Laser-Scan (LSL) was a British technology company based in Cambridge, England, founded in 1969, which produced world-leading graphics hardware and then software for computer graphics, digital mapping, charting, and geographic information handling.

Laser-Scan started providing software to accompany the original Sweepnik scanner and the HRD-1 display/plotter. This broadened to include map editors, line-following map digitisers, the map production suite LAMPS, and the Gothic object-oriented spatial database and toolkit (plus various stepping stones on the way).

Read the LSL History for a summary of software products, and see below for more detail on significant product families.

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Scanner/Display/Plotter device software

See Device Software for a description of the software that accompanied the Sweepnik scanner, and of the interface software (LDLIB/LPLIB/MPLIB) of the company's graphic displays.

Graphic map editor software - GROTTY/SOLADI/IGES

See Graphics Edit Software for a description of the early graphical map editor software products of the company.

Digitising Software - FLF/LASERAID/VTRAK

See Digitising Software for a description ofthe map capture software products of the company.

Map Production Software - LAMPS

See Mapping Software for a description of the map production software products of the company.

Object Database Software - Gothic/LAMPS2

See Object Database Software for a description of the later software products of the company which were based around a unique object-oriented spatial database called Gothic.

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