In Maptitude 2019, the main file type that your work is saved in was improved. Most of your work will now be saved in Workspaces instead of Map files. This improvement will have major benefits in nearly all parts of the software, especially for file management and sharing among large organizations.It is important to note several important points to begin:
- You CAN still open maps created in previous versions of the software. Opening the maps from Maptitude 2012-2018 is very simple – see How do I Open a Map I Created in a Previous Version of the Software?
- You CAN still treat layers as individual files. Although layers by default will be saved in the Workspace file now, there are several options for continuing to work with layer files – see How do I Make a Layer in my Compressed Workspace its Own File?
- The user updating the layer could save a Compressed Workspace to the network and then the other users can save a copy of that updated Workspace daily
- The users could return to the old behavior of working with layer files by saving their Workspaces as Uncompressed Workspaces. See How do I Choose the Type of Workspace I am Saving?
- There is a hybrid option where the workspaces being used are still Compressed Workspaces, but individual layer files can be saved so that they are not saved inside the workspace file. This means that the layer will update in the map if the file is updated. This is done by saving the layer file as a CDF layer and is discussed further in How do I Make a Layer in my Compressed Workspace its Own File?