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Here is a site I just bumped into that offers "an interactive environment for custom cartography..." It's called Cartifact Maps.

They have a beta map for Los Angeles and I have been stuck on it for bit. I'm really impressed, esp. with the lens tool. You can float across space and through time simultaneously.

I want one.


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Cartifact creates really great maps. We have one on our wall. The map viewer looks great as well, but I couldnt get the information window to close to give it try.



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I know it's a stupid question - but did you click that little 'x' in the upper right corner? B)

Probably a typical beta problem - I have been able to use it in Safari on a Mac and PC. I guess they have optimized it for Firefox also.

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That lens thing is really neat- especially the way it can alter to google to aerial etc. I like it better than zoomify. Is it proprietary?
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I am not too sure if it's proprietary. I'll see if they answer the e-mail I sent them earlier today. :)

I like the dynamic nature of the lens and how it responds as you move it and also when you pan the map. It was launched yesterday so hopefully they'll make an announcement of their plans. I am hoping they'll take a "Google" approach and let folks mash-up with other data and areas.

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I know it's a stupid question - but did you click that little 'x' in the upper right corner? B)

Probably a typical beta problem - I have been able to use it in Safari on a Mac and PC. I guess they have optimized it for Firefox also.


Yep, I tried the little 'x' in the corner! My computer was down today so I had to use an old 'POC' that only had IE and I didn't want to bother updating it.



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I know it's a stupid question - but did you click that little 'x' in the upper right corner? B)

Probably a typical beta problem - I have been able to use it in Safari on a Mac and PC. I guess they have optimized it for Firefox also.


Yep, I tried the little 'x' in the corner! My computer was down today so I had to use an old 'POC' that only had IE and I didn't want to bother updating it.


Hi. This is Bruce Daniel, Director of Cartifact Labs. The problem was probably related to the age of the browser. We recommend Safari, Firefox or Chrome, at the moment. We have also tested it in IE7 and 8, but not earlier. Please let me know directly (labs@cartifact.com) if you have further problems and I'll try to work with you to resolve them.

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Here is a site I just bumped into that offers "an interactive environment for custom cartography..." It's called Cartifact Maps.


I don't know if the site's down, but I can't connect to it :(

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Hi Bruce,

Welcome to Cartotalk and congrats on your new mapping tool! I really like the design and implementation.

I have dreamt of a lens tool like this but never anything beyond fanciful imagination - and with multiple data frames (historical, aerial, etc.) you even exceeded that! I was even able to get it to load on my iPhone (albeit with unpredictable functionality). At first I thought it was Flash, but I guess it's something newer? Java & Flex?

Good luck with the development and thanks for creating something so intriguing.

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I am not sure I am wild about the name "cartifact" - it makes me think about "artefact"... (rather than cartography + facts)
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I think we've gotten the IE browser bugs worked out (Welcome screen and panning problem). Thanks for the feedback, and hope you'll keep giving the site a whirl. http://maps.cartifact.com

Bruce Daniel, Director, Cartifact Labs

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I think we've gotten the IE browser bugs worked out (Welcome screen and panning problem). Thanks for the feedback, and hope you'll keep giving the site a whirl. http://maps.cartifact.com

Bruce Daniel, Director, Cartifact Labs


Bruce,
I couldn't get the lens tool to work in IE6 but everything worked like it should in IE 7 and Firefox 3.08. This is super impressive. Well done. Erin



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Bruce,

That is fantastic - should win a design award. Not only is in a useful tool (hard to make imho) it is also fun!
I recently did some work for the LA Homeless Services Authority, so was excited to see your work on that - very nicely done.

-Chris

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I've always been impressed by Cartifact produced maps in general.
Always sleek, clean and packs in so much information.

Wished the City of L.A.'s GIS applications and maps could work this well.




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