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Hallowell, Maine – Blue Marble Geographics released Global Mapper version 14.2. This update to the company's desktop GIS software offers new and improved features and functions. Some of the major improvements include several scripting updates, improved volume measurement tools, a right-click option to the vector data search dialog, LiDAR enhancements and new formats.
The Global Mapper 14.2 release introduces scripting updates and additions, including support for calculating attributes, splitting layers and interactively prompting users for files and folders. Global Mapper can be used for behind the scenes processing, whether it is simply batch data conversion or complex extract, transform and load processes such as attribute or geometry merging, clipping or editing. Users can find scripting samples with Global Mapper documentation, with the ability to edit and create them in any text editor. To make this work more easily, Global Mapper workspace files also can be saved as scripts.
The 14.2 release also includes LiDAR enhancements such as search by elevations and the ability to color by return value, which allows users to easily see when there are multiple return values. This feature is great for performing vegetation analysis. There are also new point loading slider bar and reporting tools for point cloud density. 14.2 also has improved import and export options as well as support for exporting point clouds to DXF and DWG format files. 14.2 also introduces support for the MrSID format files and exporting XYZI (XYZ + Intensity) files, typically from LiDAR data.
“Certainly we are focused on continuing to expand our support for LiDAR and more geospatial formats,” says Blue Marble President Patrick Cunningham. “But this release has some great new scripting capabilities and we like to remind our users that Global Mapper is a powerful extract, transform and load tool as well.”