MapLink Pro FAQ's
Is MapLink Pro only Windows based?
As well as supporting Microsoft WIndows (Vista/XP/2000), MapLink Pro is available on a variety of X11-based operating systems, including: Linux, Sun Solaris and VxWorks.
What development environments can I use?
Envitia recommends using MS Visual Studio .NET 2005. Other development environments supported include: MS Visual Studio .NET 2003, MS Visual C++ 6.0, MS Visual Basic 6.0 and Borland Delphi. As well as C++ APIs, many SDKs also have a .NET interface.
How fast does my system need to be to run MapLink Pro?
We normally recommend a 2GHz Pentium processor for MapLink Pro applications, though the flexible architecture of MapLink Pro means that it is possible to run on much slower machines.
It must need a lot more power to run 3D, doesn't it?
The only additional requirement for 3D is to have a reasonable graphics card. We recommend a 128 MB graphics card or higher.
I have a requirement for 1,000 track updates a second. Can MapLink Pro handle this?
Can I integrate MapLink Pro with my legacy application?
MapLink Pro is ideally suited to projects requiring seamless integration with legacy systems. MapLink Pro's component based architecture makes it highly configurable to suit your own environment.
Does MapLink Pro take control of my application?
Absolutely not! The MapLink Pro toolkit is passive, leaving all control to the application, right down to event loops.
Can MapLink Pro support large map datasets?
The MapLink Studio application pre-processes map data so that it is tiled. This allows MapLink Pro to use very large datasets as only a small amount of it needs to be loaded at one time.
Why is MapLink Pro map data pre-processed?
By pre-processing map data, MapLink Pro provides control of the map content. These controls are Layering, Tiling, Masking, and Clipping. Why is it useful to control map content? To improve performance, reduce disk space, limit processing power needed and most importantly, to present clear and relevant data to the user for the current zoom level.
My users get frequent updates to their CADRG map data. Can I let them read the data directly without pre-processing?
Yes, MapLink Pro supports the direct import of a number of data formats, including CADRG. CADRG is particularly suited for direct import as the data is already tiled and layered in a similar way to MapLink Pro's own data format.
Can I use my 2D map data in 3D?
Of course! The 3D component of MapLink Pro uses the same maps as used in your 2D applications. In fact, your application could have both 2D and 3D map windows, using the same map data. The 3D component drapes these maps onto a terrain layer to produce the 3D visualization.