February 10, 2006

Blue Marble Releases 2005 TIGER Data and New TIGER Translators

Gardiner, Maine — February 10, 2006 – Map file conversion for the map file formats that matter. Blue Marble Geographics (www.bluemarblegeo.com) announces the release of their new TIGER/Line® Map Kit Translator with updated Census data. This application includes TIGER/Line Translator version 8.0 shipped as either a TIGER to MIF (TGR2MIF) or TIGER to Shape (TGR2SHP) software application and the full TIGER data set.

Blue Marble, known for their coordinate conversion technology, is also the creator of industry leading map display, image reprojection, georeferencing, GPS tracking, and Internet mapping technology. Blue Marble 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.

“TIGER/Line® files are a very popular map file format amongst our user community, as people realize the data is frequently updated by the U.S. Census Bureau,” says Kris Berglund, Blue Marble Director of Sales. “This is a complete U.S. map dataset that is conveniently shipped as a set of nine CDs, available for immediate translation to Shapefile or MapInfo MIF. The TIGER/Line® translators are flexible in that users can choose to translate only the layers they need. This streamlines the process of the overall translation process and saves people time and money.”

The 2005 First Edition TIGER/Line® files are the first of two versions that contain 2005 geographic boundaries. The Census Bureau is releasing the 2005 First Edition TIGER/Line® files by county or statistically equivalent entity based on the latest available governmental unit boundaries (generally January 1, 2005). The 2005 First Edition TIGER/Line® file coverage is as follows: all counties, parishes, boroughs, census areas and equivalent entities for each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas.

TIGER® was developed at the Census Bureau to support the mapping and related geographic activities required by the decennial census and sample survey programs. Blue Marble ships TIGER/Line® data with a choice of two map kits. TGR2SHP and TGR2MIF are Windows based applications for converting or batch processing of TIGER 97, 98, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and now 2005 files to ArcView Shapefiles and MapInfo MIF files respectively. The TIGER/Line®Map Kit grants the user easy and quick access to the data, automatically unzipping the TIGER® archives! Normal downloading of TIGER® data from the U.S. Census Bureau can take days! Blue Marble solves the download problem and supplies you with map kits so you can work on more pressing needs.

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 www.bluemarblegeo.com

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Blue Marble Geographics

Gardiner, ME, USA


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