[VisCom] Upcoming Press Release for Mapbuilder GML Viewer and Mapbuilder Release 1.5rc1

Tyler Mitchell tylermitchell at shaw.ca
Wed Dec 20 12:54:43 EST 2006

Hi Cameron,
I think both items are certainly newsworthy.  We haven't been doing  
regular press releases for these specific software update releases,  
perhaps we should be.  What do others think?  It would probably  
equate to a couple press releases per month.

When you are ready Cameron, send your prepared press release to  
news_item at osgeo.org as per https://www.osgeo.org/content/news/ 

Take care,

On 19-Dec-06, at 2:59 AM, Cameron Shorter wrote:

> I'm planning to put out 2 press releases, hopefully before Christmas:
> 1. I've created a GML Viewer release based on Mapbuilder, and  
> sponsored by the OGC.
> http://docs.codehaus.org/display/MAP/GML+Viewer+1.0
> I'd be interested to know if people consider this to be something  
> that should be distributed through OSGeo channels.
> 2. Mapbuilder is about to put out a new release. I haven't put a  
> release together yet, but it will be based on the CHANGES file  
> which states:
> mapbuilder-lib-1.5-rc1
> ==========================
> This Mapbuilder release adds a string of new features and  
> developments to
> the Mapbuilder core. While the core Mapbuilder functionality  
> remains stable,
> the new features should still be considered alpha; some new  
> interfaces still
> might change, the features have not been extensively tested and  
> there are
> still outstanding bugs.
> Some of the new features include:
> Compression:
> The released version of Mapbuilder is now bundled up into one file and
> compressed into about 1/10 of its original size.
> OWS Context:
> Mapbuilder previously stored its LayerList in a Web Map Context  
> (WMC) document.
> A WMC describes a list of WMS layers. The latest Mapbuilder  
> supports the
> OGC's draft OWS Context specification which extends the WMC to  
> include:
> WFS layers, GeoRSS layers, GML Layers.
> The OWS Context is rendered by the new MapPane2 and MapPaneOL widgets.
> In the next release, we plan to deprecate MapPane2 and MapPane and  
> replace them
> by MapPaneOL.
> Vector rendering using SVG/VML:
> We now have SVG and VML rendering using MapPane and MapPaneOL. This  
> rendering
> is much faster than the previous WZGraphics library, however older  
> browsers
> will still need to revert the the WZGraphics library.
> OpenLayers used for Rendering:
> The MapPaneOL widget now uses OpenLayers for rendering. This means  
> we can
> easilly tap into OpenLayer's support for numerous map providers.
> Eg: Tiled WMS, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSN Maps, WFS, GML, etc.
> We still haven't integrated the Mapbuilder tools with OpenLayer  
> tools yet, but
> that is expected to be completed for the next release.
> SLD Editor:
> We now have a Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) Editor example. A SLD  
> describes
> whether you map features should be rendered as red fat lines or  
> blue thin
> lines and you can apply styles to maps.
> GeoRSS:
> We have some GeoRSS examples which include rendering vector layers  
> -- 
> Cameron Shorter
> http://cameron.shorter.net
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