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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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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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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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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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Draw and Edit Shapes within Your Application

Do you have existing data that needs editing? Or perhaps you want to create new mapping data? Map Suite is a powerful tool that allows developers and end users to create new or edit existing shapes and features. There are several scenarios in which you may have to create new or edit existing data.

Let’s say a road has been extended, a farmer acquired an adjacent field, a building has been expanded, a school district has changed its boundaries, etc.; you can use the APIs and tools in order to make the necessary changes to the data. 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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