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Mapping components?

Can anyone recommend any mapping components that can identify location either by address or lat/long, and render a map to a specified scale with one or more locations identified with a custom graphic?

Something that will work with a web application, preferably.

Basically, all the online webservice mapping stuff is too expensive, and I'm more interested in a self-contained solution anyway.

Thanks,
Philo

Philo
Thursday, June 26, 2003

I don't know what the pricing is like, but have you looked at Microsoft's MapPoint software (application and/or web service):
http://www.microsoft.com/mappoint/

Philip Dickerson
Thursday, June 26, 2003

I've used Autodesk MapGuide in an ASP web application with good results. I did use a web service (Centrus) for geocoding (resolving addresses to lat/lon) and then fed the lat/lon results to MapGuide. This proved to be cheaper in our case than doing geocoding in-house.

Richard Lawrence
Thursday, June 26, 2003

MapPoint software is not authorized for server use.
MapPoint services start at $10,000/year.

That was the first place I looked. :)

Philo

Philo
Thursday, June 26, 2003

i just got through with this. basically, everything is too expensive.

...
Thursday, June 26, 2003

erf. that previous post was truncated.

what I did was wrap an XML RPC interface around Map point.  this is unauthorized use of map point, but there truly is no solution between $220 map point and $10,000 map point web services (or $20,000 ESRI product.)

...
Thursday, June 26, 2003

also: the issue is mostly geocoding. if you have geocoded addresses, there are tons of free mapping products.

...
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Check this out.. now supports web servers

http://www.pepperwhite.com/

Heston Holtmann
Thursday, June 26, 2003

I did a load of work on this last year and have all the reference material. I even created a website with it on which I haven't yet done anything with.

All my stuff was for UK based  http://www.thelocalchannel.co.uk (which has subsequently been "maintained", but that's another story); it was a geolocator and rapid addressing system.

Have a look for MapInfo and And International as a good starting point while I dig around for stuff.

No, you can't have the code; I don't have it and don't own it anyway, but I can give you the websites I used for research. Some of the stuff (e.g. the find addresses within radius algorithm) is public domain, which I can also give you.

Justin
Thursday, June 26, 2003

That double conjunction *was* deliberate. The company is called "And International" and its a bugger to find their website.

Justin
Thursday, June 26, 2003

Have a look at MapInfo's offerings http://www.mapinfo.com. They have a Java servlet mapping engine that you can build a web-app around.

What tends to be expensive in mapping applications is the license for the data rather than the mapping software.

There is some free stuff about, though it tends to be low resolution. For example http://www.ga.gov.au/download/nmd_download/#geodata

Andrew Reid
Thursday, June 26, 2003

MapPoint is going head to head with MapQuest

I don't think there are too many resellers who sell (in smaller pieces) what MapPoint and MapQuest is selling..
If you guys know of any please let me know.
I think many people are interested in using the Microsoft api--they just want to pay less.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, June 27, 2003

Do you guys think that the MapPoint 2002/2003 desktop software is less accurate than the .Net webservices?

I don't think their pricing system is feasible, because there are many companies that do real time geocoding and needs to hit the server quite a bit. Over a year, those hits will add up well beyond tens of millions of shits.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, June 27, 2003

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