Sunday 19 March 2017

MapCortex Free Edition - latest release in Windows Store

The latest release of MapCortex has been published to the Windows Store. Please don't forget to update your current version in order to enjoy the added functionalities.

The current version is Major features of this release are as follows:

  • Bug-fix related to Undo/Redo functionalities;
  • Bug-fix related to Map element identification;
  • Bug-fix related to Address Search functionality;
  • New functionality: login via Microsoft Account;
  • New functionality: Save map screenshots to your OneDrive
  • New functionality: Manage and send screenshot images via your Microsoft Email account.
  • New web management panel with integrated login system.
The next release is likely to be focusing on following features:
  • Relocate element join points.
  • Select map elements with a rectangle - highlight selected elements.
  • Add data table attributes to map element layers.
  • Visualize data attribute elements.
  • Save data attributes in database file.
  • Save project as specially developed file solely for MapCortex.
Hope you enjoy using MapCortex Free Edition

Thursday 2 March 2017

Laika, the space dog!

Do you know who was Laika? She was the first living creature in space, sent up by the Russian/Soviet space cadets in the late fifties. She was destined not to come back, but she has proven that space travel is feasible for humans.

These days some animal right activist claims that Laika treatment was inhuman, breaching all current animal right legislation, the Soviets are soul-less, cruel fiends and so on. Regrettably they often forget that becoming a real hero means that you will die at some point on the way to become a hero. Laika probably wouldn't have liked the fact that she will be shoot out with a rocket then fry to death during the course, but I am sure that she was treated very well before her journey and she is still well remembered about her deed to help us to start exploring space.

Would have Laika chosen to become and die as a space hero instead of staying a nameless street dog of Moscow, or perhaps sitting in a cage whilst being protected by federal laws and waiting to be picked up by a stranger? Hardly...

Monday 13 February 2017

MapCortex - Redesign Endeavours

Owing to some serious issues behind the logging in system we decided to update the MapCortex Windows Store app and remove majority of the back-end system. This endeavour has already yielded a great result and we are delighted to announce that we already have over 1000 users worldwide. The shortcomings of not having a backend system is temporary as we are in the process of designing a more integrated solution. This new solution will encompass of the following features:

  • Users are not required to log in. This means you can use the system out of box - no login required.
  • Logging in will be required only if you wish to post a screenshot to our site, or save a project to your Onedrive.
  • The logging in system will be integrated with the Windows authentication mechanism, thus making the whole process very smooth and less tedious than in the previous version.
  • No more Google login (sorry Google fanatics), though this enables MapCortex to expand to users located in People's Republic of China as well.
  • There are no limits of screenshots. You can send as much as you like - sane rules still applies.
  • Data can be attached to map elements, thus enabling MapCortex to operate as a simple Geographic Information System.
  • Mobile tracking and data collection app will be delivered along with the main system, thus enabling users to collect data and track their mobile phones.
This is pretty much it. We received a request of enabling drawing circles on MapCortex, yet this feature will probably be postponed due to certain technical issues. The web interface also gets re-designed shortly.

MapCortex Team