Blue Marble Geographics released Global Mapper version 15. This release includes an extension interface that provides add-on functionality capabilities including the COAST tool and a new LiDAR Module. 

Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to a variety of spatial datasets and provides GIS functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and mapping novices. The extension interface in Global Mapper 15 allows third parties and customers the opportunity to create add-on applications that can be part of the software with access to all the formats and tools that Global Mapper offers. As part of this release, Blue Marble has created three modules: The COAST tool for cost/benefit analysis of coastal flooding incidents, an Overview Map Window application and a powerful LiDAR module. The LiDAR module is available for the price of another seat of the software, while COAST and the Overview Application are free. Other new extension modules from key partners are expected over the next year.

This release also features a new Mathematical Raster Calculator for multi-band imagery analysis, the ability to edit and recalculate multiple view shed layers, 3D PDF read/write support and scripting enhancements, such as passing variables to the script from the command line. Leveraged through a toolbar for easier management and editing capabilities, the module features the ability to view, edit and reclassify points in the Path Profile viewer, robust gridding techniques for faster creation of elevation surfaces, including smart decimation through binning, and other techniques. The tool also allows for automatic classification of ground points from unclassified point clouds, and support for reporting LiDAR statistics via script to a text file to facilitate QA processes and new format support for E57 LiDAR.

"Global Mapper is truly the GIS tool for everyone and that includes the basic user who simply needs to view data or output it to Google Earth, as well as the highly trained GIS or survey professional working with LiDAR point clouds of a billion points or more," said Patrick Cunningham, Blue Marble's president. "We are committed to adding the most advanced functionality at a price point that is within reach of everyone and we have again done so with this release."

For a complete list of new features and enhancements visit www.bluemarblegeo.com/products/global-mapper.php or download Global Mapper v15.