[mapguide-internals] MapStudio OS
Kenneth, GEOGRAF A/S
ks at geograf.dk
Mon Sep 17 03:24:35 EDT 2007
I have a feeling that the main barrier for newcomers to the MapGuide
Open Source project, is the fact that they have to start out purchasing
Autodesk MapGuide Studio.
I also want to customize certain aspects in Autodesk MapGuide Studio,
such as extra "bult in" menus and the like. Autodesk has replied that
they do not currently support this.
I have been looking at WebStudio, but it lacks some features, notable
the WebLayout feature. I also dislike web applications for operations
that I do more than occasionally.
On top of that, browser security restrictions limits the possible
potential for the application.
To remedy all of the above, I have created a standalone GUI application,
that looks a bit like MapGuide Studio, and supports some of the things
MapGuide Studio supports.
I have released the application under the LGPL license, so that a third
party company (ea. Autodesk), may redistribute the binaries, packed with
The application has most of the framework ready, and has basic editors
for layer, layout, map and featuresource. Some functions are still
missing, like line width, point styling on symbol libraries, layer draw
Some things do work, like creating a featuresource, layer, map and layout.
It does not have a preview functionality yet.
The code is written in managed C#, .Net 1.1. It should work on mono, but
there are some missing functionality in System.Windows.Forms, so it
It contains a fully independant client library that uses only the Web
API, and fully managed code.
If anyone wants to contribute to the project, I am open for questions to
I have written a page with some pros and cons for the project:
The page contains screenshots, binaries and source code.
I would like this project to eventually become part of the MapGuide Open
Source project (or at least the OSGeo website).
How do I apply for that?
Please note that this project is my own hobby project, and is unrelated
to GEOGRAF A/S.
Regards, Kenneth, GEOGRAF A/S
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