ERDAS IMAGINE V8.7 Soon to be Released From Leica Geosystems

Leica Geosystems announced that ERDAS IMAGINE V8.7, the industry’s premier geographic imaging suite, will be released worldwide Fall 2003. The latest version of ERDAS IMAGINE will feature JPEG2000 support (including GeoJP2), further improvements to its mosaic tool and a faster, smoother multi-threaded IMAGINE Geospatial Light Table (GLT) viewer. Set to be simultaneously released with the Leica Photogrammetry Suite, ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 will be fully compatible with Leica Geosystems’ new process-driven photogrammetric software suite.

ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 will support the JPEG2000 and GeoJP2 data formats developed by Mapping Science, Inc. It will add both the capacity to display and create JPEG2000 images. The ability to quickly and easily read geospatially-registered image data in the JPEG2000 format is currently available for ERDAS IMAGINE 8.6 customers.

Leica Geosystems has also further improved ERDAS IMAGINE’s mosaic tool. These improvements will include providing users the ability to import/export cut lines, image smoothing along cut lines, color balance imagery using ImageEqualizer’s Dodging algorithm and support for rotated output sheets.

Additionally, the new features found in the IMAGINE GLT interface will enhance and expand the efficiency of image exploitation. The expanded use of DirectX 8.1 or higher will allow users to roam smoothly through extremely large sets of imagery. IMAGINE GLT will make use of two threads, one for rendering and one for reading data from a disk. This improvement also enables users to visually improve zooming and rotation of data.

“Leica Geosystems is pleased to once again present its flagship software with notable improvements and added data support,” said Bob Morris, President, Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping. “With the simultaneous release of ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 and the Leica Photogrammetry Suite, Leica Geosystems has moved closer to providing customers with the most well-rounded and comprehensive software needed to complete digital mapping and photogrammetric projects.”

Additional improvements in ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 include:

  • Fuzzy Recode for deconflicting land cover classification
  • Dozens of new raster dlls, importers and exporters for seamless data access
  • Expanded list of projections, spheroids and datums, including new vertical datum transformations
  • Improvements to IMAGINE VirtualGIS for rendering large amounts of data

ERDAS IMAGINE 8.7 helps drive Leica Geosystems as the industry leader in providing products that power the Geospatial Imaging Chain of capturing, referencing, measuring, analyzing, and presenting data in a format that is useful to its customers.