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DeLorme Launches XMap 7 GIS with Form-Based Data Collection and Automatic Two-Way Synchronization

November 11, 2009
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YARMOUTH, ME- DeLorme, the innovation leader in mapping, geographic data, GIS, and GPS technology, today announced the release of XMap 7. This latest edition includes XMap Forms, a versatile new form-based GIS data collection and editing feature, with automatic two-way data synchronization between administrators and field personnel.

XMap is a three-tiered GIS and GPS platform that addresses key functional levels within an organization’s GIS infrastructure. XMap 7 GIS Enterprise was developed for GIS and IT administrators; XMap 7 GIS Editor offers easy-to-use standalone GIS management and analysis tools, and XMap 7 Professional provides mobile field forces with versatile data viewing and, with an optional XMap Forms license, data collection capabilities.

XMap Forms is an add-on module that enables efficient field GIS data editing and collection in any of the three XMap tiers and on an Earthmate PN-Series GPS receiver. One copy of XMap 7 GIS Enterprise and the appropriate XMap Forms license is required to create an XMap Form and to transfer the form to other XMap users through network database synchronization.

“Economical data collection and sharing are integral to successful GIS management,” said Geoffrey Ives, Director of Professional Sales at DeLorme. “XMap 7 significantly enhances those capabilities for our users, with customizable forms and effortless data synchronization.”

XMap Forms provide user-friendly, HTML-based access to your GIS layers for editing or adding new data and include an API toolkit for building custom forms. Two-way remote synchronization ensures that field data is efficiently integrated into corporate GIS databases.

All three of the XMap 7 tiers now provide direct transfer of GIS layers and XMap Forms to a DeLorme Earthmate PN-Series handheld GPS receiver. On the device, drop-down lists, check boxes, and simple text entry can be used to populate the attribute table for new or updated GIS records.

A Wealth of Additional New Features and Capabilities

XMap 7 also offers the following upgrades:


Advanced document embedding and editing
Polygon edge-matching tool
Support for GPX files on the PN-Series GPS receiver
KML support - export GIS layers in KML format for display in Google Earth or Google Maps
Support for State Plane and UTM coordinate system geocoding
Updated symbol set (e.g. wind turbine, oil derrick)
One–to–many and many-to-one attribute linking
Direct exchange of data between XMap‘s GIS tab and a PN-Series GPS receiver
Improved GIS layer data management and control when transferring to a PN-Series receiver
Optional World Base Map at 1:250,000, with consistent, seamless detail worldwide

Support for ArcMap, MrSID, GeoTIFF, and DeLorme Map Library Files

Both XMap software and Earthmate PN-Series receivers enable visualization of a variety of geographic data formats including third-party GIS layers, ArcMap raster views, and DeLorme topographic and street data. Users can also display DeLorme Map Library data layers including USGS quad maps, Canadian government topographic maps, and multiple aerial imagery options, as well as freely available imagery in MrSID and GeoTIFF formats.

Common XMap Applications

XMap is used to support a broad spectrum of industry and agency GIS needs. Common examples include:


Oil & Gas Companies – Design forms that quickly and accurately collect data to support your company’s internal and regulatory report requirements including OneCall reporting, High Consequence Area (HCA) identification, and construction permitting.
Forestry – Design timber inventory data collection forms that direct field technicians to record exactly the information you require by species, land area, or other key criteria. Export your XMap Forms to the Earthmate PN-40.
Public Safety – Embed your organization’s incident management forms into XMap and collect the critical data associated with the incident. Automatically records the GPS location so your officers can focus on the problem at hand.
Electric and Gas Utilities – Build forms that support field inventories, confirmation of maintenance activities, or track storm and outage response records.
Energy Asset Management – Discover ways to affordably automate field asset management, comply with permitting, or set up forms that generate quick answers and demand more detail for critical field components.

To learn more about XMap 7, visit www.xmap.com, or call 800-293-2389 weekdays from 9 to 5 ET to speak with a knowledgeable DeLorme associate.


About DeLorme
DeLorme is the longtime leader in innovative mapping and GPS solutions for both consumer and professional markets. Based in Yarmouth, ME, DeLorme offers a unique set of core competencies across the complex areas of map data creation and management, software development, and integration with GPS. The ability to develop all the critical components necessary to compete in the fast-changing navigation world provides a distinct competitive advantage. DeLorme is one of a handful of mapmakers that still own and produce their own content. Its Street Atlas USA, Topo USA, and XMap GIS map software, along with its Earthmate GPS products, have introduced countless first-to-market innovations. To learn more, go to
www.delorme.com.

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