WhatsNew Nov2005


    DNRGarmin 5.1 is available

    Some of the functionality highlights include:


  • Bug fixes from the version 5.0 beta release
  • Calculate CEP functionality with ArcMap
  • Additional projection and datum definitions (see Update Log in help file)
  • See Update Log in the help file for more
  • Chris Pouliot will be giving a talk at the 15th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference on October 4th titled "What's new in DNRGarmin". For more information regarding the conference follow this link: http://www.mngislis.org/conf2005/conf2005.htm

    Thank you to all who have provided input in terms of bug notices and enhancement ideas. They are appreciated. To ask questions or report a bug please post your request on the NEW DNR Garmin WIKI Discussion page at


    Jason Adams sent a heads up about the University of Alaska GINA SwathViewer. Well worth playing with. It proves that web mapping applications can be responsive and usable. 06 Sep 2005


    The FWTools 0.9.9 release is now available. FWTools is a packaged build including recent snapshots of OpenEV, MapServer, GDAL, PROJ.4 and a variety of underlying packages. It aims to be "cutting edge" with recent developments and also to include as many optional formats as practical. It also includes a complete Python instance, and python binding support for GDAL and MapServer.

    It should work smoothly on Windows, and most 32bit Intel Linux platforms regardless of native packaging system.

    More information is available at:


    Direct downloads are available from:

    Windows: http://www.gdal.org/dl/fwtools/FWTools099.exe

    Linux: http://www.gdal.org/dl/fwtools/FWTools-linux-0.9.9.tar.gz

    18 July 2005: I'm in the process of upgrading to the current develop version of twiki. I gummed some stuff up, nothing serious but the main menu items may be a bit unstable for a few days. Thank you for your patience, and please feel free to send me bug reports. -- MattWilkie.

    Yukon GIS Users Group Newsletter

    Spring 2005

    A spontaneous event, rarely seen and seldom believed. This edition arose from the mindof Matt Wilkie, half baked and nowhere near as tasty as Olwyn’s baking.


    The May 5th edition of GIS Monitor reports "on the GIS websites maintained by the governments of Canadian provinces and territories, following up on my recent report on the GIS websites maintained by and/or for state governments in the United States." The report is a succinct summary of what data and maps are available for each region and the websites to acquire them through. Our compatriots have some nice stuff available, go check ‘em out.

    If you want to keep track of what weird, wonderful and novel things people are creating with GPS technology you should set a watch on http://gps.engadget.com/ . For example, there’s the fellow who didn’t like the chincy graphics on his unit so he hacked togethera GPS enabled Game Boy Advance. Or if you’re only interested in serious stuff, Alabama has a system using buses and trolleys with audio narration coming online automatically as the vehicles enter specific regions.

    ESRI has put the ArcGIS Desktop v9.1 help file online. Not that anyone around here has v9.1, (it’s been released in the states) but hey, go knock yourself out anyway. Speaking of ESRI news, if you haven’t heard already, ArcGIS Service Pack 3 for v9 has been released.

    Matt has a new distraction, if you care about those kinds of things, delicious bookmarks which are also served up via http://yukongis.caoldsite/LinkNews (which others can add their feeds to if they like).

    There was an ESRI-L mailing list thread about the difficulty of searching through the symbol sets for the just the right one. The end result is a couple of PDF documents which have all the symbols. It still can’t really be printed for a quick reference as there are nearly 900 letter size pages(!), but are still much faster than using the tiny little dialog they give you in ArcMap. Many thanks to Jim Scace, Mike Lent and Matt Taylor for putting this together. Download the PDFs at http://yukongis.caoldsite/SymbolSets

    The online mapping world has suddenly gotten a lot larger, and smaller, with two titan heavyweights joining the fray. Most GISers have taken an ogle at Google Maps by now however in a few weeks we’ll seeGoogle Earth which appears to be a synthesis of Google’s Keyhole, Maps & Local searches. Basically imagine being able to seamlessly zoom from outer space to street level and get driving directions from the airport to your hotel. Not to be outdone, again, by this upstart Microsoft is promising to debut MSN Virtual Earth in late summer or early fall. At this point it’s hard to say exactly what the differences between the two contenders will be, but what we can see from here now is: Google offers 3d flyovers while MSN will have 45 degree photo perspectives of buildings. To see a previews (requires a fast internet connection), go to the Google Factory Tour, select the webcast, start playing, and skip to slide 154, which is near the 4h28m mark. There is also a MSN Virtual Earth Demo however there doesn’t seem to be a way to skip over all the idiot banter at the beginning and the camera guy has balance problems.

    Eric DeLong briefly poked his head above ground to share info on where to find Canadian NTS Grid data when you don’t work for government anymore: NTSGridIndex. Thanks Eric!

    A new BETA release of DNRGarmin 5.0 is available. Some of the functionality highlights include: ArcGIS compatibility (8.x and 9.x); Save to Shapefile\Graphics\Geodatabase Feature Class; Load from Layer\Graphics, Real-Time Tracking; Expanded Help Documentation; A variety of bug fixes and minor enhancements.




    Older Stuff

    The May 5th edition of GIS Monitor reports "on the GIS websites maintained by the governments of Canadian provinces and territories, following up on my recent report on the GIS websites maintained by and/or for state governments in the United States." -- http://www.gismonitor.com/news/newsletter/archive/050505.php

    ESRI has put the help file for ArcGIS Desktop v9.1 online: http://webhelp.esri.com/arcgisdesktop/9.1/index.cfm

    ArcGIS Service Pack 3 for v9? has been released.

    Our web host has moved to new server. Response time is very snappy and some long standing problems with twiki and IE users appear to be resolved (yay!). I still have some clean up to do with regards to use registration. Sometimes your password is not entered into the database, even though registration is successful. If this happens to you phone me at 667-8133 (days) or email maphew@zworg.com.

    -- MattWilkie - 22 Mar 2005

    An upgrade of the web software is still in progress. There a couple of annoying but not serious bugs to squash. Some things may look a little screwey from time to time. All edits are safe though. As always feel free to email maphew@zworg.com or call me at 667-8133 if there is something going on you want to make a comment about. -- MattWilkie

    2005 Feb 24

    ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2 is out: "This Service Pack contains all the issues addressed in ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 1 as well as some additional performance improvements and maintenance fixes. This Service Pack also adds (OGC) Web Mapping Service (WMS) client support to the ArcGIS 9.0 products." read more at ESRI

    03 Dec 2004 23:23:28

    unfortunately Google hasn't spidered all the pages here, so if you can't find what you're looking for try the WebTopicList

    03 Dec 2004 21:26:19

    built in searches using bin/search disabled for the time being due to a recent security hole in it. We're using Google in it's place (which is often faster anyway). Only drawback is that the results aren't in the yukongis look and feel, which can be disconcerting if you aren't expecting it. 30 Nov 2004
    First operational version of the Animated Earth Server publicly available. "Animated Earth is an internet-based server that delivers on-demand animated visualizations of Earth Science processes, events, and phenomena to educational applications. These applications allow students, educators, and the public to interactively investigate the Earth and its processes at any scale and to correlate these processes based on factors such as geophysical location, time, and scientific discipline." (discovered by way of http://digitalearth.org/ )


    An article at cnn.com says CDs, DVDs are not so immortal. Good to see this getting some press. It's a question I've had for awhile. More info and discussion at CdRot.


    A new release of my OpenEV_FW binary builds for Linux and Win32 systems is out. This tracks the latest source for OpenEV, GDAL and MapServer but is otherwise essentially unchanged since 1.7.1. The MapServer build on Windows is now done using a libmap.dll, and includes all the MapServer utilities. The MapServer build on Linux now includes Python MapScript? . GDAL build includes CDED 1:50K export capability.

    Available at:

    Mirrored at:


    A new version (4.3) of the DNR Garmin program is available for download from http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mis/gis/tools/arcview/extensions.html.

    New functionality includes:

    • New Real-Time functionality that works with Arcview or as
    stand-alone in Garmin or NMEA mode
    • Auto Fit Columns
    • New DBase Writer. Reduce the number of DBase-related errors.
    • Full projection/unprojection capabilities in the Garmin Program
    • Improved NMEA connection capabilities including:
    • Improved hotlinking capabilites
    • Append to shapefile in stand-alone mode
    • Increased Baud Rates for newer Garmin Models

    NOTE: An ArcGIS extension is in the process of being built and will be finished when our [DNR] schedule allows.

    > The Yukon Land Use Planning Council is pleased to introduce
    > the Yukon Land Use Planning Atlas. The Land Use Planning Atlas
    > provides the means to explore topographic and thematic datasets,
    > with tools to view maps: http://atlas.planyukon.ca/


    The final version of the 90m colour landsat mosaic (simulated natural colour with shaded relief) has been placed on our ftp site at ftp://ftp.geomaticsyukon.ca/Imagery/Landsat7/Mosaic/. There are 2 files:
    • a compressed ECW image - 11.5 Mb
    • an uncompressed geotiff image - 157 Mb

    Note: a license file has been included with each file which basically states that the mosaic is freely available; however, credit should be given to Geomatics Yukon when it is used.

    The mosaic was created with Landsat 7 imagery, except where it was not available. Where Landsat 7 imagery was not available (Kluane Lake area and southeastern Yukon), Landsat 5 was used to fill in the holes. Landsat 5 was also used in areas where The Landsat 5 imagery was downloaded from http://glcfapp.umiacs.umd.edu:8080/esdi/index.jsp Thank you for your patience while Peter was finetuning the final product.

    Lauren Crooks Spatial Data Administrator, Geomatics Yukon (W-10), Department of Highways & Public Works, Government of Yukon, Box 2703, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A? 2C6, Office: (867) 393-7084, Fax: (867) 667-5304,



    Hurrah! GeoBase Lives!

    Service pack 3 for ArcGIS 8.3 is out. I see a couple of fatal bugs were fixed, but don't recognise any of ours. Installation went smoothly and nothing seems to be broken -- this is the first service pack which didn't cause DiedreDavidson? 's license to go AWOL. Only other item of note, so far, is that you still have to remember to reset ArcToolbox? 's precision to double double.

    SP3 Release Notes







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