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Wednesday, March 4th 2009
by Hal Reid

BusinessMAP’s included data and functionality continue to make it an outstanding desktop mapping value. Version 5.0 includes updated business listings from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B), integration with Google Earth and Google Maps, and the capability to place geo-referenced photos on the map.

Thursday, September 4th 2008
by Paul Amos

MapInfo Professional version 9.5’s new features include ease of use and data access enhancements, .NET support and a new license server. Those and some other goodies planned for a November maintenance release are explored in this review from Paul Amos. He’s especially pleased with the new MapCAD tools for editing and tools for users to provide immediate feedback on the product and suggested enhancements. If you’ve not had a look at MapInfo for a while, this is a nice round up of what’s new.

Wednesday, April 16th 2008
by Michael Cline

Caliper Corporation’s Maptitude has a reputation for being a powerful, easy-to-use desktop mapping program. Version 5.0, released early this year, should turn a few heads according to reviewer Michael Cline. He suggests that GIS professionals will find more advanced analytical capabilities that take Maptitude beyond a simple mapping tool. Users will also like the low cost offering, which includes some functions unavailable in more expensive packages.

Sunday, January 6th 2008
by Paul Amos

Terrain Navigator Pro lets you access the U.S. Geological Survey topographic quadrangle maps and USGS Digital Ortho Quarter Quads. The newest version offers new data enhancements and new functions to incorporate data from Google Earth. Paul Amos offers this review.

Tuesday, May 22nd 2007
by Paul Amos

DeLorme XMap 5.0 GIS Enterprise is one of the components of a three-tiered software solution suite from DeLorme that provides increasing levels of functionality for GIS professionals. DeLorme has taken the approach of providing scalable solutions with its software and data products so that users only purchase the required amount of software and data they need. Paul Amos reviews the product.

Tuesday, December 19th 2006
by Hal Reid

GeoIQ is an open platform that allows you to create applications integrating your data and other folks’ data using Google Maps and Microsoft Visual Earth APIs. This combination provides not only interesting visualizations, it also allows for fairly complex analysis in an easy-to-use interface. GeoIQ operates as a Web service; the API lets you configure its usage, the data sources and the level of analysis. Hal Reid provides an overview.

Thursday, June 1st 2006
by Joe Francica

MapPoint 2006 is the next version of Microsoft’s desktop mapping software. It is really two separate products: a desktop mapping system and an in-vehicle navigation system.  Depending on how you use it, you may see the improvements made from the previous version, MapPoint 2004, as valuable or not. Microsoft touts the vehicle navigation features of this version, and thus potential purchasers should consider whether the desktop mapping features are adequate for the type of analyses required. But the product lacks key features in desktop mapping and falls short of being a viable in-vehicle navigation system. Read more…

Wednesday, April 19th 2006
by Hal Reid

This free plug-in from CMC International creates Google Maps of individual contact addresses from within Microsoft Outlook. (It has a catchy name, too: “Google Maps plug-in for Outlook.”) What makes this product interesting is that it is an advertising vehicle that promotes ESRI’s BusinessMAP. Providing free, useful products is nothing new to the advertising world, but this seems like a fairly new twist in the GIS industry. 

Tuesday, April 18th 2006
by Hal Reid

Sales forecasting models are among the most interesting applications of technology in retail development. The models quantify the nature and value of a location, summarize the location’s surrounding market or trade area, and provide a view of the future. This product overview describes a new Web-based offering from Proxix, Profi$ite.

Thursday, April 6th 2006
by Hal Reid

Editor Hal Reid interviewed Antti Korhonen, President and CEO of Ekahau, Inc. Hal discovered a series of products and technologies that address the “where is it and where are they” problem in elegant ways. Ekahau’s products address the need to track assets and people.

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