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Community Mapbuilder release 1.5-alpha1

December 21, 2006 - The Community Mapbuilder Team are proud to announce the first release in our 1.5 series.

The 1.5-alpha1 release is packed full of new features, including Faster downloading, Vector Rendering, Integration with OpenLayers, SLD Editing, support for OWS Context, GeoRSS, GML, WFS layers.

While core functionality remains stable, based on three years of development and testing, new features still have some major bugs and should be used for testing but should not be deployed yet. We plan to stablize the 1.5 branch early in 2007.

Our Mapbuilder development team continues to grow, we recently welcomed Sefano Menegon, Dirk van den Elzen, John Pulles, Vincent Schut, Saul Farber, and Gertjan van Oosten.

NEW FEATURES:

Vector rendering using SVG/VML:
SVG and VML rendering is available for recent browsers using MapPane2 and MapPaneOL. This rendering is much faster than the previous WZGraphics library.

Integration with OpenLayers:
The MapPaneOL widget now uses OpenLayers for rendering. This means we can easilly tap into OpenLayer's support for numerous map providers.
Eg: Tiled WMS, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSN Maps, WFS, GML, etc.
We still haven't integrated the Mapbuilder tools with OpenLayer tools yet, but that is expected to be completed for the next release.

Faster startup:
Mapbuilder is now bundled up into one file and compressed into a half its original size.

OWS Context:
Mapbuilder previously stored its LayerList in a Web Map Context (WMC) document. A WMC describes a list of WMS layers. The latest Mapbuilder supports the
OGC's draft OWS Context specification which extends the WMC to include: WFS layers, GeoRSS layers, GML Layers.

The OWS Context is rendered by the new MapPane2 and MapPaneOL widgets. In the next release, we plan to deprecate MapPane2 and MapPane and replace them
by MapPaneOL.

SLD Editor:
We now have a Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) Editor example. A SLD describes whether you map features should be rendered as red fat lines or blue thin
lines and you can apply styles to maps.

GeoRSS:
We have some GeoRSS examples which include rendering vector layers SVG/VML.

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About Community Mapbuilder http://communitymapbuilder.org

Community MapBuilder is a powerful, standards compliant, open source, geographic mapping client which runs in a web browser. It is part of the OSGeo stable of quality Open Source Geospatial projects.

About OpenLayers http://openlayers.org/

OpenLayers is a browser based, open source, webmapping client which accesses a variety of basemaps.

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