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What's New in Global Mapper v19

Significant New Features

  • The Search Vector Features is now the Attribute Editor. In addition to Search, this tool now allows for spreadsheet style editing of feature attributes in a drag and drop, dockable window enabling more powerful attribute data management.
  • Added large list of built-in sources for individual U.S States and Canada (both the entire country and some provinces). These are available in the COUNTRY DATA->Canada and U.S. DATA->State Sources groups in the online dialog.
  • Added the ability to simultaneously play multiple videos associated with a feature.
  • Added new tool to dynamically position the Hillshading light source(s) in real time via an interactive, click and drag control.
  • Added Normalized Difference Snow Index (NDSI), Normalized Difference Green Index (NDGI), Normalized Difference Moisture Index (NDMI), Normalized Pigment Chlorophyll Ratio Index (NPCRI), and Advanced Vegetation Index (AVI), Bare Soil Index (BSI), and Shadow Index (SI) to the prebuilt Raster Analysis tools.
  • Added drag and drop docking for 3D Viewer, Path Profile, and Attribute Editor windows.
  • Flythrough paths can now be imported and exported from several formats including GPX, KML, and ASCII text.
  • Changed the 3D viewer to allow it to display only the data enclosed by the 2 D view, which makes it easier to focus on particular areas in 3D
  • LiDAR Module Only Highlights

  • Improved automatic classification of ground points from Lidar data, especially when large buildings are present. [Item #21904]
  • Fixed bug in automatic noise point Lidar classification that caused the 'height above ground' range to be used even to identify noise points even when unchecked. [Item #20836]
  • Improved automatic classification of ground returns from Lidar data sets. A new option for the 'Maximum Building Width' was added to allow more control in urban areas. [Item #21904/21903]
  • Allow specifying different grid and native layer elevation units when using a Lidar bin gridding method while loading a text layer. Also fixed issue causing elevation units to incorrectly be marked as feet. [Item #22460]
  • Improved display of building outlines with side walls extracted from Lidar. [Item #21834]
  • Map Layout Editor Changes

  • Added new option to Map Legend Element, "When sorting labels, treat digits as numeric values". When this option is checked, labels generated from attribute values will be sorted with digits treated as numeric values. [Item #17473]
  • LiDAR Changes

  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Improved automatically classification of ground points from Lidar data, especially when large buildings are present. [Item #21904]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Fixed bug in automatic noise point Lidar classification that caused the 'height above ground' range to be used even to identify noise points even when unchecked. [Item #20836]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Improved automatic classification of ground returns from Lidar data sets. A new option for the 'Maximum Building Width' was added to allow more control in urban areas. [Item #21904/21903]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Allow specifying different grid and native layer elevation units when using a Lidar bin gridding method while loading a text layer. Also fixed issue causing elevation units to incorrectly be marked as feet. [Item #22460]
  • [LIDAR MODULE ONLY] Improved display of building outlines with side walls extracted from Lidar. [Item #21834]
  • 3D Viewer Changes

  • Fixed issue with 3D measure to point features with other than absolute altitude mode. [Item #20738]
  • Fixed excessive memory usage and/or lockup when displaying some native lat/lon Lidar data sets in the 3D viewer in a projected coordinate system. [Item #22154]
  • Digitizer Tool Changes

  • Made crop of Lidar point clouds using the Digitizer Tool 'Crop Loaded to Selected Area(s)' keep the data as Lidar point clouds rather than converting to point features when saving the crop result to a new layer. [Item #13025]
  • Fixed error when right-clicking in Digitizer Tool when a strike-and-dip point is selected. Bug was in v18.2.0-v18.2.1. [Item #22083]
  • Fixed creation of line perpendicular to existing line features. [Item #20535]
  • Fixed issue with placement of pad sites created with GeoCalc mode enabled. [Item #17881]
  • Fixed issue with duplicate line feature results when cropping lines to area features and keeping the parts outside of the area while also assigning the results to a new layer. [Item #21891]
  • Fixed combine areas problem that caused deleted islands/holes to show up undeleted in the combined result. [Item #22188]
  • Scripting Changes

  • Updated script commands (like GENERATE_ELEV_GRID) that take a source FILENAME parameter to support multiple FILENAME parameters for the command to match multiple filename masks. [Item #21899]
  • When loading a moved workspace, local files at or under the workspace folder will be preferred to explicit file paths in the original workspace folder. [Item #20943]
  • Updated GENERATE_CONTOURS and GENERATE_WATERSHED commands to support specifying which layer(s) to use as the source terrain using one or more FILENAME parameters. [Item #21899]
  • Added support for changing the native projection of a layer using the PROJ (and related parameters) with the SET_LAYER_OPTIONS script command. [Item #20973]
  • Added support for generating GMG (Global Mapper Grid) terrain web tiles with the EXPORT_WEB script command using the IMAGE_FORMAT=GMG parameter. [Item #21945]
  • Added support for exporting SRTM HGT files with the EXPORT_ELEVATION script command. [Item #22252]
  • Fixed export of optimized palette images using EXPORT_RASTER script command. [Item #21871]
  • Online Source Changes

  • Added built-in Hurricane Harvey impact sources under Weather->Hurricane Harvey group. [Item #22457]
  • Updated built-in online Weather sources to include a number of NOAA nowCOAST sources, including updated NEXRAD weather radar, satellite imagery (visible and infrared), and weather watches and warnings (including hurricane forecasts). [Item #22530]
  • Fixed blurrier display of tiled online sources when zoomed out in v18.x than in earlier versions. [Item #22273]
  • Projection/Datum Changes

  • Updated display of Transformation Equations for Affine rectification method using the Rectification dialog menu to show the pixel-to-ground formulas in the traditional manner. [Item #22019]
  • Added new built-in 'NAD83 CSRS (7-PARAM TRANSFORM)' datum. [Item #21998]
  • Fixed issue where GeoCalc layer projection could not be modified when it was incorrectly determined that no transform to global projection exists. [Item #20140]
  • Corrected projection definition of Wisconsin Langlade County projection. [Item#22583]
  • Added additional recognized PRJ file datum names for TWD97 datum. [Item #21822]
  • Fixed load of UTM WKT PRJ files with Australian datum (like GDA94) coming in as MGA projection even when PROJCS text indicated UTM. [Item #22256]
  • Format Specific Changes

  • Export/import fly-through path data to/from GPX and KML. [Item #14375]
  • Can now export fly-through path data to XYZ text file, and import as Generic ASCII text file. [Item #22144]
  • Fixed issue with extra temporary (.tmp) files being created and not automatically deleted in the Global Mapper temp folder when loading some palette-based image files. [Item #22086]
  • Modified LiDAR export to LandXML so that elevations get converted to the output vertical unit. [Item #22337]
  • Fixed issues saving GeoCalc vertical coordinate systems to workspace. [Item #20141]
  • Fixed flipped horizontally display of MrSID and JP2 files with a negative X spacing. [Item #22152]
  • Fixed crash exporting to raster export plugin formats in v18.2.0-v18.2.1. [Item #22436]
  • Allow user to choose whether saved SLD (style) files use GeoServer- or QGIS-compatible fill style names. [Item #21769]
  • Added capability to include an Avenza PDF Maplist file when exporting a PDF. [Item #19276]
  • Added option in KML/KMZ raster exports to select 'Clamp to Ground' or 'Clamp to Seafloor' [Item #21723]
  • Fixed load of CDF files with non-standard coordinate field lengths. [Item #21777]
  • Made shift of NITF image layer using JPEG2000 compression through Control Center right-click SHIFT option work. [Item #21532]
  • Fixed issue causing MBTiles/RMaps data sets to always pull from the most detailed layer when exporting/drawing in some cases. [Item #21869]
  • Fixed display of some features from some DGN files. [Item #17978]
  • Added support for shifting GeoTIFF layers with overview layers from the Control Center Shift Layer option. [Item #22240]
  • Rendering/Style Changes

  • Added new label formatting options: number of decimal digits, remove trailing zeros, and use scientific notation. [Item #9807]
  • Fixed issue where the grid was not being drawn on the Rectify dialog. [Item #21858]
  • Performance

  • Sped up deletion of large number of features from the Search dialog. [Item #21738]
  • User Interface

  • Added an export button to fly-through path edit dialog which will provide a list of file format options compatible with path data. [Item #22261]
  • Fixed issue where zoom and center commands from Overview Map do not work when the Overview Map window is floating. [Item #21796]
  • Prepend the lat/lon coordinates in the status bar with [WGS84] when the option to always display the lat/lon using the WGS84 datum is checked on the Configuration dialog. [Item #21931]
  • Now checks for internet connection when checking out licenses by order number. Also brings the dialog back up after a failure. [Item #18873]
  • Misc. Changes

  • Allow tiling and cropping to selected area features that are in layers that are currently hidden. The hidden features will only be used for cropping if no selected areas are found in enabled layers. [Item #22384]
  • Added handling for borrowed licenses so they can't be checked in earlier than a day [Item #22157]
  • Fixed detection of image links with non-English characters in some code pages. [Item#22567]
  • Add confirmation prompt when borrowing a network license. [Item #21781]
  • Fixed display of segment headings on Feature Vertices dialog for line/area features. We were showing the angle in radians rather than degrees. [Item #22084]