Flash based GIS: FlashNavigator

FlashNavigator is a rapid development framework, used for publishing geospatial (GIS and CAD) data with Adobe Flash technology in web, desktop and mobile applications. As their website states - unlike other solutions it provides tiled vector to vector conversion of GIS and CAD files and database formats to Flash. Adobe Flash utilizes a vector file format (SWF) which makes it great for GIS and CAD applications. The format is also optimized in consideration to size, making it great for environments like the Internet.

flashnavigator from Marko on Vimeo.

The movie above provides an insight into the system, while Flash is all well and good we do have a few reservations in terms of its use for all but a basic GIS. Due to the use of vector data Flash can quickly slow down according the amount of data loaded, a mix of vector and prerendered tiles - such as used MapTube - but with a higher level of functionality is perhaps a good half way house.

See http://www.flashnavigator.net/ for info and demos...