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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Our last poll asked why you read this blog. The 32 respondents’ replies broke down this way: 41% said it offered material not found elsewhere, 25% its regular updating, the remainder pointed to “other,” the usefulness of the material for their work, and comments.

This month we tackle podcasts: How many podcasts (on any topic) have you listened to in the last month? Check out the poll on the lower right hand side of our main page.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ready? “The MX product line continues to evolve, offering enhanced features and capabilities. Self-contained CAD functionality, engineering components, design-to-field technology, and new visualization tools all form part of the XM Edition of MX.” Deeper in the PR you get sentences like this: “The stand-alone version of MX XM, however, will now include high-quality CAD drafting functionality, allowing MX users to design, enhance, and produce contract drawings and to save their work in either DGN or DWG format.”

That’s what happens when you acquire technology called MX, as in MX Roads, and your latest release is MicroStation V8 XM Edition.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/08 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, November 07, 2005

Frank Taylor notes at Google Earth Blog that the newest beta of Google Earth Plus and Pro include a toggle to turn off advertising. Apparently, that toggle is not available in the free version. His conclusion, which sounds right to me, ads are coming!

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 01:56 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

DigitalGlobe’s current CEO, Herb Satterlee will stay on as chairman while Jill Smith takes over his position. She comes from a website performance tracking company based outside Boston. The story in the Rocky Mountain Times suggests this realigment may be done in preparation for an initial public offering.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 07:28 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

In a conference call last week CEO Mark Cattini said as much. Reports the Albany Times Union: “Cattini said his company has added features to its MapInfo Professional software that allow customers to access Google’s map data. He stressed in an interview after the conference call that Google is not a competitor and uses its maps primarily to drive people to the Google Web site.”

Another valuable tidbit from the call: MapInfo has 900 employees worldwide now and expects that number to perhaps increase by 20% next year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/07 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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