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Thursday, March 16, 2006

“The good thing with GIS technology is the streets are up before they exist.”

Former fire chief Steve Betts, who helps with communications for the city of Bellevue, Nebraska, quoted in the Bellvue Leader. Would that it were like that…

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/16 at 06:56 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

I attended the U.S. briefing today on Bentley’s new tool to export KML from MicroStation. My thoughts are covered at Directions Magazine.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 03:42 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Oracle XE is that freebie version of Oracle for students, developers and the like. When announced there was a bit of back and forth regarding whether Locator would be included. Jim Steiner of Oracle asked for input and lo and behold the community said “yes, please!”

And, while its tough to confirm the inclusion from the Oracle website for the product, a reader has confirmed not only downloading XE, including Locator, but also loading OS MasterMap into it!

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 03:31 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

TenLinks Daily notes that Autodesk plans to raise prices significantly come March 23 and the official roll out of the 2007 line of products. Reports Microsol Resources, “the SRP for a standalone license of AutoCAD is going up by $250.00. For the network license of AutoCAD 2007, the increase is $495.00.”

And, as we are all hyped up on SketchUp and Bentley news related to Google Earth, Geospatial Solutions offers a review of Avatech’s tool to export KML from AutoCAD. It’s called Earth Connector.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 02:07 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Here’s a roundup of coverage outside the blogosphere:

Kidding aside, the $495-per-license software will likely be integrated with Google’s Earth product, for which @Last has already created a plug-in to allow users to build objects like buildings at street level. What’s unclear is how Google’s Earth and mapping products fit in with the company’s overall strategy.

Rachel Rosmarin, Forbes

Google, the most-used Internet search engine, is building up its Earth mapping program to attract more users and create
opportunities to show more advertising.

Rocky Mountain News

The move to buy the 3D mapping software could be tided in with further developing the Google’s mapping and direction element for users when using the service for road directions.

Theoretically, the software would allow Google to create 3-Dimension landscapes of key cities for drivers to better place themselves driving around rather than the rather flat images currently found on GPS software.

Frankly, the traditional media was far more interested in Google Mars.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/15 at 06:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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