piggybacking on my Wireless, by Michael Marriott, March 5, 2006, The New York Times - Piggybacking, the usually unauthorized tapping into someone else's wireless Internet connection, is no longer the exclusive domain of pilfering computer geeks or shady hackers cruising for unguarded networks.

Upcoming Events

Date: April 23 - 26, 2006

Place: Tampa, FL USA

GITA's Annual Conference and Exhibition is the most highly regarded educational event for professionals involved in geospatial information technologies.

Date: April 19-20, 2006

Place: Vienna, Austria

The event explores background, legislation, needs and technologies for farm advisory systems, as they are necessary to comply with the new situations like commitments regarding Cross Compliance, documentation needs to ensure food- and feed-traceability, to calculate, to map etc..

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