Software applications which display maps of Earth are very challenging to create
Denver, CO (PRWEB) July 20, 2008
GeoFrameworks, a software development company in Denver, Colorado, has announced a new version of its software, "GIS.NET 3.0," a mapping component designed to help software firms to quickly develop mapping and GIS software for desktop PC's and portable devices.
"Software applications which display maps of Earth are very challenging to create," says GeoFrameworks founder, Jon Person, "because it requires fast computers and tremendous amounts of data. Plus, all of this data must be presented in a way which anyone can understand. We feel GIS.NET 3.0 solves all of these problems." The new software boasts a brand new architecture known as the Geographic Object Framework, a set of geographic features such as points, lines and polygons. Software developers then expand upon these concepts to create real-world objects such as lakes, rivers, vehicles, or even people. With this approach, developers are finally able to map anything they need to with a bare minimum of source code required.
"What excited me most about this product was a moment in June," says Jon, "when our beta testers were experimenting with 3.0 and giving us feedback. Within only ten hours, one tester in the United Kingdom had successfully created a 'Helicopter' object and was using it to map his entire fleet for his air taxi business. A few days later, another tester used GIS.NET 3.0 to map soil conditions for farmers using a 'Soil Sample' object. They had figured it all out on their own, and they also used the same product for a completely different purpose. This told me that our goal to make a versatile, easy-to-learn .NET mapping component had succeeded."
GIS.NET version 3.0 also claims to solve a big problem which software developers have faced for years: how to display detailed maps on a mobile device. Phil Smith, a lead developer for GIS.NET, explains: "Until now, the slow speed and limited memory of mobile devices had forced people to display only the simplest of maps. Portable devices just couldn't keep large data sets in memory, plus they were slow to display the data. GIS.NET 3.0 solves this problem, and our clients are excited because they can now finally move their own product lines to mobile devices and generate new business." With a feature referred to as "tilesets," GIS.NET 3.0 can split large, highly-detailed maps into a grid of thousands of small, square images. The individual images, known as "tiles," are then either copied to or downloaded to a mobile device or web page, where they are then displayed. With this technology, mobile devices can produce both detailed as well as responsive maps, regardless of the level of detail required.
GIS.NET 3.0 is now available for download from the GeoFrameworks web site: http://www.geoframeworks.com. A free, sixty-day trial is available for any software developers who would like to experiment with this new mapping technology.
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