Maptitude Newsletter
  April 2011
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Maptitude Training

International News: New Free Data Available

Improve Layout Quality

Free Mapping Resources

Maptitude in the News

Featured Data Product: Quarterly ZIP Codes

TECH TIP - Update Maps from an Excel Table

Featured Maps
US nuclear/seismic locations

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Maptitude Classroom Training:
Updated Curriculum for 6.0

Maptitude Training DatesThe next scheduled instructor-led training courses will be May 9-11 in Newton, MA (USA). The cost is $395 per day or $900 for all three days. Advance registration is required.

The new and updated curriculum reflects the features in the recently released Maptitude 6.0.

Space is limited, so register online as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call Maptitude Training (USA) at 1-617-527-4700, or send an e-mail to


Maptitude is the best professional mapping software that you can buy. We designed Maptitude to be easy to learn and use, ensuring that you maximize your mapping software investment. Maptitude has Wizards that guide you step-by-step through standard tasks, and ships with a detailed User's Guide that has more than 75 "60-Second Tutorials" to assist you with specific tasks.

The Maptitude Learning Resources pages contain further aids, including a series of videos that demonstrate the core features of Maptitude. If you are new to Maptitude we recommend that you watch all of the tutorials, because they will introduce you to many Maptitude techniques, tools, and procedures.

Caliper also offers several training options:  

 • Instructor-led classroom training
 • Private training
 • Web-based training


Free Mapping Resources:

This month's free resource is the release of four new training videos:

Using the Display Manager

Using Other Geographic Files

Attaching Data from Nearby Features

Creating Territories

Did You Know?
Improve Layout Quality

Did You KnowFor the "Layout" report window you can choose File-Save As and for Bitmap, JPEG, PNG, GIF, and TIFF files you can click Options. This allows you to change the resolution (dots per map window inch), and for JPEG files you can also choose a quality value.

Maptitude in the News:
Maptitude Used to Map Cancer Cases Around Fort Detrick, reported by WUSA9 news and Fox TV news
US Census Bureau MTPS version of Maptitude report: Traffic Analysis Zone Delineation
Maptitude on The Diane Rehm Show: The Constitution Today: Redistricting
FOX News: Pros Plan New Shapes for Redistricting Map
Maptitude on PBS NewsHour
Featured Data Product:
Quarterly ZIP Codes (USA) with 2009 Census ACS Demographic Data

Do you make business decisions based on postal data? If so, Caliper quarterly ZIP Code updates will ensure you are using the latest data. The 5-digit ZIP Code Boundaries Data CD contains a nationwide area database with ZIP Codes for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the territories. It also includes a point database of ZIP Code centroids and 3-digit ZIP Code Areas for the entire country. Caliper updates this file quarterly to provide up-to-date access to United States Postal Service changes.

The Data CD now ships with Census ACS demographic data at no additional cost, including fields for income, age, race, gender, and ethnicity.

ZIP Code Map

Price: $195 per quarter. Quarters can be ordered in advance. Please call Caliper (1-617-527-4700) to place your order.

Tech Tip:
Update Maps from an Excel Table

Maptitude lets you create several different types of database joins (see the training video). A joined view is a live link between a map layer and your own data. Creating a joined view does not change your data in any way, but any changes in your data are automatically reflected in the maps you make.

When you join with an Excel table to a map layer, for example ZIP Codes, your map will automatically reflect changes made in the underlying Excel file provided you create the join as follows:

1. Choose File-New, choose Map, then choose General Purpose Map and follow the prompts to map a ZIP Code in your area of interest.

2. Choose File-Open and open an Excel file. When prompted, make sure to uncheck the Import option.

3. Choose Dataview-Join to display the Join dialog box.

4. Choose 5-Digit ZIP Code and the ZIP (or Label) field from the Joining From (Left Side of Join) Table and Field drop-down lists.

5. Choose your Excel sheet and ZIP Code field from the To (Right Side of Join) Table and Field drop-down lists.

6. Click OK. If prompted, click OK again.  

Now add any themes or labels to the map using data from your Excel sheet and save the map or workspace. If you close the workspace and make any edits to your data in Excel, any themes or labels that are affected by the edits will automatically be updated the next time you open the map or workspace.

Featured Maptitude Maps:
MapCruzin Seismic Hazard and Earthquake Maps

This month we showcase maps from MapCruzin:

Nuclear Facilities and Seismic Hazard Zones
Nuclear Facilities and Seismic Hazard Zones
Nuclear Facilities and Seismic Hazard Zones
Nuclear Facilities and Historical U.S. Earthquakes

If you would like to see your maps listed here, please contact Caliper.


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