New Delhi, India: Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) demonstrated key features and functionalities of MapInfo Professional 10.5 during “PBBI Technology Conclave – Insight India 2010” in New Delhi, India. Moshe Binyamin, Sr. Product Manager, PBBI, USA, said that the company’s vision for the product is to “continue to be the industry standard for high quality in location intelligence application for business analyst and GIS professional.”
In his keynote address, Shankar Aggarwal, IAS, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Government of India, talked about the role of e-governance, ICT and GIS in Indian context. He emphasised that though GIS has huge role to play in the development process, but leaders and bureaucrats have a little knowledge about it. He was however optimistic and expected a paradigm shift in coming 2-3 years.
Earlier, Binyamin demonstrated how useful and user friendly are its new features. If users want detailed aerial photography as a base map layer, in v10.5 this is a one-click operation. They can click a new Bing button and the aerial map is auto-added to the map window, geo-referenced so the standard MapInfo maps overlay correctly. As with Bing Maps in Firefox or IE, a live Internet connection is required.
Bing Maps in the software is freely available provided that the users maintain MapInfo Pro software maintenance agreement. There is no information transaction limits. Users can pan-and-zoom as much as they wish. MapInfo 10.0 let the users create PDF map files with built-in layer control. Now, v10.5 adds Lat-lon geo-referencing and options to bake-in data table values. The software enables users to directly open Google KML and KMZ format files in their map window as well.
Source: Our Correspondent