AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac

Unlike the other “large” proprietary vector editing program in our space, AutoCAD now has a version in the Mac App Store.

The new AutoCAD LT for Mac software brings powerhouse drafting tools to the Mac. Providing native support for DWG™ file format, AutoCAD LT for Mac helps you efficiently document and share designs. With the powerhouse tools you expect from AutoCAD LT software – along with an intuitive Mac OS® X interface – it’s now easier than ever to create design documentation on your platform of choice.

In a past life I would have been all over that.  Today though I don’t use DWG enough to justify paying $900 for AutoCAD LT.  Too bad though, it looks very nice.

AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac in the App Store

Spatial Energy Will Distribute Bing Maps For Global Energy Companies

Spatial Energy, Boulder, Colo., has reported an extension of their distribution agreement with Microsoft Corp.’s Bing Maps to integrate Bing Maps Services into Spatial on Demand – the world’s largest energy-specific online database and enterprise imagery management solution.

“Due to positive customer feedback and usage, Spatial Energy and Microsoft have extended their partnership to offer Bing Maps through Spatial on Demand to the oil and gas industry,” said Bud Pope, President, Spatial Energy. “Spatial on Demand, with Bing maps, has quickly become the defacto basemap for global energy companies. Customers fully recognize the value of no transaction or user fees, multiple layers of energy specific data, and output to their application of choice without having to pay additional fees, reformat the data, or have onerous licensing restrictions.”

In addition to Bing Maps, over 20 oil and gas specific data sets are included in Spatial on Demand. Major global content updates to Spatial on Demand in 2011 include Esri Data Services, DeLorme World Data, and OneGeology Geologic Data Services. New energy specific data sets are added quarterly. Spatial on Demand already offers global web services from all the major satellite providers, including DigitalGlobe, GeoEye and Spot Image/Astrium Services, providing the widest selection of data and services for any location in the world.

Bing Maps content integrated into Spatial on Demand include ready-to-use, cartographically rendered and cached 2D and 3D map services, including worldwide orthographic aerial and satellite imagery, imagery overlaid with roads and labels, the Bird’s eye (Oblique), Mapping, GeoCoding, Driving Directions, Proximity Searching, traffic incident data and street-level data for 67 countries/regions.

by epmag

ESRI is changing the name

So the classic thinking is Esri can’t figure out what to name anything. You either put the Prefix “Arc” in front of something, use the company name Esri (though you’d be better at using ESRI for the classic touch) or put the phrase ArcGIS in front of any simple word. Those days of wacky are over apparently as there is now a guide to the new naming convention for Esri products.


Name Prior to ArcGIS 10.1 New Name
ArcGIS Desktop ArcGIS for Desktop
ArcInfo ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced
ArcEditor ArcGIS for Desktop Standard
ArcView ArcGIS for Desktop Basic
ArcGIS Server ArcGIS for Server
ArcGIS Mobile ArcGIS for Windows Mobile
ArcGIS Mobile SDK ArcGIS SDK for Windows Mobile
Esri Data and Maps Data and Maps for ArcGIS
Esri StreetMap Premium StreetMap Premium for ArcGIS
ArcGIS Data Appliance Data Appliance for ArcGIS
ArcGIS Mapping for SharePoint ArcGIS for SharePoint

Thus the key word is now ArcGIS and it may or may not be “for” something else. Because as Esri points out, “The reason for these modifications is to reinforce the fact that, regardless of where and how ArcGIS is used, it is the same system.” Natch!  My favorite which isn’t listed here is the new ArcGIS for the Internet which was previously known as