Firefox 3.5 with GeoLocation released today

Although it isn’t very clear on the main list of new features, thanks to Mapperz for the heads-up that today’s release of Firefox v3.5 includes a new geo-location feature. This is an optional new feature that lets a website query the browser’s geographic location. The user has to explicitly confirm that this it is okay ...

OpenLayers 2.8 Released

OpenLayers v2.8 has received its Final Release and is now the official stable release. New features introduced in v2.8 include: Support for multi-layer vector feature selection Support for drawing text in vector layers Support for 5 new layer types: OSM, ArcXML, pre-cached ka-Map, MapGuide “served tiles”, XYZ layers. Support for the WFS protocol New controls: ...

Animation and Dynamic Updates with KML

Although KML has quickly become the main format used for map annotation, it has a number of advanced features which only have limited support outside of Google Earth. Some of these absences are logical – for example, few mapping systems support 3d views and buildings. With the current pace of development it is likely that ...

MapQuest release iPhone MapQuest 4 Mobile

MapQuest have just announced an iPhone version of their MapQuest 4 Mobile application. This application performs the usual consumer mobile map activities: eg. find places, give directions, locate “landmarks” (fast food, etc). It has been available as a free product for Blackberry users since September, but this announcement increases competition in the currently very popular ...

GeoServer 1.7.5 Released

GeoServer 1.7.5 has just been released. Most of the changes and improvements are designed to improve the use of GeoServer in a production environment: An administrator can now control the resources (time and/or memory) used by each WMS request. JNDI Connection Pools are also now supported for DB2 and Oracle databases. “Features pre-generalized datastore extension” ...

WMS Tile Caches

The WMS standard is a popular choice for delivering map tiles from a web server. When combined with a modern AJAX client (eg. OpenLayers) it can produce a compelling geoweb application, but the download performance of WMS tiles can sometimes be inadequate. The easiest way to improve the WMS tile rendering performance for the end ...

Google Maps API v3 Available

v3 of the Google Maps API is now available although it looks to be in a development stage with a “smaller feature set” than v2 but additional features will be migrated from v2. The main difference from v2 appears to be that it is intended to load fast on limited systems (eg. Android and iPhone). ...

ESRI Release JavaScript API v1.4

Last week, ESRI released v1.4 of their JavaScript API. A full list of what is new can be found here. In addition to bug fixes, v1.4 has the following improvements: Support for Virtual Earth (Bing) maps and geocoding (VE authentication tokens are required) Support for ArcGIS Server network analysis services for route finding Render support ...

Virtual Earth rebranded as “Bing Maps for Enterprise”

Well I returned late last night from the EcoMap Costa Rica 2009 Field Season and the big news in the past week was Microsoft’s rebanding of their Live search products as “Bing”! Bing is currently showing beta pages, but it officially goes live tomorrow on 3rd June. My first reaction was “yet another un-necessary re-branding ...