February 14, 2005
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Welcome to GISWeekly! Earlier this month, Layton Graphics shipped its latest MAP2PDF product, MAP2PDF for ArcGIS. What this means to users is that with the MAP2PDF for ArcGIS plug-in, GeoPDF maps can be easily exported directly out of ArcMap. All that is required to use the plug-in is Adobe Acrobat or free Adobe Reader software. Read about it in this week's Industry News.
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Earlier this month, Layton Graphics shipped its latest MAP2PDF product, MAP2PDF for ArcGIS. What this means to users is that with the MAP2PDF for ArcGIS plug-in, GeoPDF maps can be easily exported directly out of ArcMap. All that is required to use the plug-in is Adobe Acrobat or free Adobe Reader software.
The product derived from customer demand for a product that does what MAP2PDF for Acrobat does, but additionally, automates the process of creating a fully featured, layered GeoPDF out of ArcMap in a simple, one button process.
“Having geo-enriched PDFs has enabled us to do a lot of things we couldn't do before, for instance, we can geo-register an engineering document coming out of AutoCAD and we have the tools in-house where we actually layer two PDFs together based on the geo-registration information. We can take an aerial photo that's been geo-registered and layer over a PDF that's been geo-registered from a completely different product,” noted Phil Lee, executive vice president for Layton Graphics.
Completely based on PDF technology, MAP2PDF for ArcGIS takes the constructs of PDF and relates them to a map that's been created in GIS. The GIS engine does all the “tricks” underneath that and knows how the map was created and can locate it in PDF space. The maps can then be published and consumed by millions of users.
How it works: Within standard Acrobat 6 you can construct a PDF that has layers in it. MAP2PDF for ArcGIS uses those layer groups to turn on and off the imagery associated with the layers in the map. If you have an ESRI dataset that you bring into ArcMap, then you have associated layers that you can turn on or off. MAP2PDF for ArcGIS is able to export that dataset in its PDF export engine that creates a layered PDF file containing feature class attribute data associated with the separate layers, points and polygons and lines, out of the data set in the PDF.
Even without the plug-in, a layered map in PDF can be very useful through Adobe Reader and Acrobat. With the plug-in, you get the GIS functionality, i.e., you can plug a GPS into it , and those coordinates will display on your map in several different ways. You can take GPS waypoints and lay them on a map, or can include them as annotations, or as a graphic representation.
If you know the coordinates of a house, for example, you can type in the coordinate and zoom to that coordinate on your map. You can measure things on your map. Soon to be released is a version with magnetic declination so that when you're using the measure tool it will give you the compass bearing as well.
What differentiates the Map2PDF plug-in from the Map2PDF for ArcGIS plug-in?
“With MAP2PDF for Adobe Acrobat, first you have to create the PDF file, and as other systems generally don't support layering at the moment, it will be a flat PDF, and then you have to go in and register the projections, click on multiple points to put your projections system in. Then you must drop in attribute data from either a shape or other file. It's a little more work than going directly from ArcMap to a GeoPDF and the product (in MAP2PDF for ArcGIS) on the back end is a lot more robust,” Lee explained.
Do you have plans for making Map2PDF for MapInfo or other formats?
“Yes, we're in discussions with other GIS vendors. We're also discussing other ways of having the core technology out there,” said Lee.
The demo began with a map created in ArcMap. Steps to create a GeoPDF:
Automate the process you normally do within Map2PDF for Acrobat. ESRI has a PDF export and Layton has added a tremendous amount of functionality to ESRI's PDF export. This process replicates what ESRI does with their .mpf files in ArcReader. Click and save.
Create a layered PDF. You can go in and include annotations for parks, for example, and create a layer specifically for annotations so you can get the comments you want into the map.
Export PDF file, then build the layers, then drop in the feature class attribute data.
Start up Acrobat, and open that PDF up to see what you get with the plug-in. (I was viewing the development plug-in rather than the general demo plug-in)
Add multicoordinate displays such as lat long and MGRS; as you move mouse across it, it updates location.
Various feature options include: zoom to coordinates, import annotations from shapefiles, GPS tracking where you can plug it into a GPS and it will track and measure distances/angles in a variety of units of measure, and edit spatial data via standard Adobe PDF forms technology.
Geo-registration: if you want to create a georegistered PDF, you can set up your map coordinate system, put in projections as they are needed. The next step when you geo-register something is you would set registration points. If you want to do it in lat and long, you can do that, then the plug-in will take your map projection parameters and calculate those map coordinates for you. But in order to manually geo-register it, you need to know at least two landmarks to get it registered.
MAPS2PDF in ArcGIS also has user coordinate space where you can view the map in UTM because the GPS shows it this way, thus user coordinate space causes any navigation that is taking place to show up in UTM. You can display three different coordinate systems at one time.
Once the map has been geo-registered, it will allow you to draw objects and allow you to place those objects in the correct space. You can also fetch photos with GPS location and attach them to that location on the map. “It's all standard Adobe, so you have all the review, collaboration and markup tools of Adobe that we essentially now know how to round trip in and out of the PDF by enabling a GeoPDF,” explained Lee.
On Jan. 7, ImageCat and the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) traveled to Phuket, Thailand with engineers from Japan's Chiba University and Bangkok's Asian Institute of Technology to document and analyze the tsunami damage. More than 5,300 people were killed in Thailand. DigitalGlobe said this week that ImageCat Inc. is using DigitalGlobe's QuickBird satellite imagery to assess damage resulting from the massive Indian Ocean tsunami triggered by the earthquake on Dec. 26.
The team deployed ImageCat's custom-built Visualizing Impacts of Earthquakes with Satellites (VIEWS), a portable notebook-based reconnaissance system that links high-resolution QuickBird imagery, digital photographs and digital video footage to a real-time GPS feed. The team used 60-centimeter QuickBird imagery collected over Patong Beach in Phuket on Jan. 2, 2005, and for comparison purposes, imagery collected in March 2002.
NavCom Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company (NYSE:DE), announced that Capital Signal Companies, Ltd has been named dealer, providing NavCom Technology's Safari Network(TM) and GPS solutions in Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies. Capital Signal, in combination with NavCom's technology, will provide a cellular network delivering RTK correction signals, Two-Way Messaging, Internet Service, and Two-Way Fleet Management services for construction, survey, geotechnical and geophysical applications.
Trimble and Cambridge Positioning Systems Limited (CPS) announced plans to jointly develop new products to deliver Enhanced Global Positioning System (E-GPS) location solutions for the wireless network and mobile device markets.
ADAPTIX, Inc., a provider of OFDMA technology and WiMAX solutions, announced it has signed a joint agreement with Beijing Airway Communications Co. Ltd., Beijing University of Post & Telecom, and Beijing ShiJinShan District Government to build the next generation broadband wireless demonstration network. The Beijing Airway's Wi-Plus Network will be the first broadband wireless network of its kind in the ShiJinShan district.
At the MapIndia 2005 8th annual International Conference and Exhibition in New Delhi, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions is showcasing its array of geospatial solutions that promote data sharing among applications to enable an open spatial enterprise, through February 8th.
This year marks the first year in five that Space Imaging has named the Top 10 IKONOS Images and asked the public to help select the 10 best. The Top 10 IKONOS Images are featured on
ESRI announced that MotionBased Technologies, located in Sausalito, California, has deployed ESRI's ArcWeb Services for its international Web site dedicated to helping endurance athletes and others train better. This innovative Internet-based performance analysis and mapping tool for global positioning system (GPS) and heart rate information recently won Popular Science Magazine's "2004 Best of What's New for Recreation."
ESRI also announced that Lamar Advertising has chosen ESRI's ArcWeb Services for its Maps
and Photos system. Lamar Advertising's Maps and Photos system is a mapping system that allows the sales staff to create map proposals for prospective customers.
Ten Sails Consulting, a GIS development and services company, announced that Florida Power & Light (FPL) will deliver the keynote address at its upcoming Smallworld Symposium, to be held in Denver on March 10, 2005, immediately following the GITA annual conference.
UCLID Software announced that UCLID Sales Manager Jeff Krause will participate as a speaker at the Annual Conference of the Wisconsin Land Information Association in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Krause's presentation “Faster, Easier Parcel Mapping in ArcGIS 9.0” will be delivered Thursday, February 24th at 10:15 a.m. To attend an online version of the presentation, visit
Avenza Systems Inc. announces that the School of Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia has chosen the MAPublisher software for use in their cartographic lab.
The 2005 Nebraska GIS Symposium will be held May 24-26, 2005 in Lincoln, Nebraska and will feature state-of-the-art exhibits where vendors of GIS related technologies will display the latest in GIS hardware, software, analytical techniques, and services. In order to learn more about being an exhibitor or presenter at the 2005 Nebraska GIS Symposium, interested parties can access an application package and receive other symposium information by visiting
ESRI announced that it was selected by the Department of the Interior to develop the full implementation of the
Operational Portal(GOS 2). This next generation technology represents a dramatic advance not only for geographic information system (GIS) on the Internet but also for the entire geospatial field. It will provide new ways of sharing geospatial information that will help improve the
business of government
and decision making processes.
The 2006 budget request for USGS is $933.5 million and refocuses research priorities to ensure that USGS not only maintains, but also builds upon its expertise in the areas of science most needed by 's land managers and other decision makers. The budget strengthens USGS efforts in earth observation, natural hazards research and warning systems, ecosystem studies, biology, and water availability by adding $50.5 million in new funding, which is offset by redirecting $36.7 million from lower priority research activities.
"We will continue to provide timely, objective scientific information needed by 's land and water managers," said USGS Director Charles Groat. "Our 2006 budget continues our ever-growing quest for knowledge to answer 's questions by ensuring our continued ability to provide Landsat imagery of the Earth, strengthening our volcanic monitoring, and by allowing us to enhance our earthquake detection and notification systems to assist in warning U.S. residents in the event of a tsunami in the Pacific or the Caribbean."
A new study by the New Millennium Research Council, co-authored by Competitive Enterprise Institute Technology Counsel Braden Cox, entitled Not In The Public Interest - The Myth of Municipal Wi-Fi Networks, details that, among other potential difficulties, cities are focusing solely on the start-up costs of wireless broadband networks and ignoring the impact on private sector competition.
ESRI Educational Services introduces the ESRI Virtual Classroom, a new program that provides real-time instructor-led training over the Internet, giving participants a training experience without the need to travel. Advanced Techniques for Labels and Annotation, the first course in the program, will be offered March 8-10, 2005. For more information about Advanced
Techniques for Labels and Annotation and Virtual Classroom courses, visit
The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions announced that member company Air-O-Space International (a wholly owned subsidiary of GB Tech, Inc.) was announced as a finalist in the Small Innovation category for the 2005 Salute to Business and Industry Awards program. This prestigious statewide recognition program is sponsored by the Mississippi Business Journal. Companies are judged by an independent panel of business experts on their contributions to the region and leadership in their segment.
Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions announced Ordnance Survey of Great Britain has purchased Intergraph's Z/I Imaging(R) DMC(R) (Digital Mapping Camera) system to complete conversion of its photogrammetric operations into a fully digital process and increase productivity from mission planning through orthophoto and mapping production. Using the DMC, Ordnance Survey expects to enhance production processes with increased image quality, accuracy and speed, as well as to realize cost savings.
Directions Magazine announces the immediate appointment of Ms. Adena Schutzberg to the position of Executive Editor. Ms. Schutzberg will assume editorial responsibilities for technical and interactive content for all Directions Magazine's weekly publications.
Telcontar, a supplier of software and related services for Location-Based Services (LBS), announced the addition of W. Michael West as Director to its current Board of Directors. Mr. West is currently Chairman of the Board of Extreme Networks and brings over 30 years experience in growing some of Silicon Valley's most successful high-tech companies.
Sanborn CEO John Copple announced that three new employees have joined the Sanborn team. Hugh Bender, the company's new Texas Gulf regional manager, will be responsible for the success of market presence and direct client communications for customers in the Texas Gulf region of the United States. Shawn Slade, Sanborn's new West Coast regional manager, will be responsible for the success of current and future client development within California, Oregon and Washington. Joseph Stark, Sanborn's new Southeast regional manager, will be responsible for the success and development of a strong market presence and focused client relations in Tennessee, South Carolina, North
Carolina and Virginia. Based in the company's Colorado Springs office, all three employees are experienced professionals who are well known in the industry.
Ryan Euliss, Engineering Manager for Boone Electric Cooperative in Columbia, Missouri, has been elected by his peers to serve as president of the Northeast/Midwest UAI User Group.
Euliss joins vice-president Mark Stone, Utility GIS Supervisor at Springfield, IL City Water, Light and Power (CWLP) and secretary-treasurer Robert Johnston, Computer Specialist at White River Valley Electric Cooperative in Branson, MO on the NE/MW board.
Corbley Communications Inc., a public relations and marketing communications firm serving the international geospatial industry, has moved its corporate headquarters to Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. “The Washington, D.C., area is ideally located for us to better serve our geospatial clients in North America and Europe,” said Kevin Corbley, the company's owner.
LOC-AID announced that it will showcase their suite of precision location based services (LBS), LOC-AID.net, at CTIA 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana (March 14th - 16th).
LogicaCMG announced the launch of an end-to-end 'tracking and tracing' solution for mobile operators targeting enterprise customers and the public sector. The solution is based on Cambridge Positioning Systems' (CPS) positioning technology, combining close to Global Positioning System (GPS) accuracy of sub-100 metres with mobile network coverage. To date, high accuracy positioning was only possible in line of sight of satellites, however operators can now extend this level of accuracy to indoor coverage using the mobile network.
Starting this month, Cadillac will begin offering XM NavTraffic; the nation's first real-time satellite traffic information service for vehicle navigation systems. First available on the CTS, the XM NavTraffic system will provide continuously-updated traffic information in a selected city. The system will come standard in cars equipped with the DVD navigation feature.
This new technology, offered exclusively by XM Satellite Radio, is fully integrated with the vehicle's on-board GPS navigation system to display current information about traffic incidents and average traffic speed along specific roadways.
Leica Geosystems AG celebrates the 750,000th sold Leica DISTO with a special edition. The special model, limited for this occasion to 1,600 pieces, is in unmistakable Leica red. The Leica DISTO special 5 stands out through its precision, ease of use and measurement comfort.
Oy Frontbase Ltd. has released Frontbase GPS for Windows, an easy-to-use application that makes it simple to transfer data between your Garmin GPS and PC.
KOREM Inc. announces the release of Push'n'See v.4.7.1 for MapInfo MapXtreme Java Edition. KOREM's flagship product has been significantly enhanced with new capabilities and advanced features but more importantly, KOREM now releases a third extension allowing for integration of the product in a Web Services approach.
NAVTEQ, global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has reached another milestone toward offering a full coverage map of Western Europe with the completion of a full coverage map of Italy.
CPS (Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd) announced the launch of their new E-GPS (Enhanced Global Positioning System) technology - harnessing their Matrix technology to improve satellite-based location performance indoors and in busy city centers.
E-GPS brings together GPS technology, which relies on a location fix from satellites, with CPS' software-only Matrix solution that uses synchronization signals from cellular base stations.
Around the Web
Hawaii moves ahead with microwave antennae project
, by Suzanne Roig, Honolulu Advertiser -- The state and the city hope to get a microwave antenna system built on top of Koko Head by the end of the year, part of a statewide improved emergency communications system, officials said yesterday. The state says the $26 million microwave antenna system will improve emergency communications statewide. For the first time, emergency responders will be able to communicate with one another via a dedicated system.
The Washington State Department of Health announced a new Web-based interactive map listing smoke-free restaurants (including some bars and taverns) around the state. The online
, lists nearly 5,000 smoke-free eating places in Washington.
Date: February 12 - 15, 2005
Place: Wyndham Hotel and Palm Springs Convention Center , Palm Springs, CA USA
Premier event for ESRI business partners.
Date: February 13 - 16, 2005
Place: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
The conference theme, “Providing Perspective, Gaining Insight,” speaks to the effectiveness of integrated geotechnology regardless of application area. The conference program has evolved from a predominantly natural-resources focus to an event that incorporates leading-edge technological advancements, advanced modeling and analysis, as well as a forum for geospatial data initiatives and public policy.
Date: February 15 - 18, 2005
Place: Savannah, GA USA
Specialty conference jointly sponsored with URISA and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).
Date: February 28 - March 2, 2005
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
BE Meeting Prague 2005, is your regional connection to Bentley's highly recommended BE Conference 2004. BE Meetings are professional events that offer technical workshops, technology updates, keynote presentations by Bentley executives, user presentations, and a wide range of networking opportunities.
A 3-Day Summit on Internet Protocol version 6. The Summit will be in coordination with the Department of Defense's Day of IPv6. Leaders in industry, military, government, academia and research are coming together to discuss the deployment of IPv6 and the future of the "New Internet." There will also be an exhibit hall filled with cutting edge IPv6 technology.
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