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Map Suite 10 Upgrade Guide

Map Suite 9.0 vs 10.0

The update to MapSuite 10.0 introduces a lot of exciting changes we have made to MapSuite. We have redesigned MapSuite from the core up to make it easier to get the features you need and add support for some platforms that we've not yet supported until now with MapSuite 10.0. This guide will walk you through all of the changes and how to upgrade from 9.0 to 10.0 for your existing project. You can see an overview of these changes in the table below.

MapSuite 9.0 MapSuite 10.0 Benefits
Core Functionality Assembly MapSuiteCore.dll Split into many assemblies Get the features you need
Core Functionality API The MapSuiteCore's API is different from the API in iOS/Android Same across all the products No need for multiple changes like before
Core Functionality Platforms supported Windows, iOS*, Android* Windows, Linux*, MacOS*, iOS, Android Now supporting Linux and macOS for the first time
Distribution and updates Through Map Suite Product Center Through Nuget Much simpler, streamlined ability to update and install
Samples Map Suite Wiki Map Suite Wiki and Github More ways to get to our samples
Dependencies of some features (like MrSid/ECW) in Windows\System32 In bin folder Easier to deploy with less restrictions
Licensing Strategy Saved in Registry File Based. Now works on the platforms without registry, like Amazon BeanStalk or Linux

* - For iOS and Android through Xamarin. For Linux and macOS through Mono.

Upgrade To Map Suite 10

Assembly Changes

With the separation of Map Suite Core, some of the assemblies have now changed. MapSuite.Core.dll has been broken up into many assemblies so that you can access the features you need. See the table below for examples of these changes:

9.0 10.0
ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Core.dll ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Layers.ShapeFile.dll

Namespaces Changes

In Map Suite 9.0 and previous versions, namespaces mainly consisted of two parts: ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Core and an edition namespace like ThinkGeo.MapSuite.WebEdition. Now, ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Core has been separated based on what its function is.

9.0 10.0
ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Core ThinkGeo.MapSuite contains common and basic classes for building Map Suite applications like GeographyUnit, GeoCollection, etc.
ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Drawing contains drawing-related classes likes GeoImage, GeoSolidBrush, etc
ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Layers contains some base classes like Layer, FeatureLayer, etc.
ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Shapes contains geometry-related classes likes PlygonShape, LineShape, etc.
ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Styles contains classes used for building map styles like AreaStyle, LineStyle, etc.
ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Desktop ThinkGeo.MapSuite.Winforms

API Changes

One big thing we decided to do is separate our Map Suite Core by functionality, such as shapes, layers, styles, symbologies, etc. There is still a low-level assembly that will be relied on by the other features. Some features have been changed to accommodate cross-platform support.

For example:

  // 9.0:
  public ShapeFileFeatureLayer(String shapePathFilename, ShapeFileReadWriteMode readWriteMode);
  // 10.0:
  public ShapeFileFeatureLayer(String shapePathFilename, GeoFileReadWriteMode readWriteMode);
   // 9.0:    
   public TiledWmsLayer(IEnumerable<Uri> serverUris, WebProxy webProxy);
   // 10.0:
   public TiledWmsLayer(IEnumerable<Uri> serverUris, IWebProxy webProxy);

The changes here to the GeoFileMode and GeoFileReadWriteModereadWriteMode features are made to accommodate multi-platform use.

No System32 Depedencies

By splitting MapSuiteCore 9.0 assemblies by functionality, it is easy to import necessary assemblies to projects.   Map Suite Products are hosted on NuGet servers instead of the Map Suite installer.   Movement of the required assemblies to a specific package makes it easier to deploy.

  • 9.0: unmanaged dependencies are in system32 folder.
  • 10.0: unmanaged dependencies are in the specific package.

With this switch from system32 to the bin folder of the project, it becomes much easier to deploy your project on the target machine(s) as there is no need to install to the registry.

File Based Licensing Strategy

Nuget packages do not support Authentication and Licensing by default so we created a new strategy for non-registered developers to have a chance to evaluate Map Suite Products without registration in a limited period. All you have to do is open Visual Studio, create a project, open NuGet manager and type “MapSuite.” It returns to you the full function list that Map Suite supports.

With the license being stored in the bin folder, rather than in the registry, a project can now run on platforms that do not allow access to the registry such as Linus or Amazon Beanstalk.

Upgrade To Map Suite 10 in Action

Using the Desktop for WinForms Hello World quickstart sample, here is a guide to upgrading to Map Suite 10.0:

Remove The Old Assemblies and Install New Packages

Please remove the old assemblies from the project.

In order to add the new packages, you must first update the project's properties to use .NetFramework4.5.

It will generate a pop-up confirmation and you will need to click yes.

Next, the new packages will need to be installed. Search for MapSuiteDesktopForWinforms in the NuGet Package Manager and install the standard version. Please click OK to accept changes and then accept the license agreements.

If you want to get more information, please refer to the NuGet installation guide.

Change namespaces

Currently, the project still cannot build successfully as namespaces have changed in Map Suite 10.0. Some classes are marked with a red underline meaning this class is not found in all namespaces listed at the top of this file.

Right-Click on a class with a red underline and select Quick Actions and Refactorings.

Select the first item in the popup and the missing namespaces will add to the current file automatically.

Modify the necessary APIs

You will also need to manually change some of the classes to fit the new Map Suite 10.0 locations of the namespaces. The commented code is the previous code with the corrected code underneath. See the image below for reference:

90% of the API stays the same so that people won’t need to make any code changes. There might be some API changes for the remaining 10%, please check this change log for details.


Here are answers to some of the most common questions that we are asked about the MapSuite 10.0 upgrading. If you still have questions after reading these, feel free to post them our discussion forum. Our forums are monitored by our development staff in order to provide detailed and technical answers when you need them.

How to use MapEngine MapSuite 10.0?

There is no MapEngine any more, there are two options for you:

  1. If you use MapEngine to draw the layer. Please use layer to draw directly.;
  2. If you use some more functions like zoom, pan, etc. You can do:
    • Use Wpf or WinFoms products instead of MapEngine;
    • Use ExtentHelper.XXX();
  3. If you still want to use MapEngine, we already make MapEngine opensource, please download this source file.

If you want to know how to implement your feature with MapSuite 10.0, please refer the samples in GitHub

Where is GdiPlusXXX?

The new name is GdiPlusGeoCanvas now is something like PlatformGeoCanvas, GdiPlusRasterLayer now is NativeImageRasterLayer on Windows.

How to use the WorldMapKit?

The OsmWorldMapKitLayer hadn't been supported in version 10.

If you want to use WorldMapKit as background layer, please just choose WorldStreetsAndImageryOverlay instead of it.

If you want to render the Sqlite database like original OsmWorldMapKitLayer, please just view this sample

Upgrading to V10 is recommended, but if you want to use version 9 with WorldMapKitLayer, please view attached sample, you can double check the executable in bin folder and run directly, replace corresponding assembly to the project and it will works well.

How to process breaking change?


We can already see the benefit of using the new Map Suite NuGet packages. You can do everything from within Visual Studio via the console or GUI, and you can check for component updates in real-time. You could easily setup your own NuGet server for your team and share your project.

For a complete Map Suite 10.0 API list, please check here.

map_suite_10_upgrade_guide.txt · Last modified: 2017/07/27 06:43 by tgwikiupdate