Martin Daly, Technical Director, Cadcorp, explained the rationale for completely redesigning the interface of Cadcorp SIS software. ‘”The GIS industry isn’t immune from a problem that besets any complex software product. As new functionality gets added, so a product’s user interface can become cluttered and hard to navigate. It made sense for us to take a lead from Microsoft by standardising on a Fluent-based user interface. Cadcorp was one of the earliest GIS software developers to adopt Microsoft Windows as a development platform and we have maintained a reputation for keeping in step with developments in mainstream IT.”
Cadcorp has used the opportunity of a new product release to enhance the cartographic capabilities of SIS. Users can now generate hot-spot maps quickly and easily using Kernel Density Estimation (KDE) techniques. The quality of cartographic output has been enhanced through a combination of new label detection methods, the inclusion of de-cluttering algorithms and new text placement functionality. Maps can now be published in Microsoft XPS format.
Cadcorp has also paid attention to further improving the interoperability and productivity of SIS. All products in the Cadcorp SIS family are now available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions: to the clear benefit of high specification server-based systems. Performance and reliability will be improved through the inclusion of a Master/Slave option for the web engine GeognoSIS. The new release includes a ‘plug-in’ for Safe Software’s Feature Manipulation Engine (FME). There is support for raster in PostGIS and SQLite databases. Map drawing performance has been improved through the use of hardware accelerated graphics. In addition, Cadcorp is delivering a metadata management application at no additional charge.
Cadcorp has introduced a number of new web products to the market. These include off-the-shelf applications for sharing geographic information both within an organisation (Web Map Viewer & Editor), and with the general public (Web Map Layers). The company has also responded to the growing demand for web mapping applications that don’t require an extensive range of geo-processing capabilities, and priced two new products - GeognoSIS Express and Web Map Express - accordingly.
“We believe SIS 7.1 offers something for all types of GIS users”, said Mike O’Neil, CEO, Cadcorp. “Those who use GIS most intensively will benefit from the productivity improvements brought about by the new user interface. All users will benefit from the wider distribution of spatial data that our web products support. Developers who need to deploy web mapping as a component of larger applications will benefit from the simplicity and value-for-money of our Express product range. Their web mapping applications can now have the look and feel of the most widely-deployed hosted web-mapping solutions, without being dependent on a particular data set.”
Cadcorp® is a UK based developer and supplier of world leading GIS and web mapping software. From its headquarters in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Cadcorp's sales, support, distribution and partner network stretches worldwide.
Cadcorp SIS® - Spatial Information System® software suite – is an integrated family of standalone, web, developer and mobile GIS products. Our cost-effective solutions help organisations in the public and private sectors maximise their investment in geographic information by making it easier to share spatial data between people and between systems.
As a long-standing technical member of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc® (OGC), Cadcorp has been at the forefront of the application of open technologies and standards-based solutions. Cadcorp is an ISO9001:2008 and ISO/IEC 27001:2005 certified company and an Oracle® Partner. In the UK, Cadcorp is an Ordnance Survey® Developer Partner; Northern Ireland Land & Property Services® (LPS) Licenced Partner; corporate member of the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) and a corporate member of the British Cartographic Society (BCS).
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(1) Fluent is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation and the Fluent user interface is licensed from Microsoft Corporation.
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Cadcorp® is a UK based developer and supplier of industry leading GIS and web mapping software. From its headquarters in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, Cadcorp's sales, support, distribution and partner network stretches worldwide.