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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’s 2019 U.S. Retail Closings Map & How We Built It

We notice the empty storefronts on our commutes and weekends out and about.  The names and numbers continue to mount. Some marquee U.S. retail franchises are in the midst of a mass-scale disappearing act.  The retail business hit record revenues in 2018 so some may ask why the record high store closures?  Economists have pinned the blame on over extending and over expanding the realistic shopper base and in some cases over-inundating some major metropolitan areas with franchises. Another obvious trend is the takeover of online shopping and the convenience of pressing buttons at home versus roaming the wild for goods. Continue reading

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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 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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Add Background Maps through Map Suite WPF

We’ve recently created a sample that allows developers to interchange popular base maps as their background while using Map Suite WPF.

Download the code sample from GitHub here to start your journey. You can also use the code to customize your existing application.

This Map Suite sample includes the following maps as background options:

• World Streets Map
• Open Streets Map
• Bing Maps
• Google Maps

We’re looking forward to an exciting year at ThinkGeo and can’t wait to share all that we have in store. 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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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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Managing Your World Map Kit Data

Map Suite makes it easy to integrate worldwide street level basemaps into your application by providing all of the C# source code for rendering the map tiles and over 150GB+ dataset in both SQLite and PostgreSQL formats. Managing such large datasets can be quite a task! With the release of World Map Kit SDK, a utility to cut out only the part of the world you care about was also introduced, allowing you to deploy smaller datasets. However, managing all the data and layers can still be a challenge. Continue reading

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