Today, LizardTech announced the release of GeoExpress 6. Of the key features that are included with this upgrade, I found threeitems of particular interest:
1. In total, the new features creep ever toward competing with a full blown image processing system. Color balancing for mosaicked images to eliminate the tile boundaries, selective degredation of image sections to obscure areas where security is of some concern,and image reprojection from one coordinate system to another. However, according to Carlos Domingo, LizardTech’s president and CEO, he has no intention of competing with Leica and others. This is good news for users as many of the basic image processing tools that are used most frequently are now included with this release.
2. The ability to store MrSID images natively in the Oracle Spatial 10gR2 database is a huge deal. If you are looking to save space in the database and optimize resources and performance, this will help immensely. And as Domingo pointed out, since the imagery is now stored directly in the database (as oppsed to a BLOB), the user can take advantage of the benefits of load balancing and security that are simply built into the database.
3. In addition, LizardTech is working with Galdos to be able to use GML to store image metadata.
Basically, GeoExpress 6 is an incremental release and LizardTech seems to have done a good job of listening to their customer’s wishes for a few, necessary product enhancements.