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Google Maps .NET Control

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Implementing the Google Maps API into your .NET web applications isn’t too hard, but its gotten much easier now with this Google Maps .NET control. As PortlandMaps.com shows us, integrating Google Maps into your applications can add so much value.

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Andrew Hallam Stops KML Related Development

Link – KML Related Development on Hold

Previous posts on this blog suggest that I’ve been playing around with software that generates KML. ‘Tis true, but I’ve decided to put the development of those tools on hold…

I’ve noticed the same issue with vector alignment on Google Earth with my datasets also. We are usually working with small areas so these are the ones that are most affected by this shift that happens when importing vector layers into Google Earth. There are projects that aren’t affected as the area of concern is large enough that you don’t notice the x/y shift, but we too have decided that Google Earth is not going to be right for many of our clients. Hopefully there will be a work around or Google will fix this problem in the near future.

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EDN Search Improved

Link – EDN Search gets a tune-up

Brian says that EDN search has been improved. Honestly though, I can’t recall how the old search worked because I’ve never used it (I just don’t like the interface at ESRI’s support site). As a developer though I’m glad they have gotten this working because anything that causes me to go to EDN is a good thing as the only value to EDN right now is the software. If you work for a company that already has all the licenses, EDN doesn’t give you anything more than you already have. Now that the search is working, maybe we’ll see some more enhancements such as an improved ArcScripts and maybe more ESRI posted code samples to play with.

 

New edn search

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Google Maps .NET Control

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Implementing the Google Maps API into your .NET web applications isn’t too hard, but its gotten much easier now with this Google Maps .NET control. As PortlandMaps.com shows us, integrating Google Maps into your applications can add so much value.

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Reading Material for a GIS Professional

Just a little something for me to read while traveling back east next week, twice…

Uc2005 cd

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They just don’t waste time

I guess since even my Grandmother knows about those Nigerian email scams, they had to change up the story. In my email tonight came this gem.

Dear Friend,
I am Barrister Micheal Huntley, an attorney at law in London. A deceased client of mine, by name Mr. Johnnie Dickison died in New Orleans with his wife and two kids as a result of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

I am contacting you to help assist me in ensuring that the funds lodged by my client with a bank in Bahamas, his bank is not decleared unclaimed hence my reason for this contact to you.

This bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the account will be confiscated.

My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you, Then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed-upon percentage.

All legal documents to back up your claim as my client’s next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.

This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest.

However if you are willing to assist me in this venture i will establish a verbal telephone communication with you and bring you into a much better picture of the situation.

Best Regards,

Barrister Micheal huntley.
Morley House,
26-30 Holborn Viaduct,
London EC1A 2BP.

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Issues with 3D models in Google Earth

Link – Google Earth St Paul’s and Digital Elevation Model

I’ve been focused on using Google Earth for a GIS viewer, but some others have been looking at using it for 3D models.

…problems have arisen with the Google Digital Elevation model (DEM). St Paul’s is located on a natural hill in London but the resolution of the DEM is not enough to compensate for the building size and structure.

By default Google Earth drapes the models to the landscape, resulting in a model which slopes, losing the straight lines and introducing distortion. To get around this it can be placed absolute to the ground, resulting in a 11 metre difference between the front and the rear of the building – as it sits on a hill. This has been compensated for in the model but it throws out the actual building height relative to the skyline.

Interesting. I’ve noticed some problems with a x/y shift going on when I try and create 3D views of buildings in Google Earth, but it looks like those who work with 3D Studio Max and ArcScene are also left wondering how/if Google might fix their issues with Google Earth.

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City of Portland integrates Google Maps into their Property Search

Link – Portland Maps Advanced Search

I’ve given Google Maps mashups a hard time because I don’t see too much value in many of them. I don’t need a mashup showing me where all the Starbucks are located since they are on every corner. But, some people are really started to figure out how to use Google Maps and create mashups that really add value to their websites. Take the City of Portland’s Advanced Property Search tool, it is much like any search you’d see from a large city, but it now gives you a map view showing where your search results are from. Simplicity is what works and this really is integrated well. If you need more detailed results, you can still drill down into their detailed ArcGIS server maps. The search tool also allows you to save your results into Excel ( including centroid coordinates
in lat/long!) and Philip Holmstrand let me know they plan to offer Google Earth KML links soon.

The team over at PortlandMaps should be congratulated for really pushing the envelope on their web based mapping. They’ve been able to utilize ArcGIS Server, Google Maps and Google Earths to try and get their GIS out to as many people as possible. Search is something that is always really hard to get right (I know, I’ve struggled with coding them for years), but Portland Maps gets it right.

Portland maps search

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Issues with 3D models in Google Earth

Link – Google Earth St Paul’s and Digital Elevation Model

I’ve been focused on using Google Earth for a GIS viewer, but some others have been looking at using it for 3D models.

…problems have arisen with the Google Digital Elevation model (DEM). St Paul’s is located on a natural hill in London but the resolution of the DEM is not enough to compensate for the building size and structure.

By default Google Earth drapes the models to the landscape, resulting in a model which slopes, losing the straight lines and introducing distortion. To get around this it can be placed absolute to the ground, resulting in a 11 metre difference between the front and the rear of the building – as it sits on a hill. This has been compensated for in the model but it throws out the actual building height relative to the skyline.

Interesting. I’ve noticed some problems with a x/y shift going on when I try and create 3D views of buildings in Google Earth, but it looks like those who work with 3D Studio Max and ArcScene are also left wondering how/if Google might fix their issues with Google Earth.

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Better Than Buying an Ad

I’ve been critical of companies uploading commercial products into ArcScripts, but now they are uploading the same file more than once. Sure they use the excuse of German vs. English to give them reason to upload the file twice, but we all know they shouldn’t be doing it anyway and it says that you can’t upload demo software to the site so I can only conclude they did this for commercial reasons. I mean, why pay for an ad on a website or GIS magazine when you can put it right on ESRI’s site. And a trip to their website, you quickly see that their site runs so slow. Moving the downloads to ESRI’s servers should help with the speed. Why pay for your own bandwidth when ESRI can host the file for you?

More commercial software

The first screen when you upload your file you see the following.

Upload script

Even if you are color blind, I assume these companies can read. The only conclusion is they are marketing their products using a service from ESRI, that has a goal of allowing GIS professionals to freely share programs and scripts they have created so that others can benefit. No wonder most of us don’t like using it anymore.