[mapguide-internals] MapStudio OS

Jason Birch Jason.Birch at nanaimo.ca
Mon Sep 17 11:54:21 EDT 2007

Interesting stuff, Kenneth.  Good job.

Seems to work fairly well so far.  A couple issues:

- I have what is likely an older feature source definition that includes
the FDO version number in the string.  When clicking on this feature
source I get an exception.  It works fine in Autodesk MapGuide Studio

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<FeatureSource xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"

- It seems that after closing a window with the big red X, I can't open
that resource again.

And suggestions:

- It would be nice if the tree menu was right-click enabled for

(ok, there's more, but it's a new app)

As far as the project goes, I personally would like to see this in the
MapGuide SVN/Trac area... We should probably talk about this at the f2f
next week, but FDO has created a folder for Tools
<http://trac.osgeo.org/fdo/browser/trunk/Tools> and I think it would be
reasonable to have something like that under MapGuide as well, maybe
directly under trunk.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:mapguide-internals-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of
Kenneth, GEOGRAF A/S
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 00:25
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Subject: [mapguide-internals] MapStudio OS

Hi list.

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
proprietary extensions.

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
order etc.
Some things do work, like creating a featuresource, layer, map and
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
might not.
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
the code.

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

Regards, Kenneth, GEOGRAF A/S

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