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Using the ThinkGeo UI Control for WPF in Your WinForms App

The ThinkGeo UI control for WPF is designed to produce professional-grade GIS applications, delivering maps with higher performance and responsiveness than our control for WinForms. But did you know that ThinkGeo’s WPF control can be used to enhance your WinForms apps as well?

Compared with ThinkGeo UI for WinForms, our WPF control offers additional perks like multi-tiled maps and overlay caching, providing an improved user experience. If your application in built using Windows Forms, you can still benefit from these perks by embedding ThinkGeo’s WPF map control in your WinForms app. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo Cloud’s Time Zone API

ThinkGeo has added a Time Zone API to our growing list of Cloud services. The importance of knowing what time zone different parts of the globe fall under is paramount in business. Whether its managing your fleet of vehicles that are spread out across continents or optimizing when you send messages out to business partners, the flow of productivity is crucial. If the product/service you provide can be globally consumed then your audience is the world and something as simple as knowing what time it is can go a long way. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo Cloud Enhancements

The latest version of ThinkGeo Cloud has been released.  Registered ThinkGeo accounts will notice the changes immediately. Once logged in to ThinkGeo Cloud users will be met with a slideshow tutorial covering all of the Cloud basics.

We have also re-designed the look of the Cloud console to make it easier to identify all of the available REST APIs that you can demo during your evaluation and we’ve streamlined your ability to get hands-on with our online samples as well.

Lastly, we have added a “Samples” menu section on the left sidebar of your Cloud console that will link you to the appropriate online sample you wish to demo.  Continue reading

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ThinkGeo’s Vector Map Library is now using WebGL

The latest release of ThinkGeo.js vector map library will be using WebGL. WebGL (Web Graphics Library) is a Javascript API that is used to display 2D and/or 3D graphics and it is fully supported in today’s most popular web/mobile browsers. With all of ThinkGeo’s maps being rendered using WebGL developers can control how and when features are drawn on the screen and in turn will experience increased performance with their map rendering.

Another result of this addition is that more data can now be displayed on your maps. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo Vector Maps

A sure fire necessity in GIS map creation is that you’re going to need a basemap.  Basemaps provide the canvas for your artistry; they allow for an immediate visualization of the geographical area you want your focus to be on and provide a background for the implementation of your data.

ThinkGeo’s vector maps are one of a kind. They’re fast, available online, can be cached offline and they look great too. They’re made up of vector tiles; but what exactly is a vector tile? Continue reading

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ThinkGeo’s 2019 U.S. Retail Closings Map & How We Built It

We notice the empty storefronts on our commutes and weekends out and about.  The names and numbers continue to mount. Some marquee U.S. retail franchises are in the midst of a mass-scale disappearing act.  The retail business hit record revenues in 2018 so some may ask why the record high store closures?  Economists have pinned the blame on over extending and over expanding the realistic shopper base and in some cases over-inundating some major metropolitan areas with franchises. Another obvious trend is the takeover of online shopping and the convenience of pressing buttons at home versus roaming the wild for goods. Continue reading

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Getting Technical: ThinkGeo Drawing Performance

This ThinkGeo WPF performance sample can render 16,000 count of rectangular shape features ; then it will distribute the shapes throughout 4 layers evenly. After clicking the [Start] button the sample application will update 1,600 rectangular shape features per 1,000 milliseconds, the time lapsed of the features being drawn will display in the application footer. Evaluators of the sample can modify the update rate, update features count, and enable or disable the layers.

Rendering performance is a pathway to a successful app and conveys confidence in customers and data acquisition specialists.  A reliable rendering speed with the ability to handle a variety of shapes and requests can go a long way in showcasing your team’s skills/abilities. Continue reading

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Give Your Maps a Lift with ThinkGeo Cloud Elevation

Mt Rainier Elevation Track using ThinkGeo Cloud

Elevation data can have many practical uses in a variety of industries; from agricultural to urban development.  Slope and aspect can be directly derived from rendering elevation points and getting precise feedback.  ThinkGeo Cloud makes it easy to get that feedback.

We’ve highlighted some famous US landmarks to demonstrate the range and easy of accessibility that our Cloud Elevation APIs bring with them.  Whether you’re plotting a hiking tour of Mt Rainier or wanting to calculate the slope/drop off of Hoover Dam into the Colorado River; the uses cases are several and getting hands-on with our sample will showcases some of them and gets you jump started:

Get hands on with all of our Elevation Landmarks and Create Your Own Path! Continue reading

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ThinkGeo’s Color Generator & How We Built It

Using ThinkGeo Cloud’s Color Generator anyone can begin creating a visual map that highlights the data you want to use! Color is arguably the most important aspect of map creation and we’ve created a fun and easy to use generator to give you the head start you need. ThinkGeo’s Color Generator is included in our 60-day Free Evaluation of ThinkGeo Cloud.

Each color harmony scheme brings with it a different visual agenda. From plotting out population densities in European countries to honing in on median incomes and languages spoken in a particular part of the world; color schemes go a long way in literally painting the picture you would like your data to convey. Continue reading

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ThinkGeo’s Chicago Crime Map & How We Built It

ThinkGeo’s Chicago Crime Map displayed through Cluster Points


The infrastructure of cities can dictate crime frequency. The placement of buildings, main arteries, parks, alleys, and police stations can affect a city’s likelihood to experience crime. ThinkGeo’s mapping tools can highlight crime within cities so that we can study the results and see where the trouble spots are, and more importantly, enable law enforcement agencies to plan accordingly and notice trends.

One way of visualizing data and frequency is by using “clustered points” in your GIS project.  Mapping clusters allows us to take easy notice of hot spots, cold spots, outliers and other trends. Continue reading

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