June 05, 2006
Commercial Version of Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007
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For MapGuide and Map, in addition to support for more providers such as ArcSDE and Shape, the big news is native data access. “Not only can we read data like we did with the last version, but we can write back data in this format,” said Mackles. “If you're an ESRI shop and you standardize on shapefiles, you can put Map or MapGuide in without having to change from those shapefiles. This is really powerful for these companies that want MapGuide as a web publishing tool but work in these various formats.”

MapGuide Enterprise and MapGuide Open Source offer support for OGC standards WMS and WFS.

“Today with MapGuide you have to be physically connected to the server to make changes. With MapGuide Enterprise, you can access that server from any web based environment. As we see MapGuide being integrated into these enterprise applications, you can't get to the server, and they don't want you to get to it,” noted Mackles. “With the web based administration and server logic, now you can actually implement your GIS.”

MapGuide Studio is for both MapGuide Enterprise and Open Source and is wizard driven.

It is divided into three steps:

step 1 - choose your data sources, and drag and drop them in.

step 2 - stylize your maps with color, stylized layers, display attributes and labels.

step 3 - say where you want to publish the maps, all intuitive and easy.

The way it works is that you may have one set of GIS data but different users need different views of that information, i.e., the public vs. a field worker vs. a supervisor. Today we have to create separate applications for each of those user bases. People are all accessing the same information.

View Intelligent Vector Data

The DWF™ Viewer uses an ActiveX control to display vector-based maps on Microsoft® Windows® systems running Internet Explorer or Firefox. This gives users powerful yet lightweight viewing of maps, designs, and related data. Use of DWF technology also provides high quality printing and plotting, as well as support for a “disconnected mode” that makes it easy to take spatial data into the field.

MapGuide access is based on users and role. This feature is built into MapGuide so you can set up one type of information and determine by user type what the users get to see. “You don't have to go in and create different applications, just create one and check in and check out people.”

Autodesk sees web mapping becoming open source and believes that there are a number of customer benefits around this, particularly around their access to innovation and the ability to take advantage of what the community develops as opposed to just waiting for what Autodesk can develop. The company definitely sees the open source base as helping to sell the commercial version. Developers enjoy a lower cost of ownership as they don't pay for the platform, but will have to pay for applications, training and maintenance, and development.

Since MapGuide Enterprise and Open Source are built on Linux, there will be a large number of development projects doing integration with web mapping technologies such as Google Maps and MapGuide. There are also integrations going on between MapGuide and MapServer, MapGuide and GRASS, MapGuide and others, all hosted under OSGeo. “A lot of that code is now posted to the community site,” said Mackles.

Since its inception in March 2006, the OSGeo Foundation has been the focal point of all activity going on around MapGuide. Eight projects are now hosted under the OSGeo Foundation. “We conceive it as broader than web mapping,” concluded Mackles. “The number of registered users has grown so that 20 percent of the people who are visiting the site are downloading software.”

Top News of the Week

TriTech Software Systems, provider of integrated multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional public safety software solutions, announces the deployment of a new, innovative Geographical Information System (GIS) utility that enables TriTech clients to easily synchronize street address information and other spatial data directly between TriTech applications and their source geodatabase.

The new solution, VisiNet GISLink facilitates synchronizing spatial data with VisiCAD Command™, TriTech's computer-aided dispatch (CAD) software solution including addressing, routing and spatial layers. This is accomplished by sing a simple interface with minimal steps that enables the user to link their 9-1-1 applications directly to the GIS enterprise system. VisiNet GISLink allows the user to specify the location of source, destination, and differences data; links streets fields to CAD streets fields (many or all automatically link); determine and fill differences and then synchronizes these differences with the TriTech GIS databases. VisiNet GIS Link greatly simplifies the process
of data validation with no degradation in CAD or VisiNet Mobil ™ performance, and without having to reboot the application.

Information Builders, enterprise business intelligence (BI) provider, announced continued progress in delivering powerful location intelligence solutions to meet the growing needs of operational BI users. As organizations continue to empower individuals across the enterprise with real-time BI capabilities, intuitive reporting solutions that display data as geospatial information add a critical dimension to a company's decision-making capabilities.


Tensing USA named Integrated Mapping Services Inc. (InMaps) of Holderness, N.H., as the newest Tensing Business Partner. As a Business Partner, InMaps is able to resell Tensing mobility products and integrate them with its own GIS and CAD applications to create custom mobile GIS solutions for gas and electric utility clients.


The Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC(R)) has expanded its Web presence, adding new resource and collaboration features for both members and the general public.

The new
OGC Network(TM) vastly expands an easy to use set of information and collaboration resources that showcase the OGC architectural vision in practice. The new version provides a unique entry point for developers and technology-oriented managers -- members or not -- who seek to build interoperable geospatial systems and services. Registered users can collaborate and add and edit content so the website is fresher and more accessible for developers with less background in standards. OGC Network provides a persistent demonstration capability and highlights components, services, information models and
compliance testing resources. It also provides samples of standard Geography Markup Language (GML) and XML encodings and a collaboration environment for profile development.

Five educators from the United States and Canada will have the opportunity to join more than 600 others at the 2006 ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC) through a joint scholarship program offered by Tele Atlas and ESRI. Tele Atlas will provide recipients with $400 toward travel costs, and ESRI will provide complimentary admission to the conference in San Diego, California, August 5-8, 2006.

Autodesk, Inc. announced the addition of content from CustomWeather and Wcities to the Location Services Developer Program. Autodesk developers can now utilize this premium content in the development of their own cutting-edge location-smart services. With CustomWeather and Wcities, Autodesk is furthering its commitment to the developer community by offering the best tools available in the rapidly expanding location-based services market.

Trimble announced that it will hold its International User Conference November 6-8, 2006 at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas.

The theme of Trimble Dimensions 2006-Building Your Connected Site-emphasizes how process integration and intelligent positioning technologies enable surveying, engineering and construction professionals to reduce rework, utilize assets more efficiently, accelerate design updates as well as improve the bidding, planning and billing cycles. With more than 125 sessions and 10 specialty tracks planned, the conference will focus on increasing productivity in the field and in the office.

In addition, Trimble worldwide users are invited to propose topics to present at the conference. Proposed titles and a short description of the presentation should be submitted to Trimble no later than June 30, 2006. For more information, please go to:

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    "Since MapGuide Enterprise and Open Source are built on Linux, there will be a large number of development projects doing integration with web mapping technologies such as Google Maps and MapGuide."
    I don't see the connection. Why does it matter if they are built on Linux?

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