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Updates and enhancements to Global Mapper are released frequently to ensure that users have immediate access to the latest tools with support for current versions of all common data formats.

Latest Changes

New in v18

  • Significant New Features
    • Redesigned user interface with new button graphics and fresh new logo
    • Dramatically improved 3D Viewer with high performance, asynchronous, multi-threaded, 3D rendering boosting display speeds and data resolution
    • Full range rendering of LiDAR and raster/ terrain data with "infinite view" display and dynamic detail as the 3D View is zoomed and panned
    • Display of multiple surfaces in the 3D View and "mole's-eye" view for a subterranean perspective
    • Improved 3D vector selection capability and measuring tools
    • Twelve new 3D point styles including utility pole and push pin as well as improved 3D point style assignment and management
    • Significantly improved display and export of large raster and terrain files
    • Updated toolbars providing convenient access to advanced Digitizing and Analysis functions
    • Toolbar customization allowing buttons to be assigned to or removed from each toolbar, which can now be docked on the side or bottom of the map view
    • Selectable themes providing a variety of window colors and styles
    • Redesigned dockable Overlay Control Center with layer tree view and streamlined access to layer options and metadata
    • Updated Configuration dialog box with intuitively organized settings and preferences layout
    • Support for importing and exporting OGC GeoPackage format files
    • Support for importing PDF files as vector layers (lines, points, and areas) rather than as a raster image
    • New Floating Single User License option allowing a single user to easily move a license between desktop and laptop computer
  • LiDAR Changes
    • Enhanced 3D View supports display of an entire point cloud regardless of size
    • Improved building extraction with 3D vector features created for floor, wall, and roof areas

New in v17.2

  • Significant New Features
    • An update to the Map Layout functionality for designing a PDF Map Book that applies the same layout to multiple pages
    • Support for saving multiple map layouts in a workspace
    • Support for macros in the text element so that the element text can include the projection, scale, date, and time and improved flexibility of grid overlay
    • A new feature in the 3D View to render a path profile as a cut-away of the terrain
    • Support for pan sharpening color imagery using higher resolution panchromatic (grayscale) imagery
    • A new option when creating Global Mapper Package (GMP) files to save imagery layers in JPEG 2000 format, significantly reducing the file size
    • Downloading or streaming imagery through a WMS now includes the option to define the extent of the data to a selected area or polygon
    • FLOW_ANGLE attribute added to flow direction points created during Watershed Analysis
    • When importing a PDF, the DPI at which to display the file can now be selected
    • Improved import speed of text-based file formats
    • A new tool for performing an inverse crop in a raster layer, allowing a hole to be easily created in the imagery
    • An update to the Quick Point Creator to allow faster point creation by skipping the Feature Edit dialog
    • Dramatically faster export of multiple tiles to raster (image) formats
    • Support for loading ENVI .ima multi-band imagery layers
  • Scripting Changes
    • Support for creating a distance/bearing/COGO line using the IMPORT_ASCII command
  • LiDAR Module Features
    • Reduced memory requirements and increased draw speeds for Lidar point clouds loaded from text-based formats (.ply, .xyzi, etc.) as well as MrSID Lidar formats

New in v17.1

  • Significant New Features
    • New tool for creating multiple perpendicular profiles along a defined path and for easily cycling through these profile views perpendicular to the original path
    • Display of the Path Profile in the multi-view layout allowing the simultaneous display of 2D, 3D and Profile views in the same interface
    • Filtering function to determine which layers are displayed in each 2D map view in the multi-view interface. For instance, one view might be used to display aerial imagery for a project location while the adjacent map shows a gridded terrain layer for the same area
    • Option to save the multi-view layout in the workspace. Each time the workspace is loaded, the preconfigured multi-view display will be recreated
    • New attribute management function for creating Feature Templates. Templates offer a predefined list of attributes for a layer with pick lists for faster and more accurate attribute entry when collecting data in the field
    • Map Layout improvements including grid display, custom map scale options, and export to geospatial pdf
    • Export function for saving Search results in CSV format
    • Improved display for high-resolution monitors
    • Support for Geographic Calculator 2016 with using GeoCalc mode for projection management
    • Support for batch converting data to ADRG and ASRP format files
  • New LiDAR Module Features
    • New Custom Feature Extraction Tool including ability to manually select a series of points as part of a custom area or line feature for extracting it to a custom geometry. Feature vertices are placed while cycling through the profile views resulting in precise 3D line or area features such as road edge and curb lines, powerlines, and buildings
    • New Toolbar button for quickly and easily assigning the Ground classification to selected points
    • Added support for editing which classification groups a Lidar class belongs to

New in v17

  • Significant New Features
    • Dramatic Speed Improvements - depending on data and machine anywhere from 5 to 10 times faster for all types of data processing and rendering
    • New Cartographic Map Publishing tool including:
      • A paper scale interface that actually lets you see the layout in the paper proportions
      • Easier addition of overlays for graphics, text, legend, scale bar, north arrows etc, and positioning these elements through click and drag
      • Template creation and template library
    • New flexible view interface with dock-able windows and multiple map views for better data visualization and manipulation
    • Several new built-in online sources, including US National Map sources (w/ 1 foot color imagery source), World Navigation Charts (1:1M Scale ONC Charts), and Australian water sources
    • New support for CPT palette files, both for layer color palettes and for initializing elevation shaders and updated support for PLY, PNG (added EXIF tag support), Sketchup, CPT and USGS Earth Explorer formats
    • Updated logging information now available for scripting, along with many other scripting enhancements
    • Speed improvements and threading updates for many large format raster and vector data types
    • Updates to GPS Tracking, to support Glonass and Baidu NMEA positions, as well as new tracking functions to follow the live position more closely and orient the map to the GPS Heading
    • Added new GPS toolbar buttons to control whether or not the main display centers on the GPS vessel location and automatically rotates to keep the GPS heading towards the top of the display
    • Attribute Calculation now stores the previous formula for new attributes, if one exists, so that a user can have see what changes a previous formula made to an attribute .Added a new right-click option on the Feature Vertex dialog so you can easily duplicate vertices for an area feature. This allows you to use the "Pen Up" draw mode option to turn off the drawing of some segments of the area border
  • LiDAR
    • Automatic classification and extraction for power lines and noise points
    • Dramatic speed enhancements for LiDAR and other Point Cloud data for drawing, gridding and load
    • Updated building and vegetation classification
    • Fast spatial thinning and threading for very large datasets
    • Calculation of basic rooftop statistics from point clouds
  • 3D updates
    • Dramatic 3D display speed optimizations
    • Support for using custom 3D models symbol styles for any point feature in the 3D window for example graphically pleasing tree models for extracted trees
    • Export of 3D data formats, including PLY, OBJ, and Collada (DAE), and STL

New in v16.2

  • Significant New Features
    • Added a new 3D navigational aid, the pivot axis, which shows the scene rotation pivot location. This may be toggled on or off using the 3D right-click context menu or by using the Ctrl+Shift+P hotkey
    • When recording a fly-through video file, the video file will automatically be associated with the fly-through feature so users can easily play it back from the Feature Info or Digitizer Tool
    • Dramatically sped up the export of high bit-depth/multi-band exports, especially from map catalogs with large numbers of maps
    • Added support for Unity RAW/JPG, ADRG, GGM Gravity Grids and Esri zLas Lidar
    • Improved support for NetCDF and SketchUp SKP including the newer SketchUp SKP files and the ability to load in the 64 bit version
    • Added write support for 3D formats Collada, Obj, Sdl, and Ply
    • Added option to Invert Selection to the Digitizer Tool right-click Advanced Selection submenu
    • New script command: GENERATE_VIEWSHED to perform a view shed analysis using loaded elevation grid data with a user-specified transmitter location, height, and radius. All areas within the selected radius that have a clear line of sight to the transmitter are colored with a user-specified color
    • Added built-in online sources for the Atlas of the Cryosphere, providing polar data like snow and ice cover for various years. These sources are under the new ENVIRONMENT built-in group on the online source dialog
    • Added option to reverse the order of selected maps on the Control Center right-click menu

New in v16.1

  • Significant New Features
    • New option to rotate the map view, both manually and automatically
    • Added ability to select and measure features in the 3D viewer
    • Enhanced Attribute Calculation function with the ability to calculate new attribute values using spreadsheet-like formulas
    • New UAV or Aerial tracking playback option to display a video file synced to any line feature with per-vertex times, fly-through lines or point features with recognized timestamp attributes
    • Numerous improvements to LiDAR Module analysis features such as automated building and vegetation classification, feature extraction, and building height calculations for more streamlined processing and improved output
    • Support for several new file formats, including load directly from .7z archives, and support for Landmark Graphics Vector, ZFS Lidar, ArcGIS Layer Pack (.lpk), Rockworks XML Grid, and Carlson Grid/Geoid files
    • Sped up online sources by downloading data in the background making the display of this data several times faster in many cases
    • Added several new online sources including FEMA Hazard Maps, Mexican INEGI layers, and CORINE 2006 land coverage
    • Improved Watershed Calculation option to create a flow direction point layer with a selected symbol
    • Added support for finding the location associated with a MapCode
  • Scripting Changes
    • Added support for exporting only specific layers from an EXPORT script command
    • Added support for exporting everything outside of selected polygons rather than inside
    • Added support for cropping a script EXPORT* command to an area feature selected in the Digitizer Tool
    • Updated EDIT_VECTOR command to allow filtering what is operated on to a bounding box
    • Added support for setting a large number of advanced options with the SET_OPT command using new MISC_OPT and MISC_OPT_VALUE parameters
    • Added support for more built-in variable names to allow easily logging the time required for scripts to run
    • Added facility for calculating new attribute values using formulas using the new CALC_ATTR_FORMULA script command
    • Added support for new script variables using formulas in the DEFINE_VAR script command

New in v16.0

  • Significant New Features
    • Dramatically faster processing speeds by leveraging multiple cores, significantly reducing the processing time required for operations like contour generation, view-shed calculations, gridding, and re-projecting layers that cover a large area of the world.
    • Many significant updates and new tools for working with 3D data
      • Support for several 3D formats, for a complete list click here
      • The ability to link the 2D and 3D viewer so panning, zooming, and adding vector features will automatically replicate in both windows
      • New toolbar and support for setting up and recording HD 3D fly-through video
      • Support for a Skybox in 3D, rendering a sky simulation
      • Improved support for draping vector data in 3D
      • Support for tracking GPS in 3D
      • Support for 3D textures and meshes into GMP files
    • New graphing and charting tools, useful for vector and raster analysis
      • Added operations for bar graph, histogram, line chart, or pie chart from any attribute field in loaded vector layers
      • Histograms for gridded terrain layers
      • Save graphs to a BMP file and place it on the map as a fixed screen position layer
      • Graph definitions are saved in the workspace file for easy saving and sharing
    • Added option to export selected layers from Control Center
    • Updated ASTER GDEM v2 worldwide terrain data set for higher resolution and much faster server
    • Merged all functionality from the Global Energy Mapper Module into the base product of Global Mapper v16 and higher
    • New toolbar to access Blue Marble's Geographic Calculator coordinate transformation library for users with an active license
      • Button options include enable/disable GeoCalc projections, editing settings, and a button to launch the Geographic Calculator
    • Added support for conditional expressions in the Raster Calculator
    • Several updates to the Digitizer tools
    • Many new scripting commands for automating LiDAR functionality and other tasks
  • LiDAR Features
    • Powerful new LiDAR features have been added to the LiDAR Module, for a complete list click here
    • Dramatically faster processing of point cloud searches
    • Quickly display and process LiDAR point clouds with over 10's of millions of points
    • Added new built-in point type for Railroad ASPRS class 10 (LiDAR, Railroad)
    • Added support for coloring points by the point index
    • Updated display of min/max Scan Angle on the Statistics dialog for LiDAR point clouds to show the min/max values in degrees rather than the raw scaled values
    • Updated creation of point clouds from elevation grid cell centers to create the points in the full native units of the layer and not a more precise unit like centimeters

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