Intergraph, MapInfo add new dimensions

Two of the biggest makers of GIS software are releasing major upgrades of their flagship desktop PC products this month.

Intergraph Corp. says it has brought more of the sophisticated cartographic tools of its high-end professional products to the desktop level in GeoMedia 5.0. The $1,500 program also strengthens its ties to industry standard databases, adding new support for Oracle9i, IBM DB2 and Microsoft SQL Server while updating with competing formats MapInfo 6.5 and AutoCAD 2002.

Also new are add-ons that include GIS tools specific to public works, parcel management and transportation. A $7,495 Professional version adds data-manipulation capabilities.

Among the most important new features in MapInfo Professional 7.0, priced at $1,315, is support for several raster-imagery file types'including MrSID, ADRG and NTIF'used by the Defense Department and other federal agencies.

See in 3-D

The improvements in the user interface, mapping, Web publishing and data management are many, but a few stand out. For example, you can now use MapX tools to export maps to Pocket PC devices. MapInfo also has added 3-D stereoscopic viewing that lets you convert images into 3-D format for viewing through special glasses or other devices. Also new are support for Oracle9i, 9i Locator and 9i Spatial, and the ability to read the popular ESRI Shape file format.

Contact Intergraph at 800-791-3357 and MapInfo at 518-285-6000.

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