July 13, 2009
Extend Your Imagery Assets to the Field
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Greater usability - In this release is the ability to subset and pull out a smaller area of interest in the file, so the user can click on the subset button and which will show another preview of the image and then he or she can zoom into a particular area. “I can pan around until I find the area I want to select and then I can pick my subset. It shows a preview of the subset as well,” said Henderson. Batch processing is also easier in this release because all the configuration information is set up in a single XML file that can be reused.

Broader compatibility – GeoPDF files can be generated from a broader range of sources using TerraGo’s enhanced projection engine. Besides supporting major file formats, the release also allows users to output OGC and ISO 32000 geo-enabled PDFs while at the same time maintaining their GeoPDFs.

Advanced options include the ability to overrirde the coordinate system in the file. Users can select from a list of predefined coodinate systems and also do a custom coordinate system from the other stream they edit and save it to a WKT file. They can also import from a JPEG or WKT file.

The GeoPDF output file supports a single image per input dataset, plus the source image contained in the file is tiled and compressed using either JPEG or Flate compression. Usually users see a 1 to 100 compression ratio while maintaining the image quality, but this is dependent upon the data source. Users can use Publisher for Raster with TerraGo Composer in order to create map books and other geospatial applications to be used in enterprise workflows.

Top News of the Week

DigitalGlobe announced that its WorldView-2 high-resolution 8-band multi-spectral satellite is scheduled to launch on October 6th, 2009 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Magellan Professional is introducing GPSDifferential for ESRI ArcPad 8, a post-processing software extension for the MobileMapper 6 with ArcPad 8 mapping application. The GPSDifferential for ArcPad 8 enables the MobileMapper 6 GIS/GPS handheld receiver users to achieve outstanding sub-meter accuracy for GIS data collection and mapping at low cost.

Trimble makes it easier and more fun for fans of the T-Mobile G1 to take a hike, climb a mountain or reel in the big one by using the power of their phone's Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. The Trimble Outdoors application is now available on the G1, the first phone for the Android open software platform. Trimble Outdoors turns the G1 into a full-featured GPS navigator and geotagging tool for hiking, backpacking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

Acquisitions, Agreements, Alliances

Woolpert announced that the firm has signed a strategic alliance with
Pelydryn, a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) hydrographic survey company founded by former UK National Hydrographer, Dr. Wyn Williams and Geomatics Data Solutions, co-founded by Carol Lockhart.

ITT Visual Information Solutions (ITT VIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Corporation, announced the signing of international distribution agreements with six independent companies, covering fourteen countries worldwide, for its leading image processing software solution, ENVI. Under these authorized distribution agreements, key distributors of ESRI® ArcGIS® software products will now make the ENVI family of image processing and analysis software products available to their customers. The agreement helps a growing number of professionals get information from geospatial imagery and integrate it with their GIS applications in a variety of industries, including
environmental monitoring, urban planning, defense and intelligence, oil and gas, and agriculture.


PA-MAPPS, the first state chapter of MAPPS, the national association of private geospatial firms, became the first organization to formally endorse the Geospatial Coordination Strategic Plan for Pennsylvania , which calls for the establishment of a Pennsylvania Statewide Geospatial Coordination Council. Upon the PA-MAPPS membership s unanimous vote to endorse the strategy, newly elected President Mike Shillenn (Photo Science, West Chester, PA) proposed the creation of a state version of the Council of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) to organize stakeholders in support of the plan.

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) has posted videos of demonstrations of Phase 2 of the GEOSS Architecture Implementation Pilot (AIP-2) on the

CSR plc and
SiRF Technology Holdings Inc, on Friday 26 June completed the merger between SiRF and a wholly owned subsidiary of CSR, creating a leading pure play provider of connectivity and location platforms and a company with the scale, technology and strategy to enable its customers to address the exciting and emerging opportunities in mobile markets. The merger yields an enlarged development team, a strong IP portfolio, and a broad base of market leading customers. Customers of the enlarged CSR group will be able to deliver new user experiences of connectivity and location technologies in a diverse range of devices such as mobile phones, personal navigation devices, in-car
navigation and telematics systems, laptop and netbook PCs, mobile internet devices, digital cameras, gaming machines, cellular accessories, and consumer electronic devices.

For the first time, participants in the 2009 Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) can see a virtual, three-dimensional map of the entire marathon course, thanks to technology from new sponsor
Harris Corporation. Harris is using technology from its RealSite(R) product family to create the stunningly realistic video map, which is now available on the
MCM website. The 34th running of the MCM will take place October 25, 2009.

Isle of Wight Council is creating the UK’s most detailed road network map as part of a GBP 850 million (US$1400 million) investment in the Island’s highways. The digital map is being created using special mapping software from Mayrise Systems called MapNow that is linked to an asset database. The map not only provides comprehensive information of every highway asset such as manholes, footpaths, road signs and bollards, but also describes their type, condition and value.


GeoAnalytics Inc., an IT firm that specializes in Spatial Intelligence systems and solutions, announced that Kenneth Kubat has joined the firm as Vice President of Business Growth and Innovation.

New Products

Surveylab announced the launch of its new ike1000 series of remote positioning GPS handhelds. It combines a GPS, 3D compass, digital camera and laser rangefinder to provide the user with an all-in-one GPS data capture solution. The ike1000 improves on the earlier ikeGPS series with all new instruments, a faster and more rugged computer, and a display more easily read in bright sunlight.

Paradigm Imaging Group, a supplier of large-format scanning, printing and document archiving solutions, introduced it’s newest addition to the EIS family of large format multi-function systems, the EIS Supra.

The EIS Supra, a turnkey system designed for a broad range of applications including Facility Management, CAD, GIS and Reprographics, maintains a user-friendly interface while providing sophisticated features.

geoXMF LLC announced that The Nature Conservancy will be deploying an Enterprise Edition license of its industry-leading enterprise GIS performance monitoring software XMF AlerterTM. The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

Aerial survey specialist
Bluesky has launched a brand new digital map layer accurately modeling the location and extent of trees and their proximity to buildings. Designed as a tool to aid insurance assessors, property developers and Local Authority Planners, ProximiTREE details the exact spatial location and height of individual trees together with the circumference of its canopy. From this information a determination can be made of the root extent and the potential impact on either existing or proposed properties.

3-GIS, an Alabama based software development and services company, has announced the release of Version 5.0 of the Transmission Inspection & Maintenance System (TIMS), a user friendly tool that provides a precise graphic depiction of electric transmission equipment so accurate maintenance records can be created, collected, and maintained.

myVR Software, Norwegian 3D development house has now released myVR's latest platform edition of its 3D mapping solution - myVR 3D MapView for Linux.

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