#Cartographica Articles


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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

Geocoding photos from iPhoto, Aperture, etc.

Cartographica has for a long time supported geocoding photos based either on tracks or based on data inside of the photos themselves. For most of that time, we have supported doing this for both files on disk and images that are stored inside of Apple's iPhoto application. With recent versions of OS X (basically since 10.8.5 or so), Apple has been providing access to photos in both iPhoto and Aperture through the file selection or Open dialog as well by way of the Media item in the sidebar on the left. Since the introduction of that feature, we …

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 …

National Atlas and National Map changes

The USGS has announced that the National Atlas will be taken out of service as of September 30, 2014. According to the detailed product availability information, much of the data will be available via the to-be-enhanced National Map system, or as data downloads "at no cost" from Earth Explorer". This transition appears to be mostly a resource realignment (basically reducing the number of sources and web sites they need to maintain. In addition, the USGS has also announced that "[L]ater this year we will deliver these new framework datasets at one million-scale: networked hydrography, updated streams and water bodies …

Using CartoMobile to Enhance Historic Sites

The United States National Park Service maintains and controls more than 84.4 million acres of park land in the United States. Much of the land is historical in nature and has been preserved for future generations to enjoy and learn about the various parks. The use of the parks is as varied as the many historical and ecological characteristics that define each unique location. One of the most popular types of parks within the United States are National Military Parks. These parks are typically located on the sites of famous battlefields and other important historical and strategic locations around …

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 …

Introducing Cartographica 1.4: Cluster Analysis

Cartographica 1.4 now has the ability to perform Cluster Analysis. Cluster Analysis involves choosing and setting a number of parameters that are used to identify "hot spot" locations of point level data. Clusters are areas that have high concentrations of a particular incident. Knowing where high concentrations of certain things are located can be a very valuable tool for analysts conducting spatial analysis. The two main parameters used to identify clusters are Minimum Count and Distance. Minimum Count allows you to determine how many points are needed to identify a cluster. For example, if the minimum count is set …