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DATA
Author:
Michael Weisman
About Data    |    March 23, 2009    |    By Michael Weisman

Choosing the Right Data Format

As Dale pointed out, with every new version of FME, we add support for new formats. Take some time to read Dale’s post, it’s a very good read. As Dale concludes, like it or not, the shapefile is here to stay, and new formats will, inevitably, continue to be invented. So with all these formats […]

DATA
Author:
Dale Lutz
About Data    |    March 13, 2009    |    By Dale Lutz

The Quest for the Ultimate Format

“All of this has happened before and all of it will happen again.” The new Battlestar Galactica series has quite a following at Safe, and we’re all anxiously awaiting the final two episodes.  But as we reflect on how the show’s recurring prophesy that “all of this has happened before and all of it will […]

DATA
Author:
Paul Nalos
About Data    |    March 9, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Orientation and Geodetic Data – Part 2

In my post last Wednesday on Orientation and Geodetic Data, I motivated the need to correctly orient polygons when loading geodetic data into Microsoft SQL Server. Today, I’ll continue by describing a simple approach to addressing this problem and look at some of its consequences. I’d like to discuss an interesting pitfall of using the […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    March 6, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist #28: Inspector Gadget

Contents:
FME2009: The Small Stuff,
Transformer Defaults: A Reminder and An Update,
FME2009 Example: MeasureExtractorToZ,
Your Spy at Safe: Inspector Gadget,
Sketchup! Did I see that right?
Feature Types to Read: Now More Dynamic!
2009 FME International User Conference: Update.

This Friday afternoon (Pacific Time) the FME Evangelist gives you some weekend reading on the top FME2009 updates you probably never noticed, and drops some very hot-off-the-press information your way regarding a successor to the venerable FME Universal Viewer. Yes you heard (and saw) it here first! Plus there’s the reveal of a terrific update to the Feature Types to Read parameter.

DATA
Author:
Paul Nalos
About Data    |    March 4, 2009    |    By Paul Nalos

Orientation and Geodetic Data – Part 1

I recently read an interesting article by Simon Greener on some of the challenges of accessing Oracle Spatial data created by ESRI’s ArcSDE. He highlights two classes of polygons that are valid in ArcSDE and not in Oracle Spatial, and how you might work with them. This inspired me to discuss another situation where there […]

DATA
Author:
Don Murray
About Data    |    February 25, 2009    |    By Don Murray

The Small Things

One of the things that we constantly focus on at Safe Software are “the small things that matter.” Too often companies forget about the small improvements that affect all of their users and instead focus on the next big thing.  Look at any industry and you will find the companies that lead are those who […]

DATA
Author:
Dale Lutz
About Data    |    February 18, 2009    |    By Dale Lutz

Everything’s Coming Up 3D

Now that Valentine’s Day is behind us, rather than “everything coming up roses,” it seems to me that everything is coming up 3D.  At least everywhere I turn. Hot on the heels of a very informative URISA BC seminar titled “The New Dimension in GIS – 3D Analysis” (find a good summary of the day […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    February 17, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist #27 – The "X" Files

Contents:
XQuery: Reading XML Contents,
XQuery: Handling a Metadata Repository,
Fun Stuff: FME2009 Wallpapers,
Your Spy at Safe: New Tester Sneak Preview,
FME Blog: New and Updated!

This fine week the FME Evangelist highlights some FME2009 XML functionality that anyone might want to use. Plus we explore reading and writing to a CSW metadata repository and take a sneak peak into development of a new Tester transformer.

DATA
Author:
Michael Weisman
About Data    |    February 11, 2009    |    By Michael Weisman

Open and Accessible Data

The geo-blogosphere has been abuzz in the last week or so about the release of a new RESTful service for spatial data distribution from the city of Nanaimo, BC. It’s an impressive service which gives users a huge amount of power over easily obtaining data from the city. Aside from being able to easily locate […]

FME
Author:
Mark Ireland
About FME    |    February 11, 2009    |    By Mark Ireland

FME Evangelist#26: Dude, Where's My Parcel?

Contents:
New Format: GPX Writing,
New for FME2009: Raster Clipping,
Tip of the Day: Redirects,
Mashup Example: Parcel Tracking,
FME Worldwide User Conference 2009.

This FME Evangelist post continues to highlight the new features of FME2009. Included this time are the GPX format writer, true raster clipping, a tip on customizing the toolbar to handle redirects, and an example of creating a mashup by scraping data from a web site. Oh and info on the upcoming 2009 FME International User Conference.