Archive for June, 2012
We have been busy behind the scenes for the last few months. Below are some of the things we have been working on.
Laying groundwork for Version 2.0
Our dev team is busy laying out the groundwork for our next version. In the next few months we hope to have a list of potential features and hope to get your input on what you would like to see. But you can always give us that feedback via the Depiction get satisfaction site.
Some of the major features we are considering are:
- Increased number of file formats for import and export
- More sophisticated printing
- Custom initial boundaries ie irregular polygons
- Resize boundaries
- A custom tiler – allow user to enter api info for a custom tiler like google
- Local Source tiler – allow the use of local tiling sources ie streets and trips
- Being able to view many more elements ie 100,000s
- Categorized elements ie elements with behaviors and other categories
- Improved EID handling – ie ability to change existing property name to EID or to designate a property as the EID property.
- General simplification and user friendliness enhancements
We have scores of other minor changes on the list as well.
I had indicated in an earlier post that 1.4.1 might be the last free update. I think I was overly optimistic. The reality is that the service providers that we get the free data from have a tendency to change how they serve out their data which in many cases requires us to change our program. USC geo-coder is the service we use to geo-code addresses and they are changing their API and so we will have to come out with a new version. So we might still have have several minor releases before Version 2.0 comes out.
New Web Site
I don’t know if all of you have been as frustrated by our front page as I have been and finally we are doing something about it. Hopefully by mid to late July we will have a new website with a navigation bar. The front page is going to be very different but most of the inner pages will have pretty much the same content. Below is a shot of the new front page.
We have a new add-on in development. This add-on will let you draw on the data that exists within OpenStreeMap. OpenStreetMap has many data elements such as police stations, fire stations, schools, hospitals etc. With this add-on it, will add specific quickstart data sources to your list. The one down side of this source is that since it is crowd sourced it may not contain all of the data for your area. One solution of course if for you to go in to openstreetmap and enter all of the data and then it would show up. We will have more on this later as we figure out exactly how it will work.
So that is just a brief summary of what is going on at Depiction. We want to thank all of you for continuing to be loyal Depiction users.