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OpenLayers Editor Released

Here is a press release from the geOps website :

geOps releases the source code of OpenLayers Editor under a FreeBSD license. OpenLayers Editor offers a toolbar for precise and efficient editing of geodata in the browser.

OLE DEMO.

OpenLayers Editor is an easy to use JavaScript library that brings geodata digitizing functions to the browser. Besides basic capturing of point, line and polygon data, OpenLayers Editor supports the upload of shape files, snapping, merging, splitting and validation of geometries.

OpenLayers Mobile Examples

Announced on the OpenLayers Users email list : 

"It is now possible to visit the Mobile Examples for OpenLayers directly by going to:

 http://m.openlayers.org/

-- Chris"

Swinglet CAM High Resolution Autonomous Flying Camera

For those interesting in capturing your own aerial imagery, check out the review and video of the Swinglet CAM. Here is a brief summary from gizmag : "With the help of the Swinglet CAM you can create your very own local aerial map a la Google Maps, or monitor wildlife distribution in a given area, or maybe just get a feel for what's going on in the neighborhood. The small, unmanned aerial vehicle can take off and land on its own and its integrated camera will snap high resolution images along a predetermined flightpath or as directed by remote control."

Bing Maps Launches V7 Of The AJAX Map Control

Over on the Bing Maps blog, there is an announcement of the launch of a couple of new items regarding Microsoft's map offering. From the article, the following were the highlights. The V7 ajax control was launched, the left-rail was redesigned, and there is now broader access to Map Apps and StreetSide. Head on over to the blog for a detailed explanation of each of those.

Bing Maps Discontinues 3D Plugin And Birds Eye Improvements

The Bing maps blog has a couple of major news items up on their blog today. The first being their enhancements to their birds eye view technology. Primarily updating it so that it's available without resorting to the use of Silverlight. Perhaps this has something to do with Microsoft "shifting their strategy" on Silverlight and focusing more on HTML 5. Looks like the days of Silverlight are numbered. Secondly, Bing Maps 3D will no longer be supported. Not that it has been supported much for the past year or two. Which explains why the Google Earth plugin has leapfrogged their viewer in every which way possible. This is just them officially saying that they will be dropping support for it. So read the articles if you want more details.

Germans Opt Out Of Street View And Google Ditches Wifi Scanning

Cnet news has two articles up updating us on Google's streetview woes, and nearly 3% of Germans opting out of it. First is a summary of the home blurring process. The second provides an update on Google's latest decision not to use wifi scanning at all in their streetview cars but rather rely on user handsets (thinking Android).

China Launches Map World

Via the Ogle Earth blog, it's a 2D web map with the option to go 3D. From the Ogle Earth summary: "China's State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping today released their long-anticipated web-based mapping tool, Map World (天地图), Reuters reports. it's located at http://www.tianditu.cn/ and you can give it a go right now; it's in Chinese only but the controls are intuitive enough."

The State of Mapping APIs, 5 Years On

Published earlier today, and currently in discussion on slashdot. Here is their summary : "Map APIs took off in 2005, and during the ensuing years the whole notion of maps has changed. Where once they were slick add-ons, map functionality is now a necessary — and expected — tool. In this piece, Adam DuVander looks at the current state of mapping and he explains how mobile devices, third-party services and ease of use are shaping the map development world."

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