- Blue Marble Geographics (bluemarblegeo.com) is pleased to announce the availability of version 16.2 of Global Mapper. This interim release includes functional upgrades and performance improvements throughout all areas of the application. Enhanced functionality includes a new 3D pivot axis in the 3D Viewer, an improved fly-through video playback tool, and support for dozens of new formats, including Unity RAW/JPG and GGM Gravity Grids. Blue Marble's geospatial data manipulation, visualization and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.
Global Mapper is an affordable, powerful, and easy-to-use GIS application capable of displaying, converting, and analyzing virtually any type of geospatial data. This release includes a variety of updates to both the Global Mapper base product and the optional LiDAR Module. In keeping with recent Global Mapper developments, many of the improvements in version 16.2 address the increasing importance of working with 3D data. The 3D Viewer now offers a pivot axis that clearly displays the point of rotation when adjusting the display of the map. The recently introduced 3D fly-through recording function now includes an option to associate the exported video with the line that was used to create it, so the progress of the playback can be monitored on the 2D map. New and updated 3D formats supported by Global Mapper now include enhanced SketchUp Models in both the 32- and 64-bit versions.
Streamlined access to data is one of the preeminent characteristics of Global Mapper, and this feature of the software has been improved in version 16.2 with the inclusion of several new online data sources. These include the Atlas of the Cryoshpere, which provides a temporal snapshot of polar data such as ice and snow cover. There have also been numerous scripting upgrades, including the option to create view shed models using a script. File and data management have been improved with options to automatically reorder the sequence of layers in the Overlay Control Center and to invert the selection of features on the map with the Digitizer tool.
“The release of version 16.2 of Global Mapper is further evidence of our commitment to providing cutting-edge GIS tools that are truly affordable for everyone,” stated Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble President. “Our customers’ needs are the primary driving force behind the continued development of this remarkable application and the latest version includes countless upgrades to ensure that those needs are met.”
For users of the Global Mapper LiDAR Module, version 16.2 now provides access to LiDAR data that includes near infrared (NIR) values. Using this embedded information, the point cloud display can now be rendered using NDVI or NDWI values for vegetation or wetland analysis. This enhanced LiDAR data also improves the detection and reclassification of high vegetation and building points.
Global Mapper version 16.2 is a complementary upgrade for current users of any previous release of version 16. For a complete list of new features and enhancements or to download a trial copy, visit www.bluemarblegeo.com/products/global-mapper.php.
About Blue Marble Geographics: Blue Marble Geographics of Hallowell, Maine is a leading developer and provider of software products and services for highly accurate geospatial data conversion solutions. Blue Marble is known for their coordinate conversion and file format expertise and is the developer of the Geographic Calculator, GeoCalc SDK, Global Mapper, LiDAR Module for Global Mapper and Global Mapper SDK. The company has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for over twenty years and currently serves hundreds of thousands of users worldwide.