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Article about how Edinburgh Scotland is using Mapping Software

Interesting article about how Edinburgh Scotland is using mapping software to map where senior citizens live and where services are located. This would be a great application for Depiction. Check out this article on mapping.

Depiction build 12605 now available

Recently two of our background imagery providers changed how they provided their feeds causing them to no longer work with Depiction.  In fact if you tried to use them they could cause Depiction to crash.  We have released a new build that eliminates them from the list until such time as we can figure out how to replace them.  You can get this new build for Depiction, DepictionPrep and the free reader here.

A user story.

Recently a long term Depiction user wrote to me how she was using Depiction.  She uses it for a variety of different and unusual reasons and just shows how flexible Depiction is and as she points out is ‘more than mapping”.

I am not a GIS expert. The concept of a story was puzzling to me and using maps was just as puzzling. After I retired I wanted to write stories about my family and activities. At first I thought I needed to have a file with a name for my stories. After using Depiction for awhile I found that using maps was far better as one can remember much easier the people in the story by the places they have lived at or been to. I can insert pictures and copy large amounts of information into my Depictions. I can use Depiction for my personal preparedness which is always there when I want to access it because the information is saved in a Depiction on my computer. I can use Depiction to plot out locations and scenarios when I see major news stories. I find it much easier to add a location as Depiction places the location directly on the map.

With Malaysia Flight 370 in the news, I used Depiction to follow what was going on. It was so much easier than using the online maps which are too “busy” for me. Since I already had the Depiction on Flight 370 saved to my computer, I did not have to recreate the maps again which made it much easier to follow. I could just open up my Depiction each day and add information. Using the coordinates and locations given on the news, I was able to follow along to see what was going on and make my guess as to where the plane was. With the elements available I was able to key in important information. Using the Route elements I was able to see the distance involved which helped to see where the plane might be located.

Depiction is more than Mapping. It is fun to create maps, write notes, and visualize what could happen in familiar surroundings. It is like a game for me sometimes such as searching for treasures. I have used Depiction work on contests for locating treasures. All the info I key is right there and I can continue again without having to take notes again as they are already there which has saved an enormous amount of time. I can use Depiction as an address book. I just key in names, addresses and other info and I know where it is because it is in the location my Depiction is saved so I don’t forget. Using my home address to start I put in addresses for people all over. I just key in an address and Depiction locates it for me. I then use the element properties for keying in all the information.

Now I am retired and look forward to using Depiction for writing my stories! I hope all of you that are using Depiction,  enjoy it as much as I do.

New Getting Started with Depiction Webinar announced for Tuesday Feb 25th at noon PST/3pm EST

Please join us on Tuesday February 25th, 2014 at Noon PST/3pm EST for another informative Depiction 101 webinar. Please note the new day of the week and time. With all of the new Red Cross users, we thought this would be a good time to go over some of the Depiction basics again. This will be a great webinar for those new to Depiction and will go over some key concepts and tips on how to best use Depiction and its many features.

Exercises Gaining Popularity

The Disaster Resource Guide Continuity e-Guide #355 released yesterday includes “Exercises Crucial for Effective Disaster Planning”. This is right in line with our thinking and our sponsorship of the Formidable Footprint Exercises. It’s great to see that this is an international trend! For more on Depiction and exercises, check out these upcoming and recent webinars:

Please let us know if we can help you plan or coordinate a local exercise (or if you plan to use Depiction in one).

Happy Depicting!

Depiction Update Available, Other News

Depiction version 1.2.2b is now available. Users can run the Depiction Update program or download and install the update manually.

One of the main fixes in this update is connections to two of our imagery sources, NAIP and MSRMaps (TerraServer). Some users may have seen white tiles in the background of their depictions from these sources. To replace those tiles in the depiction cache, run one of our new batch files, available here. Also available is an OpenStreetMap cache clearing batch file, which will be useful if you have updated that source.

The update also allows APRS Live Add-on users to start the add-on while Depiction is offline.

In other news, we will be repeating the Depiction 101: Revelears & Live Reports webinar on Wednesday, July 21 at 2:30pm Pacific. Click the title to register. The 7/14 session was well attended, but didn’t get recorded. You’ll find my outline in our knowledgebase.

Thanks for the continued support! Happy Depicting!

Depiction in Print

One of our new users, Russell Deffner, also happens to be a writer with a GIS-related minor. He wrote the following article for The Flume, his local paper in Park County, Colorado. The paper recently published an article he wrote about a new state park being developed in the area. A PDF of the article is attached. Images Russell created with Depiction are excerpted below.

Thanks for sharing, Russell, and a fine use for Depiction!

The article: Staunton0001

Aerial Image of the Park area


Location of the park area