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LEICA GEOSYSTEMS GEOSPATIAL IMAGING announced Leica Photogrammetry Suite (LPS) V9.0. Aimed at high-volume production photogrammetry organizations, LPS 9.0 provides an efficient means of editing seams for sizable projects that may involve a large number of images. New features and enhancements in LPS 9.0 include: improved auto-correlation during manual point measurement in the Stereo Point Measurement tool; seed DTM support in the Automatic Terrain Extraction module; the ability to edit terrain extraction properties for all image pairs in the Automatic Terrain Extraction module; CARTOSAT RPC model support; graphical view for tie point patterns in LPS Core; APM success rate report; and the ability to create empty terrain data sets in LPS Core. This release also includes updated versions of PRO600 9.0 and ORIMA DP, and introduces Leica MosaicPro, a mosaicking module with improved seam editing capabilities, enhanced functionality and improved radiometric adjustment abilities.
Also, LEICA GEOSYSTEMS GEOSPATIAL IMAGING released Leica Virtual Explorer V3.0, which seamlessly integrates terabytes of spatial data into an interactive "digital earth" that can be distributed to users worldwide. The Leica Virtual Explorer tool suite comprises: Leica Virtual Explorer Architect for constructing and exploring realistic 3D scene interpretations from imagery, GIS layers, terrain and other geospatial and geotypical data; Leica Virtual Explorer Client and Pro Client, enabling the remote exploration of 3D environments using a wide variety of terrain visualization and analysis tools; Leica Virtual Explorer DVD, to convert rich 3D scenes into a format optimized for CD, DVD or other file-based distribution media; Leica Virtual Explorer Server, for quick and efficient streaming of scenes over private networks or the Internet; and Leica Virtual Explorer Collaboration, allowing simultaneous exploration, analysis, annotation and editing of 3D scenes among users worldwide.
Additionally, LEICA GEOSYSTEMS GEOSPATIAL IMAGING announced ERDAS IMAGINE V9.0, which facilitates the ability to load, read and edit both raster and vector data within the enterprise environment. Updated enterprise capabilities in the new release include geodatabase support, ArcSDE Raster Exporter and ArcSDE Raster and Vector dll, based on ESRI ArcObjects V9.1. The release also incorporates new capabilities based on Oracle Spatial 10g, including access for GeoRaster and Vector Feature geometries, and the spatial selector tool for GeoRaster, which enables fast selection of appropriate raster data sets. Additionally, V9.0 introduced IMAGINE AutoSync, an add-on module that enables rapid georeferencing of images using automatically-generated tie points from an existing reference image. (Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging, Norcross, Ga.)(ESRI, Redlands, Calif.)(Oracle, Redwood Shores, Calif.)