Using Autoroute 2003 Data in MapPoint 2002
Richard Hayes demonstrates how to incorporate the AutoRoute 2003 data into MapPoint 2002 Europe
The latest release of Microsoft AutoRoute (2003) contains a fair amount
more data than the current version of Microsoft MapPoint Europe (2002).
Namely it contains street data for Sweden, Portugal, Dublin, Helsinki
and Oslo, which MapPoint does not.
It is possible that all this data will be included in the next release
of MapPoint Europe, but no date has been set for this as yet. The
functionality of AutoRoute however does not compare that of MapPoint in
particular there are no external controls available so no programming is
possible in AutoRoute .
It was suggested in one of the discussion on mp2kmag.com that it is
possible to the AutoRoute data in MapPoint, but it was not detailed as
to how to do this. I can confirm that I have successfully done this and
it was done as follows:
1) Install both MapPoint Europe and Autoroute on your machine.
2) Copy the contents of c:\Program Files\Microsoft AutoRoute \data\ to
c:\Program Files\Microsoft MapPoint Europe\data\ replacing all files
with the same names.
Do not delete the data directory from the MapPoint directory first, as
there is an additional file in there that is needed in order for
MapPoint to work.
I have tested the data from an external control using Microsoft Access,
and the functionality would appear the same. The only problem that I
have encountered is that it doesn't allow you to search in Dublin, but
then neither does the AutoRoute application, and this is just the way it
is according to Microsoft!
As to whether this procedure is legal, I do not know. If you have paid
for both pieces of software, I see no reason why you shouldn't use them
as you please. I would not however recommend that you do this before