So, Which Is It?

Update: I pulled this link out of the comment thread below to emphasize it. It seems to answer this question for now:

Since my previous posts about PgMap and the shuttering of zigGIS, the nature of the planned support for connecting directly to spatial databases from ArcGIS 10.1 has gotten somewhat muddier.

One of the first indications of direct support was this statement from the ESRI UC Q&A.

Continue reading “So, Which Is It?”

Taking A Look At PgMap

When I blogged about the official end of zigGIS last week, I included a mention of PgMap, a free extension to ArcMap for direct read/edit of PostGIS data. Judging from outbound links, there seems to be a good bit of interest in it so I decided to take a look.

To recap, Abe decided to pull the plug on zigGIS due to the fact that ESRI will support direct read/edit of spatial databases (as simple features) in 10.1. In my opinion, this is a good development. With native support coming, there was no need to continue with zigGIS. That support, however, will only exist in ArcGIS 10.1. Users of older versions will need to find alternatives. Based on our experience with zigGIS (as well as download data I’ve seen for the WeoGeo toolbar), there are a lot of people (especially outside the US) still using ArcGIS 9.x so demand for an alternative will probably be high for some time. Continue reading “Taking A Look At PgMap”

Where Has The Time Gone?

It’s been four years to the day since I started this blog. This was not my first attempt at blogging but I wasn’t happy with my first one so it’s been lost to the recycle bin of history. It was (and still is) intended to be an outlet for my observations and experiences arising from my work. Sometimes, that means I post code and other times it means I post rants.

My first post was regarding a bug with raster layers in ArcGIS 9.2. That project evolved to include the use of SharpMap and PostGIS, which led me to get involved with zigGIS. From there, I got more involved with open-source GIS while also staying current with the various permutations of Esri technology (I can now say I was working with it when it was “EE ESS ARE EYE”).

Now I just need a cake.

Today, I’m still working with a lot of Esri tools (especially since I still do a lot of work for the government) but I still maintain a mix of open-source tools and, more recently, have begun working with various cloud platforms (see recent posts on WeoGeo, GeoCommons and Arc2Earth).

So, whereas I was probably spending over 80% of my time working with ESRI tools when I started, I’d say that number is closer to 50% now. I would not, however, read much into that other than my own personal decisions. I feel the broader perspective of working with a variety of tools makes me a better consultant, regardless of which platform my customer has chosen.

Over the past four years, I have gotten to know a lot of very smart people as a direct result of this blog so it’s definitely been a positive experience for me.

To all who have stopped by over that time, please accept my sincerest thanks.

Me and zigGIS

If you’ve been to the Obtuse Software site recently, you may or may not have noticed a change to the “Who We Are” page. It now lists only Abe Gillespie and Paolo Corti. Prior to my trip to Colorado to talk about zigGIS at GIS in the Rockies, I informed Abe and Paolo that I would be stepping back from any “official” involvement in Obtuse.

This does not mean that I am stepping back from involvement in zigGIS. I plan to continue to support zigGIS as it returns to open-source but, in truth, I haven’t done much with zigGIS day-to-day in a long time. As part of the return of zigGIS to open-source at version 3.0, Abe has been working on a plan to give the community multiple paths to support the project, including sponsorship and technical support plans. I’m sure he’ll have the details out soon so I’ll leave it at that (since it’s not my story to tell). So, as Obtuse transitions to more of a supporting role for the zigGIS 3.0 open-source project, I felt that this was a good time to step away and become part of the community. Continue reading “Me and zigGIS”

Gearing up for GIS in the Rockies

I finally got around to finishing my travel plans for GIS in the Rockies (personal obligations prevent me from making it out for Ingite Spatial NoCo). I booked my flight a while ago but I had been procrastinating on the hotel and rental car. This will be my first time in that part of Colorado so I am looking forward to seeing the area and meeting people out there. NoCo is second only to the DC area in clustering of folks in my Twitter crowd. Continue reading “Gearing up for GIS in the Rockies”

zigGIS Hotfix Available

Abe announced the availability of hotfix 3 for zigGIS 2.0.5. From the announcement:

Hotfix 3 fixes an issue that prevented point layers from being
editable; it also includes all prior hotfixes. The hotfix is a free
upgrade and is highly recommended for all users. Please go to > My Order. After logging in you’ll see a
link to the patch.

Abe is working hard on version 3.0 but obviously is continuing to support 2.x as well. Improvements include a new provider model which will better enable support for other data sources. A roadmap should be available soon.