Maptitude Newsletter
   June-July 2010

bullet Maptitude Training

bullet Featured Data Product: Congressional Districts

bullet TECH TIP -- Using Color Images for Point Locations

bullet DID YOU KNOW? -- Context Sensitive Online Help

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Maptitude Training

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:  

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Maptitude Classroom Training:

Maptitude Training July 28-30The next scheduled instructor-led training course will be July 28-30 in Newton, MA (USA). The cost is $395 per day or $900 for all three days. Advance registration is required.

Maptitude for Redistricting Classroom Training:

Maptitude for Redistricting Training July 13-15The next Maptitude for Redistricting training course will be July 13-15 in Newton, MA (USA). The cost for this three-day course is $900. Advance registration is required.

Space is limited, so register online for either course 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

Tech Tip:
Using Color Images for Point Locations

Map of PointsFeatures in a point layer can be drawn with your choice of symbol or image. You can easily create a map showing your locations with an organizational logo, and even categorize such locations by brand or type, by using an image style for themes or selection sets.

1. Choose File-New, choose Map from the New File dialog box, and click OK. This brings you to the Create-a-Map Wizard.

2. Choose the Map of my own data option.

3. Browse for the Excel file containing your data. Choose the sheet in the Excel workbook that contains your data and has fields such as Address and ZIP Code. Click OK.

4. Click Next in the Create-a-Map Wizard.

5. Choose the Locate records in your file by Address option and click Next.

6. Choose the No - let Maptitude create one for me option and click Next. Type a file name for your new layer and click Save.

7. Choose None for the theme type and click Next.

8. Choose None for the analysis type and click Next.

9. Click Finish and click OK when prompted. Maptitude creates a map of your data.

10. In the Display Manager, click on the blue star icon for Your Data.

11. In the Style dialog box you can choose Color Bitmap and browse [...] for any Windows Bitmap (.bmp).

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