Opinion: Google Buzz? Sorry but no thank you…

Okay I’m fairly new on the internet social scene and I reluctantly have a facebook account.   However Google just switched on this fairly intrusive twitter like thing called Buzz that automatically opted me in for lots of personal data sharing.

Don’t get me wrong I like Google, and I think Gmail is a fantastic email tool (I also like blogger!).  You may have also seen I own an Android phone (I like the way it syncs with my email and contacts).   This move just seems too far, for starters it was automatically put in my gmail account (I didn’t ask for it) and then it latched itself onto my contacts… as others have said you may email lots of people but that doesn’t mean you like them!

Considering my opinion above it is a bit odd that after rejecting this Buzz thing that I’m also upset that whilst they go live with this tool they have not seen fit to develop a native application for their own android phone OS (unless you have 2.0+).  Yet the iPhone they do!   Sure I get that the iPhone is popular but I thought they wanted Android to succeed.  Again I like Android but if they’re not going to update the OS so it can have a shelf life of more than a few months I probably will buy an iPhone in future….

Just my two pence, now move along nothing to see here…

Useful Tool: MapTiler, Export satellite imagery into web mapping and google earth!

MapTiler is a program I came across when I was looking for a way to take the maps I was creating and associated satellite imagery into Google Earth, as you can see it does a range of things:

MapTiler is graphical application for online map publishing. Your map can create overlay of standard maps like Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, Microsoft VirtualEarth or OpenStreetMap and can be also visualized in 3D form by Google Earth. Only thing you have to do for publishing the map is to upload the automatically generated directory with tiles into your webserver.

You can visit the MapTiler site here.

ArcGIS Export: Map Extract of the Week 2

Another pretty picture to colour up this blog, it’s another landuse extract of existing and proposed uses for city we’re working on.   I’ve turned off the satelite imagery for this one.   

The boxes you can see towards the bottom of this extract are coverages of the city core.  I use the MapBook extension for ArcMap to make these coverages into a series of papermaps, at a scale and rotation of my choosing.

MapBook can be found here. 

Colouring is based on the LBCS Colour codes which you can find here.

Planning Portal Outbuildings mini-guide

I follow a few blogs and one of them is the Planning Portal director’s blog.  For those who don’t know the Planning Portal is a central website/gov IT project that allows for the submission of Planning applications electronically to your local authority whilst also holding lots of information and news relating to planning.   I personally think it’s a great site/IT project that shows that government IT projects can work.

Anyway they’ve released a new mini-guide to help, interested parties figure ou what exactly they can be build under ‘Permitted Development’ (i.e. no Planning Permission required) in the UK.

The announcing blog post can be found here
the link to the miniguide is found here.

The main page for the Planning Portal is this http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/

ArcGIS Export: Map Extract of the Week

Okay, I work with maps every day so I thought I’d do some sharing.   Because of the commercial nature of the work I do I can only share with you extracts of my mapping.

Today’s map extract is produced in ArcGIS for a masterplanning project, as you can see it’s a landuse map, but it’s combined with height data, those blue outlines around buildings are ‘landmark’ buildings.

To get these images I have used the screen clipping tool in MS Onenote and then copied and pasted it into Adobe Photoshop Elements.   It’s a long winded process I know, but that way I can keep notes of what I have shared in Onenote.

Shaping Your Vision : ESRI UK Annual Conference 2010

ESRI UK have started registrations for their UK annual user conference, I went to the last EMEA user conference and was really inspired.   Not only did I get tips on how to better use ArcGIS but it gave me lots of ideas for future developments and uses!

The theme for the ESRI (UK) Annual Conference is Shaping your vision and will demonstrate how Geographic information systems (GIS) technology is helping to shape the way in which organisations can plan and build a more sustainable future.

 Visit the site here for more details http://www.shapingyourvision.co.uk/