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WMS Connect for ArcGIS 9.1

Link – WMS Connect 1.0.0

So the question comes to mind on why would you need such a tool? The core ArcGIS WMS extension is great for quickly visualizing services within the ArcGIS framework. However, it doesn’t natively allow users to modify the WMS map requests and it does require an existent Internet connection.

The WMS Connect tool allows the user to modify WMS service requests in such a way that the user can select a style other than the default, it allows the user to define the request area, and it allows the definition of the downloaded cell size. The result of this tool is a raster dataset on disk and the user can use it in a disconnected environment and for geoprocessing as well.

I’m going to have to try this when I get back into work on Monday. Better WMS support in ArcGIS has been a hot topic with some of our clients.

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Live WMS Data Inside Google Earth

Link – Adding WMS overlays to Google Earth

Chris posts some code to take WMS server output and overlay it inside Google Earth.

To give a bit of background on how the following code works, Google Earth has the ability to send the bounding box coordinates of your current view to a file, or webpage. Now, for those people whose light bulbs arent going off, this means it is quite easy to create a small bit of code to capture these bbox coordinates and transform them into a WMS request. The WMS output can then be overlaid quite accurately with GE’s sat imagery and tilted, zoomed to your hearts content.

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Live WMS Data Inside Google Earth

Link – Adding WMS overlays to Google Earth

Chris posts some code to take WMS server output and overlay it inside Google Earth.

To give a bit of background on how the following code works, Google Earth has the ability to send the bounding box coordinates of your current view to a file, or webpage. Now, for those people whose light bulbs arent going off, this means it is quite easy to create a small bit of code to capture these bbox coordinates and transform them into a WMS request. The WMS output can then be overlaid quite accurately with GE’s sat imagery and tilted, zoomed to your hearts content.

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Brian Flood Plays With Google Maps API and WMS Servers

Link: Brian Flood : Google Maps API and WMS Servers (dead link).

Boy it didn’t take Brian very long to get working on the Google Maps WMS service. I think Brian is right on with his assessment, most developers will want to display WMS layers on a GMap, rather than the inverse. Still the Gmap juggernaut moves forward.