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Month: June 2016

Microsoft Releases Version 1.0 of .NET Core

ThinkGeo is excited to learn that Microsoft has announced the launch of .NET Core 1.0. We are hopeful this will make cross platform development on Linux and the Mac much easier in the future for .NET developers. We will be evaluating this new technology along with the improvements in Xamarin to enhance our current Map Suite offerings for easier cross platform development. Moreover, .NET Core is open source, allowing developers to build their applications as well as improve the platform for specific needs. Continue reading

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Reducing Datasets for Offline GIS Applications

Do you have a GIS application that requires little data deployment? Map Suite offers utilities which allows you to extract data to create smaller data subsets. These utilities can be used to create smaller basemaps and geocoding datasets to streamline your deployments.

The Geocoder Data Reducer allows you to generate a new smaller geocoder index based on specific US states. You specify the directory of the full data and select the states you want to reduce the complete dataset to.

For your basemaps you can use the World Map Kit Data Extractor which allows you to produce new smaller subsets from the World Map Kit SQLite master database. Continue reading

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Display KML & other GIS data Formats

With Map Suite, you’re not limited to a handful of proprietary or arcane data formats. In fact, it supports a number of popular GIS file formats, from file-based, to image-based and even spatial databases. For a complete list of supported formats visit the Map Suite Data Format Guide. Don’t see a specific format? Map Suite’s flexible API allows you to integrate your own custom data format.

Beginning with Map Suite 8.0 KML became a natively-supported format across all Map Suite Editions. Continue reading

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What are Buffers in GIS?

Buffers are used to expand the bounding region of the features in a layer. This creates a “zone” around the features at a specified maximum distance from all the vertices of the features. Buffering is useful for proximity analysis. For example, it could be used to help determine which areas may need assistance within a disaster zone or a city may need to find parcels that are adjacent to land plots to notify its citizens of upcoming constructions or zoning law changes. Continue reading

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Cluster Points to Simplify Your Maps

Do you have large amounts of data you want to display on your map? If so, it’s probably not a good idea to display them at the same time as it would clutter your map, making it difficult to understand. Clustering the points at higher zoom levels will help you convey your message and make the map more readable. It groups together various features into one symbol that you can customize and label based on your specific requirements. To better understand clustering go to the WebAPI demo here and click on the “Cluster Style” demo under the style list. Continue reading

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