Product News, User Stories, Events, and a Chance to Win a Copy of Global Mapper Every Month
It doesn’t seem like a year ago that we were ushering in 2018 and eagerly anticipating the celebration of our 25th anniversary. At the close of another successful year for Blue Marble, it’s time to look forward to 2019 and what better way to herald the new year than by introducing the 2019 edition of Geographic Calculator. In this month’s newsletter, we discuss the introduction of NADCON 5.0 in the latest release, and how that addition foreshadows future changes in the software and industry.
Also this month, we offer some last minute holiday gift-giving advice, we remind software developers that an SDK version of Global Mapper is available, we announce an extension to the Global Mapper Academic Scholarship Program, and as always, we test your geographic expertise in the Where in the World Geo-Challenge.
The latest version of our coordinate conversion software – Geographic Calculator 2019 – doesn’t stray from the 25-year tradition of providing accurate geodetic solutions. But the introduction of NADCON 5.0 in the software foreshadows more significant future changes in Geographic Calculator and National Geodetic Survey tools.
It is the perennial dilemma: What do you buy the person who has everything? Fear not. Just in time for the holidays, Blue Marble comes to the rescue for all you present procrastinators. The Blue Marble Emporium offers the latest must-have attire for the geospatial fashionistas on your list, naughty or nice.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…”
Every December, Blue Marble staffers from near and far gather in Maine for a week of conviviality and holiday revelry (with a little company business thrown in for good measure). This year, our roving photographer captured the highlights of our festivities.
Did you know that you can integrate Global Mapper’s powerful geospatial processing engine into a third-party application? Mirroring the capabilities of the desktop version of the software, the SDK provides software developers with an unparalleled array of tools for loading, editing, converting, analyzing, and exporting virtually any spatial dataset. The SDK even allows software engineers to modify the functionality of Global Mapper itself by adding custom extensions and toolbars.
Over the last two years, hundreds of colleges and universities throughout North America have taken advantage of Blue Marble’s free academic licensing program and have been able to introduce more and more students to the broad field of geospatial technology. To recognize and reward some of the creative work being done in labs and classrooms, Blue Marble is offering a $500 scholarship to a student who has used Global Mapper in their field of study. The deadline for submission has just been extended to the end of January, which means there is still time to share the details of your project.
You may have noticed that the Geo-Challenge questions have been getting steadily more difficult over recent months. This has not deterred an increasing number of you from proving your geographic prowess and correctly identifying all five locations. Among those who seemingly had no problems with October’s challenge was Ian Rath of Arcadis Australia Pacific. Ian will shortly be receiving a copy of Global Mapper for his efforts.
To find out how you did on last month’s challenge, check out the answers here.
If you’re up for another try, click the link below to test your geographic knowledge in the November edition. Good luck!
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For over 25 years, Geographic Calculator has set the benchmark for accurate coordinate and datum management and processing, and the release of the 2019 version further consolidates this industry-leading position. Join us on January 10 for a live, hour-long webinar in which we showcase the highlights of this release.
After a brief hiatus over the holiday break, Blue Marble’s calendar quickly fills up in the new year. The first major event is the kick-off to the 2019 Global Mapper training schedule with a class in our home state of Maine. This three-day certification course runs from January 29-31 and registration is now open.
Additional training locations for 2019 include:
Orlando | March 12 – 14, December (TBD)
Denver | April (TBD)
Ottawa | June (TBD)
Australia | July (TBD)
Calgary | August (TBD)
Houston | October (TBD)
A New Online Blue Marble Conference is Coming
Coming up on March 21, Blue Marble will host a new conference. Instead of meeting at a specific physical location like user conferences in the past, we will gather online for a day of informative presentations, workshops, user stories, and much more. Details will be finalized in early January but in the meantime, we are looking for a few good presenters. Click here for more information.