TrueNorth was built with a few common principles in mind.
We as software designers hope we know what you’re going to use the software for, but we know customers are endlessly creative. Since we can’t predict what you might need, we built a system that we can add and remove modules like building blocks. The core of the product is a platform, much like a modern smart phone, that you can add “Apps” to — except these apps build on the geospatial core.
A GIS (Geographic Information System), the gold standard for geospatial data, has layers. This is one of the most important features that gives it power and flexibility. Why would we build a mapping system without this feature?
Most mapping software is just trying to sell you map data. In fact, a lot of mapping software is free. You get what you pay for — bad software, and a subscription to some map data that is probably available for free. TrueNorth takes the opposite approach. We write good software, and don’t tie you to one data format. Sure, we provide some maps, but the data is free so we pass it along to you.
We’ve never understood why software should be hard to use. Sure , you need to know what a map is, the difference between true and magnetic north, and you should probably know what a UTM grid is, but these are mapping concepts that you would need to now in your profession or amateur recreation anyway. If you’ve got that locked down, you should be able to start up TrueNorth and get to work immediately.