DeLorme has been directly responsible for many of the major technological advances made in the mapping industry over the past 30 years. Highlights of the DeLorme history of innovation include:
1976: Publication of the first paperback state Atlas & Gazetteer™, now available for all states and the leading series of its kind
1985: Early explorations with CD-ROM technology lead to government contract work and the beginnings of the digital mapping industry. Many of DeLorme's early patents directly revolutionized how maps are made
1991: Street Atlas USA®, the first consumer CD-ROM mapping product, becomes a huge success and helps establish the entire CD-ROM product category
1992: Map'n'Go® introduces the first mapping product capable of generating automatic routing
1995: The DeLorme GPS receiver becomes an immediate sensation, introducing GPS capabilities to broad markets
1996: DeLorme is the first map publisher to develop and market software for Palm® devices
1999: DeLorme 3-D TopoQuads® DVD and CD products widen professional market access to digital topographic maps
2000: DeLorme forms a new Applied Geospatial Solutions line of business to develop affordable professional and business solutions
2001: XMap® professional product line released to rave reviews. This flexible, modular software and data combination expands the total GIS market
2002: DeLorme releases XMap HandHeld Street Atlas Edition — navigation software for Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld devices
2003: Earthmate USB released — WAAS enabled, submeter capable with postprocessing software. TopoBird airborne platform announced — a collaborative effort to collect 3-D imagery and vector models for all major metropolitan areas in the US
2005: Introduction of the Earthmate GPS LT-20, the first laptop GPS receiver priced under $100
2005: DeLorme offers Aerial Data Packets (aerial and satellite imagery, USGS 7.5 minute quads) for use in Topo USA, with routing and editing capabilities included
2006: DeLorme Street Atlas USA titles make aerial and satellite imagery available, and enable mobile users to take maps on their iPods and other portable media players
2007: DeLorme introduces two new groundbreaking GPS receivers. The high-performance Earthmate GPS PN-20 was the first handheld receiver capable of displaying DeLorme software maps and Aerial Data Packets. For PDA and laptop users, the unique Earthmate GPS BT-20 enables connectivity via either Bluetooth or USB, for the ultimate in flexibility
2008: Following 2007's highly successful launch of the Earthmate PN-20 handheld GPS, DeLorme introduced the second generation Earthmate GPS PN-40. The new device's extraordinary performance features, when combined with the PN-Series' groundbreaking data display capabilities, elevated DeLorme into the top echelon of handheld GPS providers. The company also announced its sponsorship of a historic quest, the Victorinox North Pole '09 expedition
2009: DeLorme debuts three breakthrough PN-Series features: Navionics® support enables navigation with the best-selling lake maps and ocean charts; Cache Register delivers paperless geocaching and effortlessly syncs and manages high-volume Pocket Query search results from Geocaching.com; and, the ESRI Extension allows ESRI maps to be displayed for GIS field reference
2009: The DeLorme World Base Map is introduced. The first seamless, horizontally-accurate topographic dataset available, it also boasts a consistent richness of detail around the globe. Aimed at GIS and OEM markets, the DeLorme World Base Map is touted by GIS leader ESRI as a template for topographic map generation.
2010: The Earthmate PN-60w with SPOT Satellite Communicator enables users to Type & Send custom text messages for delivery via satellite, earning a Popular Mechanics 2010 Breakthrough Award and National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year honors
2011: The DeLorme inReach Satellite Communicator is released. The first Iridium-based personal satellite communicator to deliver truly global two-way satellite text messaging, delivery confirmation, SOS capabilities and remote tracking with an Android smartphone interface.
2012: DeLorme announces it's award-winning inReach is now compatible with iPhone®, iPad® and iPod® touch to access two-way satellite communication capabilities with the inReach and DeLorme Earthmate App.
2012: DeLorme introduces ArcSync, a software engine allowing customers to transfer field data edits to ESRI repositories and synchronize field databases with the internal GIS database.
2012: DeLorme releases XMap 8.0, a significant upgrade to its XMap GIS suite, a form-based field data collection and editing system to optimize transfer of data between GIS administrators and field personnel.
2012: Eartha, the World's Largest Rotating and Revolving Globe is completely restored using the latest technology to print UV inks directly onto corrugated plastics for brighter and more fade resistant color.
2013: DeLorme launches the next generation of its award-winning inReach Satellite Communicator with GPS - inReach SE (Screen Edition) with color screen and virtual keyboard offering expanded standalone text messaging capabilities, adjustable tracking intervals and pairing capability with popular mobile devices.
2014: DeLorme launches its third generation inReach Satellite Communicator, inReach Explorer - The world's only truly global satellite communicator now has built-in navigation with waypoints and routing.
2014: The inReach Explorer wins multiple industry awards from Backpacker Magazine, National Geographic, and the American Alpine Institute.
2015: Yahoo! Travel names Eartha the coolest thing to see in Maine.