Mapping Science, Inc. has announced that GeoJP2, the first image compression and management solution developed specifically for the mapping and GIS community. Built on and supported by an open standard (JPEG2000,) GeoJP2 will eliminate reliance on proprietary compression formats while introducing features and functionality never before available to mapping professionals.
GeoJP2 converts georeferenced image data to the newly standardized .jp2 format without compromising image quality or pixel position, and with no need for external world files.
Scheduled for release in mid-September, GeoJP2 will provide support for most major image file types (including hyperspectral data) and will include features such as lossless compression, internal georeferencing and mosaic development. Support for the .jp2 file type is emerging, with products such as MapInfo Professional 7.0 now offering integrated display capabilities. Mapping Science will release standalone viewers and an ArcView 3.x extension in the next few weeks, with new Server tools shortly thereafter. Introductory pricing for GeoJP2 has been set at $1995.00.