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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Oddly, the press release is only published in a German publication, but it highlights a new bundle for US government customers called the Autodesk Government Geospatial Solution with Google Earth Pro. It’s available on the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Schedule 70.

What’s in it?

Autodesk Map 3D 2007
Autodesk Raster Design 2007
Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise(R) 2007
Google Earth Pro

cost details (Thanks Jason!)

Bundles seem really dated to me. Are we not moving toward “mix your own” solutions? On the other hand, I appreciate that Autodesk is trying to articulate how its products work with Google’s.

Update 1:40 EDT: It’s now on our website (posted by Autodesk’s PR folks) and another GIS site (copied from the German one), but not Autodesk’s. Gee, if it’s that important, you’d think Autodesk would post it on its own website or its Autodesk Government website, no? Some sites will not post PRs unless they are on the publishing organization’s website.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 08:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

That’s the title of a PR that will not in fact share that info. Instead, the PR invites you to pay (EUR 2,135.00) for a report that will tell you that. In the meantime, here are some numbers from The NPD Group.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 07:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Advertising Age reports that (owner of US-based Yellow Book) will begin location-based advertising on London busses come September. The article is unclear as to whether the ads are simply for the service or for local merchants. (The former is described with these examples “Find a gym in Marble Arch” and later “Discover a restaurant in Charing Cross” suggesting folks use Yell to do that, even as the bus delivers the message in Marble Arch or Charing Cross.

The GPS technology, reports the article is being pioneered by I wrote about this sort of advertising on cabs some years ago.

Perhaps more interesting is’s new interactive advertising maps to be located in bus shelters. “Each execution is customized for the location and pedestrians can interact with the poster to reveal a local map showing the shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance.” Gee, you might not even need to pay for that extra service on your phone…

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

If you are heading out to Rock City Nevada for Burning Man, the map of the site is up on the Web.

It seems ok as a map, though I’m not sure at all if it reflects the reality of the place. Or maybe the place can’t be mapped? I don’t pretend to get the whole thing, but will learn as friends are heading there. They constructed a geodesic dome in the back yard that will be in their camp and they’ve been preparing from some weeks.

via c|net

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/22 at 05:37 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, August 21, 2006

The Seattle Times gives a bit of an update on Microsoft’s PhotoSynth which popped up last month. For those who missed it, it’s a tool to organize images by creating a 3D model from them by linking features found in each. That turns into a sort of 3D slide show one can explore. (See video.)

Of note from the article:

The analysts spent a day listening to presentations on every aspect of the company but clapped loudest for the Photosynth tour.

Photosynth, for example, makes use of “photo tourism” software developed by University of Washington and Microsoft researchers; imaging products and services from elsewhere in the company; and a novel display technology developed by Seadragon Software, a Ballard startup transplanted directly into Live Labs after an acquisition late last year.

Photosynth went from research to prototype in a matter of months — a limited public preview is due out in fall — much faster than the typical software-development timeline at Microsoft.

[Microsoft researcher Richard] Szeliski said computers powerful enough to run Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system would be “quite adequate” to run Photosynth.

He [Szeliski] said there’s no business model built around Photosynth yet, but could enhance Windows Live Local mapping software.

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/21 at 06:02 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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