Gaige B. Paulsen Articles


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 …

CartoMobile 2.1.1 Available

CartoMobile 2.1.1 is now available on the AppStore. This is a bug fix release that resolves the following: Fixed a crash which would sometimes occur when loading existing configurations Fixed a bug which cause problems rendering when changing from Heat Map to data display Fixed a bug where selection of polygons and lines with some imagery backgrounds failed

CartoMobile 2.1 Available

Incompatibility with iOS 13 and CartoMobile 2.0 Due to a last-minute change in behavior for iOS 13 (one we didn’t see during the beta period), we needed to release a new version to maintain compatibility with iOS 13. Along with fixing the problem with iOS 13, we have improved performance in line and polygon drawing. If you are using iOS 13, please update to version 2.1 ASAP, as it fixes these incompatibilities. GPS Tracking warning If you are using background tracking (for example, you start a line and then turn off the phone's display or switch to …

iOS 13 and macOS Catalina Compatibility

Catalina and Cartographica As of October 7, 2019, Apple has released macOS Catalina (version 10.15). ClueTrust is unaware of any problems with the current shipping version of Cartographica (1.4.9). All functionality tested is working and we have not experienced any issues with internal testing. Please make sure that you are using the most recent versions of Cartographica (1.4.9) or LoadMyTracks before reporting a bug when running macOS Catalina. NOTE: Some users have reported seeing 32-bit warnings for Cartographica. As long as you are using 1.4.9, you should experience no problems. The last version …

Preview Cartographica 1.5:New Georeferencing

This is the fifth follow-up to Onward to 1.5 documenting the move to the 1.5 release. It's taken a bit of time to get to this development release (d17), but that's because I've been working on an oft-requested improvement for Raster fans. In this case, it's a new Georeferencing system. It's not completely finished yet (development version, remember), but the bulk of it is in and solid, and I'd appreciate feedback from anyone who works with Georeferencing Raster images. I'm leaving the existing Georeference Editor (located in the Edit > Georeference… menu) in place for the time being, and …

Cartographica 1.5d16 Available

This is the fourth follow-up to Onward to 1.5 documenting the move to the 1.5 release. We've got some goodies for the Raster fans out there in this development release. I don't have time to get all of the documentation complete before posting the code, but the big feature this week is some serious Raster DEM (height) analysis. We're picking up most of the tools and options that are available in GDAL and thus much of what's in QGIS on this front. Future blog posts and docs will go into some detail about the options and the provenance …

Cartographica 1.5d15 Available

This is the third follow-up to Onward to 1.5 documenting the move to the 1.5 release. For those who noticed the update today, you'll note that the release notes were very short. All of the work the last two weeks was on internals. Much of the work was performance enhancement and modernization of some of the older code. Stay tuned for the next release which should be more exciting. Test versions Today we're releasing the next development test version. This is not for the faint of heart. The development test versions are available by changing your Preferences to …

Cartographica 1.5d14 Available

This is the second follow-up to Onward to 1.5 documenting the move to the 1.5 release. This release should be the last update related to the replacement of our key libraries. I've finished getting up to the current 2.4.x release of GDAL and the latest component libraries, which should enable better and more compatibility with file formats. New File formats Updating to the latest GDAL libraries provides us with access to a number of new file formats. I'm still working at adding tests for the new formats, so if you have files of these types that …