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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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Use Dot Density Styles to help Visualize Area Features

Map Suite gives you a number of styles to create thematic maps to convey your message. One of these is the dot density style which allows you to arbitrarily set dots in proportion to attribute data associated with an area. This is a simple and effective way to display your data.

Dot Density styles can only be used on area based feature layers such as Countries, States, Counties, etc. The number of dots can be based on a value in the feature data, for example you can use population so the areas with the highest population have the most dots. Continue reading

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Generate Isolines in Your Mapping Application.

Looking for another great way to help visualize your data? Isolines also knows as contour lines are a great way to visualize breaks between different groups of data such as elevation, soil properties, forest densities, well depths, or just about anything else you can imagine. Even with a limited dataset you can use interpolation to build rich isolines to help visualize your data.

You can use several different types of interpolations models including the 5 Kriging methods (Circular, Exponential, Gaussian, Linear, and Spherical) or Inverted Distance Weighting in Map Suite. Continue reading

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Use the Map Suite GIS Editor to View, Edit and Create Mapping/GIS Data

The Map Suite GIS Editor lets you design stunning maps, perform geo-analysis and visualize your data. Powerful enough for professional GIS technicians yet accessible enough for nearly anyone who needs to create a map, the GIS Editor is designed as a single-application solution to all of your GIS visualization needs.

You Can Use the Map Suite GIS Editor to:

• Visualize data, statistics and trends geographically
• Design, style and label rich and detailed maps
• Integrate data from a variety of sources, including Web Map Services
• See the data attributes contained within your data
• Draw right on the map, edit and create feature data
• Analyze and geoprocess your data
• Re-project your map data
• Create custom scripts in Ruby, Python, and C#
• Make your maps publication-ready with titles, legends and annotations

The GIS Editor is a free open source GIS tool. 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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