New Features in Maptitude
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This next generation of Maptitude, the award winning GIS desktop
software, continues to provide
easy-to-use yet powerful mapping tools.
Maptitude 6.0 remains the most competitively priced, full-featured
GIS/mapping software available.
Improved Create-a-Map Wizard
Create-a-Map Wizard is now more robust and easier to use than ever.
When you map your own data, each step includes images and descriptive
text for the various options so that you can understand and envision
what each step will accomplish and determine what is best for your
The Create-a-Map Wizard maps display the latest geography and use the
extensive style improvements of Maptitude 6.0 allowing you to quickly
create professional and attractive maps.
New Default Maps and Data
Other new U.S. layers
from NAVTEQ® include building footprints for many urban locations,
highways, railroads, and landmarks. The Points of Interest
layer contains over 2 million named locations that range from public
facilities to commercial buildings including shops, restaurants, and
New U.S. data sets
provide access to up-to-date geographic information. Maptitude now
includes a 2010 NAVTEQ® map, allowing accurate address locating and
street visualization, plus robust data on which to calculate shortest
paths, network bands, and network partitions.
Maptitude ships with the latest quarter of ZIP Code® updates, ensuring
that you are using the latest data. The 5-digit ZIP Code boundaries are
a nationwide area database with ZIP Codes for all 50 states, the
District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the territories. There is an
updated point database of ZIP Code centroids for the entire country and
3-digit ZIP Code areas. The ZIP Code area layers now extend into
non-deliverable areas, providing complete coverage of the continental
All of the 2010 US Census boundaries that are included with Maptitude, plus 3- and 5-digit ZIP Code areas, contain several
demographic profiles based on the data reported in the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey.
Enhanced Labeling Capabilities
Maptitude 6.0 has one of the most sophisticated labeling engines of
any mapping software on the market. A complete overhaul of label
handling for Maptitude 6.0 provides significantly improved label drawing
performance. The automated "Smart Alignment" feature reduces label
conflicts by intelligently placing labels around, along, and inside map
features, while maximizing the number of items for which a label is
You can move, call out, rotate, and change the style of individual
labels. Labels can also utilize effects such as halos, shadows,
multi-line coloring, and transparency.
Enhancements to the Display Manager
The Display Manager is an indispensable tool for working with
multi-layered maps. You can directly control the style, visibility, and
label settings for all of the layers, selection sets, and feature
display settings in a map.
Maptitude 6.0 improves on the Display Manager by providing:
- Clearer icons for indicating the layer and label status
- The ability to show layers that are hidden or autoscaled off
- An expanded context-sensitive menu of commands
Styles, Output, and Graphics Framework
The visual capabilities of Maptitude 6.0 are considerably enhanced
through the use of the latest Windows graphics framework. The benefits
in the interface are widespread and encompass everything from displaying
and printing maps, to exporting graphics. Building on these new
capabilities, Maptitude supports many enhanced map styling and output
- The ability to control opacity/transparency for almost
everything displayed in a map
- The use of image files for fill styles
- A collection of professional image-based icons and fill styles
- Support for new image types
- An updated EMF option to provide better vector output
- Optimized printing options to ensure the highest quality output
It is now easier than ever to create high-quality maps and
incorporate them into other documents and even to modify them with
vector-based graphics software.
In Maptitude 6.0 it is now possible to create overlapping territories
or territories based on streets.
There is a new Wizard for importing your state, county, or ZIP Code
data directly into a new territory layer. The tool can also create your
districts based on selection sets. Further, the districts you create can
be non-topological and overlap in as many places as required, and can be
visualized using a new edge-based color theme.
Your territories can be stored natively in Maptitude or in formats
including Shapefile, Oracle Spatial, or SQL Server Spatial. These
districts can also be manipulated, or created from scratch, using the
new non-topological editing capabilities.
The new street-based territory creation tool provides advanced
zone creation capabilities. You can create districts around locations
based on the time or distance it takes to travel along roads. Such
districts can be weighted by the size of the facility, the number of
clients, or the amount of revenue, ensuring that the most successful locations
proportionately dominate smaller ones.
Maptitude has a robust suite of tools for locating point data on a
map (often called geocoding or pin-mapping). This functionality is
included with every copy of Maptitude, and does not have any limits on
the number of records that can be located. Several improvements have
further refined these tools, not the least of which is better U.S.
address and postal match rates based on the latest 2010 NAVTEQ map
address and Caliper ZIP Code data.
Maptitude is a powerful relational database in its own right. This
functionality is now much stronger because of new capabilities for
non-aggregate joins. In addition, to better manage large tables such as
the demographic datasets shipped with the product, filter buttons are
included at almost all instances where you are required to choose a
Maptitude 6.0 extends its comprehensive support for
geographic and tabular data by adding the following file types:
- Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Spatial
- Microsoft SQL Server Table
- Microsoft Excel and Access 2010 (even when Office is not
- GPS Exchange Format (GPX)
Other New Features
Listed here are a few more of the many enhancements in Maptitude 6.0.
For a complete overview of the new features, please download the
Imagery: Accessing and visualizing image layers is a
core aspect of the new capabilities provided with Maptitude 6.0.
Maptitude now supports several open and international standards and
handles auxiliary layer information.
Drawing: There is a new toolbar that groups the new
and existing freehand drawing tools into a single location in the
Help: Maptitude continues to offer numerous ways to
get you started with the software. There is a brand-new extended
tutorial to familiarize you with the most common features in Maptitude,
along with new and revised 60-second tutorials, and training videos. The
60-second tutorials and training videos are also now included in the
System: Maptitude 6.0 supports the latest Windows
operating systems (including Windows 7), file types, and common design
Projections/Datums: Support for European datums
(Germany, France, Spain, and Switzerland) has been expanded, as has the
ability to convert between other international datums.
Geographic Information System Developer's Kit (GISDK):
The GISDK includes many new functions, including vector
handling commands, improved progress bar calls, and Microsoft .NET
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features that were new to Version 5.0.