Australia: SIBIZ, a leading provider of geospatial collaboration software solutions, has released a new MAPSTIX product which provides easy access to topographic maps. The 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 scale maps covering New Zealand are provided in GeoPDF format on a specially designed USB flash memory device. The go anywhere device allows access to mapping, anytime, without the need for internet connectivity.
The GeoPDF format can be viewed using the free Adobe Reader application and also allows the user to view coordinates, integrate GPS tracking and measure areas and distances using the Terrago Toolbar. The MapBook design allows users to pan adjoining maps and instantly pinpoint more than 50,000 named locations.
“The plug and play MAPSTIX products are designed with ease of use in mind, yet they still provide valuable GIS functionality and effective collaboration features,” said Brian Spier, Director of SIBIZ.
MAPSTIX users are able to mark the maps with comments in the form of points, lines and polygons. These GeoMarks can be exported in shape or KML format and shared with others. GeoMarks may be used to describe features such as walking routes, access points, fire fronts, meeting points and environmental damage areas. The collaboration feature provides a simple method for the capture of spatial information by non-GIS savvy users in the field.