Global Mapper v24.0

Global Mapper 16.2 Now Available!

samknight BMG Staff
edited September 2015 in Announcement and News
Hallowell, Maine – May 18, 2015 - Blue Marble Geographics ( is pleased
to announce the availability of version 16.2 of Global Mapper. This interim release includes
functional upgrades and performance improvements throughout all areas of the application.
Enhanced functionality includes a new 3D pivot axis in the 3D Viewer, an improved fly-through
video playback tool, and support for dozens of new formats, including Unity RAW/JPG and
GGM Gravity Grids.

Global Mapper is an affordable, powerful, and easy-to-use GIS application capable of
displaying, converting, and analyzing virtually any type of geospatial data. This release includes
a variety of updates to both the Global Mapper base product and the optional LiDAR Module. In
keeping with recent Global Mapper developments, many of the improvements in version 16.2
address the increasing importance of working with 3D data. The 3D Viewer now offers a pivot
axis that clearly displays the point of rotation when adjusting the display of the map. The
recently introduced 3D fly-through recording function now includes an option to associate the
exported video with the line that was used to create it, so the progress of the playback can be
monitored on the 2D map. New and updated 3D formats supported by Global Mapper now
include enhanced SketchUp Models in both the 32- and 64-bit versions.

Streamlined access to data is one of the preeminent characteristics of Global Mapper, and this
feature of the software has been improved in version 16.2 with the inclusion of several new
online data sources. These include the Atlas of the Cryoshpere, which provides a temporal
snapshot of polar data such as ice and snow cover. There have also been numerous scripting
upgrades, including the option to create view shed models using a script. File and data
management have been improved with options to automatically reorder the sequence of layers in
the Overlay Control Center and to invert the selection of features on the map with the Digitizer

“The release of version 16.2 of Global Mapper is further evidence of our commitment to
providing cutting-edge GIS tools that are truly affordable for everyone,” stated Patrick
Cunningham, Blue Marble President. “Our customers’ needs are the primary driving force
behind the continued development of this remarkable application and the latest version includes
countless upgrades to ensure that those needs are met.”

Visit Global Mapper for more information.


  • kbellis
    kbellis Global Mapper User Trusted User
    edited June 2015
    Hi Sam,

    Great to see you and Patrick yesterday at the Lunch & Learn in Augusta and to finally meet Mike Childs.

    I'm not sure if its tied with GM v16.2 and its release last month or possibly an earlier release, but during David's excellent talk, I caught a glimpse of a new extension: The Bridge Generation and Data Maintenance Extension. I've done a search on this forum and on the GM webpage, and haven't found a lick of information concerning what this extension is, or how to fully use it. Could you please point to a paper or other writing on this extension?

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  • PShorey
    PShorey Global Mapper Developer Moderator, Trusted User
    edited June 2015
    Hi Kelly,

    Glad you enjoyed the lunch and learn. The Bridge Extension is a set of tools we developed for the US Army for pre-processing data for their simulation systems. However, it is a free extension that anybody can use. There should be some discussion of the tools in the help file, but we may be fleshing that out more in the future. Here is a brief summary:

    The Bridge Generation tool is used to insert bridges into linear features. The bridging feature(s), such as roads, trails, etc, can be manually selected or searched out given a set of feature properties. Similarly, the bridged features, rivers, canals, etc, may be manually selected or searched. A bridge consists of a linear feature and optional span point features with properties specified in the bridge generation dialog.

    The Bridge Edit tool is used to change the bridge ID attribute of a given bridge linear and associated span points, making sure that the ID will be unique within the specified layers.

    The Feature Overlap tool searches out features with given properties that overlap. Pairs of overlapping features may then be selected and edited (crop, move, etc) if necessary.

    The Duplicate Feature tool is similar, but searches for features that are exact duplicates.

    The Rotate Feature tool is just a shortcut to enable the existing "drag mouse to rotate selected feature" tool.

    These tools are designed to work with very large feature sets and are multi-threaded.

    Let me know if you would like some more detailed information on the extension.