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InSite 8.4 - What's new

 

InSite remains an incredibly powerful and versatile tool

 

So, what's new?

Interactive map sharing 

Now you can output map layers to an interactive, browser-based file that you can distribute across your organisation.  These maps give a far more in-depth view of your chosen data and allows the viewer to interact with them by zooming in/out, panning around, turning layers on/off and getting greater insight from the bespoke tooltips.

 

Rebuilt Locator

Strictly speaking, this isn’t new, but we’ve taken a good look at what this InSite favourite does and we wanted to improve it.  So we’ve rebuilt it from the ground up and in InSite 8.4 we have phase 1 of this “new” application.  It is now map lead, with a more contemporary, cleaner interface.  The gazetteer is more intuitive with a list of your most recent locations, plus you can run multiple reports with different bases!

Watch out for Phase 2 in a future release!

 

3rd Party Connectivity

Have you ever wanted to use InSite’s data in a dashboard in a live environment?  How about creating a page on your corporate dashboard that pulls catchment data directly into a chart as the catchments are created? Using ODBC/OLEDB across a network this is now possible.  You’ll need to know a little bit about SQL and/or InSite View tables (we can train you), but that’s a minor hurdle to overcome in creating your very own highly visual dashboards using InSite’s powerful database.

 

Browse Data Map Visualisations

I think we’ve all been there……..having created that killer expression in a browse window that illustrates the point you’ve been wanting to make and then realise that to put it on a map means basically recreating the whole thing from scratch.
We’ve now added new functionality that means with a simple click of your mouse you can convert any column in your browse window to a thematically shaded map.

 

Print the Map you want!

We received a lot of feedback about the map printing capability in InSite and we’ve re-written the entire process to greatly improve your experience and to make it easier to control what you print!  The print preview screen now includes a panel to show exactly what you are printing (WYSIWYG) as well as the view “beyond” the paper edge.

Map controls have been included in the print preview screen to allow you to pan, zoom, jump to another location, manipulate annotations and make the handling of multi-page maps much easier.

The print preview screen now loads quicker and we’ve even set the defaults to be more sensible.

 

Web Mapping Services

Sometimes the provided backcloth just isn’t enough to show off your analysis.  For example: To illustrate any at risk properties in your portfolio, you may want to show flood plains in relation to your assets.
We’ve added the ability to select any raster mapping data that’s available as a web service (e.g. Open Street Map or British Geological Survey).

 

Put Your Logo in the Legend

Whist you have always been able to use logos and images to pinpoint locations on maps, now you can have your logo permanently showing in the legend.  Your systems will be shipped with the InSite logo showing by default, but it is a simple process to change this to the logo or image of your choice.

 

Licence Expiry Notification

In order to ensure you don’t lose any important work nor have any interruptions to your work flow, you will now receive a warning about the impending expiration of your licence at 3 months and then 1 month before the deadline.  This gives you plenty of time to get in touch with you account manager to arrange to renew your system licence.

 

 

Improvements

Drive Times

To make drivetimes more accurate and in preparation of advances in new data and technology, we have adapted and amended the methodology for calculating drivetime contours.  The current network assigns an average speed to each of the 58 road types to calculate the contour.  This link and node model (roads and junctions) still exists, but instead of using a cross country speed to get to the nearest road junction(s), the algorithm now uses “perpendicular” access onto the road network.  This means that we can make better use of the network and take advantage of the introduction of speed profiles.

Our road network supplier has recently introduced a new product which provides highly accurate average speeds for each of the c. 400,000 road segments.  The new functionality also allows for you to edit the speed of a specific road to echo known issues such as road works or temporary closures to ensure that your contour reflects the real world.

Whilst attracting additional cost, these new speed profiles along with the new contouring methodology means that your contours are more accurate than ever.

 

Map Gazetteer

Previously, if you started typing a postcode into the map gazetteer you were more likely to be on the wrong page/screen and have to start again.
Now, all the gazetteers are on one screen and you can select which ones you want to use – you can even create your own gazetteers and the selection is “sticky” - It remembers your selection for next time as well as the last few locations you searched for.

 

Info Blocks

Now when you select objects, areas and points on the map and then copy and paste the contents of the Info Block into a formatted table in another programme (e.g. Excel, Word).

 

Automatic Point Creation

Whenever InSite detects that you are importing grid referenced data, it will automatically create the mapping point for you and ensure it has all the correct properties to enable you to use the data immediately.  There is also the option to set the default coordinate system into which the points should be imported.

 

 

Saving the Contents of a Browse

  • Saving to a Mapped Table - There are times when you’ve created a browse with a complex expression that can take more than a few seconds to calculate.  You’ll now be able to save the browse as a table within its schema as a set of values rather than a calculation (a bit like doing a copy and paste values in Excel).  This means that when you open the table it will be instantaneous, you’ll also be able to use the data in reports and on maps.
  • Saving to a View Table – With the new capability to connect to 3rd party applications, some of which can’t read InSite tables directly, we’ve now made it possible for you to construct and save an updatable browse that can be read by the likes of Tableau and Alteryx through an ODBC link.

 

Exporting (new Digital Formats)

We’ve added support that allows you to export spatial data in:

  • Google Earth KML
  • GeoJSON
  • ESRI Shapefile

 

Better Memory Management

The memory requirements for a map can sometimes be quite high.  In order to help avoid “out of memory” conditions, we’ve placed a notional limit of 512MB on the memory used by a map, this can be amended in your defaults.

You’ll now see, on the map screen, a dot next to the focus layer label. The dot gives an indication of the status of the map’s completeness (i.e. was there enough memory for the map to render properly).

  • Green – everything’s ok and the map is complete
  • Amber – the map might have exceeded the map memory allocation (as so might not be complete)
  • Red – means map memory allocation has been exceeded and the map will not be complete with a message that the "map memory usage exceeds the limit"

 

New Standard Map Template

To coincide with this release, we have also updated our standard map template (you’ll also be getting a greyscale version) to better reflect the changing requirements of your mapping.  - These will be added to your system at the time of your next update.

 

 

There are also some tweaks “under the hood” that you may not immediately notice.  If you want to know more about these, please get in touch.

We would normally wait until your annual update to ship the new software, but if you want to take advantage of all this new functionality please get in touch with the your account manager who will arrange for you to receive an update to your InSite software.

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