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
In light of recent news and changes that Google Maps is making to its developer platform it would make sense to highlight the options that ThinkGeo provides in the current online mapping environment.
With the pricing changes that Google has made, monthly usage costs (measure by load counts) will see a significant spike which could cause alarm to many small business and free websites that use Google Maps and have little no track of the usage amounts that come with that API integration. Continue reading
Map Suite now allows developers to add real time traffic support to their GIS app. A new sample has been created which shows how to quickly take advantage of this new feature. It is supported in the core which means it can be used across the main ThinkGeo products such as Map Suite Web, WebAPI, MVC, Winforms, and WPF Editions.
Map Suite 10.2.0 has arrived and is now available for download! It includes enhancements, new features and bug fixes that were added since the Map Suite 10.1.0 release.
Map Suite 10.2.0. Highlights
Map Suite WPF Edition supports a variety of APIs for touch events that you can add to your WPF project. Today’s sample shows you how you can swipe with one finger to pan the map and add a marker by touch. You can get a feel for how easy this is by downloading the code sample from GitHub here.
Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition is a native WPF control for GIS. If you are a .NET developer, you can use Map Suite to build custom mapping applications. Continue reading
Do you have raster images that need to stand out in your mapping application? This new WPF sample demonstrates how you can use the GeoTiff raster layer to mask a background map. It also shows how users can draw a polygon shape in order to reveal only the raster image that is contained behind the polygon. This is a core feature of Map Suite which allows developers to use it across all Map Suite UI Controls. Use this latest sample to make your data more noticeable. Continue reading
Do you have data that you would like to represent as a pie chart on a map? You can now use the latest Cluster Feature Layer sample to symbolize your column data as a pie chart. This allows the map reader to compare different sets of data visually. Additionally, charts are a great way to take your information and make it more understandable.
Take advantage of the various Map Suite APIs to create custom maps based on your specific requirement. Download code samples directly from GitHub to start creating your mapping applications. Continue reading
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:
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
We’ve rolled out an update to the ThinkGeo website that makes it easier for developers to access information related to Map Suite. Here are the improvements we made:
• It’s simpler to access samples and demos. Each product page is now broken out for quick access demos and samples to quickly get started with Map Suite.
• It’s easier to search. Use the new search feature to find samples, community posts, and more.
We hope the updated website allows you to quickly find information on ThinkGeo and Map Suite. Continue reading
To help the reader better interpret maps, developers should consider adding legends to their GIS apps. The AdornmentLayer APIs in Map Suite helps developers enhance their maps with legends, titles, directional arrows, logos, scale bars and other elements which helps the reader better understand the message the map is trying to convey. Adornments are in a fixed position, regardless of panning and can be added to your digital map or carried over to the print map. Map Suite’s extensibility also allows developers to extend the AdornmentLayer to create custom adornments if necessary. Continue reading