Cartographica Articles


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 …

Cartographica 1.5d8 Available

This is the first follow-up to Onward to 1.5 documenting the move to the 1.5 release. The last few weeks has been filled with a lot of internal library updates (and a week-long break for a long-delayed vacation) and preparation for building and testing under 10.15. I've now posted 1.5d8 which is also available in the Development feed in Cartographica's Check For Updates… Among the updates are major upgrades in the libraries we use for importing and exporting Vector and Raster files. These should mostly improve performance, reliability, and compatibility, but there are also some additional …

Onward to 1.5...

Cartographica has been stuck in the 1.4's for a while now, but there's been a lot of work going on as we're moving to get the long-rumored 1.5 out the door. Moving the macOS requirements Since October of 2014, we have been indicating that the 1.5 release of Cartographica will push the supported macOS substantially forward in order to allow us to adopt new features and improve the internal structure of the software. As we have been developing 1.5, we've pushed that expected version out a couple of times (as a consequence of being able to …

iOS 13 and macOS Catalina Beta Compatibility

In June, Apple announced pre-release availability of iOS 13 and macOS Catalina (10.15). ClueTrust is working to verify complete compatibility with these versions prior to their release this fall. However, as a rule, we caution against the use of pre-release operating systems for crucial work. Although we are unaware of any problems today that hamper the use of either Cartographica or CartoMobile, it is always possible to experience crashing and data loss with operating systems that have not been fully tested. With that said, if you choose to experiment with iOS 13 or macOS Catalina and run into problems …

Cartographica 1.4.9 Available

Version 1.4.9 of Cartographica is now available for download from our site and is available in the update stream. Changes are mostly bug fixes, including a critical fix to Activation and Bing Maps access. Cartographica 1.4.x is now in critical update mode, with new features going in to 1.5 and beyond. The key changes will be for people with older versions of macOS.

iOS 12 and macOS Mojave Compatibility

As of September 24, 2018, Apple has released macOS High Sierra (version 10.14). ClueTrust is unaware of any problems with the current shipping version of Cartographica (1.4.8). All functionality tested is working and we have not experienced any issues with internal testing. In addition, we've created a new beta of LoadMyTracks that addresses some recent issues with some devices and versions of macOS. Please make sure that you are using the most recent versions of Cartographica (1.4.8) or LoadMyTracks before reporting a bug when running macOS High Sierra.

Cartographica 1.4.8 Available

Version 1.4.8 of Cartographica is now available for download from our site and is available in the update stream. Changes are mostly bug fixes, including a critical fix to Bing Geocoding with OS X 10.7.x (introduced in last month's update). As of the July release, Cartographica 1.4.x is now in critical update mode, with new features going in to 1.5 and beyond. The key change will be for people with older versions of macOS.

Cartographica 1.4.7 Available

Cartographica version 1.4.7 shipped on July 1, 2017 providing a few bug fixes and a crucial change to ensure compatibility with updates to the Bing Maps API that we use for Live Maps. We encourage everyone using macOS 10.7 or more recent to upgrade to Cartographica 1.4.7. Release Notes for 1.4.7 are available from MacGIS.com.

iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra Compatibility

In June, Apple announced pre-release availaibility of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra (10.13). ClueTrust is working to verify complete compatibility with these versions prior to their release this fall. However, as a rule, we caution against the use of pre-release operating systems for crucial work. Although we are unaware of any problems today that hamper the use of either Cartographica or CartoMobile, it is always possible to experience crashing and data loss with operating systems that have not been fully tested. With that said, if you choose to experiment with iOS 11 or macOS High Sierra and run …

Security issues in Updater for Pre-1.4.6 Cartographica Versions

If you have version 1.4.6 (the current shipping version since May 2015) or greater, then your Cartographica is not susceptible to this problem. If you are running 1.4.5 or lower, please read this message. The updater that we use in Cartographica (Sparkle) has been found to have a specific set of vulnerabilities that can cause remote execution. The specific problems can be exploited via a MITM (Man-in-the-Middle) attack, resulting in arbitrary code execution in the Javascript portion of the display that Cartographica shows during updates. Unbeknownst to us, we mitigated this problem last spring when we …

Cartographica 1.4.5 Available

Cartographica version 1.4.5 shipped on March 2, 2015 providing mostly bug fixes for the 1.4 series and increasing compatibility with large-record shapefiles (contrary to the documentation, a number of products, including ESRI's products, are now using a 32,767-byte limit instead of a 4,095-byte limit for records in the DBF files. Release Notes for 1.4.5 are available from MacGIS.com.

Cartographica 1.4.4 Available

ClueTrust has released Cartographica version 1.4.4, which is now available for download from the MacGIS.com site. This update is free to all current Cartographica users, and any user who has valid trial key. (If you have previously tried Cartographica, you will be eligible for a new 10-day evaluation key if you visit our lost key page. Full release notes for 1.4.4 are available at our site, but here is a summary of the changes: Fixes for compatibility problems with OS X 10.8 and 10.7 Improved performance and progress information for Table and Database …

Geospatial Bookmarks in Cartographica

Since version 1.4, Cartographica has contained a highly-useful, but somewhat hidden feature for navigation called Bookmarks. In Cartographica, these contain both a geospatial location (in latitude and longitude, so that they can be converted agnostically into any CRS) and a scale in meters. Bookmarks can be created manually through the UberBrowser panel using the Bookmarks tab, or can be saved from any map by choosing View > Bookmark Extent. When saved, the new bookmark will have the location and scale of the current Map Window, and when manually created, you will have the opportunity to input the coordinates and scale …

Cartographica 1.4.3 Released

We are pleased to announce the release of Cartographica version 1.4.3, our latest minor feature and bug fix release. As with previous versions of 1.4.x, 1.4.3 is compatible with OS X versions 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9 (and we've also done some preliminary testing on 10.10). Features that we have included in the 1.4.3 release include: Improved AppleScript® support for analysis tools Added Selection Summary window Improved handling of GML layers with multiple geometry types Added support for .tab files as georeference information for TIFF files Improved character set …

Cartographica 1.4.2 compatible with Mavericks

We have been testing against Mavericks since the early betas and the 1.4.2 version of Cartographica works well with it. At this point, we aren't taking advantage of any Mavericks-specific features, but we have found on our test machines that the upgrade is a good performance move, especially for laptops. Other ClueTrust software, such as LoadMyTracks, has also been tested and works fine with Mavericks (excepting, of course, the long-standing issue with the Mac AppStore version of LoadMyTracks and serial devices due to Apple's policy change). Although we haven't tested any of the 1.2.x versions on …

Cartographica 1.4.2 Available

Cartographica 1.4.2 is now available, and it's got a little bit of everything to it: new features, performance enhancements, and bug fixes. This release ended up taking a bit longer than we expected as we have been working hard to fix the bugs reported in 1.4 and 1.4.1. But, we haven't just been working on fixing bugs, we've also been enhancing the capabilities and performance of the existing capabilities of Cartographica, with improvements in everything from WFS compatibility to execution speed and progress information for many of our analysis tools. I won't take up the …

Mapping the Changing U.S. Birth Rate

The PEW Research Center recently released a report about the changing birth rate in the United States. According to the report, "The overall U.S. birth rate, which is the annual number of births per 1,000 women in the prime childbearing ages of 15 to 44, declined 8% from 2007 to 2010. The birth rate for U.S.-born women decreased 6% during these years, but the birth rate for foreign-born women plunged 14% — more than it had declined over the entire 1990-2007 period. The birth rate for Mexican immigrant women fell even more, by 23%." The report mentions …

Mapping Mountain Top Removal

iLoveMountains.org is an organization that, "is the product of 14 local, state, and regional organizations across Appalachia that are working together to end mountaintop removal coal mining and create a prosperous future for the region." Together this group provides information and research to the public about the problems that mountain top removal mining has cause, and continues to cause in the Appalachians. According to iLoveMountain.org, "Mountaintop removal is a relatively new type of coal mining that began in Appalachia in the 1970s as an extension of conventional strip mining techniques. Primarily, mountaintop removal is occurring in West Virginia …

Using Spatial Join to Identify Elevation for Points

An owner of a golf course is working on redeveloping his golf course and has hired an analyst to help with the process. To make the process more streamlined and efficient the analyst is using GIS to help identify and plan various aspects of his new project. As part of the project the analyst needs elevation data for the greens on the golf course. He wants to know the elevations of the greens so that he can determine the best way to add new approaches and shots. Cartographica can help in this process by using Digital Elevation Models. To obtain …