Friday, April 4, 2014

The Next Stage in the Evolution of the ERDAS Field Guide

What is the next stage in the evolution of the ERDAS Field Guide? Hexagon Geospatial has released the next version of ERDAS Field Guide. It has been wikified. As part of that evolution, The wiki version of the ERDAS Field Guide was renamed to “HexGeoWiki.”

Your first question may be, “Can I add/edit content on HexGeoWiki? The answer is, Yes. Your next question may be, “Will Paul change his blog to 'The GeoWiki'? The answer to that is, No. My blog's brand is The Field Guide and I will stick with the blog's brand. As well, this blog has never been about the company, my about ideas and thought I believe people may find value in knowing.

I believe this move by Hexagon Geospatial is the future of software documentation. Provide a solid documentation foundation and then allow a lot of really smart people in the community to collaborate and make documentation much more than it can be in a documentation team.

Check HexGeoWiki out at:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

ERDAS IMAGINE 14.00.01 Almost Ready for Release

The latest Hexagon Geospatial ERDAS IMAGINE product is almost ready. 14.00.01 will not be a service pack or maintenence release, but will be a minor release adding the following:
  • Add support for MS Windows 8.1
  • Add LAZ read, display, processing and write support
  • Add more point cloud tools
  • Expand 64-bit raster data format support (part of faster raster work) 
  • Improve tile, strip (BIL) and BSQ TIFF read speed  
  • Improve ECW Export 'Orient to Map' capabilities and performance
  • Expand ECW metadata support
  • Improve ECWP support
  • Improve 'Table of Contents' interaction with 2D Viewer
  • Add support for NITF 'Long Name' metadata
  • Improve JP2 metadata support
  • Add create ERS data
  • Add HDF5 read and display support
  • Add new GeoEye data format support
  • Add EVS to shapefile conversion
  • Add Inquire Curser 'History' capability
  • Add Copy/Paste pictures from MS Windows tools into a Map View
  • Add Copy/Paste images from MS Windows tools into a Map View
  • Add Copy/Paste text from MS Windows tools into a Map View
  • Add more reporting tools using Microsoft Office tools
  • Add Min of all bands / Max of bands LUT to 2D View contrast stretch tools
  • Add stereo viewing support for Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Add add-on products from AAI
  • Bug fixes
  • And more....
I cannot provide the release date, that is up to Marketing. But, I can say this.... it would not be 'foolish' to expect it very soon.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hexagon Geospatial a Massive 'New' Geospatial Software Company

Hexagon, AB has made more changes in their geospatial businesses.
Hexagon has pulled the ERDAS and GeoMedia software products out of Intergraph SG&I to form a new company, Hexagon Geospatial. Hexagon Geospatial is focused on delivering high-quality geospatial software and customer services globally. The new organization will leverage the global sales network of Intergraph as well as the global footprint of business partners dating back to ERDAS, Inc.’s reseller network.
The combining of the GeoMedia Suite, the ERDAS IMAGINE Suite, ERDAS APOLLO Suite, Mobil Map Works, ERDAS ER Mapper, ERDAS ECW/JP2 SDK, and the ArcGIS Desktop and Server Extensions makes Hexagon Geospatial a massive 'new' geospatial software company.

Who is in the President of Hexagon Geospatial, longtime ERDAS employee Mr. Mladen Stojic.

Read an interview with Mladen here:

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Poem to Usher in 2014

Happy New Year!

Back in 2010, I write a post on this blog of 'Two Poems to Usher in 2010'. I heard the two I then quoted poems put together as complementarity poems by during a church meeting. Mormons (of which I am a Mormon), have average church members (not the bishop/minister/pastor) give talks to the local congregation in weekly sacrament meetings (worship service). I have had the opportunity to speak in such services. Those two 2010 poems came from such a meeting.

Late last year, I heard a poem quoted by Thomas S. Monson (President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; 'Mormon' is a popular nick-mane name for the church and it's members). The poem he quoted, and I have quoted below, explains how difficulties can mold us into stronger people.

Good Timber
Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.
-Douglas Malloch

President Monson said in him talk, "Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured, and then have overcome."