Offering the possibility of publishing your maps on the web ESRI have announced " simple-to-use" solutions for deploying maps on Intranets or on the World Wide Web. This can be in the form of a custom solution built with MapObjects Internet Map Server toolkit or an out-of-the-box GIS and mapping solution using ArcView Internet Map Server. Products such as GeoQuest's data Management Information Server, a Web browser front end for Finder demonstrate the immediate usefulness of this type of approach to distributing GIS based information on an Intranet. ESRI's technology goes beyond simply viewing static maps, users can browse, explore, and query active maps. The product line comes in two basic flavours, MapObjects Internet Map Server designed for Windows developers and ArcView Internet Map Server allowing the ArcView GIS to be used "out-of-the-box" to put mapping and GIS applications on the Internet. Applications built with the MapObjects Internet Map Server extension can access spatial data formats supported by MapObjects such as shapefiles, coverages, SDE layers, and many graphic images.
Microsoft IIS support
In addition, MapObjects Internet Map Server includes a Web server extension that works with Netscape Server, Microsoft Internet Information Server, and other server products that support NSAPI/ISAPI web server extensions. The Web server extension provides a unique framework for request management and load balancing that provides fast, efficient, and scaleable map serving capability., MapObjects is scheduled for release in December 1996. With the ArcView Internet Map Server extension, ArcView Internet Map Server makes publishing maps on the Web "almost as easy as printing a map". It includes a built-in setup wizard and ready-to-use Java applet to help you publish your data quickly. Interactive maps can be created from a number of different types of spatial data including shapefiles, coverages, SDE layers, DWG, DXF, DGN, and a variety of graphic images. In fact, any map you can make in ArcView can be easily published on the web. ArcView Internet Map Server works with Netscape Server, Microsoft Internet Information Server, and other server products that support NSAPI/ISAPI web server extensions. ArcView Internet Map Server is scheduled to start shipping in the first quarter of 1997 and requires ArcView GIS Version 3.0 running under Windows 95, Windows NT, or UNIX.
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