General FAQ

  1. What is MapGuide Open Source?
  2. What are some of the features of MapGuide Open Source?
  3. Who does MapGuide Open Source appeal to the most?
  4. Will their be a commercial version of MapGuide Open Source?
  5. What is Autodesk MapGuide Studio?
  6. What are some of the features of Autodesk MapGuide Studio?
  7. Where can I get Autodesk MapGuide Studio?
  8. Will there be an open source version of MapGuide Studio?

1. What is MapGuide Open Source?
MapGuide Open Source is a web-based platform that enables users to quickly develop and deploy web mapping applications and geospatial web services.
2. What are some of the features of MapGuide Open Source?
MapGuide Open Source enhances users´ ability to develop and deploy web-based applications that provide distributed usage of centralized spatial and design data. High level features include:
  • Interactive map viewing
  • Quality cartographic output
  • Uniform vector and raster data access through the Feature Data Objects (FDO) API
  • Flexible application development
  • Extensive server-side API's
  • Fast, scalable, and secure server platform
  • Cross platform support
  • Support for Open Geospatial Consortium WMS/WFS standards
See the Features page for more detail.
3. Who does MapGuide Open Source appeal to the most?
MapGuide Open Source is of particular interest to:
  • Geospatial developers and user organizations looking for a low cost way to evaluate and implement the latest web mapping technology.
  • Organizations using proprietary web mapping technology who feel trapped or are unhappy with ongoing support costs.
  • Government agencies that are turning to, or mandated to use open source technology and are seeking a more open architecture for their geospatial solutions.
  • Utilities and communications companies already using Linux and other open source technology to drive down their costs.
  • Universities, non-profit organizations, and small businesses who don't have the budget for commercial software.
4. Will their be a commercial version of MapGuide Open Source?
Yes. Autodesk plans to offer a commercial version called Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise 2007 that will be available in mid-2006.
5. What is Autodesk MapGuide Studio?
Autodesk MapGuide Studio is an authoring environment that handles all aspects of preparing maps and geospatial data for use with MapGuide. Modeled after popular web development tools, Studio provides a unified environment that enables you to rapidly create spatial applications using an intuitive and familiar interface.

Autodesk MapGuide Studio will work with both MapGuide Open Source and upcoming Autodesk MapGuide Enterprise commercial version.
6. What are some of the features of Autodesk MapGuide Studio?
Autodesk MapGuide Studio is a developer-friendly authoring environment that provides the ability to perform all aspects of authoring a site, from uploading data files and connecting to databases to creating maps and previewing applications. Key features include:
  • Automatically create thematic rules based on attributes in the geospatial data.
  • Preview each resource as it is being created including layers, maps, and the viewer layout.
  • Load a number of common file formats, including SDF, SHP, DWG, and raster.
  • Use an intuitive .NET-compatible API to automate common tasks such as load, move, rename, delete, etc.
  • Manage server-side resources from altering access permissions to defining Open Geospatial meta-data.
  • Integrate business logic written in PHP, ASP.NET, or Java directly into the application and preview it within Studio.
  • Create a single application that works with both the DWF-based viewer and the AJAX viewer.
  • Create and manage symbol libraries.
7. Where can I get Autodesk MapGuide Studio?
A 60 day trial version of Autodesk MapGuide Studio is available as a free download at www.autodesk.com/mapguidestudio. The full comercial version is available from Autodesk.
8. Will there be an open source version of MapGuide Studio?
MapGuide Open Source 1.0.1 now includes MapGuide Web Studio, which is web-based authoring tool for defining data source, layer and map resources. MapGuide Web Studio is an AJAX application that works across platforms and with multiple web browsers including FireFox, Safari, and Internet Explorer. Unlike MapGuide Studio, it is not a separate product component, but it is installed as a part of the MapGuide Web Server Extensions.