Free Batch Geocoding Add-In (beta)

This tool allows you to geocode/locate your spreadsheet data by global street address, town, and postal code on a Maptitude map. The geocoding uses OpenStreetMap data and so quality and accuracy varies by country and within countries.

To install:*

  1. Download the file Global Geocoder.exe.
  2. Open the file or choose the Run command from the Start menu, and browse to the Global Geocoder.exe file in the folder where you downloaded the file.
  3. Click OK and follow the step-by-step instructions to install the add-in.

Once the installation is done, the World (MapQuest Nominatim) region is added to the Region Manager, along with any other Country Packages that you already have installed, and set to be the default region. Certain tools, such as the Create-a-Map Wizard, Find, and Locate by tools, will use the default region.

NOTE: You can choose the default region to use by choosing Edit-Preferences, clicking Button on the Locating tab, and choosing a region from the Choose Default Data Region dialog box.

*Requires Maptitude version 2016 or newer already be installed on your computer. A free 3rd party API key is also required to run this tool.

How You Can Use the World Region

The World Region data can be used to geocode your data, find a location on a map, or create a general purpose map with Create-a-Map Wizard.

Using the World Region with the Locating Tools

When you have a dataview open you can:

  • Choose Tools-Locate-Locate by Street Address and locate records across the globe based on address and postal code.
  • Choose Tools-Locate-Locate by Postal Code and locate records across the globe based on postal code. You can locate the records centered at the postal code point.
  • Choose Tools-Locate-Locate by City or Town and locate records across the globe based on city names. You can locate the records at the city center.

Using the World Region with the Find Tool

When you have a map open you can choose Edit-Find or click Find button on the Standard toolbar and use the World Region to find:

  • a global street address
  • a global city
  • a global postal code
  • a world city
  • a world country
  • a map feature
  • a coordinate

Using the World Region with Create-a-Map Wizard

You can create a general purpose map of:

  • a global street address
  • a global city
  • a global postal code
  • a world country
  • the world

To use the World Region:

  1. Use one of the tools described above to locate, find, or create a map. If it is the first time that you have chosen to use the World Region data you will be promted to license and aquire the API as described in the "Licensing" section at the bottom of this page.
  2. Maptitude displays the Choose country for geocoding dialog box:
    Choose Country Dialog Box
  3. Choose a method as follows:
    Method When to use it
    Geocode for this country only Choose this method if your locations are in one specific country and choose the country from the drop-down list
    Guess country from address Choose this method if your country information is missing or your data does not include a unique field containing just the country name or abbreviation
    Country is defined by field Choose this method if your data includes a field indicating the country and choose the country field from the drop-down list. You will be prompted to review the country matches for accuracy. Make corrections in the Standardized Country Name field as necessary, and click OK.
  4. Continue using the tool as described above.

Licensing

You are required to obtain an API key to use the World Region.

  1. The first time that you use a command that requires Maptitude to use the World Region you will see the Licensing Terms dialog box.
  2. Click Continue to display the following Application Key prompt:
    Application Key Promt
  3. Click I don't have a key, help me get one.
  4. Click OK to be redirected to https://developer.mapquest.com/plan_purchase/steps/business_edition/business_edition_free/register.
  5. Follow the instructions to obtain a key then return to the Application Key prompt, enter the key, and click OK.
    Application Key Prompt