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Announcing MapBuilder 1.5 Release Candidate 1

December 24, 2007
The Community MapBuilder team are pleased to announce the release of
mapbuilder-lib 1.5, Release Candidate 1.

This release candidate marks the completion of integration of version
2.5 of the OpenLayers ( rendering library.
This, and all future releases of Community MapBuilder will use OL for
the core of map rendering functions.

In addition, Community MapBuilder now supports baselayers from Google
Maps, Microsoft Live Maps, and Yahoo Maps. It also includes rendering
for Google's Keyhole Markup Language (KML).

Map projection is now handled using the Proj4js library for on-the-fly
conversion of point coordinates from one coordinate system to another.

Context/OWSContext now has improved handling of layer IDs, and numerous
internal code improvements have been made.

The examples better reflect the new feature set, and we now allow for a
single-file MapBuilder installation. Mapbuilder clients can simply
include the following line in their code:

And, this will provide them complete functionality from a single URL.

Thanks to all who participated in this release.

About MapBuilder

MapBuilder is a powerful, standards compliant geographic mapping client which runs in a web browser.

Recent Releases


Stable Community MapBuilder 1.0.1 Release: This is a minor release which replaces obsolete WMS services with new ones and fixes a few minor bugs. If you are new to Mapbuilder, this is what you should use. Download 1.0.1 Release.

Development Community Mapbuilder 1.5 (rc1): Introduces a broad set of new features, including:

  • SVG/VML rendering
  • Integration with OpenLayers
  • OWS Context
  • SLD editing
  • Faster Startup

This release is alpha-quality, and not recommended for production environments. Press release and Download 1.5 (rc1).

GML Viewer 1.0 Deploy your GML datasets with a simple GML Viewer web page. Uses SVG/VML for fast vector rendering. Press release and Download.

Key Features

  • Browser based mapping client
  • Standards compliant, supports the Open Geospatial consortium(OGC) standards
  • Renders maps from Web Map Services (WMS), Web Feature Services (WFS), GeoRSS, Google Maps
  • Supports editing map features to Transactional Web Feature Services (WFS-T)
  • Allows users to build their own maps, then save and share them, using Web Map Context (WMC) and Open Web Services Context
  • Easy to use
  • Fast and interactive - built using  AJAX
  • Works with most modern browsers (Firefox 1.0+, Internet Explorer 6.0+, Mozilla 1.3+, Navigator 6+)
  • Customisable and easy to extend
  • Open source under the LGPL licence

If you wish to learn more, you can try the on-line interactive tutorial or the Examples and read the on-line user-guide.

Mapbuilder in Action


FOSS4G 2007


MapBuilder was presented at FOSS4G 2007

Our mission is


To empower communities to collaboratively build and share geographic data using standards- based, open source tools.


Community Mapbuilder is a founding project of the Open Geospatial Foundation.

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