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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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Map Suite Supports Real Time Traffic

Map Suite now allows developers to add real time traffic support to their GIS app. A new sample has been created which shows how to quickly take advantage of this new feature. It is supported in the core which means it can be used across the main ThinkGeo products such as Map Suite Web, WebAPI, MVC, Winforms, and WPF Editions.

In order to use this feature developers must have a developer account with HERE. A 90-day free trial is available. Continue reading

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Using Legends in Map Suite

To help the reader better interpret maps, developers should consider adding legends to their GIS apps. The AdornmentLayer APIs in Map Suite helps developers enhance their maps with legends, titles, directional arrows, logos, scale bars and other elements which helps the reader better understand the message the map is trying to convey. Adornments are in a fixed position, regardless of panning and can be added to your digital map or carried over to the print map. Map Suite’s extensibility also allows developers to extend the AdornmentLayer to create custom adornments if necessary. Continue reading

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Using Visual Studio Templates to get started with Map Suite

You can quickly get started with Map Suite by using one of the extensions from Visual Studio Marketplace. You can find templates from within Visual Studio or on the web by searching for “ThinkGeo” or “MapSuite”. These can be easily installed with just a few clicks.

The latest Visual Studio templates are available for all Map Suite UI controls, including WebAPI, iOS, Android, Desktop (WinForms), Desktop (WPF), Web (WebForms) and MVC Editions. The templates will run on Visual Studio 2015 and 2017. Continue reading

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Reducing Datasets for Offline GIS Applications

Do you have a GIS application that requires little data deployment? Map Suite offers utilities which allows you to extract data to create smaller data subsets. These utilities can be used to create smaller basemaps and geocoding datasets to streamline your deployments.

The Geocoder Data Reducer allows you to generate a new smaller geocoder index based on specific US states. You specify the directory of the full data and select the states you want to reduce the complete dataset to.

For your basemaps you can use the World Map Kit Data Extractor which allows you to produce new smaller subsets from the World Map Kit SQLite master database. Continue reading

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