If you are a subscriber to a cloud storage service (Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc.), one of the easiest ways to share map products with customers is to upload files to shared folders that can be set to sync automatically. Geotiffs, KMZs, and Shapefiles can be sent as email attachments, requiring only a few megabytes per file depending on the size of the Dataset, as opposed to Workspaces which require a few gigabytes each. Please refer to the table on the Save Data page of this guide for a description of which map products can be saved in each file type.
- Sharing Geotiffs
A Geotiff is similar to an uncompressed JPEG, and can be opened with numerous traditional image viewing software that comes pre-installed on standard consumer laptops: IrfanView, Windows Photo Viewer, Microsoft Paint, and Apple Photos, for example. They take a few seconds to download from a shared folder or email attachment and are the simplest way to share SlantView map products. All map products and all individual images from a Dataset can be exported as multi-page Geotiffs. As the name implies, Geotiffs include geographic metadata that allows platforms like Google Earth and Drone Deploy to overlay the maps with satellite imagery. GeoTIFFs do not include any annotations added to the maps in SlantView.
- Sharing KMZs
The KMZ is one of the primary file types used by Google Earth. Viewing a KMZ in Google Earth allows a user to see the SlantView map products and/or individual images on top of satellite imagery, similar to the view in the SlantView Map Window. KMZs include any annotations added to the maps in SlantView.
- Sharing Shapefiles
The Shapefile is a common file type used by farm management software tools such as SMS, Farmers Edge, Granular, etc.
- Sharing Workspaces
Your coworkers and clients can download SlantView for free! By sharing Workspace files with your collaborators, you can work side by side in SlantView while viewing identical Map and ImageWindows. Workspace files are an exact copy of all the data available in a given instance of SlantView, including all of your notes, edits, and settings modifications. The only SlantView functionality that is limited by loading a Workspace rather than Processing from scratch, is the ability to modify initial Processing settings. All settings that are applied via Recalculating maps can be adjusted within a Workspace. From a Workspace, customers can adjust settings, export data products, and save Workspaces of their own.
Workspaces include all the map products, images, and settings from a given instance of SlantView, and are therefore large files, typically a few gigabytes in size (approximately 1/2 the size of the full Dataset folder). If you have access to a cloud sharing platform with sufficient storage space, uploading and downloading Workspaces is the most comprehensive way to share data short of sharing the entire Dataset folder.
- Sharing Dataset folders
If your collaborators have downloaded their free version of SlantView, the most comprehensive way to share data is simply to share the entire Dataset folder. They can then Process from scratch in SlantView, and view any files you have saved within the Dataset directory.
- Sharing via Drone Deploy
Visit Drone Deploy's website for more information on the wide range of tools and capabilities they offer. Add SlantView map products to your Drone Deploy profile with a simple Geotiff upload!
We are constantly exploring new platforms for sharing SlantRange data, if there are any particular tools you, your coworkers, or clients would like to use, please reach out and let us know at slantrange.com, on Twitter @slantrange, or on Facebook!