First Look at Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server 2012

First Look at Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server 2012 (aka MapGuide Enterprise mashed up with Topobase Web).

So now there is no MapGuide and no Topobase Web it is now Infrastructure Map Server.

In installed on my PC this morning, and I really like the installer.

Installing Infrastructure Map Server

The cool thing about the install is that it knows if you are configuring the Autodesk Infrastructure Web Server Extension (aka MapGuide Web Extensions) with IIS and .NET, because if you are not, you cannot install the Infrastructure Application Extensions (tbweb) and the Infrastructure Administrator because those two applications only work with IIS and .NET. 
I’m ok not using them for now since I am not a current Topobase user (but that may change as more databases are supported – more than Oracle anyway).
I installed Infrastructure Studio (aka MapGuide Studio) and was pleased to see two big additions:
  1. Built-in Support for OpenStreetMap – which is awesome – I think most Governments could leverage storing their public data in OSM and streaming it back to mapguide, er infrastructure map server  (marbles in mouth) would be a win-win-win scenario!
  2. Quick Plot – awesome rotation of map plotting and setting of scale (see image)
Both Quickplot and OpenStreetMap in IMS (old MapGuide)

Both Quickplot and OpenStreetMap in IMS (old MapGuide)

 I am  incredibly dissapointed with two main things though.

  1. No FDO Provider for DWG – this is a “no-brainer” – I was able to get at the Object Data/Link template Key/Block Attributes within DWG files with MapGuide 6.5 but not 8 years later?!  Yikes.  Back to FME to fix this chasm in the product.
  2. No Redline/Markup support – well it’s kind of there but it’s so lame I usually hide it from the users so that they are not so disappointed.

 Overall, it is nice to see that I could load my old MGP (Packages) and have it up and running so nicely.  I don’t need a LIC file anymore just register your MapGuide like you would AutoCAD.  It is really sweet.



9 Responses to “First Look at Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server 2012”

  1. April 7, 2011 at 1:07 am

    The only thing bad about this release is the product name. Infrastructure Map Server, what a watered-down, generic product name!

    I don’t care what Autodesk calls this product, it will always be known as MapGuide to me.

  2. 2 John Marshall
    April 13, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Regarding the lack of an FDO for drawings, a new product that solves that problem is called MapXporter at http://www.tatedev.com . It’s currently available for 2010 and 2011 with 2012 coming soon.

  3. April 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    John, what you turn the drawing into? SDF with custom styles?

  4. 4 John Marshall
    April 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    It uses a multi-class single SDF file as the data source but prepares the drawing first so that complex entities that are not supported in SDF and MapGuide are now able to be displayed properly in MG. Everything comes across that looks nearly identical to the drawing. Obviously a FDO for drawings would be preferable but this essentially delviers the same end result. The product generates all of the XML for the layers, themes, etc. and then exports everything into MapGuide. It is a three step process – 1) Prepare drawing, 2)- Create SDF, 3) Export to Map.

  5. 5 John Marshall
    April 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    One more note, all of this takes place within AutoCAD Map. You do not have to use Studio for any of this.

  6. April 18, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Thanks John, are the 3 steps seamless – meaning I don’t have to do too much prep?

  7. 7 John Marshall
    April 18, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    The first step you just run the prep command. The second step is the AutoCAD SDF export tool (simple enough). The third step again just run the command. There are a couple of initial setup things to do when you install the app but after that easy as 1,2 3! Most drawings take under five minutes for the entire process. If you updated the original drawing after the export, you can run the SDF update command to handle that.

  8. 8 oddos
    August 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    are there any materials for this software

  9. August 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Sure, check out:

    and http://www.youtube.com/mapguideguy/ for videos. Remember MAPGUIDE=Autodesk Infrastructure Map Server

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