Some time ago I did a review of the Geomap beta version, which among its best features has ability to synchronize data views not only with Google Maps, but with Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps and Open Street Maps.
Unlike what other programs do, that only import a georeferenced capture, Geomap has support for loading tessellating maps, mosaics that in bricks form (tiles) have been standardized to certain approaches so that they can be stored in cache. It is just what we see when in Google Maps we do a rapprochement, this is not going to any zoom, but it adapts to this mosaic and this is why the deployment works fast, dynamic that has already been adopted and that Open Source tools make it very clearly like Open Layers and Tile Cache.
Just today they have announced a new extension named Geolocation Manager, with which data can be placed data on the map and can be displayed in Google Maps viewer in a synchronized way. It is interesting that this works as it is done in Google Earth or Google Maps, where we write a town’s term, and back us points that match with the query, as shown in the following example of the island of El Hierro, on cartography of the Canary Islands Government.
I think that Geomap should be seeing on a regular basis, by its innovation oriented to routines for common use by users who work with programs like AutoCAD, Microstation and ArcMap. The plug-in is very good, which is add to initiatives that have drawn my attention by its integration with Google Earth, as what done with PlexEarth with AutoCAD, Arc2Earth with ArcGIS, ArcGIS, KloiGoogle with Microstation, Mapinfo and Geomedia.
Little by little, interaction with online maps has progressed in terms of programs, both proprietary and free license. And while Google maintains some toughness about WMS standards or metadata lack for purposes that require accuracy, we’ll have to respect its popularity and stick to what it offers.