Xmarc Fire 7.1: Release Notes


New in this Release

Important: Please note that in this release the Fire Version 7.1 is not available for Unix architectures (i.e. Solaris and Linux). The release sets for Unix architectures will include Fire Version 6.1 until further notice.

This means that any new language features specific to Version 7.1 will not work on Unix versions.

Fire Version 7 for Windows makes use of the Microsoft GDI+ library with anti-aliasing and other advanced graphic features. For this reason display settings should be set to True Color. It will not run properly on a 256-color setting.

All other applications are available on all architectures, subject to the product availability matrix below.

Product Availability Matrix


ES Product Component

Sun4 Solaris 8+

Windows 2000/XP/9x/NT

Linux Red Hat

Fire Base

Fire Engine



Database Interfaces

Oracle 8i (fx8i, fx9i, fx10g)

ODBC (fxodbc)



Informix (fxinformix)

ESRI Arc/SDE (fxsde)



MySQL (fxmysql)



Data Translators

Intergraph (fxigds)

ARC/INFO (fxarc)

ESRI Shape (fxshape)

VPF (fxvpf)

AutoCAD (fxacad)

Mapinfo (fxmif)

Web Deploy Options

All with Sun Java Plugin

MS Internet Explorer (6+)



Netscape (6+)



Firefox (3+)



Opera (6+)



Safari (4+)



Google Chrome (3+)



    =  Available in this release.

Platform specific information

For those of you new to Fire, the default behavior on all platforms after a new install is for Fire to start without a visible monitor window. This is a setting in the fire configuration file (fire.ini). The available settings are 0 (initially iconic), -1 (initially invisible) and 1 (initially visible).

Oracle Support

This release contains support for Oracle 8i (8.1.x), 9i and 10g. The Fire/Oracle interface program requires the Oracle client shared library oci.dll on Windows platforms. The relevant library must be made available at run time. On Windows, the equivalent library should be made available via your %PATH% environment variable. See your Oracle Installation Guide for information about generating this shared library if it does not already exist.

To use the Oracle 8i/9i/10g interface - Object model spatial data - (fx8i,fx9i,fx10g), the configuration file fire.ini should contain one of the following dbif records:

dbif oracle/8i fx8i fx
dbif oracle/9i fx9i fx
dbif oracle/10g fx10g fx

The programs fx8i, fx9i are functionally equivalent and differ only in the run-time Oracle libraries which they use. fx10g contains additional support for some new Oracle object types not previously supported.

For versions of Oracle previous to 8.1.7, development has been discontinued. The old interfaces fxoracle7, fxoracle8 and fxoracle8i have therefore been dropped from the release. If you wish to continue using these, the executables from the V5 installation may be used within a V6 environment.

Informix Support

This release contains support for IBM's Informix Dynamic Server (9.2x, 9.3x). The Fire/Informix interface program requires the Informix Client SDK be intalled on the same platform that the interface will be running. Make sure that the environment variables INFORMIXDIR and INFORMIXSERVER are set correctly and that the Informix libraries are accessible (via %PATH% variable on Windows; via $LD_LIBRARY_PATH on Unix).

To use the Informix IDS interface, the configuration file fire.ini should contain the following dbif record:

dbif informix fxinformix fx

See the Informix Client-SDK documentation for information relating to earlier Informix database version support.

ODBC support

Support for ODBC drivers is included in this release. To use this interface, the configuration file, fire.ini, should contain a dbif record:

dbif odbc fxodbc fx

MySQL support

Support for MySQL is included in this release. To use this interface, the configuration file, fire.ini, should contain a dbif record:

dbif mysql fxmysql fx

Ingres support

Development was discontinued for Ingres databases in ES 5.2, although access is provided on Windows machines via ODBC. For details of continued legacy availability, contact Xmarc support.

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End of Life Statements

Since versions 7.0, some Fire features have been changed. These are documented in Fire 7.0 changes and Fire 7.1 changes

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