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Buying Imagery

In the old days there was only a couple places one could get aerial imagery and it was pretty simple. You’d ask if they had coverage of an area and they tell you no and how much it would cost to get an airplane up in the air and fly it. These days there are thousands of resellers of imagery and one can almost get lost trying to figure out which is best.

At least I have what I want and it is going to work out well but maybe I miss the days of just calling a contact and getting the information. The Internet just makes this process too complicated for me because I already know what I want and the wizard based ordering is a hassle. Next time I’m calling rather than deal with an Internet server. Heck, where did all those wonderful Landiscor photo books run off too. I guess they are just too expensive to carry anymore, though I bet I could walk over to Arizona State and take a peak at some. 🙂

Update: Thanks to David Guidera over at Aerials Express for taking care of me.

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ESRI ArcGIS Explorer to be released in June

ArcGIS ExplorerAccording to Directions Magazine Jack Dangermond says ArcGIS Explorer will be released in June. I posted a couple weeks ago that ESRI’s ArcGIS Explorer page changed the release date from Second Quarter to “Later this year” so either this is a new update to the release date or Jack hasn’t been updated to the new release plans. Either way maybe a new beta will be out soon as June isn’t too far away.

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Exit open programs – Installer problem

So I was updating my Windows Messenger Live (aka MSN Messenger) and I got an interesting dialog:

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Microsoft recommends that I close Windows Live Messenger Setup Wizard before continuing the install of Windows Live Messenger. Of course it never asked me to close Outlook which if anything I would think would need to be closed to get Messenger to install.

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Finally over 100 degrees

I was beginning to wonder if we’d be warming up or not this year. Of course early May is usually the time it first hits 100 degrees, but we’ve had a “cold spell” the last couple week so I was getting worried.

101 in Tempe

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Google SketchUp? Who cares

Meh...A couple people have asked me why I haven’t posted anything on the new “free” Google SketchUp. Well simply put I don’t consider it of any importance to the GIS community. First off I love working in 3D so don’t think this is me ignoring the possibilities. There are two big problems I see with Google SketchUp at least as this new “free” version is concerned. The program is only free for personal use so it is of no use for our company. We could buy the Pro version but spending money on something we don’t have time to use isn’t a good use of tight resources.

The Google Earth community is excited because they have a new toy to play with and maybe this will trickle down into the GIS community at large when more people start understanding 3D modeling, but from the standpoint of a GIS Professional this isn’t anything to get excited over. Having a 3D model of Taj Mahal is visually pleasing (eye candy), but it won’t help you perform your GIS analysis any quicker. Honestly the only way I’d get excited about Google was if they announced that they had 1 meter DEMs for the whole world available for free for download. Now that would help any GIS Pro get their job done quicker and easier.