Map Suite

ThinkGeo Releases Map Suite 7.0 Native to the .NET 4.0 Framework with Enhanced Geometry Functions, Raster Reprojection, FileGeodatabase Support, and Many Other New Features

Frisco, TX — ThinkGeo has released version 7.0 of Map Suite, its full line of GIS software components for .NET developers. This major upgrade refreshes ThinkGeo's entire product line with a wide variety of enhancements that were requested by the Map Suite community. It includes many new features, bug fixes and stability improvements all native to the .NET 4.0 Framework.

Version 7.0 includes enhancements to geometric functions resulting in increased processing speeds, accuracy, and reliability. Map Suite users will now be able to take advantage of FileGeodatabase, Raster Reprojection, and WMTS support. Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition 7.0 also includes significant improvements in speed and memory usage of its TrackInteractiveOverlay and EditInteractiveOverlay resulting in better performance. Map Suite Geocoder 7.0 can be used with multithreading and includes the latest Tiger 2012 data. Additionally, Map Suite Routing offers API improvements leading to better performance.

Other notable enhancements in the Map Suite 7.0 release include integration and performance improvements for the OracleFeatureLayer and Ms2008SqlServerFeatureSource throughout all Map Suite controls and components. Beyond that, a variety of bug fixes and stability developments have been implemented across the Map Suite GIS product range. Complete change logs are available at the ThinkGeo Wiki, the company's official online source for Map Suite documentation, reference and learning material. The 7.0 update includes new builds of all of Map Suite's major editions, including Desktop, Web, MVC, WPF Desktop, Silverlight and Services Editions, as well as the Map Suite Geocoder, Map Suite Routing and other Map Suite extensions.

ThinkGeo's next major milestone of Map Suite, version 8.0, is set for May of 2014, but developers can expect to start seeing and testing beta features from that release in advance via the daily builds. GIS professionals who wish to request specific features or enhancements for the next revision of Map Suite are encouraged to visit ThinkGeo's Enhancement Tracker, where they can vote on their favorite enhancement ideas and suggest new ones directly to Map Suite's development team.

For more information about Map Suite, or to download a free 60-day evaluation of any Map Suite 7.0 product, visit ThinkGeo's website at http://thinkgeo.com. New users and existing users alike can discuss and get help with their Map Suite applications at ThinkGeo's official Discussion Forums at http://thinkgeo.com/forums/.

ThinkGeo is an industry leader in GIS mapping components, software and customizable GPS tracking solutions. The company offers a wide variety of high-quality geospatial products for software development, asset tracking and much more. They have clients from a wide base of industries ranging from agriculture to aerospace. For more information about ThinkGeo products or professional services, visit www.thinkgeo.com or contact a ThinkGeo sales representative at [email protected] or (866) 847-7510.

ThinkGeo Releases New GIS Editor Application for Visualizing, Editing, Creating and Analyzing Geographic Data

 

Frisco, TX – ThinkGeo has launched their new Map Suite GIS Editor application, designed for Geographic Information System professionals who need an easy way to create, visualize, edit and analyze spatial data.  The GIS Editor, now available to the public as a free download, makes GIS more accessible to a broader range of users with varying degrees of experience, and does so at a lower cost than competing products.  It allows users to create and edit maps using a wide variety of spatial data in industry-standard formats, making it a valuable tool in an increasing number of industries and market segments.

When developing the Map Suite GIS Editor, ThinkGeo focused on a wide array of common GIS features and sought to provide them in an easy-to-use way.  The centerpieces of the application are the familiar ribbon bar, the ability to create multiple maps inside of one project, and the unique Style Builder which makes crafting professional-looking maps easier than ever.   The GIS Editor’s intuitive user interface provides quick access to a wide variety of tools without burdening the user with cryptic menus or stacks of mosaic-like toolbars.  The result is that GIS users of nearly any skill or experience level can find their way around the GIS Editor with ease.

For the end user, ThinkGeo has provided the GIS Editor Wiki, a growing source of documentation, walkthrough videos and sample projects aimed at helping new users get started quickly.  Numerous support channels are also available, including an online discussion forum monitored by ThinkGeo’s staff.

ThinkGeo is offering the Map Suite GIS Editor as subscription-based software, providing a significantly lower cost of entry and enabling occasional users to pay only for the time they need to use the application.  A free, fully-functional 14 day evaluation is offered to all users, who can then sign up to continue using the GIS Editor for as little as $49.95 per month or $495.00 per year.  Subscriptions can be canceled at any time and with no questions asked, simply by visiting a web site.  Bulk licenses will also be made available for businesses and multi-user organizations.

The Map Suite GIS Editor is currently offered as a beta version, meaning that it is still undergoing fine-tuning and performance tweaks, but that major work on the software has been completed and tested.  Users are encouraged to offer their opinions of the application in the official discussion forum, and to submit specific requests for new features or improvements to the ThinkGeo Enhancement Tracker.

ThinkGeo is an industry leader in Geographic Information Systems and tools for GIS professionals.  With a full suite of GIS applications, software development controls and asset tracking solutions, ThinkGeo provides spatial solutions to clients from a wide base of industries ranging from agriculture to aerospace.  For more information about ThinkGeo’s GIS products or professional services, visit www.thinkgeo.com or contact a ThinkGeo sales representative at [email protected] or (866) 847-7510. 

ThinkGeo Releases Map Suite 6.0 with Faster Performance, Google Traffic and Street View, Many Other New Features

Frisco, TX – ThinkGeo has released version 6.0 of Map Suite, its full line of GIS software components for .NET developers.  This major upgrade refreshes ThinkGeo's entire product line with a wide variety of enhancements that were requested by the Map Suite user base, including some very important performance improvements.  Numerous bug fixes and stability improvements also contribute to making Map Suite 6.0 one of the company's most significant releases.

In addition to focusing on increasing map rendering speeds and improving memory utilization, ThinkGeo has continued to make the GIS development experience more robust for .NET developers.  Version 6.0 of each Map Suite control includes enhanced XML serialization, a new Code Generator that creates source code from objects, more flexible label formatting and support for layer transparency.  Users of Map Suite Web Edition and MVC Edition can take advantage of integrated Google Traffic and Street View.  ThinkGeo has also fulfilled the wishes of its longtime user base by adding popular customer suggestions, such as support for WMS 1.3.0, the latest versions of MrSid and ECW imagery, and Out-Of-Browser support when using Map Suite Silverlight Edition.

Map Suite Desktop Edition 6.0 is also the first of ThinkGeo's .NET controls to feature full support for the company's own TinyGeo vector data format, which was purpose-built in response to requests from their customers.  TinyGeo files offer numerous advantages over Shapefiles, including secure encryption, on-the-fly decompression, and distribution as a single file.

Other noteworthy enhancements in the Map Suite 6.0 release include improved Bing Maps performance in Silverlight Edition, support for MapQuest in Map Suite Web Edition, and new vector-based map legends for high quality printing.  Beyond that, a variety of bug fixes and stability improvements have been added throughout the Map Suite GIS product range.  Complete change logs are available at the ThinkGeo Wiki (http://wiki.thinkgeo.com), the company's official online source for Map Suite documentation, reference and learning material.  The 6.0 update includes new builds of all of Map Suite's major editions, including Desktop, Web, MVC, WPF Desktop, Silverlight, Windows Phone, Services and WMS Server Editions, as well as the Map Suite Geocoder, World Map Kit and other Map Suite extensions.

ThinkGeo has also announced a change to their release strategy, moving from a twice-yearly release cycle to an annual release cycle, and focusing more on delivering interim bug fixes and new features via their "daily build" system.  Developers will be able to receive fixes and enhancements between annual releases by simply downloading differential updates for their Map Suite products.  Often, minor fixes and enhancements can be in the hands of developers just days after they request them.

The new Map Suite release plan puts ThinkGeo on track to unveil the next major milestone of Map Suite, version 7.0, in May of 2013, but developers can expect to start seeing (and testing) beta features from that release several months in advance via the daily builds.  GIS professionals who wish to request specific features or enhancements for the next revision of Map Suite are encouraged to visit ThinkGeo's Enhancement Tracker at http://helpdesk.thinkgeo.com/EnhancementTracker, where they can vote on their favorite enhancement ideas and suggest new ones directly to Map Suite's development team.

For more information about Map Suite, or to download a free 60-day evaluation of any Map Suite 6.0 product, visit ThinkGeo's website at http://gis.thinkgeo.com.  New users and existing users alike can discuss and get help with their Map Suite applications at ThinkGeo's official Discussion Forums at http://gis.thinkgeo.com/forums.

ThinkGeo is an industry leader in GIS mapping components and customizable GPS tracking solutions.  The company offers a wide variety of high-quality geospatial products for software development, asset tracking and much more.  They have clients from a wide base of industries ranging from agriculture to aerospace.  For more information about ThinkGeo products or professional services, visit www.thinkgeo.com or contact a ThinkGeo sales representative at [email protected] or (866) 847-7510.

Map Suite GIS Software Now Integrates with Amazon's DynamoDB Cloud Database Technology

ThinkGeo has announced on their blog that they have created an extension for their Map Suite GIS software that allows users to store, edit and access spatial information in the cloud via Amazon's DynanoDB cloud database technology.  The Map Suite DynamoDB Extension is currently offered as a community technology preview that works with any of the company's various Map Suite GIS software controls.

Amazon's DynamoDB database system is an innovative way to greatly reduce the cost and complexity of setting up a traditional SQL-based database for spatial data storage.  It's innately scalable and offers high performance, plus the cloud-based model means that data stored there can be easily updated and consumed from anyplace.  DynamoDB also obviates the need to set up your own dedicated hardware for serving databases or purchase licenses for database systems like Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle Server.

In addition to the Map Suite DynamoDB Extension and a bundled sample application which demonstrates it, ThinkGeo has also put up a video on YouTube that describes Amazon's DynamoDB system and walks developers through the extension.

ThinkGeo Targets Mobile GIS App Developers with Their New Map Suite MVC Edition

Frisco, TX – ThinkGeo has launched their new Map Suite MVC Edition software control, designed for .NET developers who need to create web-based GIS (Geographic Information System) applications.  Built upon the successful Map Suite GIS engine, MVC Edition is the first Map Suite control to be designed for the ASP.NET MVC framework, making it possible for developers to easily target mobile and touch-based devices and deliver GIS web apps across a wide variety of platforms.

Map Suite MVC Edition offers many performance and flexibility advantages to web developers when compared to the traditional Web Forms approach.  Perhaps most importantly, it gives developers full control over their web app’s presentation, allowing them deliver apps to touch-based mobile devices such as phones and tablets with much greater ease, using technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 and JavaScript libraries like jQuery.  GIS development with Map Suite MVC Edition will also result in better-performing applications, providing a client-optimized experience that removes much of the overhead associated with traditional ASP.NET Web Forms.

Additionally, the Model/View/Controller architecture of Map Suite MVC Edition means that development team members can easily work on separate parts of the application simultaneously, getting more done in less time.  And MVC Edition projects are easier to test, with the MVC model enabling independent and automated unit testing at each functional part of the operation flow.

Like the other products in ThinkGeo’s Map Suite line, Map Suite MVC Edition gives both developers and their customers access to a host of professional GIS features, including spatial queries, projections, geoprocessing, shape drawing/editing, thematic rendering, robust styling and labeling, and much more.  The majority of these features are available to client applications on full desktop-based browsers and on touch-based mobile devices alike.

Map Suite MVC Edition ships with over 100 mobile-friendly sample applications, designed to highlight the features, functionality and scalability of web apps you can build with the product.  MVC Edition’s sample apps are also available online at http://mvcsamples.thinkgeo.com, featuring a responsive web design that can be easily browsed on a mobile phone or tablet.

Map Suite MVC Edition is currently available as a public beta and can be purchased online from ThinkGeo’s web store at http://gis.thinkgeo.com/store/.  Free 60-day evaluations are also available for download from ThinkGeo’s web site.  Customers who purchase the beta version will receive a free upgrade to the final release version.

ThinkGeo is an industry leader in GIS mapping components and customizable GPS tracking solutions.  The company offers a wide variety of high-quality geospatial products for software development, asset tracking and much more.  They have clients from a wide base of industries ranging from agriculture to aerospace.  For more information about ThinkGeo products or professional services, visit www.thinkgeo.com or contact a ThinkGeo sales representative at [email protected] or (866) 847-7510.

ThinkGeo Releases Map Suite 5.5 with Robust Printing, Contour Lines and Stability Improvements

Frisco, TX – ThinkGeo has released version 5.5 of Map Suite, its full line of GIS software components for .NET developers.  This major milestone refresh introduces two important new features: a robust map printing and page layout system, and support for generating visually stunning contour lines (also known as isolines).  A wide variety of bug fixes and stability improvements round out the 5.5 release of Map Suite.

With Map Suite’s new printing system, .NET software developers can use the Map Suite GIS controls and components to add robust map printing capabilities to their GIS applications.  Map Suite 5.5’s new PrinterLayer can programmatically prepare and print attractive page layouts containing not only high-resolution maps, but also images, labels and titles, scale bars and lines, north arrows and data grids.  In addition, Map Suite Desktop and WPF Desktop Editions have the added bonus of the PrinterInteractiveOverlay, which allows the end user to assemble their own custom page layout using a graphical user interface.  Either way, the end product can either be printed, exported to a PDF document or a raster image file.

Contour lines (also known as isolines) are also new to Map Suite 5.5 and offer a compelling way to visualize breaks between different groups of data – such as elevation levels, soil properties and much more.  All editions of Map Suite now have the ability to generate contour line maps either dynamically or via a set of input data.

Both the new printing and contour line features are supplemented with sample code available on the ThinkGeo Wiki (http://wiki.thinkgeo.com) and 30-minute instructional videos narrated by David Rehagen, Map Suite’s Chief Architect.

Other noteworthy enhancements in the Map Suite 5.5 release include a high-performance rewrite of the Bing™ Maps overlay (which also now includes support for Bing Maps Enterprise Keys), the ability to download tiles from a WMS layer simultaneously instead of serially in Map Suite Web Edition, an update to the latest address data in Map Suite Geocoder, and an overhauled routing API for improved performance in the Map Suite Routing Extension.  Beyond that, a variety of bug fixes and stability improvements have been added throughout the Map Suite GIS product range.  Complete change logs are available at the ThinkGeo Wiki (http://wiki.thinkgeo.com), the company’s official online source for Map Suite documentation, reference and learning material.  The 5.5 update includes new builds of all of Map Suite’s major editions, including Desktop, Web, Silverlight, WPF Desktop, Services and WMS Server Editions, as well as the Map Suite Geocoder, World Map Kit and other Map Suite extensions.

ThinkGeo has also announced plans to release special “daily builds” of each Map Suite product in the coming weeks, which will introduce several new features that did not make it into the final Map Suite 5.5 release.  Developers will be able to test these new capabilities, which include memory usage and drawing speed improvements, support for the latest versions of MrSid and ECW files, and XML serialization for storing layers, styles and much more across different Map Suite versions.

ThinkGeo’s biannual release plan puts them on track to unveil the next major milestone of Map Suite, version 6.0, in May of 2012.  GIS professionals who wish to request specific features or enhancements for the next revision of Map Suite are encouraged to visit ThinkGeo’s Enhancement Tracker at http://helpdesk.thinkgeo.com/EnhancementTracker, where they can vote on their favorite enhancement ideas and suggest new ones directly to Map Suite’s development team.

For more information about Map Suite, or to download a free 60-day evaluation of any Map Suite 5.5 product, visit ThinkGeo’s website at http://gis.thinkgeo.com.  New users and existing users alike can discuss and get help with their Map Suite applications at ThinkGeo’s official Discussion Forums at http://gis.thinkgeo.com/forums.

ThinkGeo is an industry leader in GIS mapping components and customizable GPS tracking solutions.  The company offers a wide variety of high-quality geospatial products for software development, asset tracking and much more.  They have clients from a wide base of industries ranging from agriculture to aerospace.  For more information about ThinkGeo products or professional services, visit www.thinkgeo.com or contact a ThinkGeo sales representative at [email protected] or (866) 847-7510.

ThinkGeo Deploys Map Suite 5.0, Asks For Community Input on Enhancements

ThinkGeo has updated all of the products in their Map Suite line this month to version 5.0 and has included a variety of new features, many of which are aimed at making their GIS software suite compatible with a wider range of data types, including TAB and projection metadata (PRJ). There's also built-in support for Bing Maps in every product, and the Map Suite Web Edition product gets upgraded to OpenLayers 2.10 and Google Maps API version 3. The full release details have been posted on ThinkGeo's developer blog.

The company has also invited the community to submit and vote on suggestions for enhancements to future releases of Map Suite, for which they have set up a site called the ThinkGeo Enhancement Tracker. You don't have to log in or anything, so it's easy to head over there and vote on stuff you think Map Suite needs.

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