Monthly Archives: November 2007

Geographic Calculator 7.0 – the company’s biggest product update – 3500 pre-defined coordinate definitions and more!

Patrick Cunningham President of Blue Marble Geographics shares details of the company’s latest news today… this comes in the release of their Geographic Calculator at R 7.0 – according to Patrick… “Calculator is the product this company was founded on in 1993 and this is the most comprehensive update in it’s history” obviously this release is a big one! Details here

New features of Geographic Calculator 7.0 include:

· Administrative tools for quality assurance, enabling “lock-down” of a particular data source, securing true definitions and avoiding data corruption

· Administrative tools for filtering objects so that users only see the objects their administrator chooses

· Datum Shift envelopes that can be used to assign the appropriate datum shift for a particular geographic envelope

· Direct connection to the new OGP WRS Registry Dataset (the online version of the EPSG database) which is used as a standard for the Oil & Gas Exploration industry

· Administrative controls that offer managers the ability to select a specific datum transformation method when converting coordinates between two coordinate systems, whether the system is WGS84, or any other system

· Read and write to all ODBC databases including MS Access, Oracle, MySql, Sql Server and others

· Updated file support for all the major GIS and CAD formats, as well as new GML support


Congrats to Patrick and the team – see www.bluemarblegeo.com

Geographic Calculator 7.0 – the company’s biggest product update – 3500 pre-defined coordinate definitions and more!

Patrick Cunningham President of Blue Marble Geographics shares details of the company’s latest news today… this comes in the release of their Geographic Calculator at R 7.0 – according to Patrick… “Calculator is the product this company was founded on in 1993 and this is the most comprehensive update in it’s history” obviously this release is a big one! Details here

New features of Geographic Calculator 7.0 include:

· Administrative tools for quality assurance, enabling “lock-down” of a particular data source, securing true definitions and avoiding data corruption

· Administrative tools for filtering objects so that users only see the objects their administrator chooses

· Datum Shift envelopes that can be used to assign the appropriate datum shift for a particular geographic envelope

· Direct connection to the new OGP WRS Registry Dataset (the online version of the EPSG database) which is used as a standard for the Oil & Gas Exploration industry

· Administrative controls that offer managers the ability to select a specific datum transformation method when converting coordinates between two coordinate systems, whether the system is WGS84, or any other system

· Read and write to all ODBC databases including MS Access, Oracle, MySql, Sql Server and others

· Updated file support for all the major GIS and CAD formats, as well as new GML support


Congrats to Patrick and the team – see www.bluemarblegeo.com

Event of interest – the role of GIS in Homeland Security and Crisis Management

Geospatial Information Systems’ Role in Homeland Security and Crisis Management – The Spatial and Situational Awareness Conference is a one-day conference that will examine the range of issues, challenges and opportunities for the geospatial community in the public, private and research sectors to come together to aid the homeland mission. Homeland Defense Journal Training Conference – Spatial and Situational Awareness Conference Geospatial Information Systems’ Role in Homeland Security and Crisis Management.

December 12, 2007
Omni Shoreham
Washington, D.C.

Registration Time: 7:30 am, Program Starts: 8:30 am, Wrap-up: 4:30 pm

This conference is complimentary to DOD, federal, state and local government agency employees.

Confirmed Speakers
Keynote: Dan Cotter, Chief Technology Officer, DHS

Keynote: Marko Bourne, Director of Policy and Plans, FEMA
The conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel 2500 Calvert Street, NW Washington DC 20008. Register on-line at www.homelanddefensejournal.com

The N-Gage Platform Showroom – N-Gage coming soon

Recall the N-Gage platform will be launching in December.. Nokia has a showroom where you can get a glimpse of what’s coming. See http://www.n-gage.com/showroom.html
I can’t wait to try connected, multi-player, location-enabled gaming… wow!

Another ex Nokia N95 user jumps on the iPhone bandwagon

Looks like Ed Parsons has joined the growing number of ex-N95 users and hopped on the iPhone bandwagon – no real surprise really as Ed comes from the Google camp is likely pressured internally to drink the Apple cool aid! Too bad although Ed does have some good points… indeed the second iteration of the N95 is much superior to the original (too bad I still have the original N95 — and I’m one the biggest advocates of the N95.. go figure!). Ed’s reason.. usability and you can’t blame him.. Nokia smartphones indeed have the ability to run much more software and the applications available for the S60 ecosystem are plentiful to say the least. Here in North America no carriers (that I know of) are boasting the N95 whereas AT&T is pushing the iPhone.. no doubt some politics as it’s THE smartphone of choice for the company to promote.. add to the fact that the AT&T CEO is not big on Nokia and feels the devices are full of flaws and he’s also majorly ticked off that us here in North America get the latest Nokia devices months after they come to Europe. I’ll still never be able to figure out Nokia’s plans for North America and once again it seems that they are letting the iPhone steal more marketshare from them just wait til next year when Android enabled devices come to market.. will there be any Nokia and Symbian OS faithful left in North America?

Another Nokia N95 up on Ebay.. when will it end?

Looks like Ed Parsons has joined the growing number of ex-N95 users and hopped on the iPhone bandwagon – no real surprise really as Ed comes from the Google camp is likely pressured internally to drink the cool aid! Too bad although ed does have some good points… indeed the second iteration of the N95 is much superior to the original (too bad I still have the original N95 — and I’m one the biggest advocates of the N95.. go figure!). Ed’s reason.. usability and you can’t blame him.. Nokia smartphones indeed have the ability to run much more software and the applications available for the S60 ecosystem are plentiful to say the least. Here in North America no carriers (that I know of) are boasting the N95 whereas AT&T is pushing the iPhone.. no doubt some politics as it’s THE smartphone of choice for the company to promote.. add to the fact that the AT&T CEO is not big on Nokia and feels the devices are full of flaws and he’s also majorly ticked off that us here in North America get the latest Nokia devices months after they come to Europe. I’ll still never be able to figure out Nokia’s plans for North America and once again it seems that they are letting the iPhone steal more marketshare from themm just wait til next year when Android enabled devices come to market.. will there be any Nokia and Symbian OS faithful left in North America?

GeoPDF Road Show Webcast

Didn’t manage to get to one of the GeoPDF roadshow events or maybe they didn’t get to your area this time? No problem, the company is making available a GeoPDF roadshow webcast to help inform you about GeoPDF, what you can do with it and where the technology is headed. Register here.
Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Time: 11am Eastern; 11am Pacific
you can also check out my notes from the event that took place in Denver, CO.

Recall… So what are some of the reasons for existing users to consider GeoPDF?

to leverage existing geospatial data

make their message more compelling

help people make better decisions

make it easy to share data

providing controlled security and policy

enabling dynamic collaboration

easily integrate into the existing infrastructure

completing the chain of custody