Michael P. Gerlek dons the editor hat

If you were to look under the hood of GeoExpress 7 – and the rest of our products – you’d find that LizardTech, like a lot of other companies in our industry, relies on open source software. In our case, we’re experts in compression and wavelets and geospatial imaging, and so we spend a lot of our R&D dollars in those areas. But for the stuff we’re not experts in…

Project Snowshoe

To celebrate the release of GeoExpress 7 – the strongest and best received version ever of our flagship product – the Engineering team took a snow day. A few weeks ago, we had been all set to execute our original plan – an overnight at Scottish Lakes in the North Cascades – but the passes had closed the morning of the Big Day. Disappointed (and better educated about avalanches) but…

Geocaching in Hawaii

I recently got back from a short vacation with friends and family in Hawaii. Although I’ve been part of the LizardTech Engineering team for many years, I’m relatively new to the geospatial industry, so you’ll forgive me if wax a little misty here. One of the things that made this trip particularly memorable for me was geocaching all over the Big Island. My wife and I found one cache that…

Just a ‘temporal anomaly’? Well, why didn’t you say so?

GeoExpress 7 was released this past January, and despite the fact that it has met with enthusiastic approval by users and reviewers, it is a product made by humans, and humans on a tight schedule at that. One of the things we were dissatisfied with even as ‘Geo 7’ went out the door was that in one of the new features – publishing images directly to Express Server from GeoExpress…

Happy 2nd Birthday, OSGeo!

LizardTech isn’t in a position to be able to do the 20% Google thing, but over the past couple years here I have been fortunate to be able to spend a little of my time “giving something back” to the GIS community. Back in February of 2006, I had the chance to spent a cold and windy day at an airport hotel in Chicago in a meeting with a couple…

Optimization – GeoExpress’ underappreciated short-cut

Optimizing is a trick we wish all users of GeoExpress knew about. If you have files in MrSID Generation 3 (MG3) format, and they were originally encoded as “optimizable” (it’s the default, so chances are good that they were), you can perform additional compression and a number of other operations on them without having to decode and reencode them. Why is that useful? Not having to decode (i.e. bring the…

Back to school for GIS Day

Last November, together with two co-workers, laptops, projectors, tons of inflatable globes, CD holders, pencils and of course plastic lizards, I went to the Brighton School in Lynwood, WA, to share my enthusiasm for GIS Day with a class of 5th graders. To prepare for the hour-long presentation the teacher had been in contact with us about where the class was at in their current history lesson, the 13 colonies…

Off we go…

Welcome to Zoom, the LizardTech community blog. Over the years we’ve been gratified and even a little surprised at the degree to which people we respect in the geospatial industry really do regard us as the imaging experts. We get asked what we think the best way is to implement this or that technology, often in situations where we’re reaching past our own experience and blazing new trails. Consequently we…