Via APB I learned about the public preview of Microsoft's project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel, which delivers 3D data visualization and storytelling. Considering the dominance of Microsoft Excel in multiple sectors, it may become a popular mapping tool.
From their Excel blog announcement: "GeoFlow lets you plot geographic and temporal data visually, analyze that data in 3D, and create interactive "tours" to share with others. [...] With GeoFlow, you can:
Related, Esri Maps for [Microsoft] Office 2.0 was released earlier this month.
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
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Spring is here, time to get outside and enjoy the warm weather! Pixeostar has released a new location based GPS mapping app, called Blipp, that is great for the outdoors! This free app allows you to mark your memorable moments on a map and share them with Facebook friends. Imagine you are hiking up a mountain and you get a notification that 3 years ago your best friend was engaged there – how cool! From big events like weddings to smaller ones like catching your first fish, if it’s important to you, you can share it with Blipp. Sharing life’s events with friends is important, and sharing them on an interactive map makes it even more special - it’s a great way to stay connected.
To help promote Blipp we decided to run a contest. Check out official rules here: http://www.blippapp.com/contest/
At the end of the contest (April 30th) we will randomly select 1 entry and that winner will receive a Garmin Handheld GPS .
Please download the app here:
Open Jump 1.6.1 released on 12 April 2013!!!
Great lightweight PostGIS geom viewer. Now can write back to PostGIS too!
Version 1.6.0 New Features
Jump, jump everybody jump.
Here's the recent Google-related geonews.
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The gvSIG Association announces the publishing of the gvSIG 2.0 final version . The main novelty of this version is its new architecture. The way gvSIG manage the data sources has been redesigned with the objective of improving the reliability as well as the modularity, benefiting the users as well as the developers. Besides it permits an easier maintenance and evolution of the technology. Therefore it has been an investment in the future with the aim of not limiting the technological evolution and establish the bases for a quick evolution.
However this new gvSIG Desktop version includes a series of new features:
Nevertheless it's the last version of gvSIG, it has to be taken into account that it's really a new gvSIG, so you will find that some of the gvSIG 1.12 functionalities are not included. These functionalities will be included in following and continuous updates according to their migration to the new architecture. The main functionalities that are not included are the following:
In the same way, there are several projects based on this new architecture that will allow to include new functionalities and improvements directly in gvSIG 2.0 in the next months.
Also it has to be taken into account that the level of stability of this new version is not as high as we would have wished, considering it a final version in order to be used by the community in an official way, and mainly to tackle the new developments on it.
For that, we encourage you to test it and send us any errors in order to fix them in the following updates. The known errors of this version can be consulted in .
From this version, several mirrors are now available to download the packages from gvSIG. These mirrors will be available within a few days.
We hope you enjoy the new features of this version and you help us to improve it.
A story discussed over Slashdot during the weekend, named DARPA Develops Non-GPS Navigation Chip.
Their summary: "The Global Positioning System (GPS) has proved a boon for those with a bad sense of direction, but the satellite-based system isn't without its shortcomings. Something as simple as going indoors or entering a tunnel can render the system useless. That might be inconvenient for civilians, but it's potentially disastrous to military users, for whom the system was originally built. DARPA is addressing such concerns with the development of a self-sufficient navigation system that can aid navigation when GPS is temporarily unavailable."
That's the name of a story discussed over Slashdot, Iran Plans To Launch an 'Islamic Google Earth'. This is nothing new to our readers, we mentioned Iran's Basir initiative in 2011. Iran is also not alone, with China and India amongst others that built or wanted to build Google Earth alternatives.
Their summary: "The Iranian authorities have long accused Google Earth of being a tool for western spy agencies, but now they have taken their attacks on the 3D mapping service one step further — by planning the launch of an 'Islamic' competitor. ... The minister, however, gave little information on what he meant by an Islamic 3D map. 'We are developing this service with the Islamic views we have in Iran and we will put a kind of information on our website that would take people of the world towards reality Our values in Iran are the values of God and this would be the difference between Basir and the Google Earth, which belongs to the ominous triangle of the U.S., England and the Zionists [a reference to Israel].' Experts, however, have serious doubts about the project. An IT consultant who has worked on Iran's national internet project in the past said the announcement was merely an excuse to obtain funds and secure working contracts for the future. 'They have claimed to run their service in four months and said their data centre capacity will reach Google's size in three years,' he said. 'Three-year project, no business model and only relying on government funding, a piece of cake indeed To have a data centre with such capacity and security level they need power stations, cooler systems, bandwidth, etc, which will require billions of dollars of investment that doesn't fit with Iran's sanctions-hit economy.'"
Slashdot discusses a story named OpenWLANMap: Free WLAN-Based GPS Replacement. I don't think we mentioned OpenWLANMap.org before, but we did mention MAC address mapping. Here's the OpenWLANMap.org website.
The Slashdot summary: "There are a couple of commercial products which can tell you where you are by the MAC addresses of access points in your neighbourhood. E.g. the iphone uses a system like this. There's now an open offering for this: OpenWLANMap. With this website, you can enter your access point mac address with your GPS location and then others can use that to navigate. There is also an app for your mobile which automatically enters this data, and you can upload data from e.g. Airomap and other wardriving applications."
Here's the recent geonews in batch mode.
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