MP2K Talks to Manifold
MP2K recently spoke with Dimitri Rotow regarding the "Publish for MapPoint" feature apparently missing in the latest release of Manifold.
I have Manifold 5.0 and love it, but where is the "Publish for
MapPoint" feature that was so handy in Manifold 4.5?
There are lots of changes between 4.50 and 5.00. Any time one
changes the mix, even if the overall result is a lot bigger and better, there
will be some users who will miss a favorite feature that's not been
popular enough to continue in the main release!
It's just a timing issue on configuring 5.00 and taking advantage of
the release schedule to load as much of the "latest and greatest" into
5.00 as possible.
5.00 is being released in two phases, with Phase 1 providing most
interactive features and Phase 2 adding the map server, GPS console,
extended programming, and numerous additional interactive
features. We moved support for MapPoint into Phase 2 because we
wanted to leverage some new technology we knew was coming from
The "Publish for MapPoint" feature in 4.50 is handy, but it is limited to
publishing data attributes for use within existing MapPoint objects. With
5.00 we wanted to extend this, if possible, to allow publishing of shapes
that could overlay the existing MapPoint layers. 5.00 can read so many
formats (over 60) that it would be neat to use Manifold to grab GIS data
for MapPoint from more formats than just .shp or .mif. We knew this
might be possible, but we wanted to make sure what we did was closely
aligned to the methods Microsoft recommended.
Microsoft has been very supportive and helpful (as always) and so we
decided to "go for it" and greatly extend the Publish for MapPoint
feature in 5.00. However, the decision to "go for it" came very late in
the 5.00 release cycle so it was unclear we could actually accomplish
what we set out to do.
By extending the feature late in the game we run the risk of missing the
Phase 2 window (and having MapPoint support end up in the first or
second update to Phase 2) altogether, so we decided not to promote
this until we knew for sure what we could provide and when it would be