Global Mapper V17 Released with New Multi-View Interface and Enhanced Cartographic Layout Tools

by | Sep 23, 2015

Hallowell, Maine, September 23, 2015 ” Blue Marble Geographics ( is pleased to announce the availability of Global Mapper version 17. This major release offers numerous new and improved geospatial tools, functional upgrades, and performance improvements throughout all areas of the application. Significant new functionality includes a multi-view map interface allowing the simultaneous viewing and docking of several map widows as well as a completely redesigned map layout function for creating high-quality printed maps.

Blue Marble’s geospatial data manipulation, visualization and conversion solutions are used worldwide by thousands of GIS analysts at software, oil and gas, mining, civil engineering, surveying, and technology companies, as well as governmental and university organizations.

Global Mapper is an affordable, powerful, yet easy-to-use GIS application capable of displaying, analyzing, and exporting virtually every type of geospatial data, whether 2D or 3D, cloud hosted or spatial database stored, raster or vector. The software offers intuitive tools for converting, reprojecting, editing, cropping, tiling and mosaicking datasets of any size, and it provides a surprising array of powerful analysis tools, including watershed and terrain analysis, raster calculation, and volumetric measurement. Version 17 introduces numerous new and improved features and functions to augment the core functionality of the software and the supplementary LiDAR Module.

The new multi-view map display allows several docked map windows to be displayed within the interface. These views, which support both top-down 2D rendering as well as oblique 3D viewing, can be independently zoomed and panned and can be resized to make the most efficient use of the available screen space. The all-new Map Layout tools provide the necessary functionality for designing state-of-the-art printed maps. Cartographic elements such as a scale bar, compass rose, and map legend can be precisely placed within the layout frame and supplementary text and corporate branding graphics can be easily added to the design and saved as a template for future use.

Additional new functionality in Global Mapper v17 includes support for 3D models as custom symbols that are assigned to point features. These models appear as three-dimensional objects in the 3D Viewer. Several new data formats and online map services have been added including the US National map, which includes 1-foot color imagery, and World Navigation Charts at a 1:1,000,000 scale. The LiDAR Module also incorporates significant upgrades including several new filtering and point cloud clean-up options.

Global Mapper's data processing and map rendering engine continue to show dramatic performance improvements. Version 17 sees raster display, redraw, and export speeds that are up to ten times faster than in previous versions and LiDAR processing is also significantly faster.

Global Mapper continues to evolve into a major force in the GIS software business, stated Blue Marble's President, Patrick Cunningham.  The release of version 17 is further evidence of our commitment to providing powerful spatial analysis and data processing tools at a truly affordable price.

Blue Marble Application Specialists will be conducting a live webinar on Friday, September 25 during which they will showcase the highlights of this release. This hour-long presentation is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am (U.S. Eastern Time) and it will provide an opportunity to both see the latest tools and to ask questions about the new functionality. Space is limited and registration is required so be sure to sign up today. To register, visit:

For a complete list of new features and enhancements or to download a trial copy of Global Mapper v17, visit


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