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Maptitude Canada Mapping Software

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A Geographic Information System (GIS Software) is designed to store, retrieve, manage, display, and analyse all types of geographic and spatial data. GIS software lets you produce maps and other graphic displays of geographic information for analysis and presentation.

Ad Maptitude is the lowest-priced, easiest-to-use professional Canada GIS software available. For more information about Maptitude please visit our Maptitude Mapping Software pages. Otherwise, please read on to explore the GIS capabilities of Maptitude.

What is GIS Mapping Software?

GIS software lets you produce maps and other graphic displays of geographic information for analysis and presentation. With these capabilities a GIS is a valuable tool to visualise spatial data or to build decision support systems for use in your organisation.

A GIS stores data on geographical features and their characteristics. The features are typically classified as points, lines, or areas, or as raster images. On a map city data could be stored as points, road data could be stored as lines, and boundaries could be stored as areas, while aerial photos or scanned maps could be stored as raster images.

What is gis mapping software?

Geographic Information Systems store information using spatial indices that make it possible to identify the features located in any arbitrary region of a map. For example, a GIS can quickly identify and map all of the locations within a specified radius of a point, or all of the streets that run through a territory.

In addition to the above capabilities, Maptitude implements a professional-strength relational database, a feature critical for GIS software. Attribute data may be freely joined to and detached from geographic layers and tables. Relational data manipulation is integrated with robust and powerful geoprocessing for spatial queries, polygon overlay, and other location-based analyses. This is supported seamlessly so that data are moved easily to and from relational tables and geographic databases. In addition, the Maptitude fixed-format binary table supports 32,767 fields and 1 billion records, and has unlimited character field widths.

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Geographic Information System Software Features

GIS Software Case Study

Maptitude is one of the most popular GIS software packages, and has extensive functionality. A list of typical GIS capabilities is presented below, and these are available in Maptitude:

Maps and Layers

  • The Create-a-Map Wizard allows users to easily create presentation-ready maps using their own data or the default maps
  • The Display Manager allows a map to be customised on-the-fly
  • User-defined preferences for map units, left/right side-of-road routing, file permissions, geocoding parameters, and many other settings
  • Toolbox and mouse-based map navigation is supported and includes panning, zooming, and magnifying
  • Map bookmark management allows the retrieval of custom map views
  • Multi-layer map feature query tools allow direct interrogation of spatial locations
  • A map librarian/manager allows the organisation of various saved maps and comes with a library of pre-styled demographic maps 
  • Geographic database layering controls allow customisation of layer visibility and drawing order
  • Multiple maps can be open simultaneously, and can be duplicated, combined, synchronised, tiled, cascaded, and minimised/maximised
  • There is explicit map scale control including undo
  • Layer autoscaling allows customisation of the scale at which layers are visible
  • An interactive map overview window provides perspective as you work and the ability to zoom anywhere in the study region
GIS Map Software

GIS Map Software


  • Extensive layer style control includes font/style/opacity settings for points/lines/areas/labels/legends/drawings; point and area styles can use most image formats and their resolution can be controlled via scaling
  • Thematic visualisations include colour, pattern/icon, dot-density, chart, scaled-symbol, and 3D prism themes
  • A drawing toolbox is provided, the drawing items are customisable, and there is a selection of north-oriented arrows
  • Each map has an editable legend that automatically lists displayed features and has a live scale bar
  • Stand-alone charting capabilities include pie, bar, line, area, scatter, and function charts
  • Advanced text label placement and management tools include live label manipulation en-masse or individually, automated positioning, callouts/rotation, font control, multi-line, framing, hiding, styling, prioritising, stretching, spacing, autoscaling, and additional text manipulation settings
  • Maps and graphics can be copy/pasted or saved as pictures/bitmaps (with optional quality/resolution settings) for insertion into MS Office and other external applications
  • Printing to any printer/paper size is supported, with a wide variety of spatial print options including using fixed scale, with actual point sizes, and as pre-rendered images
  • Report/layout creation can utilise settings for snap grids, rulers, paper size/orientation, dimensions, margins, alignment, print options, automated district printing, and a variety of other graphics software oriented options
  • Map interaction can be recorded to video
  • Layer style/label/autoscale override is provided through the Feature Display tool
  • Cartographic coloring uses Brelaz's Dsatur algorithm to assign colours that ensure that no two adjacent regions have the same colour


  • The tabular and geographic find tool can identify locations anywhere on earth 
  • Robust and flexible pin-mapping tools support geocoding by address, postal code, city/town, join, coordinate, longitude/latitude, by any populated place in the world (village, town, city), and also manually  
  • Custom geocodable indexes can be created to pin-map based on external datasets
  • Geotagged images from smart phones, tablets, or GPS-enabled devices can be mapped
Sample Maptitude geographic information system map of Canada customers geocoded by address and scaled by sales volume

Geographic Analysis

Geographic analysis tools are the most valuable component of GIS software because they let you analyse the geographic components of your data. Below are some of the geographic analysis tools that are standard in Maptitude:

Territory Building Tools

Maptitude Canada GIS map of territories built from Toronto, Canada postal areas

Districts/Territories can be created using map-based filters or via tabular groupings


Maptitude Canada GIS System map of buffers around Edmonton, Canada hospitals

Circular buffers/bands for analysing proximity

Facility Location

Maptitude GIS facility location results

A facility location tool identifies the best location for one or more facilities from a set of candidate sites

Geographic Overlay

Maptitude GIS overlay results for demographics around Toronto, Canada sites

Geographic overlay/aggregation is supported and allows attribute assignment between layers based on percentage overlap for estimating demographics of territories, buffers, areas of influence, and more

Hot Spots

Maptitude GIS map of customer hot-spot in Quebec City, Canada

Kernel-based density grids can be created using the quartic, triangular, uniform, or count methods, and allow "hot-spot" mapping

Weighted Center

Maptitude GIS map of weighted center gravity location of customers in Ottawa, Canada

Weighted center calculations allow the identification of centers of "gravity" among points

Shortest Path

Maptitude GIS map of shortest path delivery route returning to origin in Montreal, Canada

The shortest path calculations allow for minimising the cost of the path as an ordered/unordered route with options to produce directions and to return to the origin

Drive-time Bands

Maptitude GIS map of 10-minute drive time rings to a site in Edmonton, Canada

Drive time/distance bands allow you to visualise the extent to which locations can be accessed within a certain drive time or distance

Drive-time Territories

Maptitude GIS map of territories based on drive-time to nearest store in Vancouver, Canada

Drive time partitions allow regions across a line layer to be defined based on network cost

Measuring Tools

Maptitude GIS map of Halifax, Canada with custom radius and hover tool showing area of the B2Y postal area

Length/area measurement tools allow map-based calculations

Desire Lines

Maptitude GIS map of desire line map of U.S. exports to Canada and other countries

Desire lines (also known as spider diagrams) allow the visualisation of flows

Surface Analysis

Maptitude GIS surface analysis map showing the areas where a proposed tower would be visible and not visible

Surface analysis tools include spot height data querying, surface profiling, viewsheds, contouring, 3D terrain visualisation, DEM/TIN creation, and the calculation of terrain shortest paths

Areas of Influence

Maptitude Canada GIS map of area-of-influence territories around sites in Montreal, Canada

Areas-of-Influence (also known as Thiessen Polygons or Voronoi Diagrams) are a powerful GIS tool that divide the study area using a triangulated irregular network (TIN)

Data Classification

Maptitude Canada GIS software quantile map of Victoria, Canada

Data classification methods include: quantiles, equal weight, equal interval, standard deviation, nested means, arithmetic or geometric progression, Fisher-Jenks/optimal breaks, categories, and manual classification (by range, counts, or percentages)

GPS Support

Maptitude Canada GIS software map of GPS playback data

GPS support includes the ability to read/animate/import GPS data, overlay tracks with aerial photos and topographic or vector maps, track real time GPS locations, create vector line/point layers from GPS playback files, and import/export formats such as GPX (the GPS Exchange Format)

Spatial Queries

Filter features based on geographic location, proximity to other features, by radius, by pointing, by polygon, or based on a value or condition..

Internet Mapping

Internet mapping of parcel maps and data Map server products such as Maptitude for the Web and Cloud and SaaS location-based applications allow you to share your geographic data as device independent and mobile-friendly interactive maps. You can also add mapping functions to your web site or web-based solutions, such as providing the public with access to assessor parcel maps and valuation data.



Development Platform

  • The Geographic Information System Developer’s Kit (GISDK™) has 850+ Caliper Script functions that can be called to create add-ins, build custom applications, and to access Maptitude from .NET or as a COM Object


Maptitude supports the latest Windows operating systems, file types, and common design elements. Maptitude runs as a 32-bit or 64-bit application on 32-bit or 64-bit Windows. Advantages of a 64-bit Maptitude include:

  • Save to much higher resolution images
  • Use more memory than the previous 4GB 32-bit limit
  • Open/import files via 64-bit Microsoft Office (e.g. Excel and Access).

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