Today Safe Software released FME 2009. I’ve was unable to take the 2009 beta for a spin (being busy is a good thing these days), but there are three new formats supported that really have me excited; CityGML 1.0, Adobe Geospatial PDF and OpenStreetMap XML (come to think of it Autodesk 3ds support might come in handy at the old architecture studio). Plus the 20% performance increase over FME 2008 will be a welcome change of pace from software that gets slower as it “improves”. The improved user interface of Workbench should increase usability for those who are used to other geoprocessing software packages. Safe has a “What’s Great” brochure available that outlines the improvements in more detail.