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GeoMedia Wiki

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 24, 2008

Was reading a post made by Zym in reply to one of my entries. It mentions using Google as a reference for a good source of documentation. He also mentions the idea of developing a wiki. There has been talk of developing a wiki focused on GeoMedia suite. I envision it to be a centralized place where users can find examples, documentation, and pointers for more ideas. Additionally, I envision it being a collaborative effort with some content coming from Intergraph but also quite a bit of content coming from the users.

As I’m sure you all know, the real power of a wiki is the ability for many people to collaborate. So, with that said, I’d like your feedback.

  1. Would you find it useful?
  2. Would you help edit it?
  3. Would you add your own content (e.g. examples, workflows, ideas, etc).
  4. Would the requirement that you had to login turn you off from editing/adding content?

Please provide your feedback as I could really see this happening…if there’s enough interest.

Thoughts?

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Find the Missing Software

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 22, 2008

Just a simple, dumb question…can ANYBODY provide the direct link to the GeoMedia suite of products?? It’s cheating if you have it bookmarked :-). I started at the Intergraph home page and after 15 minutes I’ve given up. Now…can anybody find a link to ArcView from the ESRI home page??? I did it in literally five seconds!

I even Googled GeoMedia. Both the GeoMedia5.com and GeoMedia6.0 links return 404 errors. In fact, I typed in “Intergraph GeoMedia” into Google. Of the first four links, the first three return a 404 error.

Sorry this post wasn’t too helpful. And honestly, I’m not try to slam Intergraph. However if I’m having a hard time navigating my way through the Intergaph web site, I can only imagine how hard it would be for a prospective GeoMedia customer.

[Off my soapbox now]

[Back on my soapbox] – Update

I think I finally found my link. I had to LOGIN to get to it. HUH???????? I’m sorry…but what marketing genius decided on this?? Here’s the page I get if I’m not logged in (from the Intergraph web site):

New Customer

Intergraph product-specific information is only available to existing Intergraph customers. If you are interested in Intergraph solutions, click here to complete our contact information form, and an Intergraph representative will contact you.

Could that be less useful?? All I was trying to do was pass on some information about the GeoMedia suite to a colleague.

Isn’t there a way someone can find out more information WITHOUT registering???

[Off my soapbox]

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Bug with GeoMedia Viewer 6.1 Minor Release

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 22, 2008

Received an email today. Apparently the minor release for GeoMedia Viewer 6.1 (06.01.03.08) has broken the SmartStore data server. Now I’m not sure if it impacts GeoMedia or GeoMedia Pro. However it’s been reported and replicated by Intergraph. Guessing there will be a new minor release to fix this issue soon.

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Intergraph Minor Releases

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 22, 2008

I will be posting different things that were covered at the GeoMedia 6.1 product launch soon… However one thing that was covered was the idea of “minor releases”. They are new with the 6.1 release and have replaced the “hotfix” nomenclature…with one big difference. With few exceptions, hotfixes were designed to just be a set of patches/fixes to GeoMedia. On the other hand, minor releases are designed to be both patches AND new functionality. As far as I understand it, Intergraph is trying to get the users functionality much faster (which is always very nice). So, to do this, they will be rolling the functionality in minor releases. Now, it sounds like Intergraph might also be rolling future expansion packs into a minor release. Not totally sure on this one (any comments from Intergraph??).

Anyhow, with that said, I’m a little late in posting. However Intergraph has released minor releases for GeoMedia 6.1, GeoMedia Pro 6.1, and GeoMedia Viewer 6.1. Here’s the complete this of fixes and enhancements for GeoMedia Pro 06.01.03.08. This was copied right from the web site. You can assume the enhancements will change depending on your version of GeoMedia.

The problems summarized below have been fixed in GeoMedia Professional Minor Release #1 version 06.01.03.08.

  • Resolved a problem where a Double Click of the mouse would add extra points if coincident. JTS TR# 39108

  • Resolved a problem where the results of a Spatial Query were incorrect after unloading and loading of the query. JTS TR# 64432

  • Resolved a problem where new Mapwindow names were not being honored with a Spatial Intersection Query. JTS TR# 65490

  • Resolved a problem where the Generate Base Geometry command was returning incorrect results when the source was a DynSeq query. JTS TR# 69778

  • Improved memory usage in the Library system. JTS TR# 70495

  • Resolved a problem where the Unload command would not release an application command from memory. JTS TR# 70650

  • Resolved a problem where a Resolve Text Conflicts query was not handled by Geomedia WebMap Publisher. JTS TR# 76668

  • Resolved a problem where Show Legend Entries returned an error for GeoMedia Grid raster objects. JTS TR# 76710

  • Resolved a problem where the application would crash when attempting to load a SQL Server SLOPE feature. JTS TR# 80793

  • Resolved a problem where the application would crash with a Dr. Watson error when re-projecting a WMS raster to the Layout sheet. JTS TR# 82250

  • Resolved a problem where a PPInsOps dialog was being displayed when data was loaded. JTS TR# 82739

  • Resolved a problem where a ‘remote server machine does not exist’ error message was displayed when invoking the Style Definition dialog within Batch composition. JTS TR# 82763

  • Resolved a problem where importing a GLS where the map frame contains only thematics in the legend would fail with a ‘No geometries found’ error message. JTS TR# 82831

  • Resolved a problem where an automation error would be observed when digitizing a feature using the Arc by start, Point on Edge, End placement mode. JTS TR# 82993

  • Resolved a problem with HKLM R/W Access affecting the use of analytic merge and functional attributes. JTS TR# 83012

  • Resolved a problem where a ‘PProServiceApplication-defined or object-defined’ error message repeatedly occurs when the Redigitize command is continued. JTS TR# 83026

  • Resolved a problem where the Batch Plotting utility crashed when the Y value was deleted on the setting dialog. JTS TR# 83054

  • Resolved a problem with the queuing options locator box width field on a machine running a German operating system. JTS TR# 83058

  • Resolved a problem where the user could not place an area feature if the default height was changed during placement. JTS TR# 83091

  • Resolved a problem where an ‘Object variable or Width block variable not set’ error would display when the user clicked in the Map window after a Continue geometry was invoked. JTS TR# 83160
    1. Create an Access Read-Write connection to USSampledata.mdb.
    2. Add RouteShield feature class to the map Window.
    3. Select Route Shield legend and from right click menu select Style Scaling as Paper.
    4. Zoom to a single feature in Map window .
    5. Select the single feature and invoke Edit > Geometry > Continue
    6.Click in Map window before Place Point at Angle dialog appears.

  • Resolved a problem where the Text File Preview pane would display three dots at end of line that do not exist. JTS TR# 83172

  • Resolved a problem where a spatial filter by select set was failing in some cases with a WFS connection. JTS TR# 83187

  • Resolved a problem where no feature classes were displayed for a GML File that would display in other applications. JTS TR# 83189

  • Modified the WMS dataserver to support WMS 1.3.0. JTS TR# 83201

  • Resolved a problem where an automation error would occur when the backspace key was pressed during a continue geometry function. JTS TR# 83212

  • Improved scalability of data loading (Add Legend Entry). JTS TR# 83216

  • Resolved a problem where a Patterned Line with Offset could not always be located. JTS TR# 83338

  • Resolved a problem where a blank error message would be displayed when performing a copy parallel on an edited Cartographic Geometry feature. JTS TR# 83349
    Steps To Reproduce:
    1. Invoke GMPro and connect to USSampelData.mdb.
    2. Add States to Map Window.
    3. Select a States feature and invoke ‘Create Cartographic Geometry’ command. Hit ESC.
    4. Perform Copy Parallel operation on any of the States feature displayed in Map Window with target set to ‘States’.

  • Implemented support for ARCS image format. JTS TR# 83358

  • Resolved a problem where using the Options command (via the File Locations tab) to change the default GeoWorkspace or Warehouse folder location to a folder named with the Japanese hyou character results in the error message “Error displaying the file location for GeoWorkspace Files” or “Error displaying the file location for Warehouse Files” respectively. JTS TR# 83396
    1. In the folder Warehouses create a folder with the name the Japanese character hyou, Unicode 0x8868, SJIS 0x955c
    2. Initialize GeoMedia Pro.
    3. Invoke the Tools > Options command and select the File Location tab.
    4. Select Warehouse Files from the File Types list and click the Modify button.
    5. Browse to the folder with the hyou character name as created in step 1. Click OK to save the change. This will result in the message “Error displaying the file location for Warehouse Files” will be displayed and the default warehouse location will not be changed.

  • Resolved a problem where Arabic Unicode text would display backwards JTS TR# 83398

  • Resolved a problem where the Precision Coordinate and Spatial Filter dockable controls displayed blank in gws. JTS TR# 83484

  • Resolved a problem where non-existing lines display as the user zooms in and out. JTS TR# 83509

  • Resolved a problem where Japanese characters were displayed incorrectly if the text file that contains them was saved as ANSII. JTS TR# 83510

  • Resolved a problem where ‘Read-only features cannot be edited’ error message would display when the user attempted to Insert Text with the Place Along Existing Geometry orientation. JTS TR# 83518
    Steps to reproduce:
    1.Invoke GMPro blank GWS; make an access R/W connection to USSampleData.mdb
    2.Add States FC to the MW.
    3.Invoke Insert>Text command.
    4.Select StateNameLabels FC from dropdown, key in ‘Test’ named text to insert and select ‘Place along existing geometry’ as the orientation mode.
    5.Once click on the Texas state and move over the state to place the label.
    6.Now at some point the label comes very much closer (even the label may be disappeared), click on that particular point to place the label.

  • Added OGC with GML 3.2 compliancy for the GML data server, WFS data server, and the ExportToGML commad. JTS TR# 83523

  • Resolved a problem where the user could not move or delete Cartographic geometries with an Arcview connection. JTS TR# 83552

  • Resolved a problem where Japanese text was rendered incorrectly in the map window. JTS TR# 83579

  • Resolved a problem where GMPro cannot display 2525B fonts from GeoDex. If the user uses the font inside of a style for a point feature, the symbol display is blank. Also, the style dialog cannot display the characters in its character map. JTS TR# 83603

  • Resolved a problem where inserting a feature would not permit the selection a feature class from a category. JTS TR# 83608

  • Resolved a problem where a search would fail when a Spatial Filter was applied and then removed. JTS TR# 83613

  • Resolved a problem where the application would crashes when copying a legend from a Resolve Text Conflict query in the GWS to the library JTS TR# 83615
    Steps to reproduce:
    1.Open a blank GWS; Make an Access r/w connection to USSampleData.mdb.
    2.Invoke Tools>Resolve Text Conflicts command.
    3.Select StateNameLabels from ‘Resolve Text Conflicts in’ field and click OK on the Resolve Text Conflicts dialog taking default inputs for others.
    4.Invoke Legend>Name Legend command and name the legend as ‘Legend1’.
    5.Create a new Access library named ‘Test’ and invoke library organizer dialog.
    6.Check the Legends check box in GWS contents pane and try to copy Legends to Library contents pane.

  • Resolved a problem where creating a patterned line, the symbol placed along a line is rotated by twice the amount of the mapview JTS TR# 83627
    When
    Steps to reproduce the problem
    1. Invoke a blank geoworkspace and connect to USSampleData.
    2 Add the interstates feature class to the legend.
    3. Insert a new interstate feature that has a horizontal line and a veritcal line.
    4. Zoom in on this feature
    5. Edit the line style for the interstate feature by leaving the existing line style and adding a new line style.
    6. Move the new line style to the top and make it a pattern line style.
    7. Change the point style to a FSM symbol with the symbol file Transportation and select the symbol “Interstate Route Shield (color)” with a point size of 16.
    8. On the pattern style GUI select a spacing of 10 mm, and okay out of all the dialogs.
    9. Rotate the view by 45 degrees.

  • Resolved a problem where the Cartographic grid was placed incorrectly in the batch plotting- compose workflow. JTS TR# 83646

  • Resolved a problem where the display of characters with a Library grid was not correct JTS TR# 83647

  • Resolved a problem where the WFS data server can’t connect to a public WFS site. JTS TR# 83697

  • Copying a search query from a library and performing search operation throws a ‘Method of Object Failed’ error message when pressing the key for first time JTS TR# 83706.
    Steps to reproduce:
    1.Open a Blank GWS; make an access R/W connection to USSampleData.mdb.
    2.Invoke View>Searches cmd and create a new search ‘Search of Counties’ with filter value ‘ANNULRAIN >= [value] AND STATE_NAME = ‘[StateName]’;’
    3.Create a new Access Connection library named ‘Test’ and copy ‘Search of Counties’ from GWS to Test Library through Library Organizer dlg and dismiss the same by clicking Close button.
    4.Invoke a new GeoWorkspace through File>New GeoWorkspace command.
    5.Create a New Library Connection to the Test Library and copy search ‘Search of Counties’ from Test Library to GWS contents through Library Organizer dlg and dismiss the same by clicking Close button.
    6.Invoke View>Search command, Select ‘Search of Counties’ from the drop down tree view.
    7.Enter ’10’ in value field and press tab to enter into StateName field.
    8.Enter ‘Texas’ in StateName field and press key.
    9.Repeat steps from 4 to 8.

  • Resolved a problem where the Symbol file editor would incorrectly display Japanese symbol names. JTS TR# 83721

  • Resolved a problem where a Select Locatable Off on a Legend Thematic and GWS would terminates the session. JTS TR# 83756

  • Resolved a problem where the user was unable to dismiss an error message when performing a Redigitize Text operation. JTS TR# 83769

  • Resolved a problem where an ‘An error occurred during copy’ message on invoking Copy attributes for a newly created feature class. JTS TR# 83811
    Steps to reproduce:
    1.Open blank GWS; make an access R/W connection to USSampleData.mdb
    2.Create a new feature class named ‘Line’ of geometry type Line.
    3.Add Interstates FC to the MW. Select any of the features on the MW and invoke Edit>Feature>Change Feature Class.
    4.Select Target feature as ‘Line’ and dismiss Change Feature Class dialog by clicking OK button.
    5.Delete Interstates and add Rivers FC to the Legend.
    6.Invoke Edit>Attribute>Copy Attribute Definition dlg and set the below following, then dismiss the dlgs by clicking OK button
    Line: Target Features
    Rivers: Source Features
    Rivers Type, River Name: Attributes to copy
    7.Select the Line feature and any one of the Rivers feature on the MW using key.
    8.Invoke Edit>Attribute>Copy Attributes.

  • Resolved a problem where the WMS Data Server was incorrectly serveing WMS 1.3.0 data. JTS TR# 83842

  • Resolved a problem where hidden legend entries would remain selected. This caused the Fit by Legend Entry and Select by Legend Entry commands to return invalid results. JTS TR# 83847

  • Resolved a problem where invoking LRS Precision and QE dockable controls would result in an ‘Object Variable’ error message. JTS TR# 83883
    Steps to reproduce:
    1.Invoke GMPro blank GWS; make an access R/W connection to LRSMorgan.mdb
    2.Invoke Tools>LRS Precision Location dlg and set ‘LRS’ feature from LRS features in drop down list.
    3.Click on Properties button and set the following
    Primary: nlfid
    Start measure: frommeasure
    End measure: tomeasure
    4.Dismiss both LRS Properties and LRS Precision dialogs by clicking OK button.
    5.Invoke Tools>Queued Edit.
    6.Select File>Exit and click ‘No’ on the confirmation message displayed.

  • Resolved a problem where digitizing a feature(relatively big) in the map window using ‘Arc by Start, Point on Edge, End’ placement mode with the insert feature command active, the user would observe that the feature was not displayed properly. JTS TR# 83891
    Steps to Reproduce
    1)Invoke GMPro, make an access r/w connection to ‘USSampledata.mdb’
    2)Invoke Insert> Feature cmd, select ‘Interstates’ feature from insert feature dockable control and change placement mode to ‘Arc by Start, Point on Edge, End’.
    3)Digitize a contiguous arc feature in map window, double click to end feature and make sure that command is active.
    Observation:
    Digitized feature is not displayed properly in map Window. Here mainly problem with refresh. Use ‘Select Tool’ command to terminate insert feature command and perform Fit All operation. Observe that feature is displayed properly. Some times while performing an Undo operation using Edit > Undo command, observe some part of feature is still displayed in map window. Now perform ‘Fit All’ operation then feature disappears from Map window.

  • Resolved a problem where the full syntax for DISTANCE was not shown at the bottom of the dialog. JTS TR# 83907

  • Resolved a problem where the DISTANCE function would not accept a Boolean for a 2D parameter. JTS TR# 83908

  • Resolved a problem where the user would get a ”One or more selected image files did not support the selected georeference mode’ error when using Insert Georeferenced Images with a standard TIFF with a world file. JTS TR# 83913

  • Resolved a problem where the application would crash with an ‘Invalid procedure call or argument’ error while digitizing a feature in map window using the Insert Traverse command after previously digitizing a feature with default settings using Insert Traverse. JTS TR# 83942
    Steps to Reproduce
    1)Invoke blank GWS, Make an access r/w connection to ‘Sanfran.mdb’
    2)Invoke Insert>Traverse command, select ‘Alleys_NR’ FC from “Primary Feature class” and “Component Feature class” list box control
    3)Digitize feature using “Use Map” option, Click on ‘Close feature’ to close digitized feature and select ‘Apply’ button to apply insert traverse entries into feature. Observe that feature is displayed in map window.
    4)Click on ‘Save’ button in ‘Insert Traverse’ dialog then ‘Save as’ dialog is displayed. Give name of file as ‘Test’.
    5)Now again Invoke Insert> Traverse cmd, Make sure that keep values as default values and select ‘Load’ button then load ‘Test’ file which is saved in earlier.
    6)Click ‘Close feature’ button to close feature and Click ‘Apply’ button to apply insert traverse entries to feature.

  • Resolved a problem where the EditBoxes on the Placement Mode dialog were not displayed properly. JTS TR# 83972

  • Resolved a problem where the application would crash with an ‘Invalid procedure call or argument’ error message while digitizing feature using the Insert Traverse Command. JTS TR# 83988
    Steps to Reproduce
    1)Invoke blank GWS, Make an access r/w connection to ‘USSampledata.mdb’
    2)Invoke Insert>Traverse cmd, select ‘Inter States’ FC from “Component Feature class” list box control
    3))Digitize feature using “Use Map” option, Make a click on map window observes start point values are displayed. Make sure that change value of start point to “90,90” , keep focus on same start point row and press Right arrow button.
    4)Observe that two “Start points” are displayed in ‘Insert Traverse” dialog. Digitize feature on map window from second “start point”. Click on ‘Close feature’ button to close digitized feature and select ‘Apply’ button to apply insert traverse entries into feature.

  • Resolved a problem where the application would crash while using Search. JTS TR# 83989 and JTS TR# 83990
    Steps to reproduce:
    1.Invoke GMPro blank GWS; make an access R/W connection to USSampleData.mdb
    2.Invoke View>Search command.
    3.select any one of the FC say States and enter value ‘3’ in value to search field. Click the Search button.
    4.Invoke the ‘Search Data Window'(if not displayed) and using the ‘X’ button dismiss the DW.
    5.Now enter value ‘4’ in value to search field and click the Search button

  • Resolved a problem where the SmartStore data server does not read the TextPointGeometry blobs correctly. The data server has to strip-off the extra bytes used for G/Tech while reading the text point geometry blobs from the DDC files. JTS TR# 84041

  • Resolved a problem where the Search button remains disabled after keying in values. JTS TR# 84089

  • Resolved a problem where an ‘Invalid geometry field name for the given recordset’ error message displays while exporting reference features with a geographic corrdinate system. JTS TR# 84109
    Steps to Reproduce
    1)Invoke GMPro, Make an access r/w connection to ‘USSampledata.mdb’.
    2)Invoke warehouse Spatial filter > Spatial filter reference features, check all features and click on ‘ok’ button to dismiss spatial filter reference features dialog.
    3)Invoke View> Geoworkspace coordinate system, change co-ordinate system type to ‘Geographic’ and click on ‘ok’ button to dismiss ‘Geoworkspace coordinate system’ dialog.
    4)Invoke Export> Export Shape File command, Check all features from ‘Reference features> access connection” under ‘features to export’ frame.
    5)Click ‘Apply’ button to export records into mentioned paths.

  • Resolved a problem where moving the search Properties dialog separates from the drop down list. JTS TR# 84110

  • Resolved a problem where all the fields were not being listed in the predefined search. JTS TR# 84160

  • Resolved a problem where Insert Georeferenced Images would crash with a ‘general protection’ error when attempting to load a NITF 2.1 image. JTS TR# 84258

  • Resolved a problem where the Continue Geometry two point mode would not exit the command properly if endpoints were used. JTS TR# 84280
    1. Make connection to USSampleData.mdb
    2. Add Legend Entry for feature class “Rivers”
    3. Select a single river feature.
    4. Select the Continue Geometry command using the Two Point mode.
    5. Digitize two points that are discontiguous from selected river, command terminates normally after two points and discontiguous line is drawn.
    6. Select the same river feature again.
    7. Select the Continue Geometry command using the Two Point mode.
    8. Digitize two points this time making the first point coincident with the endpoint of the existing river, after the second point is captured, user is still in command even though 2 points have been captured, user still sees prompt which states “Click to place next point. Double Click to End”. If the user clicks an additional point in the map window, the following error occurs, “Geomedia Professional: PPro Service, Invalid procedure call or argument”. This seems to only happen when using the two point mode if the continued geometry is coincident with the existing geometry

  • Resolved a problem where attempting to insert a georeferenced image would crash the application to the operating system. JTS TR# 84408

  • Resolved a problem where tiling would cause an opaque image to be overridden by a white background when Export2GeoPDF was run. JTS TR# 84446

  • Resolved a problem where WMS server would fail with German regional settings on specific URL. JTS TR# 84451

  • Resolved a problem where attempting to use the Database Utilities ‘Create Metadata Tables’ command to create metadata for a SQL Server database with the Collation set to ‘Czech_CS_AS’. The command would fail with a ‘Database Utilities’ error for case sensitivity testing. JTS TR# 84593

  • Resolved a problem where attempting to keyin the following expression, will crash the application: CREATEPOLYLINE(Input.Geometry,FIRST(Detail.Geometry))
    JTS TR# 84599

  • Resolved a problem where a patterned line style symbols would shift when zooming in and out. JTS TR# 84647

  • Resolved a problem where a static queue name with a special character [like $ or &] would not validate correctly. JTS TR# 84662

  • Resolved a problem where Variable Text Strings were getting set to the Map Window Sizing Method. JTS TR# 84667

  • Resolved a problem where the results of Text Properties dialog edits were different than Ribbon Bar edits. JTS TR# 84672

  • Resolved a problem where an ‘Invalid geometry field name for the given recordset’ error message was returned while exporting spatial filter reference features using ‘Export to OOM model’ command with a geographic co-ordinate system. JTS TR# 84674
    Steps to Reproduce
    1)Invoke GMPro, Make an access r/w connection to ‘USSampledata.mdb’.
    2)Invoke warehouse > Spatial filter reference features, check all features and click on ‘ok’ button to dismiss spatial filter reference features dialog.
    3)Invoke View> Geoworkspace coordinate system, change co-ordinate system type to ‘Geographic’ and click on ‘ok’ button to dismiss ‘Geoworkspace coordinate system’ dialog.
    4)Invoke Export> OOM model command, Check all features from ‘Reference features> access connection” under ‘features to export’ frame.
    5)Click ‘Apply’ button to export records into mentioned paths.

  • Resolved a problem where an ‘Invalid geometry field name for the given recordset’ error message was returned while exporting spatial filter reference features using ‘Export to SQL server’ command with geographic co-ordinate system. JTS TR# 84675
    Steps to Reproduce
    1)Invoke GMPro, Make an access r/w connection to ‘USSampledata.mdb’.
    2)Invoke warehouse > Spatial filter reference features, check all features and click on ‘ok’ button to dismiss spatial filter reference features dialog.
    3)Invoke View> Geoworkspace coordinate system, change co-ordinate system type to ‘Geographic’ and click on ‘ok’ button to dismiss ‘Geoworkspace coordinate system’ dialog.
    4)Invoke Export> Export SQL server command, Check all features from ‘Reference features> access connection” under ‘features to export’ frame.
    5)Click ‘Apply’ button to export records into mentioned paths.

  • Resolved a problem where Legend entries with sub entries returned a ‘Unmatched # of items between the legend and the tree view’ error in the Show legend Entries command. JTS TR# 84693

  • Resolved a problem where WFS would give a connect error with certain test data. JTS TR# 84786

  • Resolved a problem where a busy cursor state continued when the Filter button was clicked. JTS TR# 84795

  • Resolved a problem where publishing the GWS from metadata fails and did not copy the connection info. JTS TR# 84851

  • Updated the Help documentation for the Library Organizer Select References Command. JTS TR# 84953

  • Resolved a problem where the DefSymFile command line and GUI generated SVG files that did not match. JTS TR# 85688

  • Resolved a problem where an admin error would display when trying to update Lengen Entry style for a second time. JTS TR# 85744

  • Implemented the ability to allow the user the selection of a disk for storage of temporary setup files. JTS CR# 52828

  • Implemented the use of an .MSP installation process to provide fixes. JTS CR# 60477

  • Implemented the use of an .MSP installation process to provide silent install of fixes. JTS CR# 70697

  • Implemented the use of an .MSP installation process to provide fixes. JTS CR# 73693

  • Updated Appendix E in the user documentation to reflect support for multibyte B/W, RGB and 4band data. JTS CR# 83652

  • Implemented support of the MapFile3D component to read both G/Tech 9.x and 10.x DDC files. JTS CR# 84042

  • Implemented the ability to publish 3D DDC files for G/Tech 10.x. JTS CR# 84043

  • Improved the caching of the GeoMedia Raster Engine. JTS CR# 84505

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GeoMedia Image 6.1 has Been Released

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 17, 2008

Received an email today. GeoMedia Image 6.1 has been released. As usual, assuming you have support, make a request through http://esupport.intergraph.com

For those that haven’t used the extension, it’s a great add-on for very niche imaging requirements. Most folks probably won’t have a need for it, unless you work a lot with images. However if you do run into different challenged when working with imagery in GeoMedia, this extension definitely has some benefits.

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GeoMedia WebMap and GeoMedia WebMap Professional have Been Released

Posted by jeffhobbs on April 16, 2008

Received this in an email today:

GeoMedia WebMap and GeoMedia WebMap Professional provide Intergraph’s geospatial technology (enterprise data access, analysis, and map generation) as server-side and thin-client solutions.  Version 6.1 is a significant enhancement and fixes release extending the GeoMedia product family.  Major enhancements include:

  • Google Maps or Microsoft Virtual Earth “mashup” – easily create a web site that integrates customer enterprise data with Google Maps or Microsoft Virtual Earth data, user interface, and performance
  • services-oriented architecture enhancements – additional web services and a number of enhancements to existing web services
  • significant map display enhancements – higher fidelity rendering of maps displayed over the web using GeoMedia’s new display pathway including such features as translucency, attribute-based symbology, thematics, and area hatching.

Assuming you have a software maintenance contract, you can order your upgrade by filing a support request at http://esupport.intergraph.com

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Proportional Circle Maps in GeoMedia

Posted by jeffhobbs on March 26, 2008

Had a very interesting question today on the Directions Magazine GeoMedia list.

Hi fellow ‘GeoMediars‘.
One of my colleagues has asked me about the possibility of doing proportional circles maps in GeoMedia.
Since I don’t know if/how it’s possible, I come once more seeking your help, asking if anyone has ever done this kind of maps?
Best regards
Jorge

There were a few replies. However I did want to highlight one from Phil Hardy as I thought his attached diagrams were very good. He did make sure to let me know that he didn’t create the images himself…so he can’t take all the credit 🙂

1) OK, by Proportional Circle map I assume you mean something like this.

1

2) First, use Functional Attributes to create centerpoints.

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3) Then use the legend to change the style of the centerpoints.  In this case I assigned size based on the Population attribute.

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4) And the end result:

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Simple, but I thought very well diagrammed. It should also be noted that a nice example of this can be seen on the USSample.gws that comes with every version of GeoMedia and GeoMedia Professional  in the GeoWorkspaces folder.

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Oracle Spatial User’s Group Conference Proceedings are Online

Posted by jeffhobbs on March 26, 2008

If you are interested, I received an email yesterday. The conference proceedings from the 2008 Oracle Spatial User’s Group are available off of this web site (http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/spatial/htdocs/spatial_conf_0803_idx.html).

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Today’s NCIGUC Meeting

Posted by jeffhobbs on March 25, 2008

Got back from today’s Northern California Intergraph Geospatial User’s Community (NCIGUC) meeting. We had Vince Smith, the product manager for GeoMedia Desktop solutions out to do an “unofficial” GeoMedia 6.1 product launch. I’m hopefully going to be obtaining the slides and .avis from Vince in the next couple of days. I’ll post the slides on the http://www.nciguc.org web site and will post the .avis on everyone’s favorite http://www.youtube.com.

Vince really went over a lot of stuff and asked for a lot of feedback from the users. He took a lot of time to discuss Intergraph’s plans with the consolidation of the Intergraph GeoMedia, G/Tech, and CAD (computer aided dispatch) lines of products. I’ll get into much more detail over the days to come. However I can really say that Intergraph’s plans sound very interesting and very promising…if things go as planned.

Finally, I really want to commend Vince personally for coming out to the user’s group meeting. The NCIGUC was formed in September, 2001. However this is the first time we’ve actually had someone from Huntsville actually fly out and present. It really showed a dedication to the Bay Area users. Furthermore, Vince did his best to answer all questions (and there were plenty), take plenty of notes, and interact with the users. He wasn’t at all defensive and took feedback from the users. All in all, I really think it was a strong event.

BTW – congratulations to Leena Gautam for winning the free version of GeoMedia 6.1. The software is in the mail 🙂

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The Future of SVG and GeoMedia WebMap

Posted by jeffhobbs on March 20, 2008

As many of you are aware, SVG (scalable vector graphics) is currently Intergraph’s preferred way to render vector graphics in a GeoMedia WebMap (GWM) site. There has been a lot of discussion as of late in the comments section reference this post as an example discussing what Intergraph will do now that Adobe (the largest maker of a SVG plug-in) has announced that they will no longer support the SVG Viewer plug-in as of January 1, 2009. Additionally, as far as I know, Adobe is no longer developing the plug-in. I believe this decision was made soon after Adobe completed their purchase of Macromedia and Macromedia’s web technologies (namely Flash, Dreamweaver, and ColdFusion). Well, with Adobe’s decision left Intergraph in a bit of a bind…what to do now that the SVG Viewer has been discontinued??

After talking with a few folks at the GITA booth, I can say that Intergraph looks very close to adopting Microsoft Silverlight as their next vector engine. With the pending release of Silverlight 2.0, Microsoft has come a long way in expanding the flexibility and functionality of Silverlight. In fact, version 1 was very much designed for delivering movies over the web (think Youtube’s use of Flash to serve all of the movies on www.youtube.com). Version 2 is being designed with the idea of building rich internet applications using XAML, .NET, and other technologies. You can take a look at roadmap I found on Silverlight 2.0 here if your curious to see just what Microsoft is planning for this eventual “Flash killer”.

So…what does this means for GMWM users? Well…initially (hopefully before January 1, 2009) it means that we should see Silverlight as a replacement (or addition) to the choices we have for rendering the actual map object window. This probably won’t be a giant enhancement by itself EXCEPT for the cross-browser (think Firefox and Safari) and cross platform support (think Mac and Linux). However down the road, I’m hoping we’ll begin to see a much better overall user experience. This will include more intuitive tools, better user feedback, and an overall much better “web 2.0” interface. With time, we might even have the flexibility to more easily develop those “web 2.0” dashboards (the Oakland Explorer demo is very cool) that more and more of us our seeing at conferences and other demonstrations.

Personally, I was hoping Intergraph would adopt Adobe’s Flex technology. In large part because it’s a much more mature technology. Not to mention Flash is  really at this point almost ubiquitous with any modern computer and browser. But, Silverlight does look very promising and Microsoft is really coming on strong. In other words…life could be much worse.

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GITA Attendance

Posted by jeffhobbs on March 20, 2008

Last week I attended GITA’s 2008 Geospatial Infrastructure Solutions Conference in Seattle, WA. As a whole, I was really happy with the event. I attended a couple of pre-conference knowledge immersion seminars – one titled “Strategies for Enterprisewide Web Services” and one titled “Mobile Technology for the Enterprise”. I then attended the entire conference followed by the Oracle Spatial User Conference the day after the conference. I’m not going to go into great detail about the conference as I’m sure you can find a lot online that’s been covered by other users.

I must say that Oracle has done some impressive things with Oracle 11g and their support for LiDAR data, TIN exports, and overall 3D data storage. Additionally Safe Software has done some really cool things embracing Oracle 11g. At the Oracle Spatial User Conference, Safe demonstrated extracting 3D data from 11g, and transforming the data into a 3D PDF. Once in the PDF environment, you could pan, tilt, zoom, and fly around. It was really cool to be able to do a virtual flyover both around and into a building. You can see the demo on the Safe web site. Just look for the .wmv titled “FME and Oracle Spatial”.

Anyhow…I did have some time to sit down at the Intergraph booth and talk to a few people. I’ll cover some of the things I discussed in upcoming posts.

And finally, on a complete side note. I was really surprised at the size of the booth at the GITA conference. It was really great to see such a large presence at a conference. I’m used to seeing the one small table in the corner. Not this time…. Very cool.

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One-to-Many Table Relationships

Posted by jeffhobbs on February 21, 2008

I recently had a conversation with a blog reader via email. I haven’t asked the gentleman’s permission to post his letter, so I won’t use names. However here is what he wrote:

Jeff, I am contacting you because I am frustrated that GeoMedia Pro 6.1 appears to have no way of creating a one-to-many relationship between records in two tables based on a unique identifier without generating more features in the feature table. An example of this would be eg. a tax parcel has more than one deed, each showing the succession of ownership, and by selecting the parcel I would like to see all deeds related to this parcel by selecting this parcel in the map window or from the record in the feature table. I do not want to join the tables because I do not want an overlapping polygon parcel for each deed record.

I have filed a request with Intergraph each year since version 5.2 of GeoMedia Pro requesting some kind of one-to-many relate and they can not tell me how to do it and don’t seem to be interested in adding it to GeoMedia. This can be achieved in MS Access 97 and above and I was using it in ArcView back in 1994 as “linked tables”, and now I use it in ArcMap as the “relate tables” command, but GeoMedia Pro 6.1 appears still to have no way of implementing such a basic database concept.

And here was reply:

I’ve run into that issue before as well. You basically want a parent (polygon) child relationship type of implementation. I don’t believe there’s a way to do that without customization in GM 6.1. Although I don’t have GeoMedia Parcel Manager, I do believe it’s in that product. That maybe the reason why they don’t put it in the core.

Not sure if you’re looking for workarounds, but you could probably do something with hyperlinks and calling a web page or outside application.
For instance, click on a link in the GM properties dialog and that will call a web page that shows the information. Not ideal I realize, but a possible workaround nonetheless.

I then forwarded on the email trail to someone I know at Intergraph. The person would not confirm, but did offer the following feedback to me:

I hear there may be a data modeling initiative involving all three of Intergraph’s SG&I product families, GeoMedia, G-Technology and CAD/Security, that will allow this type of relationship to be defined and used with the next major release of GeoMedia.

So, like any product; until you can see the functionality in the product, don’t rely on it being in the product. However it does look somewhat promising that we’ll see (finally) a way to handle this type of relationship in the GeoMedia core.

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GeoMedia Desktop Suite Released to Manufacturing

Posted by jeffhobbs on February 21, 2008

Was talking to a couple of people today at Intergraph. Found out that the entire GeoMedia 6.1 Desktop suite was released towards the end of January. Apparently the release date coincided in part with the reorganization of product and solution marketing. As a result, there hasn’t been much hype about the release up to this point. I’ve been told that a formal roll-out will occur. Knowing Intergraph, I’m assuming this will happen right around the Intergraph 2008 conference.

Just a reminder, Intergraph is no longer shipping product updates by default. So, to get your copy of 6.1, make sure to file a support request.

Also, another FYI – apparently Intergraph has moved towards releasing the entire product suite together. In the past, you would typically see the release of GeoMedia Pro, then have a short wait, then see the release of GeoMedia, then have a short wait, then see the release of GeoMedia Viewer, then have a short wait, etc. Well, Intergraph is now releasing the entire desktop suite altogether. So, GeoMedia, GeoMedia Pro, GeoMedia Viewer (now with both an Oracle and SQL Server Read-Only data server), GeoMedia Objects, and the stand alone Oracle Read-Write data server have all be released. I must say, this is very cool. Although it’s not happening with 6.1, I’m hoping with time, we’ll also see them release some of the common industry products like GeoMedia Transaction Manager and GeoMedia Public Works Manager with the rest of the GeoMedia product suite.

Finally, I also inquired as to the release date for the GeoMedia Web core – I’ve been told that it’s tentatively scheduled for the entire of March.

One last note. Like all other version of GeoMedia, Intergraph doesn’t support the mixing and matching of version. So, for you GeoMedia WebMap Publisher users, make sure to stay on 6.0 until you receive the entire line of 6.1 products. In other words, you do not want to be running a 6.0 WebPub client on GeoMedia 6.1.

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A Very Cool Google Maps Hack

Posted by jeffhobbs on February 6, 2008

I ran across this site a little while ago and had to post a link. You punch in a few parameters and you get HTML code to place a Google Map on your own web site.

I punched in my work address along with a few other parameters and got the following code back:

<p align=”center”> <iframe name=”mapframe” src=”http://www.gearthhacks.com/yourmap/mapiframe.php?map=1137&#8243; frameborder=”0″ width=”450″ scrolling=”no” height=”300″></iframe> </p> <p align=”center”> <img src=”http://www.gearthhacks.com/siteimages/logo_ge.gif&#8221; align=”absmiddle” width=”16″ height=”16″ /> <a href=”http://www.gearthhacks.com/yourmap/yourmapkml.php?map=1137″>View in Google Earth</a> — <a href=”http://www.gearthhacks.com/download-google-earth.php”>Get Google Earth</a><br /> Powered by <a href=”http://www.gearthhacks.com/yourmap/”>YourMap</a&gt; from <a href=”http://www.gearthhacks.com/”>Google Earth Hacks</a>.</p>

Unfortunately my blog doesn’t allow me to actually create my own HTML, so I can’t actually create the map to show you. However I did take a screen shot of the map so you can see how it looks.

googlemapshack

The entire process took about one minute. Although you really can’t easily adapt the code for reuse among different applications e.g. pass it an x/y and show a map for a parcel, it’s great for any static maps you need to create e.g. a map to a user’s group meeting.

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GeoMedia Professional 6.1 Product Launch

Posted by jeffhobbs on February 6, 2008

The Northern California Intergraph Geospatial User’s Community (NCIGUC) will have its next meeting on March 25, 2008 from 10:00 – 3:00 at the City of Milpitas Community Center. This meeting will actually be the GeoMedia Pro 6.1 product launch.

Take a look at the meeting flyer, register for the meeting, and obtain more information at www.nciguc.org.

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