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Category: World Map Kit

Introducing the ThinkGeo Cloud XYZ Server

We’re pleased to announce the release of ThinkGeo Cloud XYZ. The XYZ Tile Server is a ThinkGeo Cloud plug-in and functions as a map server serving tiles based on location, or XYZs.  It is one of the most popular ways to display and navigate maps in today’s technical environment.

ThinkGeo Cloud XYZ serves both raster and vector tiles. Our raster tiles are supported in five different map styles:

  • Light
  • Dark
  • Aerial
  • Hybrid
  • Transparent

Here is an online demo showcasing the five mentioned styles and the elevated responsiveness of our ThinkGeo Cloud XYZ Server:

A list of Github samples showcasing our variety of development platforms has been provided below.  Continue reading

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ThinkGeo’s New World Map

Our new world map is yours to experiment with.  Clicking on the image above will take you to our new World Map site. It’s faster and more responsive than ever and will be fully accessible through our World Map Kit Online or you can set your own server up and use our maps to create your own mapping project.  Our new map will be the foundation of our Map Suite Desktop, Web and Mobile product line beginning with Map Suite 11.0

Here are some features of our new map site:

  • Customize language/measurement units on the map
  • Light/Dark Mode toggle along with Aerial/Hybrid modes
  • Measure distances/areas
  • Add markers to the map
  • Share and embed the map
  • Print the map you create
  • Find your current location
  • Search for nearby places of interest
  • Rotate the map

Once our new maps are part of your Map Suite products you’ll be able to render tiles as fast as you see them rendered on our site.  Continue reading

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Professionally designed maps for your application or project from ThinkGeo experts

Besides offering our expertise and Professional Services to complete your projects; we’re always looking to modernize approaches to map building and a major component of that is the look of the map itself.

Map Suite World Streets Styles    are professionally designed map styles from ThinkGeo experts, using the Map Suite vector styling schema – StyleJSON. All are ready for your application or project.

Use the provided URL with our Map Suite VectorMap.js,  and you can easily deliver your own mapping data to any devices with rendered styles in real-time. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo as a Google Maps developer alternative

In light of recent news and changes that Google Maps is making to its developer platform it would make sense to highlight the options that ThinkGeo provides in the current online mapping environment.

With the pricing changes that Google has made, monthly usage costs (measure by load counts) will see a significant spike which could cause alarm to many small business and free websites that use Google Maps and have little no track of the usage amounts that come with that API integration. Continue reading

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SQLite Support in MapSuite Mobile

Map Suite is data agnostic and supports a number of different data formats. Map Suite for Mobile 10.0 adds native support for SQLite. SQLite offers a number of advantages as its an open format and allows developers to access data from outside of our tools. Additionally the data can be consolidated into a single file, while maintaining the ability to quickly delete unwanted data and simplifying the data analysis process.

Map Suite World Streets is a vector dataset that comes in SQLite format that allows you to easily integrate basemaps into your GIS application. Continue reading

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Using World Map Kit Explorer on Linux

As discussed in the last several blogs, one of the main features of Map Suite 10.0 is cross-platform support. In addition Map Suite 10.0 will be more publicly available and streamlined as smaller assemblies will be available via NuGet and samples can be downloaded directly via GitHub.

In 10.0 World Map Kit SDK will be known as Map Suite World Map Streets. The World Streets Vector Layer Explorer is a utility that enables you to view the SQLite World Streets data using Map Suite WinForms and provides a number of useful metrics including: render times, fetch times, total bytes drawn along with total features drawn. Continue reading

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Map Suite 10.0 – A New Way!

Here’s another sneak peek on Map Suite 10.0. In previous versions of Map Suite everything was managed via the ThinkGeo Product Center. Users acquired daily builds, download samples, etc. all via the Product Center. In Map Suite 10.0 the entire process will be more publicly available and streamlined. Here’s a brief overview:

  • The one large assembly is split up into multiple smaller assemblies and distributed via NuGet. The installation and update will be handled by NuGet; you only need to update the specific package which contains the new feature/fix.
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Designing Your Maps with Predefined Styles

Styles allow you to represent your GIS map data. They are classes which determine how each feature is represented on the map. Styles can be as simple as drawing a thin black line to represent a street to advanced heat styles that represent multiple data points as smooth color gradients.

Map Suite provides a comprehensive set of styles which will cover most mapping requirements as well as a number of predefined styles to help you get started quickly. If you find the provided styles do not cover your requirements, you can easily create your own custom styles. Continue reading

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Aerial Imagery for Your Offline Mapping App!

Building an offline application which requires aerial maps? With World Map Kit Imagery, you can now add aerial imagery for the US completely offline! This demo of World Map Kit Online will let you review the quality for both the vector and aerial imagery data.

World Map Kit Imagery offers imagery tiles through Amazon’s Requester Pays Bucket for easy data management. This dataset is composed of multiple small image files (JPEG2000) and each file covers a block of approximately 3 x 4 miles. Continue reading

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Updated: World Map Kit Data Extractor

Map Suite World Streets provides street level maps for the World and includes a utility to cut out only the part of the world you care about, allowing you to deploy a much smaller dataset. This utility was recently updated and includes a few new features:

  1. The new extractor now uses our OsmWorldMapKitLayer.dll in order to determine which tables to cut data from each ZoomLevel. This means if you only want to get data for ZoomLevels 1-10, it will only cut data for the tables that are being displayed between ZoomLevels 1-10, saving time and cutting out unnecessary data.
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