We are committed to providing our customers with a consistent experience when it comes to consuming our imagery in their applications. During a review of our WMS interface we identified three issues that don't live up to these high standards and we have addressed them.
These changes only affect our Australian WMS service, not our WMS United States service.
Whilst the changes improve the overall WMS experience, a small number of customers will need to make adjustments on their end as a result.
We have introduced a new survey naming scheme and some surveys now have an "X" suffix. Those surveys have very similar footprints to their counterparts without an "X" and cause confusion when trying to pick an explicit date. We will be removing the "X" suffix from those surveys which means that all dates for one survey will be available in one place. For example "QLD.Toowoomba.02X 2017-03-10" will be renamed to "QLD.Toowoomba.02 2017-03-10" and will be available under the "QLD.Toowoomba.02" node.
We pride ourselves on providing a reliable interface for consuming maps, be it through our MapBrowser or through our API. As a result, this change will be rolled out in two stages to guarantee that you have no interruptions to your work. For a period of time both the "X" and the non-"X" versions will be available, giving you plenty of time to make the switch.
What do you need to do?
Starting now you can switch to the same imagery using the survey without the "X". Using our earlier example, if you are using "QLD.Toowoomba.02X 2017-03-10", you can now switch to "QLD.Toowoomba.02 2017-03-10". The latter layer will be guaranteed to work after the upgrade.