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

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Wed Dec 20 16:55:30 EST 2006

Thankyou Tyler,
I've just subscribed to the visibilitycommittee list.

I looks like we will be ready to send an annoucement about 
mapbuilder-lib-1.5rc1 within 24 hours.

The announcement about the GML Viewer looks like it will take longer. I 
need to get approval from Thales Australia (who sponsored this specific 
client) which I'm told will take two weeks or more.

I'm CCing Debbie Jackson, from Thales Australia Public Relations who 
will be responsible for the press release.

Tyler Mitchell wrote:
> Forwarding in case you are on these lists....
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: Tyler Mitchell <tylermitchell at shaw.ca>
>> Date: December 20, 2006 9:54:43 AM PST (CA)
>> To: dev at visibilitycommittee.osgeo.org
>> Cc: board at board.osgeo.org
>> Subject: Re: [VisCom]     Upcoming Press Release for Mapbuilder GML  
>> Viewer and Mapbuilder Release 1.5rc1
>> 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/ 
>> submit_news.html
>> Take care,
>> Tyler
>> 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  
>>> SVG/VML.
>>> -- 
>>> Cameron Shorter
>>> http://cameron.shorter.net
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Cameron Shorter

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