Features

Geopublisher is Free and Open-Source Software (FOSS) aplication that is steadily being developed by a small but active community. We have so many ideas about how the software can further simplify the geopublishing work-flow, that we don't think it's ever going to be "done".

The following matrix gives you an overview about the functionallity that is already implemented and ready-to-use in latest Geopublisher:

Supported data formats

Vector data

Raster data

  • ArcASCII and GeoTIFF files can be imported.

Cartographic Styling / Layout

  • For the cartographic styling of raster and vector data, XML-files in OGC Styled Layer Descriptor / Symbology Encoding (OGC SLD/SE) format can be imported.

Multimedia

  • PDF documents,
  • images (jpg, png, gif) and
  • videos can be imported.
  • Multimedia files can be placed directly into the menu of the atlas, or be linked to geo-objects. So you can play different multimedia, depending on the point/line/polygon clicked by the user.

Metadata

Multi-language

  • All labels, texts, HTML-pages, menu items, about-information, etc. can be translated in multiple languages.
  • The same exported atlas will present itself in the most appropriate language.
  • The person creating the atlas only authors one multi-language version => no redundancies.

Quality management

  • Geopublisher automatically creates a so-called quality-index for its content- elements. This value between 0 and 100 reflects the completeness of translations and metadata. So you can quickly determine which maps are still missing meta-information. Once your total quality-index for the whole atlas exceeds 90%, you are ready to export the atlas and you can be sure that all maps, layers, and multimedia content will be presented to the end-user with the proper contextual meta-data - in whatever language you configured.
  • Geopublisher also provides a export function for all translations and meta-data that is tailored for translators. This simplifies the work-flow when the atlas creator needs to send the texts to many different translators.

Layers

  • For every layer (raster- or vector) title and description can be entered in multiple languages using any special character needed.
  • Keywords can be freely defined to make it easier for the end-user to find data.
  • If your vector-layer is attributed, you can define exactly which attribute is visible to the atlas-user. You can define an attribute-title and an attribute-description.
  • For further information (e.g the methods used to create the data, copyright notices, etc.) free-text HTML pages can be created for every layer and map.
  • Within these HTML pages you can link to other elements of the atlas, like links to related PDFs, layers or maps.

Maps

  • For every map you can define a title and description; in multiple languages; using any special character needed.
  • You can define keywords that help the atlas-user to find the map.
  • To provide introductory explanations for every map, you can create HTML pages. They appear automatically when opening a map.
  • Within these HTML pages you can link to other elements of the atlas, like links to related PDFs, layers or maps.

Menu Items

  • With Geopublisher you can define every entry of the atlas menu-bar. Every menu-item has a translated title, description and optional keywords.

Publication of the atlas

Online

  • The exported online-version of your atlas can be started from any web browser.
  • You can export the atlas from Geopublisher as a ready-to-use WebGIS-application.
  • The end-users of the atlas only need a recent Java-plugin installed. If it is not installed, the browser is automatically redirected to a Java-installation web page.
  • No additional applications are required on the web server. (No MySQL, PHP, etc..).
  • The geodata of your atlas are downloaded on demand and will then be cached on the local computer => The second time the atlas is started, it will open much faster.
  • Additionally the Offline-version of the atlas can be downloaded as a simple OS-independent ZIP file.
  • When the atlas is updated, the end-user will automatically be offered to update their atlas.

Offline

  • The exported offline-version of you atlas can be copied onto a CD, DVD, USB-stick or memory-card. From there it can be directly started without installation.
  • The atlases run on MacOS, Linux and Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Win7.
  • The atlas even starts on Windows computers where there is no Internet available and no Java installed. The atlas.exe comes with its own Java Run-Time environment that is used if a newer version is not found.

User-friendlyness

Geopublisher

  • The integrated WYSIWYG HTML editor allows you to create appealing web pages without having any HTML syntax knowledge.

Maps

  • Just what you need: In Geopublisher you define exactly which function is available for the atlas user. Functions can be specifically disabled for any map or layer.
  • The label-search allows one to search all labels of a map.
  • For all columns of the attribute table, names and descriptions can all be localized - the atlas user will never see any ugly 12 character DBF column names.
  • Create interactive charts that are linked with the map using the Chart-Wizard.