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Map Suite Wpf Desktop Edition FAQ General Questions

What is the difference between Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition and the standard Map Suite Desktop Edition?

The standard Map Suite Desktop Edition comes with two types of GIS controls: a Winforms control and a WPF control. The WPF control included with the standard Desktop Edition is built on the same codebase as the Winforms control, and thus doesn't take advantage of many of the new technologies being offered by WPF.

In contrast, Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition includes a natively-designed WPF control for GIS. This new control has been redesigned from the ground-up to leverage many of the advantages of WPF, including direct canvas drawing, multi-threaded drawing, transitions during panning and zooming, and much more. If you want to build a WPF application with Map Suite, then Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition will deliver a broader range of features and capabilities.

It should be noted that both the standard Desktop Edition and the new WPF Desktop Edition support the same framework of GIS core features, including renderers, track shapes, geometric functions, data format support, and so forth.

Do I have control over how the map looks and fits into my application?

Yes, absolutely. Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition is a control, so you can easily integrate it into your application just like any other control from the Toolbox. We expose a large amount of APIs that allow you to customize every aspect of the map and the user interface so that they fit in with the look and feel of your application.

What other software is required to work with Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition?

To work with Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition, you will need a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio or Visual Studio Express to build the code for your custom application.

What type of map data does Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition Support?

Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition lets you use virtually any map dataset of your choosing. If you have your own map data you can use it, or you can utilize our Map Suite World Map Kit extension or other base maps like Google Maps, just to name a few options.

What formats can my data be in?

Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition comes with native support for the most popular vector and raster file formats, and includes a free extension that enables support for more than a dozen more vector formats and more than 80 raster formats. If you have spatial data or imagery, chances are you can use it with Map Suite. Check our Developer Blog for the master list of data formats that Map Suite currently supports.

How big of a learning curve is there to using Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition?

Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition was designed to be easy to understand and easy to use. While mapping/GIS controls typically have a larger learning curve than other simpler controls like grids or charts, we feel Map Suite has taken the complexity out of mapping and allows you to develop your application in days or weeks instead of months or years.

Where do I go if I need help with Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition?

We have a very active Developer Community discussion forum, a large number of “How Do I?” sample applications with source code in VB.NET and C#, and we also offer professional services if you need to talk with a developer one-on-one.

What is the difference between Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition and Map Suite Services Edition?

Map Suite WPF Desktop Edition comes with built-in functionality to construct a robust user interface in a desktop environment, while the Services Edition is designed for back-end applications like web services, Windows services and console applications where no user interface elements are needed.

Are there add-ons or extensions for Map Suite that add new features?

Yes. We offer a number of Map Suite add-ons that extend the functionality and map coverage of your application, including the World Map Kit dataset plugin, and the Routing Extension that generates routes, turn-by-turn directions and more. Additionally, check out the Map Suite Code Community for an ever-expanding number of add-on projects that bring new features and ideas to your Map Suite projects - there's something new each week.

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