Autodesk Delivers Commercial Versions of Open Source Web Map Publishing Software

Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 and Autodesk MapGuide Studio 2007 Provide

Customers Benefits of Open Source with the Backing of Autodesk

Jun 05, 2006, 01:00 ET from Autodesk, Inc.

    SAN RAFAEL, Calif., June 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Following its
 groundbreaking contribution to the open source community, Autodesk, Inc.
 (Nasdaq:   ADSK) today announced the commercial version of its open source
 web mapping platform, Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007. This certified
 version features all of the benefits of the open source version, plus
 additional quality assurance, technical support, connectivity to additional
 data sources including Oracle and SQL Server, as well as integration of
 numerous third-party components. Also available is Autodesk MapGuide Studio
 2007-a powerful authoring environment for creating and publishing maps and
 related data with the open source or commercial versions of MapGuide.
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     "Both MapGuide Open Source and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise offer
 customers the benefits of open source -- strong community, quick
 innovation, and the ability to easily customize the software," said Chris
 Bradshaw, vice president of Autodesk's Infrastructure Solutions Division.
 "Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise takes it a step further by providing
 customers with the support and backing of one of the world's largest
 software companies."
     Specific customer benefits of an Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise
 subscription include the ability to:
     -- Deploy solutions with the confidence that software applications and
        hardware are fully certified
     -- Contact web support with unlimited incidents
     -- Connect to Oracle and SQL Server databases
     -- Integrate third-party components such as the Mentor coordinate system
     -- Access continual enhancements from Autodesk through regular updates
        that provide additional features and new hardware support
     Autodesk MapGuide:  A New Powerful and Flexible Web Mapping Platform
     MapGuide Open Source and Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 both provide
 a powerful new platform for creating and publishing maps and related
 information to the web. MapGuide technology works with the latest PHP,
 .NET, and Java tools to quickly build powerful applications for Windows or
 Linux server environments. Developers can also publish spatial views
 internally, over the web, or using Autodesk DWF viewing technology for
 offline portability. Applications built using the MapGuide platform give
 users a faster and more flexible way to query, analyze, and view critical
 spatial information.
     "With the release of Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise and Autodesk MapGuide
 Studio, Autodesk has obviously been listening," said Jason Birch, senior
 applications analyst, City of Nanaimo. "I had a long wish list of features
 that I wanted to see, such as printing to scale, improved symbology and
 layer grouping-all these and more have been delivered. The API has been
 enhanced to provide developers with powerful and extremely flexible methods
 for manipulating and publishing geospatial information. Updates to layers
 are immediately reflected in all maps that reference them. These features
 will greatly reduce time spent on development and data management."
     Autodesk MapGuide Studio 2007: Simple Web Map Authoring
     The Autodesk MapGuide Studio authoring tool streamlines all aspects of
 preparing maps and geospatial data for distribution on the Internet or in
 the field. Users of MapGuide Open Source and/or Autodesk MapGuide
 Enterprise 2007 can use Autodesk MapGuide Studio to build stylized layers
 and make attractive maps by easily configuring settings, color, display
 attributes, labels, URLs, pop-up menus and more. It is then simple to add
 maps to existing applications, publish on the Internet, or customize for
 enterprise, municipal or field use. Autodesk MapGuide Studio users have
 full control over toolbars and menus, can use dozens of pre-made functions
 such as Zoom, Pan, Select, and can define custom buttons and menus.
 Autodesk MapGuide Studio streamlines aggregation and publishing of
 geospatial data, allows for rapid map creation and customization by
 leveraging previously authored maps and drawings, and negates need to use
 different tools for loading data types, connecting to databases and
 publishing to the web.
     Roots in Open Source Technology
     Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 is based on MapGuide Open Source, an
 active open source project hosted by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation
 ( ). The Open Source Geospatial Foundation, or OSGeo,
 is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and promote
 the collaborative development of open geospatial technologies and data. The
 foundation provides financial, organizational and legal support to the
 broader open source geospatial community. It also serves as an independent
 legal entity to which community members can contribute code, funding and
 other resources, secure in the knowledge that their contributions will be
 maintained for public benefit. OSGeo also serves as an outreach and
 advocacy organization for the open source geospatial community, and
 provides a common forum and shared infrastructure for improving
 cross-project collaboration. The foundation's projects are all freely
 available and useable under OSI-certified open source licenses. Since its
 inception in November 2005, OSGeo has met with encouraging success: the
 site, which launched March 7, 2006, currently hosts eight projects, and the
 number of registered members has climbed 33% month to month.
     Distribution and Availability
     Autodesk anticipates Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 and Autodesk
 MapGuide Studio 2007 will be available worldwide in International English
 in July 2006, with localized versions planned in the future. The software
 can be purchased through Autodesk Authorized Resellers
 ( For additional information on MapGuide
 products, please visit:
     About Autodesk
     Autodesk, Inc. is a Fortune 1000 company, wholly focused on ensuring
 that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users,
 Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the
 manufacturing, infrastructure, building, media and entertainment and
 wireless data services fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create,
 manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a
 result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage, become more
 productive, streamline project efficiency and maximize profits.
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      Alan Dunton

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