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- New video on wildfires project
The right solution is to use faster servers. The USGS servers used in the published project are just terrible.
I'll put together a Wildfires2 project today that uses Forest Service WMS servers as shown here - those servers are much faster and when you zoom in they don't stop showing the data.
The problem with those is that they require 220.127.116.11 or later, since only .9 or later can deal with incorrectly configured WMS servers like the Forest Service uses.
That may be why they are fast: people who use WMS conforming clients won't get data from them. You have to use either a client that, through error, ignores what the WMS server says it is doing, or a client that can detect the server error and then tries to work around it.
Anyway, it seems risky to publish a project that requires an Edge build that is a portable installation, and not the "official" build which inexpert users can install in the usual Windows way. That issue will go away next week when the next public build comes out.
It seems the wildfire.mxb for download is a bit different than the one shown in the video and it would be nice if they were the same
It is the same .mxb as in the video. I just downloaded it and checked.
What might be going on is the following (which I ran into myself, yesterday): If you download the Wildfires.mxb archive and put it into the same folder that already has a Wildfires.map project, when you command Manifold to open the .mxb it sees the same-named .map and opens that.
I think that is wrong assumption as to what the user wants to do. The logic is that the .mxb and the .map are images of the same thing, and if the .map is already available it is quicker to just use that than to decompress the .mxb and to rebuild a .map.
But, if the .map is an old version and the .mxb is a newer version, that logic doesn't apply because opening the .map will open an older version.
You can test this by downloading the .mxb and putting it into a folder where there is no like-named .map. Open the .mxb and you get what is seen in the video.