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
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
"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
(http://www.osgeo.org ). 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
(www.autodesk.com/reseller.) For additional information on MapGuide
products, please visit: www.autodesk.com/mapguide.
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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