Maptitude pre-purchase FAQ

Unlike many other mapping and GIS software packages that require users to purchase data separately, Maptitude includes extensive geographic and demographic data so that you can get started as soon as you install the software. Maptitude is also a professional mapping tool providing a full suite of location intelligence tools, which is in stark contrast to the limiting functionality of most mapping applications.

Maptitude mapping software includes the features and data that you need to unearth the trends hidden in your data. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions. Please contact Caliper Sales at or +1 617-527-4700 if you have further questions or want to discuss your particular needs.

Table of Contents

Questions on Functionality

Questions on Installing

Questions on Sharing Maps

Questions on Training and Support

Questions on Functionality

“Can I see my customers and prospects on the map?”

Yes. Maptitude includes state-of-the-art geocoding tools to let you pin-map your data using address, ZIP Code, city, state, or other information in your database. In most cases, you don’t need to copy or import your data – Maptitude can create a file containing the location of points on the map and link this file directly to your existing database.

“Can I get my own data into Maptitude?”

Yes. Maptitude is designed to let you display, edit, and map your own data. For details, see the Maptitude page on mapping your own data.

“How do I get my data into Maptitude?”

Create-a-Map Wizard® gives you start-to-finish assistance for getting your data into Maptitude. With just a few clicks you can locate, analyze, and map your data. Maptitude can work with your Excel, Access, dBASE, and other data sources.Maptitude also makes it easy to use your geographic data. Maptitude supports direct access for Esri Shapefiles and File Geodatabases, Google Earth KML/KMZ, MapInfo TAB files, MapPoint PTM files, and Oracle Spatial tables. Additional import support is included for other GIS and CAD packages including ArcView, ArcGIS Pro, Google Earth, Atlas GIS, AutoCAD DXF, MapInfo MIF, and TIGER/Line. For a full list of supported import/export formats, see the Maptitude page on supported file formats.

“What data are included with Maptitude?”

Included in Maptitude are:

  • One Country Package of your choice. Each Country Package contains nationwide streets, administrative boundaries, populated places (cities, towns, villages), landmarks, water areas, and, where available, postal boundaries, postal points, and building footprints for selected urban areas.
  • Where available, detailed demographic data are provided (US, Canada, Brazil, Australia, France, New Zealand, United Kingdom)
  • Worldwide data.

For more information on data included with Maptitude, see the Maptitude page on available country packages.

“Can I use Maptitude data with other programs?”

The data that come with Maptitude are restricted by license for use only with the Maptitude software. However, any files that you create are yours to use in any way you like.

“Can Maptitude tell me how to get from one place to another?”

Yes. Maptitude includes a HERE map with street data that contains information on one-way streets and travel time allowing you to find shortest and fastest routes. Maptitude also solves “traveling salesman” problems allowing you to find efficient routes among many stops.

Questions on Installing

“Can I use Maptitude on an Apple Macintosh?”

Please see the Maptitude System Requirements article for more information on using Maptitude on a Mac.

“Can I customize an application or integrate Maptitude into my application?”

Yes. The Maptitude Geographic Information System Development Kit (GISDK) is a full-featured macro-programming and application development language that lets you automate repetitive tasks or create custom applications. For details, see the Maptitude page on the application development platform.

“Does Maptitude support satellite and aerial images?”

Yes, Maptitude can display TIFF, GeoTIFF, PNG, JPEG/World, JPEG 2000, MrSID, SPOTView, Orthophoto, and ECW image files. After you display an image, you can use the geographic editing tools to trace new map layers. Maptitude also includes tools that let you incorporate imagery from various Internet sources in your maps. For details, see the Maptitude tutorial video on using imagery layers.

Questions on Sharing Maps

“Can I distribute maps I make with Maptitude?”

There are certain restrictions on publishing maps that make use of Caliper copyrighted data sets. Please see If you use only your data sets there are no restrictions on publication.

“Can I put maps I make with Maptitude on a web site?”

Yes. Please see the page on Maptitude Online.

“Can I use Maptitude maps with my word processor or spreadsheet?”

Yes. You can copy maps to other applications using the Windows clipboard or by saving maps as Windows bitmap, JPEG, GIF, TIFF, EMF, or PNG files. For details, please see the Maptitude article on saving maps to a PDF or image.

You can also upload to and from spreadsheet formats such as Excel or CSV.

Questions on Training and Support

“How do I learn to use Maptitude?”

Maptitude is very easy to learn and use. It uses a standard Windows interface with menus, toolbars, and on-line help, so it will seem familiar to you. Create-A-Map Wizard dialog box will ask just a few questions, then create a map at any scale from all the countries of the world to streets around a U.S. address, landmark, or intersection.There are a number of options available to help you learn to use Maptitude:

  • Free video tutorials are provided that illustrate many common Maptitude tasks.
  • A detailed electronic help system is accessible through the menu Help>Maptitude Help. This also contains many brief tutorials that give you the opportunity to practice each command on our sample data, and can be accessed within Maptitude by clicking F1 on your keyboard at any time for context sensitive help from within any toolbox, tool, or window.
  • Free mapping software webinars (and videos of past webinars with audio) on the Maptitude Mapping Software Webinars page. The webinars are conducted regularly and you can attend as many as you want.
  • Our online learning portal has videos, articles, tips, and more.
  • Training options include web-based Maptitude trainingclassroom training, and on-site training.
“Is training available?”

Caliper offers Maptitude training courses throughout the year. Whether you are a new user or an experienced user of earlier versions of Maptitude, these training sessions will help you learn to use Maptitude more effectively and productively. There are also a number of on-line training materials including a number of video tutorials for common Maptitude tasks.

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