Monthly Archives: November 2005

On the floor at Autodesk University

On the floor at Autodesk University — On opening night at Autodesk University the exhibition hall was buzzing, courtesy of the AUGI beer bash! A couple of thousand CAD users “had a couple” and schmoozed with fellow attendees and the exhibitors. A few cool things were on display on the exhibition floor:
 
Cadzation was there touting their AcroPlot software – a solution for PDF and DWF conversion. The solution can convert from within AutoCAD, as a separate Windows app.,  or it can act as a printer driver. Recently updated, the solution now boasts some new functionality including the ability to batch convert DWG files to PDF or DWF while also preserving layer information. Text features are now searchable and PDFs can now be reprocessed to enable markup and commenting in the free Acrobat Reader (7.0). The company has also announced a partnership with Autodesk via the DWF Partner Program.
 
Also present was my old friend Eric Waldman and the crew from GlobeXplorer. The company was on the floor explaining to a large influx of people that the ImageConnect Plug-in for AutoCAD is now available from their website… shhhh… don’t tell too many people about this as it’s a well kept secret and will only be free for 30 days.. be sure to give it a spin! See www.autodesk.com/globexplorerdata to grab the plug-in!
 
A new company on the floor from the non-traditional Cad/GIS arena  was LinkTek. The company was demonstrating their LinkFixerPlus Gold application. Simply put, this solution enables users to easily move or rename many types of files in batch mode. The solution works with all common office application files as well as CAD and PDF files. See www.linkfixerplus.com
 
Falling under the “WOW” category is the new HP Designjet 4500 printer (officially announced at the show) see the press announcement in our PR section. The unit supports 2 rolls (load paper and mylar at once), prints images at a resolution up to 2400×1200 dpi, supports large rolls up to 500 ft or 175m, stacks and flattens up to 200 plots, and boasts less frequent ink replacement. No more babysitting the plotter!! See www.hp.com for more specs.
 
There was loads more on the floor but I simply don’t have time to cover off the other 96 booth exhibitors!
 
More info and news from AU in Orlando can be found at GISuser.com and be sure to check out my images from AU at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gisuser/

Information about Mapserver foundation

Those looking for more information about the new mapserverfoundation.org just announced today can stay abreast at http://ms.gis.umn.edu/community/foundation Included are some notes from Tyler Mitchell – An introduction to the many reasons why establishing a MapServer foundation would be worth considering. An initial set of documents for discussion purposes. See http://ms.gis.umn.edu/community/foundation/background/

MapServer Cheetah & MapServer Enterprise and Autodesk’s role

Likely the biggest news to come out of Autodesk U this year concerns Autodesk’s involment with Mapserver. Just today an open letter was issued to the mapping community.. key points addressed the following… “To this end, we take this opportunity to share two bits of news: the creation of the MapServer Foundation and welcoming the addition of Autodesk’s next-generation web mapping platform (previously known as Tux) as open source into the foundation. MapServer Foundation” See more at http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/7514/. And from Autodesk, the official announcement “Autodesk Contributes Web Mapping Software to Open Source” – the company is releasing the code for MapServer Enterprise, the company’s new web mapping platform, as open source. See http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/7509/

MapServer Cheetah & MapServer Enterprise and Autodesk’s role

Likely the biggest news to come out of Autodesk U this year concerns Autodesk’s involment with Mapserver. Just today an open letter was issued to the mapping community.. key points addressed the following… “To this end, we take this opportunity to share two bits of news: the creation of the MapServer Foundation and welcoming the addition of Autodesk’s next-generation web mapping platform (previously known as Tux) as open source into the foundation. MapServer Foundation” See more at http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/7514/. And from Autodesk, the official announcement “Autodesk Contributes Web Mapping Software to Open Source” – the company is releasing the code for MapServer Enterprise, the company’s new web mapping platform, as open source. See http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/7509/

New Aussie Raster 1:250 000 scale maps on line

 Geoscience Australia’s 1:250,000 scale national topographic data TOPO 250K Raster is now available free online. These data form the backbone of the NATMAP Raster products which are popular in the recreational and commercial markets. The TOPO-250K RASTER data can be downloaded free as individual map sheets by visiting the ‘Free downloads’ page accessible form the GA website, then searching on topography. Users are required to complete a simple registration See https://www.ga.gov.au/products/servlet/controller?event=DEFINE_PRODUCTS

New DWF contest offers DWF publishers chance to win a Apple iPod Nano

Submit your DWF files and you might be a winner of one of a cool Apple iPod Nanos. The contest will run through January 27th, 2006. For details see http:// www.autodesk.com/dwf-nano – See you at AU next week!

High-Tech Holiday GPS Tour Wows ‘Em in New York City

 GPS Multi-Media Inc., a Manhattan based technology and entertainment company announced this week that they have released “CityShow: the Holiday Edition 2005” – a special version of their hand-held, GPS-based Tour Guide System for New York City. CityShow is a revolutionary product that does not exist anywhere else in the world. Consisting of a hand-held PDA computer, a GPS receiver and a pair of headphones, CityShow delivers location-based tourist information to New York City visitors.  Visit www.cityshownyc.com