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Thursday, March 31st 2005
by Hal Reid

As mapping systems move forward in technology, one advance quickly becomes the expected thing. If 3D is close, can 4D be far behind? Here’s an overview of STIS (or Space Time Intelligence System, for long) that works in 4D. By Hal Reid, Senior Technical Editor.

Thursday, March 24th 2005
by Hal Reid

One of the visions for GIS is that it becomes an innocuous part of everything we do. MapQuest, Google Maps and other have pushed that vision. Another approach is, a full service mapping company. Their product range includes wall maps, customized maps, and a new subscription product, NavPro, that provides maps on the Web. Hal Reid describes NavPro.

Friday, February 18th 2005
by Hal Reid

In January, HP introduced a new large format printer, the HP DesignJet 4000. This product is for GIS, CAD and technical users who need a fast, high-resolution, remotely controlled printer, that supports both single sheet and roll media. Here’s a quick look at the new printer.

Friday, February 18th 2005
by Hal Reid

In the world of CAD, there are people who may need to review drawings, but don’t need a copy of MicroStation or AutocCAD. They just want to see the file and make a comment on it via the phone or email - they don’t need to mark it up or change it. Bentley has included the ability to write PDF files from MicroStation, and added the ability to move both animation and the ability to fly through buildings and over geography within the PDF file.

Thursday, February 3rd 2005
by Konrad Dramowicz

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is recognized as one of the most critical issues in contemporary business. CRM is both a business strategy and a technology. This article discusses a product from Cubistix that marries various Microsoft products (including MapPoint 2004) together to affordably address CRM/GIS needs.

Tuesday, February 1st 2005
by Joe Francica

GeoExpress 5.0 with MrSID from LIZARDTECH is a digital image manipulation program for viewing, extracting, and compressing large raster files. GeoExpress includes the Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database, MrSID, a wavelet-based image encoder. What is a wavelet-based image encoder? Read more…

Saturday, January 15th 2005
by Paul Amos

Paul Amos first reviewed Manifold System 5.00 in September, 2002. Since that time, Manifold has released three subsequent versions (5.50, 6.00 and 6.00 SP1) with additional functionality and bug fixes to the Professional version of the product. Release 5.50 included many internal changes and optimizations to support work with very large components and unlimited size projects.

Wednesday, September 15th 2004
by Joe Francica

MapInfo has announced an upgrade to its flagship desktop GIS product, MapInfo Professional-version 7.8. The 7.8 release of MapInfo Pro includes many enhancements of which existing users will want to take note. The product has received Microsoft Windows XP
certification and it was re-certified on Oracle 10g primarily to maintain database security. Read more…

Wednesday, August 18th 2004
by Directions Staff
Saturday, August 7th 2004
by Hal Reid

Anacubis Desktop is a Competitive Intelligence set of tools and comes from the i2 Group that initially created similar (but more
comprehensive), software for Law Enforcement and Intelligence Analysts. The role in both cases is to show the relationships
between data as visual representations. As Business Geographers, we thoroughly understand that a picture is worth a
thousand words.  A thematic or dot density map can show things that the tabular data just can’t. This product does the same
thing, only uses icons, colored lines (e.g. red for competitor) and iconic filters to let the user visualize the relationships in data.
This might be sourced from industry information from, patent information (as an intellectual property
visualization), data from subscription services like LexisNexis, D&B or your own Excel spreadsheet.

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