Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Release of ERDAS IMAGINE 2013 is Coming Soon

The work on ERDAS IMAGINE 2013 is in the final stages. Indeed, all ERDAS Desktop products (ERDAS IMAGINE, LPS, ERDAS ER Mapper) are preparing for release. Keep an eye out for a press release from Intergraph before the end of this year (2012).

What do I like?

  • The Model Maker transition into Spatial Modeler 
    • Pull architecture for real-time processing to viewer 
    • Faster file creation 
      • Write real-time to 2D Viewer and create a file faster than Model Maker can make a file  
    • Pull architecture based on ERDAS ER Mapper concepts 
  • Python in Spatial Modeler 
    • Use custom designed applications in a Spatial Model 
    • Access other licensed software products in a Spatial Model 
  • GeoMedia vector and raster processing objects used in Spatial Modeler 
  • High performance asynchronous raster data engine 
    • Faster data access in 2D Viewer and Spatial Modeler 
    • Will be expanded in 2014 release 
  • Use of the new v5 ERDAS ECW/JP2 SDK 
    • Used in ERDAS IMAGINE, LPS and ERDAS ER Mapper 
    • Multi-threaded encoding 
    • Introduce ECW v3 file format (ECW v2 has been around since 1999)
      • ECW v3 supports up to unsigned 16-bit data 
      • ECW v3 uses GeoTIFF standard for coordinate reference system definition 
      • Expanded ECW metadata 
    • Faster encoding of ECW 
    • Faster decoding of ECW 
    • Faster ECW v2 and v3 opacity layer calculation 
    • Reduced need for J2I files with JP2 files 
    • More robust support for non-standard JP2 data 
    • More robust support for ill-defined JP2 profiles 
  • Support reading MrSID MG4 Raster  
  • Support reading of MrSID MG4 LiDAR 
  • Point cloud (LiDAR) support 
    • Viewing 
    • Automatic classification 
    • Manual classification 
    • Data preparation 
    • Support read and write of LAS 
  • New LPS user interface 
  • Improved Terrain Prep Tool 
  • Improved MosaicPro (we never stop making MosaicPro better) 
  • New swipe tools (transitions ribbon) 
  • New measurement ribbon for height from shadow and height from building lean and ortho measurements  
  • Real-time spectral indices (using Spatial Modeler technology) 
    • Vegetation 
    • Snow / Ice 
    • Minerals
    • Water 
  • New unsupervised classification tools 
  • Faster unsupervised classification tools 
  • Use of SAM and SCM in supervised classification 
  • New image segmentation algorithm in IMAGINE Objective 
  • Numerous interface improvements to make ERDAS IMAGINE and LPS more intuitive to expert and novice alike 
There is more, but these are what I really like. 

So, keep an eye out for the press releases... from Intergraph. Don't forget, ERDAS is part of Intergraph and   Intergraph is part of Hexagon. The Erdasians have helped our fellow Intergraph employees integrate well within Hexagon.