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Friday, December 09, 2005

TenLinks pointed me to an Autodesk blog which states that the free DWF Viewer has passed 10 million downloads. I can beleive that. My question from the start has been: How many GIS people are using it to share data? Since Autodesk has such a small share of the geospatial market (less than 10% when Daratech last spoke on the matter) is the viewer even a a player in our space?

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 01:23 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A CNET article on how technology is helping in response to natural disaster focuses on the current meeting of the American Geophysical Union.

Of interest, statements by Google on the new data it’s contracted:

The search giant recently licensed all of National Geographic’s photography archive for use in Google Earth, according to Orcutt [John Orcutt, deputy director for research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and president of the AGU]. And Google is licensing and gathering new satellite imagery of sea temperatures from NASA and Scripps. Combining all the data into visualizations, people can learn and understand more about their world, he said.

“This is a practical way for the public to get new information about the earth they live on—that’s revolutionary,” Orcutt said.

It seems clear to me that Google wants Earth to be the browser for all data, whether it owns it or not. Forget interoperability at the services level, the vision is to lock you into its browser. And, its working! What GIS company, even some CAD comapnies, doesn’t have an officially (or user built) tool to move data to KML?  I’m not saying this is evil exactly, we just need to be aware of what is going on.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 08:57 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mike at TechDirt has it out for the Business Software Alliance. He claims (as does IDC) that the Alliance is misrepresenting a study it paid IDC to write. Bottom line: The BSA argues that every box of illegally purchased software would have been paid for, so by cracking down, the BSA is stimulating the economy. Mike argues (successfully for me anyway) that by using the software companies are saving money and thus perhaps hiring more people! He simply wants BSA to look at both sides of the story.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 08:54 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Mac fans are all agog with word that Google Earth may soon grace their machines. Says WebProNews: “Reportedly, a version of Google Earth for Mac OS X began showing up outside the US. That pre-release edition relies on OpenGL rendering, the report said.” The article also notes that Google has yet to release a product for the Mac save a mail notifier.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 08:51 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“GPS isn’t just GPS anymore. Traffic is the new frontier.”

Ted Gartner, a spokesman for Garmin quoted in an article in the Baltimore Sun offering that just telling you where you are or how to get somewhere is old hat.

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/09 at 08:46 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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