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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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Map Suite Supports 3D Buildings

Do you have shapefiles with building height information or have an application in which you’d like to display building heights? Map Suite now offers new APIs that allows developers to display elevation information from shapefiles as well as the OpenStreetMap (OSM) Building data across mobile, web, and desktop apps. This can help developers make their maps more visually appealing depending on the application. New samples available via GitHub have been prepared to help you get started quickly:

Mobile:
Display 3D buildings using shapefile on Android (GitHub Sample)
Display 3D buildings using shapefile on iOS (GitHub Sample)

Desktop
Display OSM Buildings using WPF (GitHub Sample)
Display 3D buildings using shapefile on WPF (GitHub Sample)
Display 3D buildings using shapefile on WinForms (GitHub Sample)

Web
Display OSM Buildings using WebAPI (GitHub Sample)

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

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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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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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Routing with OpenStreetMap Data

What is routing? Routing refers to the process of finding the best path in a network. Most commonly, routing is used in the context of finding the shortest or fastest path from A to B. However, routing can also be applied to other networks such as gas and oil pipelines. There are several components when it comes to routing, but data is key! If you want to route you must have routable data. For detailed information about the concept of routing, take a look at this Wikipedia article. 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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