10 August 2006 - Carson City, USA: manifold.net today announced that Manifold System Release 7x has been issued as the world's first 64-bit GIS for Windows. 7x is available immediately and runs on Windows XP x64 as well as Windows Server 2003 x64 on AMD and Intel x64 64-bit processors. The new product supports multi-core and multiprocessor motherboards and is quad-core ready for immediate use on AMD's "4x4" quad core processor initiative as well as on Intel Core 2 Duo family 64-bit processors. 64-bit Manifold versions are priced $50 higher than standard 32-bit Manifold versions, which will be continued for sale as a 32-bit implementation of the new Manifold 7x internal architecture.
The new Manifold 7x product line allows very low cost utilization of 64-bit processors for enhanced performance and vast memory spaces, especially critical in image processing, large vector drawings and Manifold IMS usage in high-end server applications. 64-bit Manifold editions start at only $295 for Manifold 7x Personal x64. Manifold 7x Enterprise x64 is only $445 and delivers complete 64-bit enterprise capabilities, including enterprise server applications, direct concurrent multi-user connections to Oracle Spatial and also includes 64-bit Manifold IMS for Internet Map Server applications at no additional cost.
"We are very pleased to be the first to offer true 64-bit GIS for Windows," said Dimitri Rotow, product manager for Manifold System. He continued, "Manifold users can take advantage of modern technology to get better performance at a lower price. Everyone is moving to 64-bit, multi-core processors for professional work because 64-bit hardware now costs no more than old-fashioned 32-bit hardware. If your GIS doesn't provide true, 64-bit native operation you are stuck in the dark ages. With Manifold you can immediately take advantage of true 64-bit performance and memory capacity as well as the latest advances in Microsoft Windows and in modern processors from Intel and AMD."
The Manifold 7x release is a continuation of the recent update to Manifold 7.00. Manifold 6.50 licensees may upgrade to 7x at no charge and thus gain the benefits of over 630 improvements at no additional cost. Highlights of Manifold 7x include:
Native Oracle Spatial Read/Write/Edit - Manifold Enterprise editions and above can now connect directly to Oracle Spatial DBMS using Oracle's own native Oracle Call Interface for read/write/editing of drawings in SDO_Geometry or images or surfaces in GeoRaster storage types. Manifold now offers the most sophisticated connection to Oracle Spatial of any GIS, including direct, seamless connections to Manifold IMS for web access at no extra charge. Manifold spatial facilities also work with the "Locator" feature now bundled into regular Oracle DBMS products as well as with Oracle Spatial. Manifold supports all Oracle projections and automatically on-the-fly matches projections during all export/import functions.
Concurrent, Multi-User Editing - Thousands of Manifold users can now simultaneously work with the same drawing stored in a centralized DBMS such as Oracle, SQL Server or IBM DB2. Using Area of Interest windowing with Oracle DBMS, enterprises can have thousands of simultaneous users working with the same drawing that could be terabytes in size. Manifold also allows storage of formatting in centralized DBMS stores. Manifold 7x's new enterprise capabilities confer spatial DBMS centralized storage on virtually any enterprise DBMS, including SQL Server, IBM DB2 and regular Oracle editions as well as with traditional "spatial" DBMS versions such as Oracle Spatial.
User Friendly Enhancements - It's a great benefit to centralize geospatial information within an enterprise DBMS, but it's also a challenge for IT administrators and users. Manifold 7x provides a wide variety of user-friendly enhancements to make it easy to administer such storage and easy for non-expert users to use such a geospatial store. Innovations such as the Database Administrator Console and Batch Export greatly reduce the workload for IT staff while advances such as friendly names make it a snap for users to use data with a point and a click.
(Illustration at right) Live edits using a streamed Virtual Earth background via the Manifold 7x Image Server Interface.
Free Oracle, SQL Server and DB2 - The Manifold DVD now delivers fully licensed installations of Oracle Express, Microsoft SQL Server Express and IBM DB2 Express-C editions at no additional charge. There is no limit to the number of users in any of these DBMS installations, and in addition the IBM DB2 installation allows unlimited sized databases as well. The three DBMS installations have been provided to make it possible for any Manifold user to immediately take advantage of Manifold's enterprise-class DBMS capabilities.
Multi-core, Multi-processor Capabilities / Quad Core Ready - Manifold 7x includes numerous subsystems, such as image library rendering, DBMS connectivity and IMS, that automatically take advantage of multiple processors or multiple processor cores. Most 64-bit systems procurements use dual-core processors such as dual-core AMD Opterons or Athlon 64x2 or Intel Core 2 Duo processors so it is essential that a GIS be able to automatically take advantage of multiple processor cores. In addition Manifold is the first GIS that is quad-core ready, so when quad-core chips such AMD "4x4" become available to the general public Manifold will automatically take advantage of the additional cores.
64-bit Native Windows Capability - Manifold 7x runs in 64-bits in Windows XP x64 and Windows Server 2003 x64 using either AMD or Intel 64-bit x64 processors. Each Manifold edition is available in a regular, 32-bit version or, for $50 extra, a 64-bit x64 edition. All Manifold runtime editions are 64-bit licenses and allow either 32-bit or 64-bit operation. The pricing of Professional Runtime at $100 and Universal Runtime at $225 includes full 64-bit operation. Manifold 7x Universal Runtime, which delivers full IMS functionality including HTTP serving, OGC WMS, OGC WFS-T and image server functionality like Virtual Earth, is only $225 per server despite all of the new additions, perhaps the most astonishing bargain in enterprise GIS ever.
Virtual Earth and other Image Servers - Manifold has long enabled instant fetch and automatic mosaics of TerraServer imagery. The new Image Server Interface (ISI) published in Manifold 7x makes it easy to instantly browse and use imagery from any image server desired by using open source interfaces. The Manifold user community has already published ISI modules for Microsoft Virtual Earth, Yahoo! Maps and Google servers among others. See
www.manifold.net/tutorial for an example that uses Microsoft Virtual Earth to create KML for export to Google Earth. Journalists who have not experienced this have to see it to believe it, one of the coolest and most convenient capabilities ever offered in GIS. Using ISI interfaces, Manifold can simultaneously browse a wide variety of geographic data servers including OGC WMS, NASA World Wind, Google, Microsoft Virtual Earth and Yahoo.
Google Earth KML/KMZ Export and Import - Manifold 7x exports any drawing to Google KML/KMZ format for astonishingly cool publication in Google Earth. It's the fastest and easiest way to grab data from over 80 different GIS formats and publish to Google Earth. See the
www.manifold.net/googleset.html page for examples as well as links to fun KML files to try out. Manifold 7x also reads KML and KMZ formats as well.
(Illustration at left) KML export includes "extrusion" for 3D effects.
OGC WFS-T and other IMS Capabilities - Manifold has long included IMS capabilities. Release 7x extends and deepens Manifold IMS to include OGC WFS-T (feature server with transactions) to enable OGC compatible WFS clients to interact with the Manifold IMS server and edit data back on the server. Because Manifold also includes extensive enterprise DBMS capabilities, ordinary OGC WFS clients can interact with a Manifold IMS server to view and edit data, even changing data on the fly back in the DBMS. This extends to all DBMS products with which Manifold 7x is commonly used, such as Oracle Spatial, SQL Server, IBM DB2, MySQL and others. Manifold IMS also supports OGC WMS, generic image server capability and traditional HTTP IMS.