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What's New in Global Mapper v18.2

Significant New Features

  • Added support for Geographic Calculator 2017. [Item # 21289]
  • Global Mapper Mobile

    Global Mapper Mobile is a free iOS application that allows you to take your Global Mapper data into the field. Through the use of Global Mapper Mobile Package format, all of the file formats accessible through Global Mapper can be viewed and edited on the mobile device in the field.

    New Supported Formats

  • Added support for saving layer style definitions to SLD (Styled Layer Descriptor) XML files on the Styles tabs of the Options dialog for layers. These can be used to transfer some layer style definitions to compatible applications (i.e. GeoServer, Mango Maps, QGIS, etc.). [Item #11515]
  • Added support for loading Adobe DNG (Digital Negative) image files. [Item #21301]
  • Added support for importing vector features from Esri XML Workspace files [Item #13969]
  • Added support for loading the (very old) USGS Standard Format (SF) Binary Grid. [Item #21303]
  • LiDAR Changes

  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Added LIDAR_COMPARE script command for performing Lidar to control point compare and adjust in a script. [Item #20849]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Added new Lidar draw modes for coloring by the withheld, overlap, and model key point flags. [Item #19162]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Added ability to filter Lidar points (either selected or when performing operations like gridding) by the withheld, overlap, and key point status flags. [Item #19162]
  • Added option to Lidar import dialog to control whether or not withheld points are marked as deleted. [Item #20920]
  • Updated LAS 1.4 export to place the WKT CRS (projection) in a variable length record in the header rather than an extended variable length record at the end of the file as some applications do not support reading it from an extended record. [Item #21192]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Fixed Lidar Compare tool to work with point clouds with unknown return types (i.e. point clouds with missing return counts). [Item #21162]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Fixed load of small Lidar files (i.e. < 512 points) causing them to fail load as empty. [Item #21233]
  • 3D Viewer Changes

  • Added fly-through loop option. [Item #20848]
  • Fixed issue with fly-through look angle when path crosses north-south line and smoothing is applied. [Item #21078]
  • Now show fly-through location and look angle in 2D View. [Item #21122]
  • 3D path profile cutaway walls are now rendered translucently, without artifacts. [Item #20809]
  • Fixed problem with selection boxes for rotated 3D point models. [Item #20987]
  • 3D Point models are no longer loaded backwards [Item #20739]
  • 3D Model heights can now be supplied from attributes named other than “Height” [Item #20786]
  • Line features now display at correct elevation when DEM is disabled [Item #20723]
  • Path Profile/Line of Sight Function Changes

  • TBD
  • Analysis Function Changes

  • Made ‘Flatten 3D Areas’ option work properly when gridding area features with a single elevation along with other feature types, such as Lidar. The areas were not being flattened if other data was inside the area. [Item #20892]
  • Added a ‘Shader’ selection to the Combine/Compare Terrain dialog allowing direct choosing of the elevation shader to use for the new terrain layer. It now defaults to a layer-specific shader rather than the default shared shader. [Item #21121]
  • Fixed error calculating volumes from the Measure Tool in 18.1.0 release. [Item #20932]
  • Fixed issue causing generated contours to not go all the way to the bottom or right edges of data when there are no-data regions between the data and the edges of the map data. [Item #21180]
  • Digitizer Tool Changes

  • When cropping selected area features to selected line features, always place the cropped area result(s) in the original area layer. Previously if either the line or area layer was reprojected the cropped area would go in User Created Features layer. [Item #20942]
  • Removed and columns from feature measurement / volume dialog results when on named features are present. [Item #20932]
  • Implemented "Prepend A to Letters to Make Same Length" option on Grid Setup dialog when creating rectangular grid. [Item #9979]
  • Fixed issue with calculation of SIDE_OF_LINE attribute when calculating chainage for points and lines. [Item #21210]
  • Added the ability to copy the layer's attributes when adding a new feature to a layer. [Item #10166]
  • Scripting Changes

  • Added new JOIN_TABLE script command option to duplicate features whenever duplicate join attribute values are encountered by using ALLOW_DUPLICATES=”COPY_FEATURE”. [Item #20757]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Added LIDAR_COMPARE script command for performing Lidar to control point compare and adjust in a script. [Item #20849]
  • Added the ability to export feature attributes to DWG and DXF files. [Item #13335]
  • Online Source Changes

  • Added new built-in source for the 1-arc-second (30m) resolution SRTM data for the entire world. It is available under the ‘Terrain Data’ and ‘Worldwide Data’ sources as ‘SRTM Worldwide Elevation Data (1-arc-second Resolution Data). [Item #14419] 
  • Updated built-in online source for NOAA Digital Coast (Lidar/Terrain) to automatically zoom to the specified area of interest when the web site opens from the online data download dialog. [Item #20896]
  • Improved selection of projection to use for WMS/WMTS sources when the ‘Automatic’ option is selected. It should no longer select projections that are poor choices for the area covered by layer. This was especially a problem for DigitalGlobe WMS sources. [Item #21003]
  • Added option to tiled web format exports of terrain to the GMG format to ‘ADVANCED: Clamp GMG Tiles to Data Resolution’. This option will cause the most detailed zoom level to export at no more than the resolution of the most detailed data for the tile. [Item #20921]
  • Made File->Export->Export Web Format options dialog for OSM/TMS/Google Maps formats remember the tile size and image format selected between runs. [Item #14419]
  • Added support for Amazon’s Web Services’ (AWS) Simple Cloud Support Storage (S3). Open Cloud Datasets allows sources to be imported from S3 buckets and data formats can be exported to writeable S3 buckets. [Item #21054]
  • Projection/Datum Changes

  • Added new built-in zones to the Korea TM projection. [Item #20904]
  • Added new built-in HTRS96 (Croatia) datum. [Item #21427]
  • Format Specific Changes

  • Added the ability to export feature attributes to DWG and DXF files. [Item #13335]
  • Significantly sped up raster/terrain exports from map catalogs to raster/terrain formats. [Item #14419]
  • Improved support for P6/98 seismic bin files that are missing some standard header fields. Also improved automatic projection decoding from these files. [Item #20944]
  • Automatically recognize code page (character set/language) when importing DXF/DWG files so that labels will be properly displayed automatically regardless of the system language. Also write out the appropriate code page when exporting DXF/DWG files. [Item #21053]
  • Added option during KML/KMZ export to enable or disable splitting of lines that contain too many vertices to be displayed in Google Earth. [Item #20941]
  • Added option to MB Tiles export to create from an existing tile data set using the TMS tiling scheme, similar to the existing option for RMaps exports. [Item #21166]
  • Improved support for PCI PIX format files, including allowing loading single-band PIX files as terrain grids. [Item #21228]
  • Reduced memory usage when exporting large TIN datasets to STL [Item #19203]
  • Added support for newer SOSI files using UTF-8 encoding. [Item #20660]
  • Fixed handling of elevation units when importing and exporting Land/XML files. Also added the ability to select an elevation unit when exporting Land/XML files.[Item #20963]
  • Fixed an issue where the input zoom level was not being respected when exporting an MBTiles database based on existing TMS tiles. [Item #21058]
  • Fixed an issue where the Elevation Legend was not being included in some PDF exports. [Item #21269]
  • Fixed rendering issue when importing some PDF files with rotated pages. [Item #21245]
  • Fixed export to BMP format to obey the RGB vs. palette selection and not flip the export when including vector data. [Item #21005]
  • Modified the SQLite/Spatialite export so that the database always contains a spatial index. [Item #21250]
  • Map Layout Editor Changes

  • TBD
  • GPS Tracking Changes

  • TBD
  • Rendering/Style Changes

  • Updated rotated map display so that only point/area labels that are explicitly rotated will rotate additionally based on the map rotation. Non-rotated labels stay horizontal regardless of map rotation. [Item #21157]
  • Fixed clamping of shader colors to visible elevation values for map catalogs. [Item #20877]
  • Misc. Changes

  • Updated behavior of many check lists, such as the Control Center, so that holding down Ctrl when left-clicking on checkboxes with a mixed check state will toggle all of them rather than checking all of them. This allows you to easily flip the enabled/disabled state of loaded layers like the old Show/Hide button allowed. [Item #21128]
  • Added new Layer->Join Attribute Table option to duplicate features whenever duplicate join attribute values are encountered. [Item #20757]
  • Fixed issue with grid lines always showing up in exported raster formats when including vector data even when the option to ‘Save Map Layout’ items is unchecked. [Item #21038]
  • Fixed issue when the number of bins is changed while creating a histogram. [Item #21049]
  • Added "Link 2D Map View Centers" option to View Manager. When this option is set, the center point for all 2D views will be linked to the center of the current view.[Item #21344]
  • Added "Zoom to Visible Layers" command to the View Manager's context menu and main window's View | Zoom menu. [Item #21342]
  • Added the Overview Map window to the main view. The Overview Map displays the full bounds of loaded data, with rectangles representing the current bounds of all 2D view windows. [Item #21343]