GIS Cloud Removes Beta

Two months ago, GIS Cloud released a HTML5 client that was very slick.   My thoughts at the time:

The latest company to release a HTML5 client is GISCloud. While other visualization companies offer JavaScript maps as an option, GISCloud has made them default. By using the HTML5 Canvas element, GISCloud is rendering vector data right inside of the browser, with no plugin. Oh and you don’t need to use some sort of weird API to get it to work on iPhones or iPads. It just works, browsing 2 million features on my iPad in Safari without a native app. Crazy!

Well for those who view the Beta tag as something to avoid, GIS Cloud has now gone full production on their code.

Today’s GIS Cloud differs quite a lot from when it was first created, and so does the team as well. We have both grown and improved a lot; learned how to provide GIS users with what they need.  GIS Cloud got:

  • redesigned

  • much simpler to use and more intuitive

  • more focused on the map and data visualization

  • reborn with the HTML5 map engine

  • moved to Amazon Cloud

  • its very own platform for creating geo applications


There are some great demo’s on GIS Cloud’s website that really showcase how far HTML5 has come in supporting millions of features in a browser. Plus they work on iPad without needing to download a client app.

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