Congratulations to Matt Giger for pushing out EarthBrowser 3.0. I have been following Matt’s triumphs and struggles on his blog as he’s worked at getting the latest EarthBrowser release out on his blog. I was more than happy to purchase a license and I encourage everyone else to do the same as well. I am very interested to see how folks use the Adobe Air based digital globe moving forward.
A thread has developed on the OSGeo email list (out of an “open source career” post in fact) asking how one can perform the same tasks using open source software as they do with ESRI.
Paul Ramsey as usual writes a spot on response to the question:
My general synopsis: for server-side, for scriptability, for automation, for web-based, open source wins for most use cases, given a technically savvy user; for ad hoc, for cartographic production, for a user who is used to a point-n-click experience end to end, proprietary still wins.
I’m sure most ESRI customers received the following email from ESRI regarding the Oracle 10.2.0.4 patch and ArcSDE:
If you are a user of the ArcGIS Server 9.2 ST_GEOMETRY data type with Oracle, we would like to make you aware of the following issue:
The recently released Oracle patch version 10.2.0.4 may make unexpected changes to the ST_GEOMETRY schema. ESRI is in contact with Oracle, and we are working together to understand and quickly resolve the problem in this Oracle 10.2.0.4 patch upgrade.
ESRI strongly recommends that all Oracle-based customers not upgrade to the Oracle 10.2.0.4 patch until ESRI has certified this Oracle patch release with ArcGIS Server 9.2.
If you have already upgraded to Oracle 10.2.0.4 and think you may be experiencing this issue, contact ESRI Support.
What is humorous about the whole issue (well at least funny to those not caught up in it) is that Oracle includes the following statement on their readme for 10.2.0.4 patch.
“Patch sets are a mechanism for delivering fully tested and integrated product fixes. Patch sets provide bug fixes only; they do not include new functionality and they do not require certification on the target system.”
Guess that isn’t the case, eh Oracle?
It seems that every time we meet, I have nothing but bad news. I’m sorry about that, I surely am.
Scripting in Google Earth? Now that is something that I really could take advantage of. Check out his videos on his blog post to see it all in action.
Google Earth really is starting to remind me more and more of the AOL of the early 90’s. Loaded with tons of crap you have to wade through to find the good stuff.
While pretty, 4.3 is a performance dog. Of course all the other digital globes are dogs, but Google has taken a step back on ease of use and speed. I’m sure they’ll get it back at the next release, but for now it makes me want to downgrade to 4.2. Does Google Earth have Google Goo in its Google Gears?
Peter Batty announced on his blog that whereyougonnabe has entered beta. If you have a Facebook profile and want to give it a spin, you can do so right here. If the word whereyougonnabe makes no sense to you whatsoever, just head over to Peter’s blog and check out some of the videos on how to use it.
OK, the MSR MapCruncher team has contacted me with some clarification as to the difference between the versions and what that means for the future:
You are correct that one reason there are two versions is licensing. The other reason is branding and support: the VE team has quality standards and wants to ensure they don’t find themselves doing support for a buggy product. We in MSR, on the other hand, are more interested in shipping bleeding-edge tools, even if it means things break. Right now, there’s not much in the MSR branch that’s not in the VE branch (other than a few undocumented hacks). But we’ve got some really exciting stuff in the pipe, and having that MSR branch available means we can turn out experimental versions very quickly. Then, if it gets a positive reception, VE can decide to push it through the product-quality process.
Well there you go. Currently MSR MapCruncher is at version 3.2.4 and VE MapCruncher is at 3.2.0. We’ll see how things change when MSR MapCruncher makes a bigger jump ahead. But at least for now VE MapCruncher has a license that allows you to use it in a commercial setting so I suspect most would be better served with the more stable version.