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Apple Silicon Beta and more

It took a while longer than expected, but the first beta version of Cartographica 1.6 is now available in the Beta channel. You can get access by choosing Beta next to Automatically check for updates in the Preferences window, or by downloading directly from Cartographica 1.6b1. As fortold in Apple Silicon Cometh, the new version is currently 1.6b1 and includes all of the features of the previous versions of Cartographica and more. There are many changes under the hood (besides the ability to run natively on Apple Silicon and Intel Macs), notably some significant upgrades to the …

Apple Silicon Cometh

As indicated in Welcome to the Future, we've been making use of the new Apple Silicon Macs since they were announced at WWDC 2020. However, during that time, the impact on Cartographica has been limited because of limitations on some of our library providers. While libraries with source code (such as the venerable GDAL, without which most GIS applications would be significantly weaker) were relatively straightforward to move to Apple Silicon, some of the proprietary libraries Cartographica uses to access proprietary file formats have not been as easy. After months (stretching in to over a year since Apple shipped the …

Cartographica Available by Subscription

One feature I discussed last summer in Preparing for 1.6, was the introduction of a true subscription version of Cartographica. Over the years, we've always provided the Student subscription (limited to up to 4 years and some other limits, such as one computer), but we've never offered subscription options for Cartographica to commercial customers. Since the software industry in general is moving in that direction, I'm announcing that as of today, Cartographica will also be available as a subscription. Note: if you have an existing Perpetual subscription, nothing changes for you. Perpetual licenses are just that: a perpetual license …

Cartographica 1.5.5 available

Today we released Cartographica 1.5.5, which is a bug fix and feature enhancement release. This version builds on Cartographica 1.5, and provides some feature enhancements and specific bug fixes. Cartographica 1.5.5 is available to all users with a Cartographica license. Formal release notes are on macgis.com Release Notes, but here are the highlights: Mapbox is now the default Geocoding and Live Maps provider (details in Preparing for 1.6) Added support for creating rasters from Vector point data [CARTOMAC-1896] Added support for MapBox-based Geocoding [CARTOMAC-2049] Added support for MapBox-based Live Maps [CARTOMAC-2046] Added support …

Mapbox Arrives

With today's release of Cartographica 1.5.5, we are taking the final steps to move towards our future with Mapbox as our new online services provider. Bing has served us well for many years, but as mentioned in Preparing for 1.6, we are moving away from Bing as a provider in April of 2022. Here are the key changes: Beginning with this release, the default for new Live Maps and Geocoding will be the MapBox services. We have added preferences (in the Preferences… panel) for you to put in your own API keys for either Mapbox or Bing …

Cartographica 1.5.4 available

Today we released Cartographica 1.5.4, which is a bug fix and feature enhancement release. This version builds on Cartographica 1.5, and provides some feature enhancements and specific bug fixes. Cartographica 1.5.4 is available to all users with a Cartographica license. Formal release notes are on macgis.com Release Notes, but here are the highlights: Cartographica now has default preferences for both area and length measurements. Existing per-document settings are retained, but these settings will be used for each new document [CARTOMAC-1573] Map Layout scales now use the default preferences for length measurements to determine the …

Preparing for 1.6

As we move toward the beginning of the summer of 2021, we're looking at the early stages of the Cartographica 1.6 release. This release will contain a number of significant changes which should help move the product forward and maintain compatibility while also evolving the internals to keep up with best practices in the industry. This will also usher in some changes to both our support and service offerings and supported formats. Service & Support changes Heading into late 2021, we're implementing some changes for Cartographica's licensing and services: Versions from 1.6 are going to require an active maintenance …

Quick Column Scripting

Occasionally, I get requests for new features that are very simple, and might take longer to deploy in the code base than it would take to make them available through AppleScript. In many of these cases, over the years, I've gone ahead and written and distributed AppleScript to meet these needs. A couple of days ago, a user reached out needing st set a specific column in new rows to a particular value. The general case of this requires providing a way to choose the column to be set, the value to be set, and which rows to set it …

Cartographica 1.5.3 available

Today we released Cartographica 1.5.3, which is a bug fix and feature enhancement release. This version builds on Cartographica 1.5, released in June and provides some specific bug fixes. Cartographica 1.5.3 is available to all users with a Cartographica license. Formal release notes are on macgis.com Release Notes, but here are the highlights: Fixed error message truncation on ODBC Drivers [CARTOMAC-1954] Improved raster image printing on 11 (Big Sur) [CARTOMAC-1947] Updated creation control in MapLayout Fixed crash in calculating nearest distance Restored functioning centroid for Z points in calculated columns [CARTOMAC-1950] Fixed crash when …

Welcome to the Future

This week, Apple released 2 big efforts that have been occupying their corporate resources for quite some time: macOS 11 Big Sur, and Macs based on Apple Silicon. Big Sur As with most new software releases, ClueTrust has been running macOS 11 Big Sur in the lab here since long before this release, and we're happy to announce that Cartographica 1.5.2 is fully compatible with the macOS 11 Big Sur release. Big Sur contained some big changes, and as such, unfortunately, versions of Cartographica prior to 1.5.2 are not compatible. As noted in the 1.5 …

Cartographica 1.5.2 available

Today we released Cartographica 1.5.2, which is a bug fix and feature enhancement release. This version builds on Cartographica 1.5, released in June and provides some specific bug fixes. Cartographica 1.5.2 is available to all users with a Cartographica license. Formal release notes are on macgis.com Release Notes, but here are the highlights: Moved PostgreSQL driver internal to the GDAL system to fix a problem in macOS 11/10.16 [CARTOMAC-1918] Fixed bug in KDM that could cause a crash when representative samples were too close to the border [CARTOMAC-1920] Fixed crash when changing …

Cartographica 1.5.1 available

Today we released Cartographica 1.5.1, which is a bug fix and feature enhancement release. This version builds on Cartographica 1.5, released in June and provides some specific bug fixes and some feature enhancements. Cartographica 1.5.1. is available to all users with a Cartographica license. Formal release notes are on macgis.com Release Notes, but here are the highlights: Support for importing data in Irish Grid and British National Grid reference formats Improved status information and cancel capabilities when exporting maps Improved status information and cancel capabilities when acquiring data from databases Fixed a bug involving …

Covid-19 Visualization

Today, I'm going to call attention to mapmaking by one of our Cartographica users, Stephen Taylor. You can see his Animation of Covid-19 New Cases, and updates to it on his YouTube Channel. The illustration uses a colored circle to show the daily count of new cases for each county relative to the county's population. We're happy that Cartographica could be one of the tools that was helpful in bringing this animation to life. Stephen, commenting on his work: The project started in early April when I and the circle of friends tried to come up with a way of …

Cartographica 1.5 available

Today we released Cartographica 1.5 to everyone. We appreciate your patience over the last year, and the support of all of you who ran development and beta versions of the software. We have a small team here at ClueTrust and we appreciate the loyalty of our customers and your continued support. Information about many of the largest changes are available in previous postings here: Cartographica 1.5: Improved format support Cartographica 1.5: New Georeferencing Model Cartographica 1.5: Formula changes Formal release notes are on the macgis.com Release Notes, but here are the highlights: Support for Dark …

CartoMobile New Maps

Today we released CartoMobile 2.1.2 to everyone. This version contains a couple of minor bug fixes and a significant map upgrade, courtesy of our Base Map provider, MapBox. Thanks to our beta testers for verifying the correct operation of these new maps. The new maps are taking the place of the existing base maps and include updated imagery and local road and waypoint data. The three included base maps are: Default MapBox tiles (Road data) Topographical Satellite imagery These should automatically replace your existing imagery if you are using the included Base Maps. If you are using your …

COVID-2019 Updates (with maps)

Due to the quick-moving nature of the COVID-2019 (2019 Coronavirus Disease), we are not going to publish any maps here directly, as they would be nearly immediately out of date. However, if you're interested in the latest updates from the World Health Organization you can visit their Coronavirus disease 2019 situation reports page to get the latest. They are posting a new report (PDF) daily. In addition, There is a daily map being produced by a number medical establishments available at HealthMap.ORG, complete with links to a data archive on GitHub.

Cartographica 1.5: Improved format support

Updated Raster and Vector format support With version 1.5 moving to a newer (2.4.4) version of the GDAL libraries, Cartographica is now supporting a variety of new Raster and Vector formats. Note that there are some file formats which we haven't been able to test, due to lack of example files. GDAL writers have tested previously (presumably), but if you can help us out with example files for these formats, please contact Support. New Vector Formats OpenStreetMap OSM and PBF files (no tests) Geomedia MDB EDI Geo SVG IDRISI Vector ARC/Info Generate files SEG-P1 / UKOOA P1 …

Cartographica 1.5: Formula Changes

TL;DR - if you're using formulas, read the Practical Changes section. Background Although it's been called out in our documentation for years, many people don't realize that the underlying system behind Cartographica's calculated columns is actually a full Python interpreter. This has allowed us to provide a full-featured function/method interpretation system, with sophisticated math and date calculation capabilities without having to build and maintain such a thing ourselves. Along with the many internal changes in Cartographica 1.5, we are preparing for Apple's announced deprecation of the Python libraries in macOS by moving to using our own internal Python …

Cartographica 1.5b2 Available

This is the seventh follow-up to Onward to 1.5 documenting the move to the 1.5 release. It's been a quick few weeks since the last update. We're refining some new testing processes (yet more automated testing) and that exposed some issues that we needed to take care of in the UI. As an added bonus, we've got yet more modern code in the system. A few of the changes for this release, besides a number of bug fixes and visual tweaks: Updated our internal version of Python which is used for Column Formulas. Previously, we'd used the OS …

Cartographica 1.5b1 Available

This is the sixth follow-up to Onward to 1.5 documenting the move to the 1.5 release. The last month or so has been a head's-down push to remove all bugs we could find and get Cartographica 1.5 to beta so that we can release it before the end of the year. It's been a busy fall, and there was some delay due to some iOS 13-induced emergency work on CartoMobile, but Cartographica is looking very strong going into version 1.5, and a lot of the work that we've done in automation and code clean up should …