Safe Software Improves Access to Spatial Data with Newest Release of FME

Vancouver, BC, January 12, 2009 – Safe Software, the leaders in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), today announced the release of FME 2009 – the only complete spatial data conversion and distribution solution available in the market today. This new version, which includes new releases of FME Desktop and FME Server, has been enhanced to make it even easier for the geospatial industry to access the spatial data they need to use.

Over recent years, three trends have been emerging in the geospatial industry that have increased the demand for improved data interoperability: a rise in the numbers of popularized and widely used formats, a growing interest in spatial data by non-traditional GIS professionals, and vastly larger data volumes resulting from the growing popularity of geographically-referenced data. More than ever before, data users require a better, more efficient way to access the spatial data they need in the applications they prefer.

In response to these industry trends, Safe Software has designed FME 2009 to help organizations better address their data interoperability challenges and ultimately make their spatial data easily accessible to the people who need it, how they need it. The new enhancements to FME 2009 give organizations these benefits as they overcome their data interoperability barriers:

Faster Access to Spatial Data
The FME 2009 platform has been optimized for processing complex conversions on large volumes of spatial data. Based on test results, most conversions now run approximately 20% faster than using previous versions of FME, with some conversions running as much as twenty times faster. Also, FME Server now natively supports 64-bit Windows, Linux and Solaris for greater processing power when converting, loading and distributing large datasets. Each of these changes means that FME can now convert data into the required format and data model faster than ever before, ensuring quick access to spatial data.

Access Data in Popular and Emerging Formats
FME 2009 introduces support for more than a dozen emerging formats and has enhanced reading and writing capabilities for several popular formats. With support for over 200 CAD, GIS, raster, database, 3D and BIM formats, Safe Software remains committed to offering the broadest range of format support to ensure that users of geospatial data can leverage whichever data formats, systems, and applications they want to use. Newly supported formats include Adobe Geospatial PDF, AutoDesk 3ds, CityGML, IBM Informix Spatial, OpenStreetMap (OSM) XML, and more.

More Easily Perform Complex Data Conversions
The latest FME user interface enhancements make it even easier to convert spatial data into the required format and data model. Today, more non-geospatial professionals are beginning to transform and integrate their data with spatial data supplied by other teams which use different applications. FME 2009 reduces the learning curve for these new audiences, ensuring that they can quickly gain access to the data they require within whichever applications they prefer to use.

FME 2009 is another testament to Safe Software’s ongoing dedication to advancement and innovation in removing the barriers to data interoperability. Its unmatched format support, web based data access and scalable transformation capabilities make spatial data more accessible than ever before.

"In Safe Software’s 15 year history, we’ve continued to enhance our FME platform according to what our customers and the market are telling us. We believe that by designing FME with our ears attuned to this feedback, we can help spatial data users gain access to the information they need even more quickly and efficiently," says Dale Lutz, Vice-President of Development at Safe Software.

Organizations interested in learning more and trying out FME can visit:

General Availability
FME Desktop 2009 – January 12, 2009
FME Server 2009 – January 12, 2009

About Safe and FME
Safe Software powers the flow of spatial data with its software platform, FME. The recognized standard in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), FME is the only complete solution for data conversion. It delivers the most extensive format support for data translation and integration, and provides unlimited flexibility in data model transformation and distribution. FME is used by thousands of customers worldwide in a variety of industries including government, utilities, and petroleum. Its powerful data access technology also makes FME the choice of leading GIS, CAD, and database vendors for integration into their own solutions. Designed for true data interoperability, FME unleashes spatial data so people can use it where, when, and how they want to. For more information, visit