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Start Building With ThinkGeo Cloud

ThinkGeo Cloud has seen a high volume of activity in its first month of public release and we invite you to start building with us. Your ThinkGeo account gives you full access to our Cloud’s online map tiles and GIS services for a free 60-day evaluation.  With your evaluation you’ll receive:

  • 10,000 free transactions per day of vector and raster tiles, WMS, Geocoding/Reverse Geocoding, Elevation and more.
  • Guides and sample applications to help you get started
  • Complimentary technical support during your ThinkGeo Cloud evaluation

Our newly redesigned ThinkGeo Demo Center is your hub for unlocking the potential of ThinkGeo Cloud. Continue reading

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Map Suite 10.0 – A New Way!

Here’s another sneak peek on Map Suite 10.0. In previous versions of Map Suite everything was managed via the ThinkGeo Product Center. Users acquired daily builds, download samples, etc. all via the Product Center. In Map Suite 10.0 the entire process will be more publicly available and streamlined. Here’s a brief overview:

  • The one large assembly is split up into multiple smaller assemblies and distributed via NuGet. The installation and update will be handled by NuGet; you only need to update the specific package which contains the new feature/fix.
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Featured Data Format: JPEG2000

Map Suite supports a number of raster data formats including JPEG2000. Recently improvements were made to support multi-band JPEG2000 files as well as high bit depth color JPEG2000 such as 16 and 32-bit floating point pixel images.

For a complete list of supported data formats go here. Developers can also extend Map Suite by building their own feature source. For details on building your own feature source visit the “Integrating Custom Data Formats” webinar.

Download the sample directly from GitHub to start building you GIS app with Map Suite. Continue reading

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Designing Your Maps with Predefined Styles

Styles allow you to represent your GIS map data. They are classes which determine how each feature is represented on the map. Styles can be as simple as drawing a thin black line to represent a street to advanced heat styles that represent multiple data points as smooth color gradients.

Map Suite provides a comprehensive set of styles which will cover most mapping requirements as well as a number of predefined styles to help you get started quickly. If you find the provided styles do not cover your requirements, you can easily create your own custom styles. Continue reading

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Aerial Imagery for Your Offline Mapping App!

Building an offline application which requires aerial maps? With World Map Kit Imagery, you can now add aerial imagery for the US completely offline! This demo of World Map Kit Online will let you review the quality for both the vector and aerial imagery data.

World Map Kit Imagery offers imagery tiles through Amazon’s Requester Pays Bucket for easy data management. This dataset is composed of multiple small image files (JPEG2000) and each file covers a block of approximately 3 x 4 miles. Continue reading

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Microsoft Releases Version 1.0 of .NET Core

ThinkGeo is excited to learn that Microsoft has announced the launch of .NET Core 1.0. We are hopeful this will make cross platform development on Linux and the Mac much easier in the future for .NET developers. We will be evaluating this new technology along with the improvements in Xamarin to enhance our current Map Suite offerings for easier cross platform development. Moreover, .NET Core is open source, allowing developers to build their applications as well as improve the platform for specific needs. 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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What is Tile Caching?

When it comes to mapping, performance is key! Tile caching is a great way to help with map rendering speed. Instead of having to draw the map from scratch map images that has been previously rendered are stored and displayed upon request. Map Suite has many different tile caching options for your specific application needs.

Depending on your application caching can be done on the client & server side for web applications or on the file system for Desktop applications. The flexible APIs allows you to easily create multiple tile caches for different purposes. Continue reading

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