What’s New in MapInfo Professional v12.5 - Tips, Tricks and a Live Demonstration!


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The 2014 releases of MapInfo Professional can help you improve the efficiency of your GIS tasks and create great-looking maps. This slide deck taken from our July 17 2014 webinar shows you how to become more proficient working with the newest MapInfo Professional features.

See tips and tricks across data access, editing, display, querying, object manipulation and more.

Key topics covered include:

• Controlling the display order of map objects
• Setting translucent images in the layout designer
• Improving performance during updates
• Displaying multiple points on the same location
• And much more!

View a recording of the webinar: http://bit.ly/1wF19un

Download a free 30-day trial of the new MapInfo Professional v12.5: http://web.pb.com/miprov125

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What’s New in MapInfo Professional v12.5 - Tips, Tricks and a Live Demonstration!

  1. 1. MapInfo Professional v12.5 Better, Faster, Stronger July 2014
  2. 2. 2 MapInfo Professional v12.5 schedule Available! October 2014
  3. 3. 3Click for 30 day Free Trial 3 Cartographic output Ability to work directly with a map in a layout. An all new Layout Designer to make creating layouts easier. Performance improvements Use of multiple cores for object processing improvements OS - 64 bit Full 64-bit application User experience upgrades Redesigned user interface with ribbons (64 bit) New Grid Engine New format and high performing grid engine. (64-bit). Targeted for Q1 2015 MapInfo Professional v12.5 Themes
  4. 4. 4 Demonstration
  5. 5. 5Click for 30 day Free Trial New Layout Designer Grids and Guidelines Auto-wrapping text boxes 32 bit – easy access toolbar (as shown) 64 bit – dedicated ribbon Add logos and graphics with new image support Prepare maps for printing quicker and easier than ever before
  6. 6. 6Click for 30 day Free Trial Layout Designer – Active Maps Work directly with your map windows without leaving the Layout page! Pan and Zoom Adjust layers Modify labels Set the scale Prepare maps for printing more quickly and easily than ever before.
  7. 7. 7Click for 30 day Free Trial Performance Multi-threading of selected object processing capabilities to use more or all of the available processors § Split § Erase § Erase Outside § Buffer 64 bit version: Other operations (although not made to be multi-threaded) offer incremental improvements in the time to complete. § Mostly due to ability to use more memory. New raster grid format (.MRR) has substantially improved rendering times
  8. 8. 8Click for 30 day Free Trial Performance comparisons Dell Latitude D630, 2 CPU-2Ghz, 4 GB RAM Dell Latitude E6420, 8 CPU-2.2Ghz, 8 GB RAM Windows XP (32 bit) Windows 7 (64 bit) Version 12.0.3 Version 12.0.3 Version 12.5 alpha build 6404 Buffer 1,735,272 points. 1 mile radius. 100 smoothness. One buffer of all objects. Cosmetic layer. 1091 seconds 844 seconds 760 seconds Buffer US Highways. 20 km radius. 500 smoothness. One buffer for each object. Cosmetic layer. 130 seconds 113 seconds 57 seconds Split 58 boundaries with a table of 3221 boundaries 254 seconds 207 seconds 82 seconds Split 58 boundaries with 30,458 boundaries 705 seconds 557 seconds 220 seconds Up to 2 GB RAM used / single CPU Up to 4 GB RAM used / single CPU Multiple CPU's (multi-threaded!)
  9. 9. 9 64 bit prototype Demonstration
  10. 10. 10Click for 30 day Free Trial 64 Bit version – New User Interface New User Interface Brand New Ribbon UI Window Management: Tabbed, Docking, Floating Multi-Monitor Support Mini-Toolbars Workspace Explorer Labeling Styles & Label Preview Click for 30 day Free Trial
  11. 11. 11Click for 30 day Free Trial And More! Added data file support! • ESRI GeoDatabase (import/export) • Geography Markup Language (GML) Improvements to Distributed Licensing New Projections and Coordinate systems Read Support GML v2.1.2 GML v3.1.1 GML v3.2.1 Write Support GML SF-0 (Simple Features Level SF-0 Profile)
  12. 12. 12Click for 30 day Free Trial MapBasic Enhancements Note that work on the 64 bit version of MapInfo Professional impacts the MapBasic language. Support for new capabilities in the 32 bit version may appear later this year in a patch release. New MapBasic syntax for Layout Designer and other new capabilities. MapBasic .NET support enhanced § Construct objects § Call Instance and Interface Methods and Properties New variable types: This, RefPtr, IntPtr and LargeInt, The new user interface is encompassed in a Microsoft .NET object model. § Support for .NET Instance object and Interface Properties and Methods § NET object model can be used from compiled MapBasic New definition file, IMapInfoProfessional.def for method declarations
  13. 13. 13 Tips and Tricks
  14. 14. 14 Translucent images in the Layout Designer • Layout Designer supports images with translucency. • Translucency needs to be set outside of MapInfo Professional. In MS Office applications a transparent background is set in the Color gallery (Format tab). Version 12.5 tip!!!
  15. 15. 15 Insert source image Get the size Start with an image in your application. Recolor the image Set Image Transparency Remove the border Save as Picture Bring into MapInfo Professional Making an image translucent
  16. 16. 16 Controlling the display order of map objects A MapInfo table does not provide control over the display order of map objects. A query made from a MapInfo table is drawn in the order that the data appears in the query.
  17. 17. 17 Improve performance of Update Column Two tips for improving performance when updating a column in a table: 1. Remove the index on the column If the column you are updating is indexed, the index will get updated for each record being updated. This can be slow for large datasets 2. Set the table in FastEdit mode FastEdit mode increases editing speed because transaction files are not created. This means changes cannot be undone This can be done through the UI Requires using the MapBasic window
  18. 18. 18 Improve performance of Update Column Syntax: Example one. Drop the index. nTime = Timer() Drop Index your table (YOUR COLUMN) Update Addresses Set YOUR COLUMN = YOUR COLUMN EXPRESSION Commit Table your table Interactive Create Index On your table(YOUR COLUMN) Print "Done after " + (Timer() - nTime) + " secs" The above can be done through the user interface. Use the Table > Maintenance > Table Structure command to get rid of and restore the index. This can be done through the user interface
  19. 19. 19 Improve performance of Update Column Syntax: Example 2 – Drop the index and use the FastEdit option. nTime = Timer() Drop Index your table (YOUR COLUMN) Set Table Addresses FastEdit On Undo Off Update Addresses Set YOUR COLUMN = YOUR COLUMN EXPRESSION Commit Table your table Interactive Set Table Addresses FastEdit Off Undo On Create Index On your table(YOUR COLUMN) Commit Table your table Interactive Print "Done after " + (Timer() - nTime) + " secs" The FastEdit setting can only be turned on through MapBasic. If the FastEdit option is turned on there is no ability to revert the changes to the table.
  20. 20. 20 Displaying multiple points on the same location Use the "MapInfo Dispersed Groups" font. • Thematic maps or queries Each color block represents a group of symbols that do not overlap when on the same coordinates
  21. 21. 21 Dispersed Groups example
  22. 22. 22 Oldies but goodies! More than we have time for! Bonus Tips
  23. 23. 23 Tip: Recover lost windows If you have ever had the Info tool window or the Statistics window go missing, it is possibly because they have been opened up off of your screen. This could happen due to the window position being set in a workspace. To recover your windows use this menu command. Window > Recover Off Screen Windows The above applies to MapInfo Professional v11.5 or later. If you have an earlier version, this article from the MI Pro Journal explains an alternative method. Click here
  24. 24. 24 Tip: Improve your map appearance with Stacked Styles This option is found in the Layer Properties >Layer Display tab. A full article is here
  25. 25. 25 Tip: Suspend map redraws to work faster! In Layer Control, you can suspend map redraws and make multiple changes at once. An additional related tip is in this article
  26. 26. 26 Tip: Setting a default Find symbol If you don't like the default symbol used by the Query > Find command you can change it. Options > Preferences > Styles…
  27. 27. 27 Tip: Set a default column display for a Table In the Pick Fields dialog box… • If you do not need to see all of your columns, use the Save As Default Browser View option. Not a permanent change to your table. • Columns are hidden, not removed.
  28. 28. 28 Resources for the MapInfo Professional User! Resources
  29. 29. 29 Free Trial Download The 32 bit release of MapInfo Professional v12.5 is available for download! http://web.pb.com/miprov125
  30. 30. 30 www.mapinfo.com/resources 30
  31. 31. 31 "The MapInfo Professional" Tips, tricks, techniques and advice for MapInfo Professional Users E-mail journal produced monthly ~3500 subscribers worldwide An archive of all of the previous issues is available!! § Click here § Check out an issue and if you like it, you can subscribe through the link in the top right corner.
  32. 32. 32 Ideas Portal Make suggestions! Vote! Discuss! 32
  33. 33. 33 MapInfo YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/mapinfo
  34. 34. 34 Keep in touch! Learn more! Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/mapinfo
  35. 35. 35 Community site for tools and utilities http://communitydownloads.pbinsight.com Download MapBasic and other tools and utilities. Direct link from MapInfo Professional! 35
  36. 36. 36 Five super useful utilities … 1) MapInfo2Excel – export from MI Pro to Excel. Click here 2) Turbocharged MapBasic Development: MapBasic IDE. Click here 3) WindowHelper – improved window management. Click here 4) Data Driven Pages – batch print/export of maps. Click here 5) Shortcut keys – Useful keyboard shortcuts. Click here
  37. 37. 37 Five useful white papers Focusing in on Spatial Precision: Click here. Options and implications for improving the precision of your data. A Golden Opportunity: Truly Integrated 3D GIS: Click here. Illustrating the efficiencies in integrating data, GIS and GIM. Hot Spot Mapping: Click here. Using Location Intelligence to reduce crime. The ROI of Data Quality: Click here. A fresh look at the value and necessity of improved data quality. Business Strength Geocoding: Click here. Ten requirements for more cost-efficient and effective business decisions.
  38. 38. 38 Tom Probert MapInfo Professional Global Product Manager tom.probert@pb.com Thank you!