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ThinkGeo’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Live Map

ThinkGeo’s COVID-19 map

Since it’s original outbreak late last year; originating in Wuhan, China; the novel Coronavirus has escalated into a “public health emergency” as stated by the WHO (World Health Organization). Mapping epidemics and adding visual details can help greatly in understanding and locating the spread and epicenters of viruses like COVID-19. Our team used ThinkGeo Vector Maps and styling combined with WHO and CNO based data to generate our Live Map which you can use for daily Coronavirus updates. Continue reading

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Restoring OpenStreetMapLayer Functionality in ThinkGeo UI

Are you using the ThinkGeo UI OpenStreetMapLayer in your application and experiencing problems with map tiles not loading? This may be due to recent changes on OpenStreetMap’s side in which they are more strictly enforcing their Tile Usage Policy. This policy requires (among other things) that any application consuming tiles from OpenStreetMap’s servers must identify itself with a valid HTTP User-Agent. By default, ThinkGeo’s OpenStreetMapLayer does not specify a User-Agent, but you can (and should) set one yourself.

No matter which edition of ThinkGeo UI you are using, you can specify your own User-Agent on each tile request by handling the OpenStreetMapLayer’s SendingWebRequest event. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo Route Optimization solves the Traveling Salesman Problem

ThinkGeo Cloud Routing has kicked off the new year with the addition of the Route Optimization service, which introduces the ability to tackle the Traveling Salesman Problem or TSP as it’s commonly known.

TSP functionality allows Cloud users to generate the most efficient route that visits multiple predetermined locations on a trip. Route optimization is an integral component in several applications ranging from business logistics to micro-level reporting and analysis. ThinkGeo’s new endpoint allows for users to plug in up to 25 waypoints for route optimization and also features selectable round-trip routing, giving you the most efficient way to hit all your stops and then make it back to your starting point. Continue reading

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Make a Web Mapping App with Routing and Place Search: Tutorial

“We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there”; an excerpt from Jerry Reed’s classic record “Eastbound and Down”. Within those lyrics resides a deeper story of managing time and distance across the roads of America. There were no data hubs in Jerry’s days of trucking and fleet management. There were no ways of saving time beyond those that could be thought up on a whim.

The infrastructure now is much different of course. In today’s world, knowing the road that lies ahead is essential for business efficiency across several industries. Continue reading

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Applying a Directional Styling in a WPF Application

This ThinkGeo WPF ApplyDirectionPointStyleForLineStyle functionality for .NET Core will guide you through drawing lineStyles in the form of directional arrows on a map. The direction Point can be an image or a glyph, it not only rotates the icon across the angle of the road, but also provides a way to customize the rotation of the direction point. The arrows highlighted in the red circle in the following screenshot are customized based on the line’s attributes. This sample supports ThinkGeo UI for WPF version 12.0 Continue reading

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Using “ClassBreak” styling to create dynamic maps

In this project you will see how to use the ClassBreakStyle to group and render features by values. ClassBreakStyle is a useful technique as it allows you to group various features by the specified values, then applies differently style to the feature groups. One of the first steps in creating an interactive map that highlights different classes of data is creating unique iconography to translate that onto the map.

For a hands-on demo of the code please visit the ThinkGeo Github page and download the sample today. Continue reading

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Using WPF “TextStyling” with ThinkGeo UI

When you think of displaying points on a map, usually you think of representing them with symbols or icons. ThinkGeo’s PointStyle class is typically employed here, but what if you have a font containing symbols you want to use? In our ThinkGeo’s latest sample available on GitHub, we demonstrate how to do exactly that, using the TextStyle class instead of PointStyle. For the symbol font, we’re using our own Map Icons Web Font which you can download and use freely in your applications, or you can load your own custom .ttf Continue reading

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Video Spotlight: Getting Started with ThinkGeo UI 12 & WPF

ThinkGeo UI WPF for .NET Core takes GIS application development for the Windows desktop to a whole new level, with a .NET Core-native control that packs the full power of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). With blazing fast rendering performance, powerful mapping features and support for the most popular data formats, ThinkGeo UI Desktop WPF for .NET Core makes GIS accessible to developers of any skill.

In this video, we’ll walk you through how to create an interactive map in a WPF desktop application using ThinkGeo UI Desktop for WPF. Continue reading

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Video Spotlight: Getting Started with ThinkGeo UI 12 & Blazor

With the release of ThinkGeo UI 12, we’ve had a lot of interest in the new Blazor map component introduced with it. Today we’re offering a look at how to add a map to your Blazor web application in just a few lines of code.

Part 1 of our ThinkGeo UI Blazor video series walks you through adding a ThinkGeo Cloud base map to your Blazor app using Visual Studio Code on MacOS.

Following on from there, we’ll show you how to overlay a ShapeFile feature layer on top of your base map and apply a style to it. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo UI 12 Arrives with .NET Core 3.0 & Blazor Support

ThinkGeo and .NET Core, together at last!

Say hello to the all-new ThinkGeo UI 12.  Powered by .NET Core 3.0, our new map controls are modern, cross-platform, fast, and packed with features like Blazor support and cloud integration.  Our full suite of ThinkGeo UI 12 products is available right now — read on to discover what’s new.

Break Free with .NET Core 3.

Step beyond the classic .NET Framework and Windows-centric projects. ThinkGeo UI 12’s interactive map controls and SDKs have been rebuilt from the ground up on the platform-agnostic .NET Continue reading

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