As a GeoMedia user interested in accessing tabular information from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, I want GeoMedia to support XLSX files from more recent versions of Excel, so that I am not restricted to use of older-format Excel files.
An example of a recent problem with accessing older XLS files can be found here:
As a GeoMedia user, I want to be able to access the different file formats supported by GeoMedia via a drag-and-drop action without having to go through warehouse connection commands, so that data interaction and visualization are made simpler and faster.
As a GeoMedia user, I want to have a checkbox on the Legend Entry Properties dialog for turning the display of the Boundary on and off, just as I have for turning the Fill and Point display on and off, so that I don't have to enter the Style Properties dialog to turn off my area boundaries.
As a GeoMedia user, I want a read-write data server to be provided for the OGC GeoPackage standard, so that I can make a warehouse connection to a GeoPackage dataset (.gpkg) and exercise all standard GeoMedia capabilities using that data source.
Anticipated capabilities would include at least:
Please suggest other capabilities of specific interest.
As a user of GeoMedia, I want to be able to create attributed point features from GeoTagged photos (like JPG or TIFF), so that they can be georeferenced, displayed, queried, and hyperlinked to the actual photo.
Since GeoTags got more and more popular over the last years and most camera devices have built-in GPS functionality to date, it seems indeed reasonable for a modern GIS to support this. As far as I know there was a tool called 'GeoTagPhotos' for GeoMedia 6.1... maybe this tool offered a similar function.
A respective command or option, e.g. placed within the 'Raster' tab, should be able to read and process GeoTag information from image metadata (like EXIF) which could be GPS location information (latitude, longitude, altitude) and maybe also additional information (like timestamp or aspect/direction). This information could be used to create a point feature class for each photo in a folder with respective attributes and optional attach the photos to the point feature class (so that they are directly visible on the map).
As a GeoMedia user of PostGIS databases, I want GeoMedia to support the "numeric" number format in PostGIS for decimals, so that wrong numbers are not shown in GeoMedia, when I query I do not have to wonder if they are correctly served, and I do not have to manually alter the data type of such fields.
Unfortunately the "numeric" data type is currently not supported by the PostGIS data server and wrong numbers (wrong information) are shown in GeoMedia. The user has to control all of its data to be sure that the right numbers are imported.
It is only possible to work in GeoMedia with this "numeric" number format of PostGIS without issues by transforming the according column into a "double precision" number format. This workaround is not satisfying because it means to convert every column seperate and manually.
Unnecessary additional effort for the user arises.
As a user of GeoMedia, I want the legend right-click command "Display Data Window" to work for top-level thematic legend entries as well as standard legend entries and thematic sub legend entries, so that I can easily access all features in my thematic display in a single data window.
Currently the command is dimmed when selecting the top level of the thematic legend entry.
As a user of imagery in GeoMedia, I would like to be able to drag-and-drop images directly from their locations on the file system into the GeoMedia user interface, so that I don't have to first insert those images into a warehouse.
As a user of GeoMedia who wishes to create SVG symbols for map display through 3rd-party applications such as Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape, I want broader support for the SVG specification so that, for example, the curve "C" path attribute type and "d" attributes of a path in SVG are supported and it is less difficult for users to create SVG symbols for use in GeoMedia.
It is currently not possible to display SVG symbols in GeoMedia which contain ‘v’, ‘V’, ‘c’, ‘C’, 's', 'S', 'h', or ‘H’ characteristics in the 'd' attributes of a path element. My SVG symbol, which was created with Adobe Illustrator, contains these unsupported characteristics and as a result, the symbols are not displayed correctly. In GeoMedia. Only the ‘M’, ‘m’, ‘L’, ‘l’, ‘A’, ‘a’, and ‘z’ characteristics of 'd' attributes are supported.
As a GeoMedia user of ECW files, I want raster display to support the ECW opacity band, so that I can avoid speckled edges or black collars and have sharp clean edges on my raster display
As a user of both GeoMedia and Microsoft Excel, I want GeoMedia to be able to directly connect to an Excel file via a data server rather than by attaching it to an Access warehouse, so that the extra step is not required and the means of integration is more obvious and direct.
If such a step is required by the software, it should be done automatically by the software.
As a GeoMedia user of data servers for the OGC GML and WFS specifications, I want improved versions of those data servers to be provided, so that they are better able to handle GML and WFS variations being used around the world.
Known areas of need currently are:
Please suggest other aspects that need improvement as well.
As a GeoMedia user, I want the duration of the display of a ribbon bar tooltip to be increased beyond the current 4 seconds or so, so that I have more time to read and understand the tooltip. Making the display duration customizable, or simply leaving the tooltip displayed until the mouse moves again, would also be helpful approaches.
As a GeoMedia user who has geoworkspaces with many connections, each one with dozens of feature classes, I want that the "Refresh All" command from Geoworkspace Explorer could remember the prior status of the tree list so I won't have to manually re-expand it after a refresh.
As a user of GeoMedia, I want a better error message to be presented when a GeoWorkspace is already open by another user / process, so that I can discriminate between this condition and other errors in opening a GeoWorkspace.
Right now, the error message 'feature variable or with-block variable not defined' (German: Objektvariable oder With-Blockvariable nicht festgelegt) appears. It would be much more intuitive for our customer if the error message would instead read 'GeoWorkspace is locked by another user' or something similar.
As the owner of a high-DPI monitor (e.g. 4K), I want GeoMedia to improve support for such monitors by ensuring that graphical user interface elements such as icons scale well, are appropriately sized for readability, and are consistent with the presentation of such icons on lower-resolution monitors.
Known areas of difficulty currently are:
Please suggest other locations that need improvement as well.
As a user of PostGIS warehouses, I want to be able to connection to them via PostgreSQL service names as an alternative to the host/port/db combination, so that I can decouple connections from actual server names or IP addresses and have a more stable connection name should the server name change in the future.
The following 2 environment variables specify the location of PostgreSQL service definition files (typically named pg_service.conf):
PGSYSCONFDIR and/or PGSERVICEFILE
As a user of the Warehouse Connections command, I want the reopen of multiple selected connections to only reload / refresh the map and data windows a single time at the end rather than doing it after each connection is individually reopened, so that performance is improved and error messages do not get displayed again and again when I am redocking and reestablishing database connections.