Depiction News

Purchasers of Depiction 1.4.3 after 1-1-14 will receive a 75% discount on Version 2 upgrade.

Purchasers of Depiction 1.4.3 after 1-1-14 will receive a 75% discount on Version 2 upgrade. Some folks may think that they want to hold off purchasing 1.4.3 because version of the impending release of Version 2.0. By offering this incentive we hope folks will go ahead and purchase version 1.4.3 and start using the program.  Version 2.0 will operate in basically the same manner but will have increased capabilities and so whatever you learn with 1.4.3 will carry over to version 2.0.

Depiction University cost reduced from $199.00 to $19.95

For the last several years our Depiction University course has been facilitated by an instructor. They would review assignments and give feedback. Last year we lost our last instructor and have decided that the course is really not cost effective to facilitate at $199.  However, there still is a need for a structured learning experience and so we have decided to remove the instructor but maintain the course materials without the instructor feedback. By doing this we are able to reduce the cost of the course dramatically to $19.95 and bring it into the reach of everyone’s budget. We are announcing this change before we have completely revamped the course materials. So if you purchase DU will may still find references to upload assignments and files and these should be disregarded.  We do encourage course participants to use our Get Satisfaction support page to connect to other DU students and to get feedback.  If you have purchased DU in the past and would like access to the materials again, send an email request to

Depiction Announces Free Software to Red Cross Chapters

This week we announced that we were offering 3 free copies of our Depiction 1.4.3 mapping software along with the Preparedness Add-on  a $660 value to every Red Cross Chapter in the world.  All they have to do is send us an email requesting the software from an official Red Cross email address and information about the chapter they are from and we will send them a coupon code.  We think our software is a great fit for the great work the Red Cross does and realized that because of budget restraints they weren’t always able to take advantage of it. So we decided as a public service we would make this contribution to the Red Cross to help them better serve their communities.  Send your request to

Youtube video of the current status of Depiction Version 2.0 Alpha

We are making progress on version 2.0 but I have been saying that for several months.  So just to prove it isn’t vaporware I have posted a video with a short demo of version 2.0.  You can see it here. There is still a long way to go but it is getting there.

Tutorial on how to get and add 10 meter elevation data in to your Depiction Map

Kim Buike, Depiction Board Member and Instructor teaching an on-line Masters course on Depiction Mapping Software for California State University Long Beach, has prepared a tutorial for his class on how to find, download and import into Depiction 10 meter elevation data.  The elevation data currently available through the Depiction Quick Start is 30 meter data.  Having higher resolution elevation data will make the various simulations that Depiction can perform much more accurate.  You can find the tutorial here.

Geo-coding Not Working on 1.4.2 Build 12450 or Before – New Build 12522 is Available

If you are running a version of Depiction before 1.4.2 or a version of 1.4.2 with a build number of 12450 or earlier then you are probably getting can’t geo-code errors when you try to start a new Depiction. Our geo-coding service  changed their API and so prior versions of the software no longer will geo-code.  You can find out what version you are running by going to the help menu and choosing about.  You can still start new depictions by entering a starting latitude and longitude.

A new build (12522) is available on the website and can be found here.

Become a Depiction Champion on our GetSatisfaction Forum

Have you visited our Get Satisfaction forum lately? Those in the know use the forum on a regular basis to ask questions, give answers, and participate in great conversations with other Depiction users and the Depiction team! Are you frustrated because you can’t get something to work or you know there is a way to do what you want but you can’t figure it out, well this is the place to ask the question.

Or maybe you are a Depiction user with unique skills — the forum needs you to help newcomers! We welcome your opinions, tips, and recommendations on best practices using Depiction. Maybe you have used Depiction in a unique way. It might be just the thing that someone else is looking to do. Want to ask a question or start a discussion? The forum is a great place to do that, too.

So come on, dig in! If the Depiction team spots you being particularly helpful in the forum, we’ll even make you an official Depiction Champion! We’ll add a sweet badge to your avatar but that’s not all – you’ll also be invited to beta new depiction versions, and if you participate a lot you will be offered free add-ons or discounts on products.

Being helpful could consist of answering someone’s question before the Depiction Team has a chance to, starting a topic to give people great ideas on different uses of Depiction – or anything else that we consider spectacular.

We really do think of Depiction as a community, and we strive every day to make this a great place for all of our map makers. The GetSatisfaction forum is a big part of that, and we’d love to hang out there with you too!

Evaluation of Depiction by a German Fire Department

Recently we worked with a German fire department to work through some of the issues using Depiction outside of the USA. Frank Ruegner of the Dornstetten fire department did a very thorough analysis of how Depiction could meet their department’s needs. The paper can be found here.

More quickstart sources are back.

We continue to restore the missing quickstart sources.  Now state, county and congressional boundaries are working again.

Quickstart Water bodies is now available again

The quickstart data source water bodies has now been restored. We are continuing to try and get the others restored.