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New Features in Maptitude 2012

This next generation of Maptitude, the award-winning GIS desktop software, continues to provide easy-to-use yet powerful mapping tools. Maptitude 2012 remains the most competitively priced, full-featured GIS/mapping software available. The most exciting new features of Maptitude 2012 are showcased below, while a complete description of the changes are available as a PDF here.

New Data

Sample ZIP Code Map with ACS Income DataNew U.S. data sets provide access to up-to-date geographic information. Maptitude now includes an October 2011 NAVTEQ® map, allowing accurate address locating and street visualization, plus robust data on which to calculate shortest paths, drive-time rings, and network partitions.

NAVTEQ Maps data includedOther 2011 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 retail stores.

Maptitude also ships with the October 2011 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 U.S.

All of the US Census boundaries (e.g., tracts, counties, county subdivisions) 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 2009 American Community Survey.

Network Analysis and Routing

Network Bands Toolbox

Drive Time Bands Sample MapThe Network Bands tool has been completely overhauled and is now a simple toolbox that provides the most accurate drive-time ring analysis on the market. There is a default layer (Census Tracts) for calculating demographics for the drive-time rings, as well as default Census fields and aggregation methods.

In addition to creating drive-time rings around records in a point layer, origins can be added by simply clicking on the map. Also, drive-time rings can be recalculated without the need to save them each time the tool is run.

The drive-time rings that are produced by Maptitude are the most accurate of any mapping software, and take into account individual streets in the calculations of those locations that can be reached within the time specified.

Shortest Path Toolbox

There is a revamped shortest path toolbox with several enhancements:

  • Continuous live routing gives you instant feedback on the shortest or fastest routes as you drag the mouse over the map
  • Routes can be manually edited by dragging the path to new destinations
  • A new option to maximize the use of highways allows for faster routing over large geographic areas
  • Formatted html (xml) directions can be created for any route with reduced "unknown" street names in the driving directions
  • Unrestricted routing allows for nationwide routing on an unlimited number of stops
  • Origins and destinations are explicitly listed in the directions, e.g., "From MIDDLESEX RD & CIRCUIT RD To HAROLD ST & ABBOTSFORD ST"

Styles and Display

Maptitude 2012 supports enhanced map styling and display features including:

  • The ability to control opacity/transparency for area borders in addition to area fills, line styles, and point styles
  • New freehand masks to quickly hide the portion of a may you do not wish to display

Labels

Maptitude 2012 builds upon the major changes to labeling in Maptitude 6.0 with refinements that permit you to:

  • Restore customized labels to their default style, location, and/or display priority
  • Skip the snapping of labels by pressing the Space bar while dragging
  • Format labels on numeric fields directly from the Labels dialog box

Geotagging Images

Geotagging refers to the attaching of geographic coordinate information to images, video, and other media recorded by smartphones or GPS-enabled electronic devices. Maptitude reads geotags from images and creates points in a geographic file based on the coordinate information in the images. Fields in the geographic file are populated with the image file name and other location information read from the geotags.

Regression and Binary Logit Models

Regression and binary logit models can be estimated on any map layer or table. You can choose to estimate the model parameters using all of the records in the layer or dataview, or only those records in a selection set filter.

The model estimation procedure creates two output files:

  • a formatted report of the estimation results including all goodness-of-fit and importance measures
  • a file containing the values of the estimated model parameters that can be used to evaluate the model on a data set having similar fields

To use the model evaluation tool, you choose the subset of records to be evaluated and the field that will receive the predicted dependent variable. You can also choose the fields that contain the values of the independent variables and make adjustments to the model parameters. The tool will calculate the new value based on the model type (regression or binary logit) and the parameters stored in the model file, and will fill in the designated field.

New Maps

Create-a-Map Wizard™ is now more robust and easier to use. When you need to map your own data, in addition to Maptitude auto-detecting the best fields to achieve this, you can explicitly choose and correct the fields used to geocode or to join your tabular information in order to visualize it in a map. Maptitude also suggests output file names based on your input table.

The Create-a-Map Wizard maps are all revised. The maps use the latest geography and also take advantage of the new features in Maptitude including new label and style options.

The Map Librarian makes it easy to access a series of pre-defined thematic visualizations of Census demographics. A new map library comes with Maptitude 2012 to help you get started exploring 2010 Census data for the USA. The new maps cover US ZIP Codes, Census Tracts, Counties, and States for several demographic profiles based on the data reported in the 2010 Census and the 2009 American Community Survey.


With each new license or upgrade of Maptitude you get 60 days of free phone and email technical support. 

Click here to see features that were new to Version 6.0.