Vancouver, Canada, 28 June 2006 – Safe Software Inc. announced the release of FME 2006 GB, the latest version of the company’s Feature Manipulation Engine technology. Among the hundreds of user-requested enhancements included in this release, FME 2006 GB offers important customization options to enhance security, increase work efficiency, and assist with processing ever-increasing data volumes.
New security options in FME 2006 GB allow users to password protect workspaces, custom formats, custom transformers and mapping files. Within the Workbench application for designing data transformations, users can now customize the interface for
faster performance by placing frequently used tools and transformers on the toolbar for quick access. Authoring workflows and debugging has also been made easier with the inclusion of optional counters in the Workbench canvas that show the number of
features passing through each link between transformers and feature types.
Users running FME 2006 GB on selected 32-bit versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system can now process large datasets by setting the /3GB switch via a simple edit to a system file. The /3GB switch “borrows” one gigabyte of memory from kernel processes and makes it available to the application, for a total of 3 gigabytes of application addressable memory.
When run on 64-bit versions of Windows, FME 2006 GB automatically has 4GB of user application addressable memory available. MRFCleaner, a new transformer which is useful for repairing the geometry of data, is available as an extra-cost item for FME
2006 GB. This new data cleaning capability was developed and made available by MRF Geosystems Corporation of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
New format support in FME 2006 GB includes a TOP10NL writer, an Additional Military Layers (AML) reader, support for the Open Geospatial Consortium’s GML Simple Features Profile, and optimized access to Microsoft Excel, SQL Server, and Access databases through Microsoft ActiveX Data Objects. Read and write support for Pervasive PSQL databases has also been added, and a Vector Product Format writer is available as an extra cost plug-in.