December 9, 2005

Blue Marble’s Free Beta Version of the Geographic Map File Translator 3.0 Now Available

Gardiner, Maine — December 9, 2005 – Map file conversion for the map file formats that matter. Blue Marble Geographics ( announces the release of their new Geographic Map File Translator Version 3.0. This is a limited time only free beta release. The full major update to their translation software will be released before the end of the year, but Blue Marble has decided to make a special pre-release beta version available for a limited time.

Blue Marble, known for their coordinate conversion technology, is also the creator of industry leading map display, image reprojection, referencing, GPS tracking, and Internet mapping technology. Their technology is used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software companies, universities, oil and gas companies, civil engineering, surveying, technology, enterprise GIS groups, and military organizations.

“Admittedly, it has been a few years since the Translator has been updated,” stated Blue Marble President Patrick Cunningham, “but we looked at the current map file translator products on the market and have focused on adding the most current map file and coordinate system support for the industry leading map files as opposed to dozens of other meaningless formats. This allows us to keep the price well below other competing products.”

The Translator has the latest support for ESRI Shape, MapInfo Tab and MIF, AutoDesk DWG and DXF up to and including 2006, Bentley DGN, and read of ESRI E00 format. The Translator also supports all of the latest updates included in the newest GeoCalc libraries featuring Well Known Text support, .PRJ file support, full EPSG database support, and creation of custom coordinate systems. If your map file has a custom coordinate system with it, the Translator can handle it. The coordinate system data source is also organized into a new geography based ordering that makes it easier to work with for novice users. There is no better coordinate conversion support available for map file translation than that found in the Geographic Translator.

The map file viewer window is also improved to include a full set of standard map viewing tools. The new map file viewer also supports raster formats so you can check your data against your DOQQ image libraries. Blue Marble has also improved the batch translation capabilities to allow for different coordinate systems for different files within the batch or grouping of files based on coordinate system selection, as well as translating files in different coordinate systems to the same coordinate system output.

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 has been writing GIS software tools and solutions for over 12 years and currently serves over 150,000 customers in over 130 countries. Learn more at

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