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Friday, January 21, 2011

I believe there were no Fed UC demos on stage that showed off touch screen interfaces per se. But I did have a chance to visit with Perceptive Pixel, Inc., the company behind the hardware, middleware and apps the likes of which you see on CNN’s Magic Wall. The company has been working with Esri to move some of its applications to “the big screen,” notably ArcGlobe.

The discussion was about touch interfaces and the challenge of bringing geospatial application to such platforms - from tiny iPhones to wall sized multi-person useable monitors. Our observations:

- there are some standard gestures (pan, zoom)
- there are some standard ideas (menus of options should be “where” you are working on the tough screen)
- Apple wrote a book and has patented many gestures
- this effort is in flux, but the model for developers on smaller popular devices like phones and tablets is making for a very rapid development/feedback loop on what “works”
- there are quite a range of ways to “port” a mouse/keyboard app to a touch environment, from a very low level (only a bit beyond using your finder as a mouse) to a high level specific gesture libraries for industries




by Adena Schutzberg on 01/21 at 12:42 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The FGDB API was announced yesterday. Details.

—- update 1/20/11——

Bill Dollins reports (via twitter): @billdollins “FGDB API due for public beta today-ish.” I didn’t get that response when I asked on the show floor yesterday, but I feel vindicated that I heard Dangermond say it yesterday!

—- update 1/19/11 8 pm.——

Update: Dangermond’s keynote video online.

—- original post 1/19/11 12:00 PM EST—-

Alas, Jack Dangermond started out with bad news: Anneesh Chopra, CTO got called away to the White House. He was going to speak. Dangermond suggested he may be able to come back later in the week. (I for one was disappointed!)

That did not stop Dangermond from jumping right into his vision.

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by Adena Schutzberg on 01/21 at 06:42 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

One of the first acts of the new governor, Gov. Dannel T. Malloy, was to put the state back on the tourism map.

- Courant Blog

—- original post 12/13/10—-

Connecticut is no longer on the Discover New England website. The organization, formed by the New England governors in 1992, gave the state 6 months of hosting giving it a spot on the map and state link in the footer.  But after CT decided not to pay membership fees it disappeared from both spots. The extra white space offers a nice place for Rhode Island’s label. The state is likely to return to the site since $100,000 is likely to appear in the tourism budget per the CT governor elect.

In these times I’m the first to say: If you can’t afford it, there’s no need to be on every map.

- AP

by Adena Schutzberg on 01/21 at 06:17 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Update: Kass Green video now online. She introduces Esri’s soon to come (Fed) service offering up Landsat data along with analytical tools. She begins about :30 into the very long video.

—- original post 1/19/11——

John Calkins was our host for the afternoon. He introduced 13 short talks and asked us to think about three themes how do we:

Do more with less (1-4)
Do it better and solving problems (5-9)
Become thought leaders (10-13)

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by Adena Schutzberg on 01/21 at 05:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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