Global Mapper

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Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and beginning users. Equally well suited as a standalone spatial data management tool and as an integral component of an enterprise-wide GIS, Global Mapper is a must-have for anyone who deals with maps or spatial data.

  • Low-cost and easy-to-use GIS solution
  • Supports over 250 spatial data formats
  • Optional LiDAR Module for advanced processing
  • Leverage the power of GeoCalc's library with the new tool bar
  • Now includes all features previously found in Global Energy Mapper®
  • Unmatched and complimentary technical support

Global Mapper is more than just a utility; it has built in functionality for distance and area calculations, raster blending, feathering, spectral analysis, elevation querying, line of sight calculations, cut-and-fill volume calculations, as well as advanced capabilities like image rectification, contour generation from surface data, view shed analysis, watershed delineation, sea level rise modeling, terrain layer comparison, and triangulation and gridding of 3D point data. Global Mapper 16, released September 17th, 2014 features a ton of great new functionality and is the largest Global Mapper release to date.

This major release includes many significant updates and new tools for working with 3D data. This release also features dramatically improved processing speeds and new graphing/charting tools.

This release features a variety of updates to both the Global Mapper base product and the LiDAR Module. These updates include the ability to link the 2D and 3D viewer, allowing users the option to pan, zoom, and add vector data in one viewer while automatically replicating actions and updating features in the other. This enhancement is just one of the many improvements that have been made to the 3D viewer with the release of version 16.

Additionally, users can now simulate fly-through recordings in high-definition with various sky models in the 3D viewer. This new Skybox tool enables users to choose from a handful of existing sky templates or custom designs. Support for 3D textures and meshes have also been added to give data a more realistic look, including support for a host of new 3D formats. Live GPS data can also now be viewed and tracked in the 3D Viewer. Version 16 features dramatically faster processing speeds for analyzing large amounts of data. This improvement allows Global Mapper to leverage multiple cores, significantly reducing the processing time required for operations like contour generation, view shed calculations, gridding 3D data, and re-projecting layers that cover a large area of the world. There are a host of new LiDAR tools in the LiDAR Module including automatic reclassification and feature extraction for buildings and trees. This release also features a powerful new graphing and charting tool for analyzing both vector and raster data in bar, pie charts and histograms.

Global Mapper Free Extensions:

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Overview Map Window
The overview map window extension allows users to preview data in small in-set window in the main map interface. This tool is a great way to manage your active data analysis while keeping track of a localized area view.

Global Mapper's intuitive user interface and logical layout helps smooth the learning curve and ensures that you will be up-and-running in no time. Your company will quickly see a significant return on investment brought about by efficient data processing, accurate map creation and optimized spatial data management.

By providing a complete GIS translation solution out-of-the-box, Global Mapper simplifies the deployment of spatial technology in your company or organization. There's no need to juggle extensions or costly add-ons to gain access to the functionality that you need. Global Mapper's aggressive development and release cycle ensures that the product grows with you as your needs and requirements change. Now you can unblock the GIS dataflow logjam by providing a workable GIS software tool for everyone who needs access to this critical data.

At a fraction of the cost of traditional GIS alternatives and with free set-up and general use support, as well as flexible licenses including single seat, network and USB Dongle licensing, there's no reason not to add Global Mapper to your GIS toolkit.

Feature Extension Plugin Support

These allow 3rd-parties and customers to create add-ins to Global Mapper to extend the functionality through their own toolbars and/or menu items. The feature extensions will have access to all data loaded in the Global Mapper application instance through the same API used by the Global Mapper SDK. There is an item under the Help menu for managing the installation and registration of feature extension plugins and add-in modules.

3D Data

Global Mapper works as easily with 3D data as it does 2D data. It supports several 3D formats such as 3D PDF, Collada, Wavefront, 3DS Max and more. The user has the ability to link the 2D and 3D viewer so panning, zooming, and adding vector features will automatically replicate in both windows. There is a toolbar and support for setting up and recording HD 3D fly-through video of your 3D projects. Support has been added for features such as draping vector data, GPS tracking and Skyboxes for rendering a sky simulation in 3D. Support has also been added for 3D textures and meshes in GMP files.

One of the unique and defining characteristics of Global Mapper is its extensive and varied data format support. Offering direct access to over 250 different raster, vector, and elevation data types, including 3D PDF files, Global Mapper supports virtually all types of geospatial data right out of the box, no add-ons required. With new and modified formats being added on an ongoing basis, you can be sure that the software will never be out of date with your data.

The list of export formats available within Global Mapper is as impressive as the supported data import types. Vector, raster, and elevation data can be exported in virtually every common file format as well as many proprietary types. During export, data can be gridded into smaller or more manageable files or the export area can be cropped to a defined area or to the extent of the current screen view. The latest version dramatically sped up raster/elevation exports cropped to complex area features. For very complex areas (i.e. hundreds or thousands of vertices) the exports may be 10x as fast or even better!

Click here for a complete list of supported data types.

Import and export data from your spatial databases. Global Mapper includes support for the following spatial databases:

  • Esri ArcSDE (requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • Esri File Geodatabase (includes raster and grid and all versions of file geodatabses, requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • Esri Personal Geodatabase (requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • MS SQL Server
  • MySQL Spatial
  • Oracle Spatial
  • PostGIS/PostgreSQL
  • SpatiaLite/SQLite

View and process point files with a billion points or more. A dramatic increase in LiDAR processing and display speed is beneficial for previewing the data before creating a gridded surface model and includes several options for filtering the data during import and for rendering the point cloud to reflect return type or intensity. Metadata access provides a detailed statistical breakdown of the point cloud and customizable point size improves on-screen display. Global Mapper Package (.GMP) files are able to store LiDAR point clouds in a special compressed format, much smaller than uncompressed LAS data and on par with the best compression available today. This allows LiDAR data to be efficiently archived or shared with other Global Mapper users. The latest version of Global Mapper includes searching by elevations, a point loading slider bar, reporting tools for point cloud density and improved import and export options including point cloud to DXF/DWG. For those interested in adding more advance LiDAR processing functions, faster gridding and powerful path profile editing the Global Mapper LiDAR Module is an additional optional purchase that is still a very affordable price compared to equivalent technology.

With many data GIS administrators choosing to distribute data through web-based services instead of offering file downloads or disk media, there is now a vast quantity of readily available spatial data just a mouse click away. Global Mapper's online data function includes direct links to many of these data services including one-meter aerial imagery for the U.S., worldwide elevation data, topographic maps, Landsat satellite imagery, land cover data, the full Maine GIS catalog, aviation charts, OpenStreetMap vector data via WMS, and much more. Furthermore, if a local agency or organization develops a Web Mapping Service, a custom link to this data can be easily added to the online data source list. These web-based datasets can be either streamed in real time or exported to a local file for offline use.

Through agreements with commercial data vendors, Global Mapper also offers fee-based access to premium spatial datasets. Using the Online Data function, you can download high-resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe, elevation data from Intermap, or US Land Parcel Data from Corelogic.

Accessing these online data sources from Global Mapper is easy, simply go to theFilemenu and selectDownload Online Imagery/Topo/Terrain Maps.... A customizable list of sources will be displayed.

Global Mapper has built in support for importing and exporting Google Earth data in KML/KMZ format. The software has an extremely powerful export menu guiding the user with a flexible selection interface for everything from translucency to feature descriptions to encoding of zip files. Users can display labels or not, highlight cursors, manipulate export of 3D feature types, and much more including tiling options. Global Mapper also publishes to Google web map tiles and KML/KMZ web map export for creating your own online Google maps interface. There is also a handy feature short cut for displaying your data on Google Earth right within the map window.

A standard function of Global Mapper is its ability to import virtually any image file and to create a geographically aligned and scaled raster layer. The Image rectification process supports the manual input of image pixel and corresponding ground control coordinates, or the simple tagging of recognizable points on the image as well as the corresponding locations on a base map layer. Advanced options allow the selection of the rectification method, resampling scheme, and ground control projection parameters.

The resulting raster layer can be analyzed and processed just like any other imported layer and can be exported in any one of the supported raster formats.

Global Mapper includes a powerful geocoding function that allows real-world coordinates to be assigned to an imported database of addresses. The geocoding process can use either a preconfigured online service or a user-imported road network to accurately determine the point that represents the location of each address. If necessary, this data, including the coordinate values, can be exported in tabular form or plotted on the map to provide a visual perspective.

The Graph and Chart Manager allows the user to create graphs and charts from loaded data. The following type of operations are supported:

  • Bar graph, histogram, line chart, or bar chart from any attribute field in loaded vector layers
  • Histograms for gridded terrain layers (i.e. DEMs)
  • Save the graph to a BMP file and place it on the map as a fixed screen position layer
  • Graph definitions are saved in the workspace file for easy saving and sharing

As well as offering unrivaled access to preexisting spatial datasets, Global Mapper provides a vast array of digitizing tools for creating and/or editing features on the map. As well as the standard point, line and area creating functions, there are also tools for creating specialized geometric features such as range rings, grids, and buffer areas. Advanced coordinate geometry input can be employed to create objects on the map by simply typing the geometric dimensions of each segment.

Editing functions include rotating, scaling, and moving features on the map. Modifications can be applied to entire features or to individual vertices that determine the shape and size of a feature. Global Mapper has full attribute and geometry editing capabilities rivaling any other GIS software on the market today. Combined with scripting and batching tools it has the capability to automate all of your GIS processing data needs today.

Global Mapper offers limitless possibilities for assigning specific visual characteristics to vector features on the map. Preinstalled or custom symbols can be attributed to points; multiple line styles and weights can be applied to linear features; and solid or patterned fill shading can be assigned to area features. The appearance of features in Global Mapper is usually controlled by the style that has been established for each feature type but the style can also reflect an attribute of the data allowing for the creation of thematic maps.

Automation for feature creation includes the ability to create a series of features that share the same attribute structure, target layer, and other characteristics without having to repeatedly confirm these settings in the Modify Feature Info dialog box.

Many functions in Global Mapper can be performed by initiating a script. Formatted as a simple ASCII file, a script is commonly used to automate repeating or recurring tasks, eliminating the need to manually process your data. Scripting language supports importing, converting, reprojecting, analyzing, calculating attributes, splitting layers, interactively prompting users for files and folders and exporting all supported data formats. Powerful scripts can be created including conditional processing within the script (IF/THEN/ELSE). The scripts can either be run from within Global Mapper or as a standalone process. Support has been added for passing variables on the command line to a script. Users can provide the variable after the script (.gms) filename itself on the command line in the form '-var_name var_value'. For example,

For more information, view the Global Mapper Scripting Language Reference.

Global Mapper includes several powerful terrain analysis tools that allow you to process or model elevation data. These functions are included as part of the standard installation and require no additional extensions or plug-in components.

  • Linear Profiling/Line of Sight
    Any line feature on the map can be profiled to create a cross-sectional view of the underlying terrain. These profiles can be used to calculate a variety of statistics related to the elevation and slope along the path. Additionally, line of sight calculation can be used to visualize any obstructions that may interfere with the view along the profile path. This is especially useful for analysis of a radio or broadcast signal.
  • View Shed Calculation
    Similar to line of sight calculation, the view shed analysis tool is typically used to determine the area covered, or not covered, from a broadcast site with a specified transmitter height. The view shed analysis determines the coverage in all directions within a specified radius from the signal source. Advanced options include Freznel Zone determination and signal strength loss over distance.
  • Watershed Delineation
    Based on the terrain morphology, the watershed calculation tool determines the likely linear path of streams and the drainage or catchment areas of those streams. This tool can also be used to conduct water drop analysis, in which the theoretical flow pattern from a defined source can be mapped.
  • Contour Creation
    Any imported or processed elevation layer can be used to generate contours in vector format. Options include customized contour interval spacing and polygon feature generation for determining the area above or below a specified height.
  • Cut and Fill Calculation
    This powerful tool is used to precisely calculate the volume of material that must be cut and/or filled to flatten the terrain at a specified elevation. Cut and fill calculation can be performed on area features or along a line to simulate the digging of a trench. An optional feature allows the calculation of the break even height within an area. This represents the elevation value at which the cut and fill volumes will be the same.
  • Terrain Modification/Flattening
    An elevation or z-value assigned to an area feature can be used to create an artificial horizontal plane in the terrain. This modified terrain modeling capability is particularly useful for visualizing construction sites or road cuts.
  • Sea Level Rise
    Compute the areas covered when you raise the water level of selected areas or a fixed elevation by some height. This is useful for modeling the rise of a flood plain by some height or by modeling sea level rise.

Global Mapper includes numerous functions for processing imported data.

  • Reprojecting
    Regardless of its native projection parameters, any layer can be reprojected into another system prior to export. Dozens of projections are pre-built into the software and you can also configure the projection based on your own requirements.
  • Attribute Management
    Global Mapper provides full attribute editing and processing functionality. As well as the standard attribute search capability, there is also a powerful search and replace tool. Advanced options include the ability to join a tabular file to append attribution to map features and a calculation function to derive new attributes from an existing attribute field.
  • Feature Extraction
    An innovative feature extraction tool can be used with raster or elevation layers to create vector area features that share a common characteristic. This powerful function can be customized to analyze areas that match a particular color or color range, that are within a certain elevation, or that have a specified slope value.
  • Density Grid Calculation
    Using a loaded point dataset, you can create a colorized density or heat map that highlights areas with the greatest concentration of points or the highest values in a numeric attribute within a point layer.
  • Batch Processing
    To streamline your data processing workflow, Global Mapper offers a batch processing function that allows multiple selected files, or all compatible files within a specified folder, to be converted, reprojected, gridded, and renamed.

Global Mapper contains a full featured dedicated menu for GPS data management. With a compatible GPS receiver attached to your computer, you can track your location in real time superimposed on any available map or data layer. Additionally you can create waypoints from your current location or record a track log to delineate your movement and much more.

When it comes time to share your maps or data, Global Mapper offers many output choices.

  • Capture Screen Contents
    When all you need is a quick view of the map in a common image format, the screen capture function is the simplest option. If necessary, you can even add a world file or projection file so its location will be recognized by other GIS applications.
  • Printing
    Global Mapper's page layout options include the ability to add a map heading, descriptive text, a horizontal and/or vertical scale bar, a compass rose, and a map legend. Additionally any image file or data layer can be placed at a fixed location on the screen to allow the placement of a corporate logo or banner on the printed map. The print process supports all standard and customized page sizes including large format or plotter printing.
  • PDF Generating
    Similar in setup to the printing process, the PDF output process offers the option to create a Geospatial PDF from the current page layout. The resulting file includes the coordinate information as well as the individual layer characteristics so that, when viewed in a compatible PDF reader, the inherent geographic details can be displayed.
  • Web Tile Exporting
    Global Mapper offers the option to export the current map view as a series of web-ready raster tiles that are compatible with common online map formats, such as Google and Bing Maps. This export process also generates an accompanying html file that is used to display the tiles within the selected format's web interface, complete with the common map navigation and layout tools. This preconfigured html file allows the map to be easily integrated into an existing web structure.

The Raster Calculator found under the Analysis menu can be used for performing mathematical operations on multi-band imagery to extract different types of information. Users can use pre-defined formulas, like NDVI and NDWI, or create their own free-hand formulas using common mathematical operations, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and powers, as well as simple operators like absolute value, minimum value, and maximum value of 2 values.

Global Mapper now includes all of the energy-focused features previously found in Global Energy Mapper®. Those features include the following:

  • Leverage the power of the Geographic Calculator in Global Mapper. With a license of Calculator 2013 Sp1 or higher, users can enable the use of the GeoCalc coordinate transformation library in Global Mapper. If Geographic Calculator is already installed on a user's machine, GeoCalc can be used for coordinate transformation in Global Mapper. Users can also work in Calculator to customize their GeoCalc for Global Mapper, setting custom settings in their default Calculator workspace. For example if a user wants to work with coordinate systems only in Canada they can set that up in Calculator and enable that in Global Mapper. Global Mapper will also have all the power of the GeoCalc datasource such as custom coordinate systems from Calculator, best fit datum transformations for engineering systems, unmatched coordinate transformation definitions, a direct connect to the online EPSG registry, dozens of Geoids and the ability to custom define an offset from a known Geoid right in the Global Mapper interface enabling powerful, precise coordinate transformation like never before. Network license installs of Global Mapper can also be managed by an administrator in Calculator to set company specific, approved transformations.
  • Streamlined access to your company's SpatialOnDemand subscription
  • Built-in Access to SpatialOnDemand imagery and base map sources
  • Built-in point types and symbols for the oil & gas industry
  • Feature Template (Pad Site) Placement Tool for working with a library of vector objects
  • The site pad placement tool in Global Mapper was designed in cooperation with Blue Marble Oil and Gas customers and partners. This tool leverages highly accurate terrain models and remote sensing data to lower the cost of field work for site pad placement for drilling and other engineering. With today's geospatial data such as LiDAR, energy companies can create sub-meter resolution terrain models of the ground in the interest area of drilling. Using the site pad tool, GIS analyts can conduct visual and geomatic analysis of the drill site to determine the optimal location on the surface for the pad. The site pad tool uses that terrain model to allow the GIS analyst to build a model of the pad site in Global Mapper. One of the main goals of our energy customers was to save cycles in the field by determining the optimal leveling of the area where the cut and fill volumes were equal. This means that construction crews would level the dirt in the area and not have to truck in or out excess fill. The site pad placement tool automatically calculates the cut and fill volumen, the break even height and other statistics and then creates a new surface model just for the pad itself at the correct elevation. The tool also has options for building slopes or terraces around the site to manage run off and other environmental requirements. When the GIS analyst is done with their model, they can paste those stats into their map legend, save off a geospatial pdf of the model and send that over to engineering for verification. All from the comfort of your office. Join the growing number of energy companies that are using this tool and saving time and money.
  • Feature editing and analysis tools for subdividing areas (useful in parcel mapping) and creating whisker lines (seismic survey applications)
  • A Pile Volumes command allows quick measuring of the volumes of area features/piles when there is terrain loaded with the piles in the surface
  • Support for loading UKOOA P6/98 Seismic Binning Grid files

Global Mapper's extensive import and export file compatibility ensure that it is one of the most interoperable GIS applications available today and make it an affordable must-have for all GIS professionals.

The following list outlines the currently supported data formats:

Spatial Databases

Import and export data from your spatial databases. Global Mapper includes support for the following spatial databases:

  • Esri ArcSDE (requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • Esri File Geodatabase (includes raster and grid and all versions of file geodatabses, requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • Esri Personal Geodatabase (requires ESRI license on machine and 32-bit only)
  • MS SQL Server
  • MySQL Spatial
  • Oracle Spatial
  • PostGIS/PostgreSQL
  • SpatiaLite/SQLite

New in v16.0

  • Significant New Features
    • Dramatically faster processing speeds by leveraging multiple cores, significantly reducing the processing time required for operations like contour generation, view-shed calculations, gridding, and re-projecting layers that cover a large area of the world.
    • Many significant updates and new tools for working with 3D data
      • Support for several 3D formats, for a complete list click here
      • The ability to link the 2D and 3D viewer so panning, zooming, and adding vector features will automatically replicate in both windows
      • New toolbar and support for setting up and recording HD 3D fly-through video
      • Support for a Skybox in 3D, rendering a sky simulation
      • Improved support for draping vector data in 3D
      • Support for tracking GPS in 3D
      • Support for 3D textures and meshes into GMP files
    • New graphing and charting tools, useful for vector and raster analysis
      • Added operations for bar graph, histogram, line chart, or pie chart from any attribute field in loaded vector layers
      • Histograms for gridded terrain layers
      • Save graphs to a BMP file and place it on the map as a fixed screen position layer
      • Graph definitions are saved in the workspace file for easy saving and sharing
    • Added option to export selected layers from Control Center
    • Updated ASTER GDEM v2 worldwide terrain data set for higher resolution and much faster server
    • Merged all functionality from the Global Energy Mapper Module into the base product of Global Mapper v16 and higher
    • New toolbar to access Blue Marble's Geographic Calculator coordinate transformation library for users with an active license
      • Button options include enable/disable GeoCalc projections, editing settings, and a button to launch the Geographic Calculator
    • Added support for conditional expressions in the Raster Calculator
    • Several updates to the Digitizer tools
    • Many new scripting commands for automating LiDAR functionality and other tasks
  • LiDAR Features
    • Powerful new LiDAR features have been added to the LiDAR Module, for a complete list click here
    • Dramatically faster processing of point cloud searches
    • Quickly display and process LiDAR point clouds with over 10's of millions of points
    • Added new built-in point type for Railroad ASPRS class 10 (LiDAR, Railroad)
    • Added support for coloring points by the point index
    • Updated display of min/max Scan Angle on the Statistics dialog for LiDAR point clouds to show the min/max values in degrees rather than the raw scaled values
    • Updated creation of point clouds from elevation grid cell centers to create the points in the full native units of the layer and not a more precise unit like centimeters

New in v15.2

  • Significant New Features
    • New feature creation automation
    • Numerous new online datasources and OpenStreetMap vector data via WMS
    • More buffer creation flexibility
    • New hyperlink connectivity with features
    • Powerful new scripting including - Conditional processing within a script (IF/THEN/ELSE)
    • Random point generation within specified area. Very useful for sampling/analysis.
    • Support for multiple light sources when rendering hill shading
    • New Search option to only limit search to features selected with the Digitizer
    • Support for 3D models from Collada DAE files
    • GEM connection to Geographic Calculator 2014
    • Added option to keep the original file offset/scale or for specifying a new one when exporting to LiDAR LAS/LAZ files
    • New ability to crop to a selected area when specifying the bounds to import from a LiDAR point cloud
    • Added ability to export point cloud to Esri File Geodatabases (GDB) as normal 3D point features

New in v15.1

  • Significant New Features
    • Added support for loading data from and exporting data to MS SQL Server Spatial databases.
    • Updated the Raster Calculator to support calculations from elevation grid layers.
    • Dramatically sped up raster/elevation exports cropped to complex area features. For very complex areas (i.e. hundreds or thousands of vertices) the exports may be 10x as fast or even better!
    • Added built-in links to several online sources, including all NASA GIBS (Global Imagery Browse) sources, Landsat8 imagery and LiDAR data (new LiDAR group in dialog) from the USGS EarthExplorer web site, and GlobCover ESA2009 Land Cover data.
    • Added option to 3D Path Profile to display the path from each terrain layer separately. This allows easily comparing the surface of multiple loaded terrain layers along a path.
    • Also added support for specifying to sample elevations from gridded terrain surfaces along a corridor in the path profile to easily get the minimum, maximum, or average elevation surrounding the path.
    • Added Attribute Setup tab to Shapefile export to allow customizing exported attribute types and lengths.
    • New Summit Evolution Extension

New in v15

  • Significant New Features
    • Added support for feature extension plugins to Global Mapper. These allow 3rd-parties and customers to create add-ins to Global Mapper to extend functionality through their own toolbars and/or menu items. The feature extensions will have access to all data loaded in the Global Mapper application instance through same API used by the Global Mapper SDK. There is an item under the Help menu for managing the installation and registration of feature extension plugins and add-in modules. For more information contact sales.
    • New LiDAR module with advanced LiDAR analysis functionality. The licensing is handled under a new Help menu option for working with module and feature extension licenses. Visit our purchasing page for more info.
    • Added Raster Calculator under Analysis menu for performing mathematical operations on multi-band imagery to extract different types of information. Users can use pre-defined formulas, like NDVI and NDWI, or create your own free-hand formulas using common mathematical operations, like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and powers, as well as simple operators like absolute value, minimum value, and maximum value of 2 values.
    • Added support for passing variables on the command line to a script. Users can provide the variable after the script (.gms) filename itself on the command line in the form '-var_name var_value'. For example,
        'global_mapper.exe 'c:\my_path\my_script.gms' -my_var my_var_value'
    • New feature to color loaded elevation data (including LiDAR) with the shader using the elevation range on-screen rather than all loaded. This makes it easy to see terrain differences even in flat areas while zoomed in.
  • New Supported Formats
    • Added support for importing and exporting 3D PDF files. Underlying data format in PDF 3D Annotations may be U3D or PRC. However PRC is not supported at this time.
    • Added support for loading E57 LiDAR files.
    • Added support for CMIP5 HDF5 data sets with sea surface temperatures.
    • Added support for loading text files with the coordinates stored as ECEF (Earth-Centered Earth-Fixed) coordinates. The Coordinate Format drop-down on the ASCII Text Import dialog has an option to specify that the coordinates are ECEF.
    • Added support for GCP (control-point) files with the pixel coordinates specified as a percentage value rather than an absolute pixel coordinate. Useful when users have text placement files with just the corner coordinates users can easily add 0% or 100% for the X and Y pixel coordinates of each corner to get a good placement.

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