Since June 2014 the NPD FactMaps has been available in two editions, a standard (HTML5) and an advanced (Silverlight). The NPD FactPages link to the standard edition, which is also used in the NPD and the MPE's app OilFacts. The standard edition can be used on all digital platforms. For those who wish more functionality, NPD recommend the advanced edition, which is best suited to desktop use.
The provider of Geocortex Essentials, the FactMaps publishing software, now unfortunately report that the Silverlight edition for several reasons will not be developed further. Also, Google has announced that support for applications using Silverlight in Chrome will end 2015. These changes mean that there will be a greater focus on developing functionality in the HTML5 edition.
The NPD has no immediate plans to remove the advanced edition of FactMaps, which will still function in browsers like Internet Explorer and Firefox, so this is meant as an early warning about the planned changes. Users of the advanced FactMaps edition are welcomed to provide feedback on which advanced functions should be focused on in the future development of the standard edition.
It is possible to integrate the FactMaps content in mapping tools by using one of the published Factmaps services. The FactMaps itself uses ESRI Map Services.
NPD have also launched the FactMaps content through beta versions of WebMapService (WMS) and WebFeatureService (WFS) services.
Decommission of old solutions
In a transitional period, NPD will operate the old FactMap and associated WMS service in parallel with the new solutions. If any organization use the WMS service available NPD encourage users to test and deploy new solutions, as the old one will be decommissioned in 2015.
Adapted from press release by Joe Green