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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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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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Cluster Layer with ZedGraph

Do you have data that you would like to represent as a pie chart on a map? You can now use the latest Cluster Feature Layer sample to symbolize your column data as a pie chart. This allows the map reader to compare different sets of data visually. Additionally, charts are a great way to take your information and make it more understandable.

Take advantage of the various Map Suite APIs to create custom maps based on your specific requirement. Download code samples directly from GitHub to start creating your mapping applications. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo Launches Updated Website

We’ve rolled out an update to the ThinkGeo website that makes it easier for developers to access information related to Map Suite. Here are the improvements we made:

It’s simpler to access samples and demos. Each product page is now broken out for quick access demos and samples to quickly get started with Map Suite.
It’s easier to search. Use the new search feature to find samples, community posts, and more.

We hope the updated website allows you to quickly find information on ThinkGeo and Map Suite. 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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Running MapSuite on Mac

Are you a Mac user looking to develop a GIS app? With the latest release of Map Suite 10.0 any developer working with a Mac can now build custom GIS applications for iOS.

To get started check out this video which demonstrates how to grab a Map Suite sample from GitHub, and run it in Xamarin Studio on Mac OS. Please note, Xamarin environment is needed on the Mac for this sample, all assemblies are downloaded through NuGet automatically.

Here are several additional samples to help you get started quickly! Continue reading

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How to Quickly get Started with Map Suite 10.0!

Map Suite 10.0 is out now! The new release includes many new features and improvements. Wondering how to get started? The ThinkGeo Wiki includes a number of helpful resources, including API documentation, help guides, and more. It’s very easy to get started. You can start from getting the samples from GitHub, or start from creating a new application in your Visual Studio. Depending on the platform you are developing for take a look at the following “Getting Started” videos:

For Mobile Platforms
Map Suite Mobile for Android
Map Suite Mobile For iOS
For Desktop Platforms
Map Suite Desktop for WPF
Map Suite Desktop for WinForms
For Web Platforms
Map Suite Web for WebAPI
Map Suite Web For MVC
Map Suite Web for WebForms

Map Suite UI controls empowers developers to build amazing GIS and mapping applications across the web, desktop and mobile platforms. Continue reading

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Getting Started with Map Suite Desktop 10.0

The 10.0 release is getting closer and closer! We are putting together the final touches, working on documentation, and other useful resources. Here is a quick look at the new Map Suite Desktop for WinForms wiki page. As you can see it includes the usual help guides, but you will notice new guides for Linux deployment and licensing. In addition new help videos have been put together to help you get started quickly. Familiarize yourself with the new release and be ready once it becomes available. 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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Map Suite 10.0 – Cross Platform Support

The release of Map Suite 10.0 is right around the corner! One of the most notable features is cross platform support; the upcoming release will allow you to run some of the Map Suite products on Linux as well as Mac.

Specifically, the following Map Suite products can be used to develop on Linux through MonoDevelop:

  • Map Suite Desktop for Winforms
  • Map Suite Web for Webforms
  • Map Suite Web for WebAPI

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Map Suite Product Center 10.0 running on Ubuntu

Developers working on Mac can use the following Map Suite products to develop with Xamarin Studio:

  • Map Suite Desktop for Winforms
  • Map Suite Mobile for iOS

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Map Suite Product Center 10.0 running on Mac OS

Some features will not be available right away and may be added as we continue work towards Map Suite 11.0. Continue reading

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