Saturday, March 22, 2008

MapGuide Open Source 2.0 Released

On February 29, 2008 MapGuide Open Source 2.0 was released.

There are many enhancements to this version, mainly the integration of Fusion, which was developed by DM Solutions.

Fusion was mainly built in JavaScript and is described as a web-mapping application development framework. i.e. the tools that allow you to build cool mapping applications!

Fusion uses “widgets” that provide the interface functionality within Fusion’s modular architecture; therfore developers are able to add, remove, or modify functionality using standard-compliant HTML and CSS. Fusion provides an extensible platform that allows the developer to develop their own widgets.

One advantage of Fusion is that it requires no proprietary browser plug-ins, and it produces applications that work in all major browsers on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Fusion is bundled with many of the typical functions that are expected in a web-mapping framework. Fusion includes navigation widgets (e.g., zoom In, zoom out, pan, etc.), legend controls (e.g., view, layer management, etc.), GUI widgets (e.g., buttons, menus, tree views, panels, dialogs, etc.), and many more.

It is good to see how two companies can work together to produce a web-mapping application development framework that makes internet mapping what it should be - not difficult!

Way to go AutoDesk & DM Solutions!