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  November 2012
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International Mapping:

Caliper continues to offer new country packages for use with Maptitude, including:

Maptitude Mapping Software for the USA United States

Maptitude Mapping Software for Argentina Argentina

Maptitude Mapping Software for Australia Australia

Maptitude Mapping Software for Brazil Brazil

Maptitude Mapping Software for Canada Canada

Maptitude Mapping Software for Chile Chile

Maptitude Mapping Software for Colombia Colombia

Maptitude Mapping Software for Italy Italy

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Maptitude Mapping Software for the UK United Kingdom


Maptitude Spotlight:
State Legislative and 113th Congressional Districts

The State Legislative Districts DVD is now available for the entire USA or for a single US state.

The Legislative Districts DVD is packed with essential information for corporate legislative affairs departments, lobbyists, political consultants, political parties, and anyone else involved in political affairs. The product has been updated to reflect the latest 2012 boundaries.

You will be able to answer questions such as "In which districts are my addresses located?" or "In which districts should I expend the most effort?"

State Senate District Map

Each legislative district includes 2010 Census counts for age, race, gender, ethnicity, and housing, as well as 2010 ACS data for income, occupation, education, language spoken, marital status, travel mode and time, housing value, and housing costs.

A major new enhancement is the inclusion of the list of legislative districts that intersect each 5-Digit ZIP Code. Up to 4 Congressional districts, 6 State Senate districts and 9 State House districts are listed along with their percentage overlap.

Price: US$1,295 for the entire USA, US$495 per US State. Please call Caliper (USA) at +1 617-527-4700 to place your order.


Maptitude Classroom Training:

Limited Availability! Maptitude 2012 Training:
USA Washington, DC

Maptitude Mapping Software Training DatesThe next scheduled instructor-led training courses will be January 28-30 in Washington DC (USA). Advance registration is required.

The new and updated curriculum reflects the features in Maptitude 2012.

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


Caliper also offers several training options:  

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

 • Free Learning Resources


Free Mapping Resources:

This month's free resource is a new web-page that lists all the no-cost products and services available from Caliper:  

 • Free Mapping Resources

Did You Know?
Exporting Map Legends  

Maptitude Mapping Software Did You KnowIf the legend is displayed separately from the map window, you can click the right mouse button on the legend window and choose Save Image to display the Save Legend as Image dialog box.  

Maptitude News & Press:

Caliper Offers Colombia Data for Use with the Latest Maptitude

The Atlantic: The League of Dangerous Mapmakers  

SILive: 3 City Council districts on Staten Island to be wholly contained   

More Maptitude News...

Featured Data Product:

ZIP Codes (USA) with 2010 Census Demographics

Sample map of ZIP Codes with the new 2010 ACS dataThe ZIP Code data product comes with Census demographic data at no additional cost, including fields for income, age, race, gender, ethnicity, and households. Newly included with this latest release are fields for occupation, education, language spoken, marital status, travel mode, and housing value.

If you make business decisions based on postal data, Caliper quarterly ZIP Code updates will ensure you are using the latest information. The 5-digit ZIP Code Boundaries Data 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 3-digit and 5-digit ZIP Code areas include the number of businesses by detailed industry type (Retail, Finance, etc.), along with numbers of employees and annual payrolls. The ZIP Codes are also classified by their rural-urban commuting characteristics.

Price: US$195. Place your order online at the Caliper Store Now.

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Tech Tip:
Counts of Locations by Regular Grid Cells

One-kilometer square grid with overlay

It is often useful to see your data with a regular grid. For example you could count the number of your facilities per square mile or see how the average home value varies over a square kilometer grid.

The following steps walk you through this task:

1. Open or create a map with at least one point layer and, if necessary, create a selection set for the point layer you will use.

2. Choose Tools-Geographic Utilities-Create Vector Grid.

3. In the Create Vector Grid dialog box, choose the Area for the grid type, choose the Cover the map window with cells of fixed size method, and type 1 in both the X and Y Grid Spacing edit boxes.

4. Click OK. Maptitude displays the Save As dialog box. Choose a folder, type a file name for the new grid layer, and click Save.

    Maptitude creates an area grid using your map units (miles, kilometers, etc.) and adds it to the map.

5. Choose the new grid layer from the drop-down list on the Standard toolbar.

6. Choose Tools-Geographic Analysis-Overlay to display the Overlay dialog box.

7. Choose the point layer from the Layer drop-down list and, if necessary, a selection set from the Include drop-down list.

8. Check the Count the Number of Features box and click OK. Maptitude displays the Save As dialog box. Choose a folder, type a file name for the overlay data table, and click Save.

    Maptitude creates a table with the overlay data, joins it to the grid layer, and displays the joined view in
    a dataview. The [N layer_name] field contains the count of point features in each grid cell.

You can add a color theme using the count field in the grid layer to see the overlay results on the map. You may need to move the grid layer up in the drawing order so that it displays under the other layers in your map, or you can apply transparency to the theme styles to allow other layers to be partially visible.

Featured Maptitude Maps:
"Battles to Shape Maps, and Congress, Go to Courts" -NY Times

This month we showcase maps featured in the New York Times in a report on the once-a-decade process of redrawing Congressional districts. The Maptitude for Redistricting GIS Software is used by a supermajority of the state legislatures, political parties, and public interest groups for political redistricting.

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


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