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MapObjects--Java Standard Edition Is Now Shipping

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With MapObjects--Java Standard Edition, Java developers can combine multiple data sources to create customized maps.

With the release of MapObjects--Java Standard Edition, Esri now offers a pure Java solution for adding dynamic maps to applications. This suite of more than 900 Java-based GIS and mapping developer components can be used to build custom, cross-platform GIS applications or applets. MapObjects--Java Standard Edition also includes prebuilt JavaBeans that are easily used in the integrated development environment of your choice such as Sun's Forte for Java or Borland's JBuilder software.

Key features of MapObjects--Java Standard Edition include the ability to combine multiple data sources (local, Internet, and Intranet) to create customized maps; connectivity with ArcIMS; a wide range of GIS capabilities; and compatibility with many data sources including industry-standard shapefiles, ArcSDE layers, and a variety of image formats such as BMP, TIFF, PNG, JPEG, and GIF. Developers can also use MapObjects--Java Standard Edition to create feature layers from their own custom data sources.

According to Victoria Kouyoumjian, Esri's MapObjects product manager, "MapObjects--Java Standard Edition provides an extensive Java-based application programming interface for developers to build client geographic-based display, query, and data retrieval applications."

MapObjects--Java Standard Edition includes plenty of helpful resources for getting started. The resources include a guide to building applications, a programmer's reference, Javadoc (standard interface and class descriptions), more than 20 sample applications including source code, quick-start tutorials, and a comprehensive object model diagram.

The release of MapObjects--Java Standard Edition adds significantly to the range of opportunities Esri offers for Java development and integration. For more information on Esri's Java technology, visit

For more information on all of these new MapObjects capabilities, visit or call Esri at 1-800-447-9778, call your Esri regional office, or contact your local reseller. Outside the United States, please contact your local Esri distributor.

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