An Internet version of the MiraMon Geographical Information System. The Map Reader was officially presented to the Ministry of the Environment and Housing of the Generalitat (autonomous government) of Catalonia as a key tool for the publication of environmental information in Catalonia. The Map Reader is a free program that permits the viewing, query and printing of maps published on the Internet or on CD-DVD. The maps must have been generated by MiraMon Professional and accompanied by a specific licencing certificate called MiraMon Internet Map Publisher.
Information is supplied in compressed format, generated using the most advanced data-compression algorithms, which may contain MiraMon maps or other documents. The maps, which are in digital format, can be queried by location (clicking on any place tells us what there is there) or by attributes (we can ask the map to find a feature, such as a wastewater treatment plant, or a phenomenon such as all the meteorological stations with a mean temperature of below 5ºC in January). They may be linked to other kinds of related information, such as text documents, spreadsheets, images, graphics, sound, HTML pages, websites or even other maps. These may in turn be linked to other microcosmos of information.
Works with data in both raster and vector format; the vector data have a topographical structure.
In contrast to many other geographical information systems available on the Internet, the philosophy of Map Reader does not consist in giving a simple screenshot or a limited selection of data. It allows the data itself to be accessed so that the user may consult and make full use of it as often as necessary. Using this compressed format permits a saving of both time and money, which is to the advantage of the user and the organisation providing the data.
The Map Reader allows us to access all this information through a simple, though not simplistic, click, which is based on a high-performance product: the SIG MiraMon.
Data security is guaranteed by the certification included with the compressed files (MMZ format) by the entity supplying the information. The Map Reader checks for this certification before displaying the data.
A 32-bit application that runs on Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 Server, Vista platforms, it is entirely written in ANSI C, and has been developed by the team led by Dr Xavier Pons of the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF). The SIG MiraMon is currently used by over 3200 users in 37 countries. The Generalitat (autonomous government) of Catalonia is the main user in terms of number of licences.
New features in the new version (v.7)
The new version of the Universal Map Reader of MiraMon includes the following features:
No demand of authorship and integrity certificate in MiraMon layers (of course, if the layer presents this certificate and it is invalid, the program warns about it like the Professional version).
Ability to open all formats and network data access ways to which access the MiraMon Professional.
Able to access tables in MDB, XLS or large databases via ODBC. With these extensions, the Reader then has the following properties, some of which already had before:
Lightweight and of quick installation.
Able to display and print in high quality and virtually any size of paper the majority of formats of GIS and Remote Sensing (MiraMon maps and layers [MMZ, ...], GPX, SHP, GeoTIFF, ...), raster and vector (with and without topology) as well as make
queries by location, interactive and by attribute queries, make selections based on selected objects from other layers; geographic data can be linked to SQL tables and queries from large database managers via ODBC or to popular formats such as MDB or XLS.
For MiraMon formats, data security is also guaranteed by the certification included (if applicable) in the files by the author of the information, because the reader checks the integrity of the certificate before displaying the data and makes accessible to the user the name of the certifying body.
Able to access the same resources on the network that the Professional version (WMS, WMTS, ECWP, ArcSDE, etc.)
With a complete metadata editor (GeMM), linked to the data itself (not "free text" across) that complies with and expands international standards.
Able to export selections in new files (IMG raster, MiraMon structured vectors or VEC unstructured vectors of ASCII text) and to save view clippings of raster or WMS/WMTS.
MiraMon Internet Map Publisher
In order to be able to publish cartography on the Internet that can be viewed free of charge with the Map Reader, it is necessary to acquire a licence for the MiraMon Internet Map Publisher.
There are two ways to generate certified MMZ files, which can be published on Internet-Intranet or on CD-DVD and that may be accessed by the Map Reader:
This option is suitable for the occasional publication of a small number of maps. In this case, you simply generate the maps you wish to publish (MMM files) with MiraMon Professional, convert them into MMZ files and send them to us by email or ftp, telling us what name you wish to appear as a certifying organization. We return them to you certified, unchanged and ready to be used on your HTML pages on the Internet or your Intranet or on CD-DVD.
The certifications are sold in packets of 10 maps.
This option is suitable for the publication of an unlimited number of maps in your name. We send you the application that enables you to certify as many maps as you may need. In this case, no further interaction between us is necessary. This enables you to generate certified maps even dynamically on demand from an HTML form.