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ThinkGeo Vector Maps

A sure fire necessity in GIS map creation is that you’re going to need a basemap.  Basemaps provide the canvas for your artistry; they allow for an immediate visualization of the geographical area you want your focus to be on and provide a background for the implementation of your data.

ThinkGeo’s vector maps are one of a kind. They’re fast, available online, can be cached offline and they look great too. They’re made up of vector tiles; but what exactly is a vector tile? 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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Limit Map View by Specified Boundary

Are you looking to create a custom view of your map? For example, let’s say you just want to view a specific country without its neighboring countries. A new sample has been created to help you achieve this requirement quickly. Download the new Map Suite WebForms sample and start customizing it with your own data and specific needs.

If you are a developer looking to build a GIS solution you can use Map Suite to customize this sample and many others to your liking. Continue reading

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Add Aerial Imagery to Your Mapping App!

Looking for affordable and less restrictive alternatives to mapping providers like Bing or Google Maps? Or perhaps you are building an offline application which requires offline street and aerial maps? Map Suite GIS Services includes street maps for the entire world, aerial imagery for the US and much more.

Map Suite GIS Services “Cloud Hosted” is an online solution that you can easily add to your application with a few lines of code. If you are looking for offline alternatives ThinkGeo offers imagery tiles available through a requester pays S3 Bucket that allows for caching and easy data management. Continue reading

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Using OpenStreetMap Data in Your Application

When it comes to GIS one of the biggest hurdles usually involves mapping data. Data comes in many forms, formats, licensing options from a variety of providers. Premium providers can be cost prohibitive and have strict licensing policies. The good news is the growth of OpenStreetMap.

In case you aren’t familiar with OpenStreetMap, it’s a giant crowd-sourced database of free geographic data built by users all around the world. You can even add or correct data in OpenStreetMap yourself — and if you do, it will appear on OpenStreetMap as well as under ThinkGeo’s World Map Kit Online within a couple of hours. Continue reading

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Host Your Own Offline Mapping Server

While there are several online mapping providers like Google, Bing, Esri, MapBox, and ThinkGeo’s World Map Kit Online that serve up map tiles, there are scenarios where you might want an on-premise offline mapping server.

For example, your environment might not have internet connectivity. Or, you might be concerned about the security of putting your geospatial data on the World Wide Web. With an offline solution, you can be assured that you have complete control over what is displayed on the map and the peace of mind of a locally-deployed system. Continue reading

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