February 19, 2020

Blue Marble Geographics releases version 21.1 of Global Mapper and the Lidar Module

Blue Marble Geographics releases version 21.1 of Global Mapper and the Lidar Module

Blue Marble Geographics — February 19, 2020 — Blue Marble Geographics® released version 21.1 of its all-in-one GIS software, Global Mapper®, and advanced point cloud processing add-on, the Lidar Module®, today.

Global Mapper v21.1 comes with many new features and improvements, some more significant ones include:

  • The Raster Reclassification tool for updating raster values, grouping values together, or setting values to a common scale
  • Subscription-based access to Blackbeard Data Services — an online data service for accessing pipeline, well, and lease information
  • An improved Raster Transparency tool for rendering multiple colors of a raster layer transparent
  • Expanded vector feature shift functionality to include the option to apply a vertical offset

  • Improved processing time for the Batch Conversion/Reproject tool
  • Several speed improvements to processes such as 2D draw rendering, and the Viewshed Analysis tool

Version 21.1 of the Lidar Module includes some great updates such as:

  • The ability to extract points classified as utility poles
  • New tool for automatically aligning point clouds by finding a best-fit 3D transformation
  • New point cloud change detection tool that creates a new layer containing points that are significantly offset when comparing two point cloud layers

This release was influenced heavily by the needs and feedback of Global Mapper users, and from a new partnership with the online data service, Blackbeard Data Services, for pipeline, well, and property lease information.

“We release many silent updates to our software throughout the year but periodically we like to package up a minor release to focus on some of the new features,” said President and CEO Patrick Cunningham. “Often, new features come from the suggestions of our loyal users, who have helped us develop Global Mapper to the powerful and easy-to-use GIS software it is today.”

Global Mapper is a cutting-edge GIS software that provides both the novice and experienced geospatial professionals with a comprehensive array of spatial data processing tools, with access to an unparalleled variety of data formats at a genuinely affordable price. This easy-to-learn software includes a full suite of vector and raster editing tools, extensive analysis capabilities, stunning 3D data visualization, and a mobile app for field use.

The Lidar Module is an optional add-on to the GIS software Global Mapper, by Blue Marble Geographics. The module provides advanced point cloud processing tools, including Pixels-to-Points® for photogrammetric point cloud creation from overlapping drone-captured images, automatic and manual point cloud classification and feature extraction, hydro-flattening, and more.

More information about the release can be found here:



ABOUT BLUE MARBLE GEOGRAPHICS: Blue Marble Geographics® is a GIS and geodetic software company that provides cutting-edge yet accessible products designed for both novice and experienced geospatial professionals. For nearly three decades, the company’s products have been used and trusted by Fortune 500 companies that value highly accurate geospatial technology and data.

Blue Marble’s expertise spans a broad spectrum of the geospatial technology sector with a particular focus on coordinate conversion, lidar and photogrammetric point cloud processing, geospatial software development, and user-driven product development.

Blue Marble’s products include Geographic Calculator®, the industry standard for precise spatial data conversion and advanced coordinate system management; Global Mapper®, an all-in-one GIS application with a comprehensive array of data processing and analysis tools; and the Global Mapper Lidar Module®, a suite of powerful tools for editing and processing lidar and photogrammetric point clouds from drone-captured images.

Contact Information:
Cíntia Miranda, Director of Marketing
Blue Marble Geographics
Hallowell, ME, USA
+1(207) 622-4622 ext. 1132

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