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Category: GIS Editor

Making GIS Easy for Developers

Are you a developer looking to build an end-user GIS application which allows users to create, manipulate, and analyze geographic data? You can now use this latest project which will give you to framework for a GIS Editor that lets you design stunning custom maps, perform geo-analysis and visualize your spatial data. Whether you need to create a map from scratch, edit an existing map or query and select data, this GIS Editor project has the tools you need to create the customized map solution you want. Continue reading

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Client Stories: What LandPro says about Map Suite GIS Editor

Unlike ArcGIS, Map Suite GIS Editor is very intuitive and easy to use, whether you’re a first-time GIS mapping user or an advanced GIS analyst. It is very easy to work with the most common GIS data such as .SHP, .TAB, .GRD, .BAS, .GDB, .TGEO, .SID, and many more. You can create and edit various layer types (area, line, point, multipoint), create and populate attributes, specify common projections (Lat/Lon, Google Maps / Bing Maps / OpenStreetMaps, State Plane, UTM) as well as hundreds of EPSG, ESRI, and custom projections. 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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Create Accurate Data with Snapping

Snapping allows GIS users and developers to create more accurate data. When editing data and snapping is enabled it helps ensure that new features you create are attached to each other. In addition to enabling snapping you may also set specific tolerances for better accuracy.

GIS users can download the Map Suite GIS Editor to start creating new accurate data by turning snapping on. This feature can be found under the data editing tab.

Download the Snap to Layer Sample to customize your app and start your trial of Map Suite. Continue reading

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What are Buffers in GIS?

Buffers are used to expand the bounding region of the features in a layer. This creates a “zone” around the features at a specified maximum distance from all the vertices of the features. Buffering is useful for proximity analysis. For example, it could be used to help determine which areas may need assistance within a disaster zone or a city may need to find parcels that are adjacent to land plots to notify its citizens of upcoming constructions or zoning law changes. Continue reading

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Use Clipping to Create New Features

Clipping is a common technique in GIS to help process data. It allows you to “cut data” or take subset of data for a particular area of interest. Consider a cookie cutter as a tool to cut out one or many features from a layer to create a new feature layer that would only contain the features within the given area. For a more in-depth explanation visit the following clip article.

It is very helpful to create and reduce your data, real world examples may include:

• You have a large dataset such as land parcels or points of interest for an entire state, however you only need the data for a specific county. Continue reading

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Measuring Features

When creating a GIS application you should consider adding functionality that would allow users to measure features, areas, and distances. This could greatly enhance your application and overall user experience. Map Suite comes with all the necessary APIs to add measuring tools quickly!

You can create custom measurements by simply drawing on the map by tracing features such as roads, building, fields, etc. to get exact measurements. In addition you have complete control over the unit and system to support metric and imperial allowing you to localize your application. Continue reading

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Draw and Edit Shapes within Your Application

Do you have existing data that needs editing? Or perhaps you want to create new mapping data? Map Suite is a powerful tool that allows developers and end users to create new or edit existing shapes and features. There are several scenarios in which you may have to create new or edit existing data.

Let’s say a road has been extended, a farmer acquired an adjacent field, a building has been expanded, a school district has changed its boundaries, etc.; you can use the APIs and tools in order to make the necessary changes to the data. Continue reading

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Add Spatial Querying Capabilities to Your Maps

Have you considered using GIS to make spatial decisions? Spatial querying is a powerful tool that helps you make decisions based on geographic relationships between different features. You might be wondering why you would want to use spatial queries. Some good examples of spatial querying might be the need to know the coverage area for a Wi-Fi system or the proximity of possible hazardous materials to schools so that plans can be made accordingly and much more.

There are several types of spatial queries available to you:

  • Within – Selects features that the querying feature fully contains.
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    Use Class Break Styles to Build Thematic Maps

    Do you have data that range in values? For example, let’s say you have sales data, population densities, etc. and you would like to display this information with different colors based on the range of values. If this sounds familiar you should take a look at the Class Break style!

    The Class Break Style allows you to define how polygon, line, or point based features will be rendered on the map based upon a range of values in your layer’s attribute data. Continue reading

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