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05/05/2003

Blue Marble Geographics ranks Number 1 in Directions Magazine Readers' Survey!

Gardiner, Maine - May 5, 2003 - Blue Marble Geographics (www.bluemarblegeo.com) announced today that they were ranked number 1 by a readers survey conducted by Directions Magazine for "off the shelf" GIS component software tools. This survey was sponsored solely at the discretion of Directions Magazine. Blue Marble Geographics played no role in the development, design, or deployment of the survey.

Blue Marble has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for over 10 years. Their technology is embedded in hundreds of GIS applications currently used by military, oil exploration, civil engineering, surveying, technology and corporate GIS systems.

Directions Magazine is the premier, worldwide resource for GIS news, technology, and events. The magazine has been continuously publishing since 1998 and is the fastest growing GIS news resource in the industry.

The Directions Magazine survey was conducted with the express purpose of taking the pulse of the GIS industry by interviewing approximately 500 professionals. Participants in the survey comprised a broad cross-section of GIS professionals including State, Local, or Federal employees at 28%, GIS consultants or service providers came in at 15% followed by Natural Resources/Forestry, Software, Hardware or Data vendors, Transportation, and Utilities Industries as well as smaller representation in many other industries.

"The results of this survey are a great indication of our continual push to provide first rate customer service and support," said Blue Marble Geographics Director of Business Development Patrick Cunningham. "We are thankful to our customers for this recognition and will continue to strive to earn their loyalty with every sale."

About Blue Marble Geographics: Blue Marble Geographics of Gardiner, Maine is a leading developer and provider of geographic software products that provide sensible solutions for users and developers of geographic data. Blue Marble currently serves over 120,000 customers in over 60 countries. Learn more at www.bluemarblegeo.com

About Directions Magazine: Directions Magazine is the premier, worldwide resource for GIS news, technology, and events. Each week, Directions brings information regarding products, companies, and people in two editions: the Monday Gazette featuring the week's review of news items, and the Wednesday Digest featuring technical and popular articles, new products and software reviews, as well as the events that shape the spatial information industry. In addition, the Direction's website provides access to tools, maps, and GIS discussion lists, as well as other useful guides for both the experienced and novice GIS user. Learn more at www.directionsmag.com