Articles in the General News category

  1. Scientific American looks at Coordinates

    Scientific American posted an overview about tectonic plate movement, datums and geodesy. The article covers a fair amount of ground in some depth, but not so much so that it's confusing. Check it out and contemplate the amount of work that we'll all be doing when the USGS updates the datum in another few years.

    For those who are curious, Cartographica maintains a large list of datum and datum shift information so that it can accurately overlay coordinates from one system onto another. These calculations aren't trivial and we had quite a time squeezing these conversions into the first version …

    Tagged as : datum
  2. Cartographica 1.4 and beyond

    At ClueTrust, we're proud and excited to deliver version 1.4 of Cartographica into the hands of our customers.

    This has been a long journey from the last major feature release to this one, and although we have added a lot of new functionality to the software and made many improvements, it became clear to us months ago that something was going to have to change for us to be more responsive to the needs of the market and our customers.

    To that end, we have been bolstering our automated testing capabilities, enhancing our hands-on testing regime, and changing how …

  3. US Ag Department looks for input on aerial imagery

    As reported in Ag Professional and forwarded along by one of our astute customers, the US Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency has put out a public call for comments on how data is collected for requests for Aerial Photography through the NAIP program, which is a great source of raster data for software such as Cartographica.

    The call for information is specifically expected to help the agency:

    1. Determine whether the continued collection of information is still necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the FSA, including whether the information will have practical utility; 
    2. Assess the accuracy …
  4. New Support Site!

    This week, we launched out new support site, using Zendesk. Besides a smoother ticketing system, we are also happy to announce that we have taken the feature request, help and tips areas and made them much more accessible. Please join us in inaugurating this new site by visiting, asking your questions, adding your feature requests, and voting on your favorite requests and topics.

  5. Farewell and Thanks, Steve Jobs

    Yesterday we learned of the death of a man who had a profound effect on the course of my life and the life of this company. I am sure that this sentiment has and will be reflected many times, but it makes it no less true in our case. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of those whose lives were touched by him.

    I never knew the man personally, although I stood in the same room with him many times. I have owned at least one Macintosh since 1984 (including a dark period where I …

  6. Export data-rich Illustrator files from Cartographica

    Avenza Releases MAPublisher 8.4 With Support for Cartographica Illustrator Files

    The new release of MAPublisher 8.4 ( for Adobe Illustrator, allows data-rich Adobe Illustrator files which have been exported from Cartographica to be opened in Adobe Illustrator with all attributes, layers and geo-referencing intact.

    This means that there is now a direct path from the Cartographica GIS environment on Mac OS to the powerful Adobe Illustrator design environment without the loss of any attributes and geo-referencing.

    Now the full suite of MAPublisher cartographic tools can be used on Cartographica generated maps.

  7. CartoMobile available on the App Store

    ClueTrust is pleased to announce that Cartographica® Mobile (CartoMobile™) is now available on the App Store. CartoMobile is our GIS for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Use CartoMobile to view, edit, and create location-based information in the field without having to carry around specialized equipment. Store and access local data, or use CartoMobile with your existing Spatial Data Infrastructure. Dock with your computer and load the files directly into your desktop GIS.

  8. GIS Education in Middle and High Schools

    I stumbled acros an interesting article today about the expansion of GIS education into Middle and High Schools. The article in the Gainsville Times describes the process of training teachers and ways to discover new applications of GIS. Exposing kids to GIS seems to be the next step in the evolution of GIS as a commonly used technology. As of now it seems that GIS has remained useful only to professionals who gained training while in college. The early exposure will get more kids, and hopefully parents, interested in discovering the world through science and technology. As technology continues to …

  9. 2010 Census Underway...

    The 2010 U.S. census began this morning in a nearly \$300 million dollar attempt to count the nation's population. The census bureau is sending out forms to nearly 120 million households in hopes that they will top the year 2000 response rate of 67%.

    The census is relevant to mappers because much of the information that is collected in done so through geographic units of analysis. We often hear about Block Groups and Census Tracts, well, the census is where we get these terms. The census divides the nation into incrementally smaller units and data are collected from each …

  10. U.S. Department of Agriculture: Mapping Farm and Food Production

    I read an interesting article this morning about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new study on food production on the East Coast. According to the USDA website, the Agricultural Research Service is conducting a large scale evaluation that includes researchers from "Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Iowa State University, Cornell University, and Pennsylvania State University. Two other USDA agencies—the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the Agricultural Marketing Service—are also contributing to the study."

    The USDA website notes that people think of the East Coast as mostly urban, however, the East Coast has an agricultural economy over …

  11. Hearing on the Future of Federal Management of Geospatial Data

    Yesterday (July 23) the House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing about the future of federal geospatial data management. The purpose of the meeting was to cover various issues related to geospatial data, and to talk about the need to promote better geospatial data management and a national geospatial data infrastructure. The hearing was published on the House Committee on Natural Resources website for public viewing. The hearing included a panel of mapping professionals that were at the hearing to testify about the value of geospatial data and the importance of creating a national database of federal …

  12. A Bit of Apple News...

    I have a couple of things to write about this morning regarding Apple products and news...There has been a lot of talk around the internet about what is going on with the new iPhone and its battery problems. I have a few updates on that and a few comments about another iPhone 3G problem that has occurred with the new 3.0 update. Additionally, there was an interesting article this morning that mentions Apples place in China's roll out of a new internet filtering software that is designed to limit access to pornography and to sensitive political websites.

    I …

  13. iPhone 3G S Problems?

    There have been reports circling the internet that the new iPhone 3G S is experiencing problems with the battery overheating. is reporting that in some white iPhones 3G S's there are reports that the overheating is causing discoloration. The same article also hinted at older iPhone 3Gs experiencing similar problems after upgrading to the new 3.0 OS. The article also pointed out that the overheating was occurring while the users were playing games or running other applications. At this point it is unclear if all iPhone are affected, if certain apps are causing problems, or if the …

  14. iPhone 3G S Pre-Order Sales

    The release of the newest iPhone 3G S begins on Wednesday and reports are that it has already sold-out of phones to be handed out on opening day. Apple Insider and Information Week are both reporting that sources are saying that customers who ordered after Saturday the 13th should not expect to receive their iPhone on the opening release day.

    Both Apple Insider and Information Week are indicating that customers wishing to upgrade or to purchase the new iPhone will now likely have to wait 7-14 days to receive their new phone. This is a problem (If you will call …

  15. Apple 8GB iPhone 3G Refund

    I had a recent experience involving the 8GB iPhone 3G that I thought really shows why Apple is such an amazing company. Let me explain. We all know this week that Apple announced the newest version of its iPhone would be hitting stores by June 17th, which will include the newest version of the Mac OS 3.0, and a number of other new features that will greatly improve the iPhone. Well, me being an Apple advocate to my friends and family, I continually support their purchasing of any Apple products from computers, to cell phones, to programs like Cartographica …

  16. Apple World Wide Developer Conference

    Today is the first day of the Apple World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, which should be very exciting for any Mac user. Each year a number of new products are presented at the conference, and this year should be no different. There has already been a lot of buzz about the new iPhone software that is due out very soon, and the conference should be a place to highlight the new software's capability. According to Mitch Wagner of Information Week Apple is expected to present the newest version of the iPhone, which is expected to have a …

  17. The Tenth Crime Mapping Research Conference

    For the past decade the National Institute of Justice has held the Crime Mapping Research Conference which focuses on advocating for policy decisions, and solutions to problems, to be guided by GIS related research. The importance of the conference stems from the fact that crime is a phenomenon that can be understood spatially, and as technology improves, so does the quality of the research that is produced. The Tenth Crime Mapping Research Conference gives the growing community of researchers and practitioners a place to present, debate, and communicate about ongoing research.

    The 2009 Crime Mapping Conference is located in New …

  18. ClueTrust announces availability of Cartographica 1.0

    ClueTrust is very, very pleased to announce general availability of Cartographica, the Macintosh GIS.

    After a 6 months of testing and enhancement, we're finally ready to put our name on a 1.0. Today, Cartographica brings with it the ability to import and export data in a huge number of formats, create detailed maps with highly-evolved styles, and access geospatial data from across the Internet. However, version 1.0 is just the beginning. Users of Cartographica can look forward to quick evolution of features in the months and years to come.

    In comparison to commercial packages on other platforms, Cartographica …

  19. Apple sees maps everywhere in iLife 09

    Just in case we were wondering how much mapping is making it into the mainstream, check out the new features in Apple's iLife '09 products.

    For starters, they've added support for manual geocoding (type a place name and drag a pin around on a map) and maps for navigation of photo data. This is all encapsulated in a new feature they refer to as "places". And, the support has been extended from the photo management side to photo book production, providing nearly effortless map addition to a photo book. Pretty neat.

    On the video side, Apple's iMovie has map templates …

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