Map Development Software Updated

Biovolution has released an update for iMap, bringing the map development software to version 3. iMap can be used to develop maps, including the ability to import data from spreadsheets and databases, and populate that data onto a map. The new version includes a variety of new features, new maps, and other enhancements. From Biovolution.

Biovolution today unveiled iMap 3, the latest version of its mapping application. iMap imports georeferenced data from databases or spreadsheets and maps it onto image or vector maps. Database queries can be used to map only a subset of the records or to filter the records for a certain criterion. Thanks to its plug-in format, data can be represented as symbols, charts, images,... Maps can be exported as high-quality PDF files for cross-platform viewing.

Some of the more than 30 new features in iMap 3 include:

  • seamless integration with databases and spreadsheets
  • the possibility to query the map against information in the database
  • a new file format that encapsulates both the map and the data
  • support for shadows and transparency
  • support for vector maps (Arc/Info .e00 files and boundary files)
  • the ability to map records based on US Zip codes
  • a new plug-in format, enabling anyone to extend iMapis functionality
  • more than 80 free maps available on the iMap Web site

iMap is currently in use by graphic designers to create appealing maps (e.g. for election results), by biologists to map the earthis biodiversity and by marketeers to define sales territories.

You can find more information on iMap at the companyis Web site. Users of version 2 can update for US$99, while the full version is priced at US$199. iMap 3 requires Mac OS X 10.3 or higher.