Deploying JMap Pro in an organization can require some work from the IT department to effectively manage the runtime environment, particularly with Java. Indeed, Java updates are frequently available, or even mandatory, but in many cases users lack the necessary permissions to install them. Additionally, in some environments, a particular version of Java is required to ensure that certain older applications run smoothly. Add to this the end of Java plugin support in web browsers. All these factors can pose a number of problems for system managers.
To improve this situation, we designed a new installation method for JMap Pro. With this new approach, the installation of a JMap Pro application launcher and of a Java JVM is executed simultaneously through a single installer. This is required only once, and can be executed automatically on workstations. The installed Java JVM is dedicated to running JMap Pro and does not interfere with the rest of the system.
Each time a user accesses JMap Pro to open a new project, he can download a .jmap file (associated with the JMap Pro launcher) and then use it as a shortcut to start JMap Pro.
With this new approach, JMap Pro will automatically have the correct version of Java. When a new version of JMap Pro becomes available on the server, the launcher will automatically download the new JMap libraries without any intervention from the user.
The current deployment approach for JMap Pro, JavaWebStart, will continue to function without any changes and can be used in parallel to this new approach. The new deployment mode will soon be available with versions of JMap 6.5i and JMap 7.
Please refer to this article for additional information regarding the new JMap Pro deployment mode: https://k2geospatial.atlassian.net/wiki/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=98304006