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Global Mapper SDK: Powerful GIS developer toolkit - Download Now >

Leverage the power of Global Mapper with the Global Mapper Software Developer Kit (SDK)! Software developers can improve existing software, create custom stand-alone applications, or enhance the standard version of Global Mapper with custom extensions.

Global Mapper SDK Overview

Now customers can also create desktop extensions for Global Mapper. Global Mapper SDK Developers can extend Global Mapper Desktop functionality through toolbars and menu items by joining the Blue Marble Developer Network program to help promote their custom software. For more information contact sales ( today.

The Global Mapper SDK provides a Windows DLL which allows much of the functionality of Global Mapper to be accessed from third party applications. The SDK includes both native 32-bit and 64-bit DLLs, so you can target any Windows system. The Global Mapper SDK is a standard Windows DLL and can be called from just about any programming language on a Windows platform, including Visual C++, Visual Basic, Visual C#, and Java with JNI.

Global Mapper SDK synchronizes the software developer toolkit with Global Mapper desktop software releases, which enables a more consistent release cycle. This ensures that software developers are able to work with the most current features and functions introduced to the desktop version of the software.

LiDAR Elevation model created in Global Mapper
LiDAR Elevation model created in Global Mapper

Globe icon LiDAR Elevation model created in Global Mapper
3D View with Skybox and Textures
3D View with Skybox and Textures

Globe icon 3D View with Skybox and Textures
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Contour Image

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Recent releases have focused on optimizing the speed of data display and exporting, especially when working with very large raster or terrain datasets. Improvements have also been made to LiDAR rendering and processing with the speed of point cloud gridding measured at four to 10 times faster depending on number of cores and processing power. A completely redesigned 3D View now offers "Infinite Terrain" capability allowing the entire extent of any loaded terrain or point cloud dataset to be displayed with the detail level dynamically updated as the 3D View is zoomed or panned.

Since version 16, an add on LiDAR Module is available for the Global Mapper SDK. Advanced LiDAR functionality can now be added to the standard SDK product activating a host of powerful LiDAR tools, including automatic reclassification, feature extraction for rendering 3D buildings/trees/power lines, and advanced point cloud filtering options. Included in the latest release of the LiDAR Module is automatic classification of high and low noise points as well as calculation of basic rooftop statistics from point clouds. To learn more about adding advanced LiDAR functionality to your SDK click here.

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