Web Map Tile Services (WMTS) are a great way to both serve and consume large ‘read-only’ datasets such as aerial imagery as basemaps in both desktop and web mapping applications. Their usability derives from the process of building a cache of tiled images once and then only serving up a small set of only the required map images when requested by the application such as MapInfo Pro.
Since then the LDS has released a number of basemap services and this blog will outline how to access and use these basemaps in the latest versions of MapInfo Pro and Spectrum Spatial Analyst.
Last week the latest release (R38) of MapInfo Stratus has seen (among other improvements) an implementation of WMS client support. A WMS is a standard protocol for serving map images over the Internet. It is a standard developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO). A wide variety of data can be accessed by WMS services made available by Government and other organisations. The Stratus Admin Console supports adding WMS layers as base maps or overlays from both public and secured WMS services. In MapInfo Stratus WMS legends and WMS feature information in call outs will be available.