The Texas Bluebird Society Uses MapPoint to Split up and Prioritize a Mailing List:
January 17, 2013 |
This article demonstrates how MapPoint's Drivetime Polygons can be used to prioritize a mailing list.
"The Texas Bluebird Society is a non-profit organization in Texas with a mailing list of over 7,000 (members and former members). We wanted to send word of an upcoming event in Kerrville, TX with as much bang for the buck with a limited budget for postage."
"The Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) agreed to pay an amount for 1st class postage for the event flier for those most likely to attend and stay overnight."
Developing the State Identification Game:
January 8, 2013 |
The complete code and uncompiled .xlsm file are available for download. Post any questions about the code or how it might be adapted to your projects in the discussion area below the article.
"Since the publication and release of the game in late 2012, the State Identification Game quickly became the most popular download of all time on MapForums.
"The State Identification Game was developed using Excel VBA and MapPoint. The MapPoint version must be at least 2010 as it was in this version that you were first able to manipulate map layers and turn off labels.
Setting up the State Identification Game:
January 7, 2013 |
This article demonstrates a couple preliminary steps involved in setting up the State Identification Game.
"The "State Identification Game" was released in 2012 and has gotten a lot of attention from both gamers and developers.
"The concept is the game is very simple. The game shows the outline of a random U.S. state and asks you to identify the state. The outline of the state and surrounding states as well as water bodies (major lakes and oceans) can all be used as clues to identify the state. It sounds simple, but I did in fact miss a few before practicing a little bit.
Automating MapPoint and Pasting Map Images into Excel - Part 1 of 2:
October 17, 2012 |
This article shows a relatively simply way to control MapPoint and paste map images into Excel based on some event or changes in Excel, bringing powerful mapping capability into Microsoft Excel Dashboards.
"I would posit that more than 50% of the work done with MapPoint also involves Excel in some capacity. To some degree, this is by necessity and design. MapPoint does not have it's own, built-in Table Viewer and Editor such as other mapping software like MapInfo Pro and ArcGIS."
Map Accuracy in Bing Maps, MapPoint:
September 28, 2012 |
We take a look at some misplaced labels in Bing Maps app for iOS 6 and compare to MapPoint. The Magnificent Mile and the River East labels appear on Chicago downtown piers, not too far from where they should be, but clearly not in the right place. Apple Maps doesn't have a monopoly on digital map errors.
Using Python to call ImportData and DisplayDataMap:
December 14, 2011 |
This article is sort of an addendum to the previous three-part article on using ImportData and DisplayDataMap. As the title indicates, this articles contains code and examples in Python for using the ImportData and DisplayDataMap methods.
Using ImportData and DisplayDataMap:
December 13, 2011 |
This three-part article by Richard Marsden discusses and demonstrates how to effectively use Microsft MapPoint's ImportData and DisplayDataMap methods.
Using MapPoint in a Routing Application Part 3 - Lessons Learned:
June 6, 2011 |
In this final installment of a three part article, Doug Popken discusses "lessons learned" and provides insights into obtaining the time zone, obtaining optimal routes, and programming an application to work with both MapPoint North America and Europe.
Using MPMileCharter to create Mileage Charts with Microsoft MapPoint:
June 5, 2011 |
Richard Marsden writes about how MPMileCharter (formerly MileCharter) can be used to compute a matrix of distances between pushpins and pushpins sets. A major re-write was recently released as MPMileCharter 3.0.
Using MapPoint in a Routing Application Part 2 - Required MapPoint Functionality:
April 18, 2011 |
In part two of a three part article, Doug Popken discusses the implementation of several key aspects of Route Factory functionality that rely upon MapPoint including time and distance calculations, geocoding, and route display.
Using MapPoint in a Routing Application Part 1 - Route Factory Spreadsheet:
April 17, 2011 |
Systems View Software, a provider of route management software and consulting, uses MapPoint in a new application known as Route Factory Spreadsheet. The C# .NET application, which has a MS Excel interface, creates optimal routes for fleets of transports subject to a variety of timing and capacity constraints. In this article, Dr. Doug Popken shares some of his experiences developing the application, including lessons learned, that readers may find useful in their own applications.
Add City Coverage to MapPoint using the GeoNames Database:
February 1, 2011 |
Richard Marsden wrote this article on how to add cities for countries not covered by the North American or European versions of MapPoint using the free Geonames database. All programming is done using the powerful Python scripting language.
Developing with MapPoint and Visual Studio Part 2: The ActiveX component:
January 17, 2011 |
In this follow-up to his article last year on Developing with Visual Studio 2010 and MapPoint, Wilfried Mestdagh now shows how to get started with the ActiveX Control
Evaluating MapPoint as a Replacement for BusinessMap:
January 5, 2011 |
Kathleen Anne Gaiser writes about her experiences in looking for a replacement for BusinessMap (now discontinued by ESRI) for their mapping needs.
Automatically Publishing MapPoint Maps to Mobile Devices:
January 4, 2011 |
In this article, Eric Frost shows how maps created with Microsoft MapPoint 2010 can be automatically published to the web and displayed on mobile devices.
MapPoint and Visual Studio 2010 Tutorial:
June 9, 2010 |
Wilfried Mestdagh shows how to get started with Visual Studio 2010 and MapPoint 2010 development in this first of a two-part article.
Using the New Windows 7 Location API:
March 22, 2010 |
Richard Marsden discusses the new Location and Sensors API and how to get started with development including a complete working example with source code available to download.
Using the New MapFeatures Collection and MapFeature Objects in MapPoint 2010:
September 2, 2009 |
Richard Marsden explores the new MapFeatures Collection in MapPoint 2010 and how to programmatically control the "Map Settings" via the API. Includes a table with the complete list of the MapFeature indices.
An Overview of the New Features in Microsoft MapPoint 2010:
August 31, 2009 |
Richard Marsden highlights the new features in MapPoint 2010 including the "Map Settings" or cartographic layer pane, new programmatic capabilities for GPS control, GPS import/export and several other major enhancements including MapPoint 2009 "Fixes".
BackAndForwardUtility: A Simple .NET Add-in for Microsoft MapPoint:
June 1, 2009 |
MapPoint 2009 introduced a new redesigned and streamlined interfaced which eliminated a couple of little-used buttons - the back and forward buttons for navigating map views. Richard Marsden shows how to get the functionality back using a .NET Add-in.
Functional Programming with MapPoint and F#: Part 2:
March 21, 2009 |
In this, the second of a two-part article on functional programming with MapPoint, Richard Marsden uses F# in a practical example classifying data points as wetlands based on hydrology, vegetation, and soil measurements.
Functional Programming with MapPoint and F#: Part 1:
March 11, 2009 |
The first of two articles by Richard Marsden on MapPoint and F#. Recently released as a full product by Microsoft, F# can be used as a functional language or as an imperative or object-oriented language, and is useful for multi-threaded programming.
Calling MapPoint from C# with Late Binding:
March 10, 2009 |
Richard Marsden shows how to call MapPoint from C# using late binding or dynamic invocation. Late binding has a number of advantages in certain scenarios including being about to support multiple type libraries.
Roll Your Own Commercial Routing System with MapPoint:
August 3, 2008 |
Matt Fritz shares his experience developing a routing application including discussion of MapPoint's strengths and limitations. The articles includes several screenshots illustrating the various components of the routing application.
Shape Name Utility:
August 3, 2008 |
The Shape Name Utility is a simple utility developed by Richard Marsden that allows a user to examine
and/or change the names of MapPoint shapes. This article describes the
code and how it works.
GPS and Other New Features in MapPoint 2009:
August 2, 2008 |
Originally written for Laptop GPS World,
this review of MapPoint 2009 focuses on users of GPS navigation. If you have
questions about other aspects of this product, please address them to
"Excel Basics to Blackbelt": A Reference Text for MapPoint Integration:
June 4, 2008 |
Dr. Elliot Bendoly shares information about his new textbook which includes information about integrating Excel and MapPoint.
Routene Excel and MapPoint Update:
May 23, 2008 |
John Sewell introduces and explains the features in the latest version of Routene, an Excel spreadsheet for of physical supply chain and logistics applications. A full version of Routene is now available for purchase.
Using Virtual Earth with OpenLayers:
May 22, 2008 |
A Simple Add-in for MapPoint API Beginners:
April 24, 2008 |
Richard Marsden's latest article shows step by step how to create a MapPoint COM Add-in using Visual Basic to draw
circles around pushpins. Includes complete source code and screenshots.
The MapPoint Web Service Helper - Part II: Mobile Application Development:
December 10, 2007 |
This article describes how the MapPoint Web Service Helper can be used to quickly and easily write Visual Basic 2005 mobile applications that make use of the Microsoft MapPoint Web Service.
Handling Pushpin Collisions:
December 6, 2007 |
Wilfried Mestdagh shares a solution for reducing the number of pushpins that must be displayed on a map
The MapPoint Web Service Helper - Part I: Windows and Web Applications:
November 30, 2007 |
This article describes how the MapPoint Web Service Helper can be used to quickly and easily write Visual Basic 2005 Windows and Web applications that make use of the Microsoft MapPoint Web Service.
Automating MapPoint in C++ With Built In GPS Features Enabled:
August 6, 2007 |
Jonathan Oppelaar shows how he used techniques to overcome limitations in the MapPoint API to make MapPoint a better
navigation platform for Project54, a in-car law enforcement system currently in use in over 1,000 vehicles.
Building an Animated Map with Flash Demo Builder:
May 27, 2007 |
John Meyer shows how to create an animated Flash map using MapPoint and Flash Demo Builder. This can be used for demonstrations and allows interactive capability with the map.
Using Virtual Earth to Write a Vista Gadget That Tracks the International Space Station:
March 6, 2007 |
This is the second part of two articles about writing Vista Gadgets that use Virtual Earth. The first part ("Using Virtual Earth in a Vista Gadget") showed you how to write a Vista Gadget that showed a simple interactive map using Virtual Earth. This second part extends the gadget into something more useful: A Tracker for the International Space Station (ISS).
Determing Whether A Point Is Located Inside Polygon:
March 5, 2007 |
Wilfried Mestdagh wrote this article on determing whether a vehicle is located inside or outside a convex polygon. "Simplify the polygon by make triangles from it one by one, until we have a triangle where the point is inside.
At the end we only have to verify if the point is in the last triangle."
Using Virtual Earth in a Vista Gadget:
March 1, 2007 |
Richard Marsden shows how to configure a Vista Gadget to pull from Virtual Earth. "Vista gadgets are simply HTML files, and are hence very easy to write."
An API to Control MapPoint 2006 GPS Features - Part I of II:
August 31, 2006 |
Paul Larson shares an API he developed to add programmatic GPS functionality to MapPoint code projects and includes a demo to illustrate how the API works.
Using MapPoint and Excel for Supply Chain Management:
July 30, 2006 |
John Sewell submitted this 3000 line application developed using MapPoint and Excel which performs a number of functions related to Supply Chain Management
Creating Geocoding Exceptions for MapPoint Web Service Applications:
July 23, 2006 |
Stephen Pushee wrote this article on resolving geocoding exceptions when using the MapPoint Web Service. "For example, a user might supply St. Thomas as a city name when searching for St. Thomas the island, not knowing that Charlotte Amalie is the main city on St. Thomas."
Using Python to Control MapPoint, Part 2:
July 11, 2006 |
Second of a two-part article by Richard Marsden on scripting MapPoint using Python. In this part Richard shows how to use Python to plot the 250 largest cities in California.
Implementing Location-Based Functionalities with the MapPoint Web Service:
July 1, 2006 |
This article by Mohanraj Annamalai illustrates how to find the center point from a set of Latitudes and Longitudes. The article also discusses how to programmatically generate a map using the Microsoft MapPoint Web Service and implement interactive features like: re-centering a map based on the clicked location, panning north, south, east, and west.
MP2Kmag Talks with Fresh Logic Studios:
March 27, 2006 |
A few weeks ago we conducted an e-mail interview with the folks at Fresh Logic Studios. We talk about their Atlas application and plans for future development.
Using Python to Control MapPoint, Part 1:
March 26, 2006 |
First of two articles by Richard Marsden on scripting MapPoint using Python. This article
demonstrates how to get started with PythonWin and MapPoint.
Snap to a Road:
February 12, 2006 |
Wilfried Mestdagh's article shows how to take a lat/lon and find the nearest road relative to that point. The technique, written entirely in Delphi, employs reverse geocoding and determines the lat/lon using a CalcXY routine.
What's New in Streets and Trips 2006:
December 10, 2005 |
Marvin Hlavac shares a summary of the useful new features and highlights of the consumer product Streets and Trips 2006 including GPS navigation features, Virtual Earth integration and the new Night View.
MWS 4.0 - Frequently Asked Questions:
October 16, 2005 |
This document lists the new features in MWS 4.0 and answers questions about the licensing model and pricing, the partner program, MapPoint Location Server, and Virtual Earth.
MapPoint Web Service 4.0 Fact Sheet:
October 12, 2005 |
MapPoint Web Service supports Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) and Extensible Markup Language (XML) interfaces, allowing developers to easily build location-based services into their applications.
Getting Started with the Virtual Earth Map Control:
August 2, 2005 |
Eric shares a very bare-bones example of adding the Virtual Earth control to
to create a more fully-fledged implementation.
Virtual Earth: Frequently Asked Questions July 2005:
July 25, 2005 |
MSN Virtual Earth is an exciting new component of Microsoft's Search vision that gives consumers a deeply immersive search experience where they see what it's like to be in a location and explore what they can do there.
Excel User-Defined Functions and MapPoint:
July 17, 2005 |
David Hager demonstrates how to incorporate MapPoint functionality into a user-defined Excel function
MapPoint Automation with C/C++ - Part 2:
July 16, 2005 |
This is the second of three articles by Sergey Kostrov on automating MapPoint with C/C++. In this installment, Sergey demostrates how to automate MapPoint from a MS SQL Server Extended Stored procedure.
MapPoint Automation with C/C++ - Part 1:
March 26, 2005 |
This is the first of three articles by Sergey Kostrov on automating MapPoint with C/C++ starting with a simple C/C++ application.
Mapping Recent Earthquake Data:
March 25, 2005 |
This is the second installment of Richard Marsden's two-part article on mapping earthquake data. In this part, Richard shows how to massage USGS data in Excel for importing into MapPoint and depict earthquakes as point data.
MapPoint 2004 Symbols:
March 10, 2005 |
Richard Marsden assembled this guide to MapPoint 2002 symbols and the new additional symbols found in MapPoint 2004.
MapPoint Get MSAs Add-in:
January 8, 2005 |
Learn how to create a MapPoint add-in by using the MapPoint
object model and Microsoft Visual Basic .NET. With the add-in, users can query
Pushpin sets to find out if any of the Pushpins are located within Metropolitan
Statistical Areas (MSAs). The add-in then displays the query results in a
Microsoft Excel workbook.
Using MS MapPoint in PowerBuilder:
December 5, 2004 |
Why should you use GIS (Geographic Information System) data in PowerBuilder? You can plan a route for a service technician or a sales person. You can track the positions of the trucks delivering goods and it might allow you to direct a truck to an additional pick up close to its route. You can print driving directions when heading to an unknown place.
Microsoft Location Server Integration: A Project Manager's Perspective:
October 29, 2004 |
MLS, being a Web service, is pretty straightforward from a programmer's perspective. But for a project manager, there can be other tricky issues. Here's a peek at a real-world project.
Microsoft Pocket Streets 2005 FAQ:
October 18, 2004 |
Pocket Streets 2005 offers map guide functionality for Windows Mobile Devices. This software makes it possible to create customizable maps, prepare complete itineraries, and locate places of interest such as restaurants, ATMs, shopping centers, transportation, tourist attractions and more.
With Microsofts MapPoint Division, Location is Everything:
October 1, 2004 |
Q&A: Microsoft recently released Streets & Trips 2005 with GPS Locator,
a new consumer mapping and trip planning package that includes the companys
first Global Positioning System device. Michael Graff, leader of the
MapPoint Business Unit, shares the companys vision for the future of location-based technology.
Plotting Earthquake Hazard Data in MapPoint:
September 19, 2004 |
This two-part article by Richard Marsden shows how to use MapPoint to produce maps of earthquake hazards and to overlay recent earthquakes using data from the USGS. The technique of depicting data using grids can be used in a wide range of environmental and commercial applications.
Utilizing MapPoint for Emergency Services:
July 18, 2004 |
Mike Mueller of the Lannon Fire Department in Wisconsin discusses the opportunities and challenges in implementing MapPoint 2004 for a small village's volunteer fire department
Using Geographic Codes to Import Data into MapPoint 2004:
June 5, 2004 |
Greg Slayden of Microsoft shows how to use standard geographic codes (FIPS, NUTS, ISO-3166, and Canadian SGC) to import data files into Microsoft MapPoint 2004
Programming with Microsoft MapPoint Location Server, Version 1.0:
April 10, 2004 |
Chandu Thota takes a first look at Microsoft MapPoint Location Server anddemonstrates how to develop powerful location-based applications and services usingMapPoint Location Server and MapPoint Web Service
MapPoint Location Server FAQ:
March 24, 2004 |
This document aims to answer frequently asked questions regarding the MapPoint Location Server such as system requirements, privacy issues, and the licensing model
Interview with Steve Lombardi:
March 16, 2004 |
msmobiles.com recently caught up with Steve Lombardi in Cannes, France to discuss the soon-to-be-announced MapPoint Location Server
Calling MapPoint From C++ Without the MFC Safety Net:
March 6, 2004 |
Richard Marsden shows you how to access the MapPoint COM
interface from C++ without using MFC. The code has been tested with Visual C++, Intel C++ Compiler, and C++Builder.
Investigating the MapPoint Web Service 3.5 SDK:
February 27, 2004 |
We take a look at getting started with the MapPoint Web Service including how to obtain an evaluation account, set up your computer with the right software, and run the Core Functionality samples both on your local computer and an ASP.NET web server
Determing the Time Zone in MapPoint:
February 21, 2004 |
Leon Schell shares a method for determining the time zone by accessing hidden POI information
Programming with MapPoint 2004 using the .NET Framework:
January 25, 2004 |
This article by Chandu Thota discusses how to program with the MapPoint 2004 object model using the Microsoft® .NET Framework
Updated Street and POI Data:
December 7, 2003 |
This excerpt from the first edition of MP2Kmag's Guide to What's New in MapPoint 2004 highlights the new data in the North American version
Finding the Starting Point of a Route:
October 19, 2003 |
Nico Bontenbal shares a method for determining the starting point of a route by examining the pixels in the map image using Window API calls
Automating MapPoint with Perl:
September 8, 2003 |
This article shows how to access the MapPoint API from Perl using the Win32::OLE module. Topics include basic Perl syntax, how to call MapPoint methods, and how to set MapPoint API properties
Interview with Rik Temmink:
July 24, 2003 |
MP2K Magazine recently conducted an in-depth interview with Rik Temmink. Rik managed the MapPoint marketing team from early 2001 until January of this year, and now manages the MapPoint business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Improving On The MapPoint Geocoding Algorithm - Pt. II:
June 20, 2003 |
Rainer Barthels database and executable for advanced geocoding in MapPoint
Making Pushpin Locations Immoveable:
June 16, 2003 |
Fernando Velasquez shares a solution for preventing a user from moving pushpins on a map
Extending the MapPoint ActiveX Control - Pt. II:
May 13, 2003 |
Sergiy Pavlov continues his exploration on how to unleash the full functionality of MapPoint in the ActiveX control
Improving On The MapPoint Geocoding Algorithm - Pt. I:
May 7, 2003 |
Rainer Barthels shares a method for getting better geocodes in MapPoint than the built-in routine by using the return values from FindAddressResults
Product Review: Map-In-A-Box:
May 1, 2003 |
Map-In-A-Box is an add-on to MapInfo Professional 6.0 (or higher) that seamlessly integrates Microsofts MapPoint 2002 functionality into MapInfo Professional.
Mobile Location-Based Services are ready to roll! - Part 2:
April 28, 2003 |
This is part two of a series on mobile location-based services applications and the barriers that have prevented it from taking off.
Extending the MapPoint ActiveX Control - Pt. I:
April 10, 2003 |
Sergiy Pavlov demonstrates an ingenious method to add functionality to the MapPoint ActiveX control
MapPoint: Route Management:
April 1, 2003 |
A lot of effort, some database wizardry and a vb application make MapPoint 2002 a badly needed management tool
Creating a Grid Over Iraq In MapPoint:
March 24, 2003 |
MP2Kmag shares some grid creation code centered over Iraq based on a suggestion and coordinates from Mike Mueller, a Wisconsin fire-fighter and MapPoint programmer
Using Autoroute 2003 Data in MapPoint 2002:
March 10, 2003 |
Richard Hayes demonstrates how to incorporate the AutoRoute 2003 data into MapPoint 2002 Europe
Discovering MapPoint Map Printing Capabilities:
February 20, 2003 |
John Washenberger outlines a method for generating large area detailed map images by saving the map as a web page
MapPoint Review and Perspective:
February 14, 2003 |
. GIS System, Mapping package, or just a
real business tool? Andrew Whittam shares his insights
Waypoint Importer For MapPoint:
December 9, 2002 |
In this article, Rahn Lieberman shows how to import an XML file containing waypoint information into MapPoint 2002 as Pushpins
Delphi Address Verifier:
December 5, 2002 |
Yildiray Elmaci shares a MapPoint solution developed in
Delphi to verify addresses including filling in missing
information and returning the lat/lon
XML Web Services, GIS, and Location Technologies - Part 2:
December 4, 2002 |
The second in a two-part series by Steve Lombardi, a MapPoint technical product manager regarding XML web services and MapPoint .NET
XML Web Services, GIS, and Location Technologies:
November 6, 2002 |
An article written by Steve Lombardi, a MapPoint technical product manager, explains XML web services and Microsoft .NET as well as MapPoint .NET
MapPoint 2003 EULA Fleet Applications FAQ:
October 8, 2002 |
The MapPoint Team recently distributed this Frequently Asked Questions List to their partners regarding the new fleet applications provision to appear in the MapPoint 2003 EULA.
Map-In-A-Box Puts MapPoint Maps Into MapInfo:
October 1, 2002 |
Mapping Solution's new product seamlessly ties the functionality of Microsoft's MapPoint
2002 into MapInfo Corp.'s full-featured geographic information system (GIS) - MapInfo
Professional (versions 6.0 and higher).
Uploading MapPoint Locations To Your GPS:
August 16, 2002 |
"Having found the address with MapPoint, how do you get it into your GPS? Very often I have faced this problem," writes Evert Mouw.
Home Locator Sample Application:
July 31, 2002 |
John Washenberger writes, "In the spirit of the MDB 'Circus' Contest, the application I have submitted could be considered a 'three-ring extravaganza'."
Geodesy: MapStuff Release version 0.9:
July 8, 2002 |
Windsway Company is releasing some Geodesy oriented software as open souce
code. This is not a complete application but rather a set of routines that
you can use to build your own applications.
Merging Multiple Routes:
June 24, 2002 |
In this article, Chip Pearson demonstrates a method to merge several MapPoint files in to a single "Master"
route programmatically with VBA.
Tracking P.F. Changs in the Midwest:
June 11, 2002 |
A popular Asian-themed restaurant has opened dozens of locations throughout the U.S. This article
demonstrates a simple MapPoint/Access application showing P.F. Changs locations in Illinois and
MapPoint Graticule COM Add-in:
May 22, 2002 |
This article describes a Visual Basic 6 COM add-in for MapPoint 2002 that draws parallels and meridians at spacings of 15 degrees on any MapPoint .ptm map. Geographers commonly refer to this grid as a graticule.
Automating MapPoint with the .NET SDK:
May 8, 2002 |
As Gilles Kohl showed in a previous article, it's possible to program
MapPoint with only the free .NET Framework SDK. This article illustrates a
simple program using this technique for generating images from MapPoint.
Company Profile: Pocket Real Estate:
April 26, 2002 |
Hand e Corps Pocket Real Estate is a suite of products that enable real estate professionals and consumers to access real estate information, including MLS data, via handheld computers and mobile devices.
LGPMap Uses MapPoint and AutoRoute:
April 11, 2002 |
MP2K talks with Nik Aves, developer of the LGPMap.co.uk web site, which adopted Microsoft's Geography product formats for download on their web site.
Programming MapPoint via .NET:
April 4, 2002 |
While we will create an improved location sensor in this article, the focus is not replacing the existing location sensor, but illustrating how to program MapPoint using VB.NET - using a free copy of the latter.
Spambayes Install For Outlook Express:
March 27, 2002 |
This article shows how to install/implement a terrific free spam-blocker in Outlook Express
Using MapPoint In Delphi:
March 20, 2002 |
Jack Melgers explains how developers can go about using MapPoint within Delphi and provides several code snippets
February 18, 2002 |
This is a log of the recent chat with B.J. Holtgrewe, a wide variety of topics were covered. Jill and Wayne Freeze and Joe Francica make surprise visits.
Quick Review - Safe Software Feature Manipulation Engine for MapPoint 2002:
January 30, 2002 |
Directions Magazine takes a look at Safe Software's recently added function to its Feature Manipulation Engine (FME) that has the ability to integrate a variety of geographic features with Microsoft's MapPoint 2002.
Company Profile: Info Touch:
January 22, 2002 |
In our continuing series, MP2K profiles a company actively developing a vertical-market solution using MapPoint
Formatting Coordinates with DmsFormat:
January 6, 2002 |
DmsFormat is a powerful routine that can format coordinates in
thousands of ways, using a format string. This article describes how
to use it, and provides the source code as well.
Linking to Weather Data From MapPoint:
December 30, 2001 |
Chris Gebhardt shows how to link to web-based geographical data from within MapPoint
Accuracy With OSGB Grid References:
December 10, 2001 |
Nick Hubbard investigates and supplies a solution for using OSGB coordinates accurately with MapPoint 2002
10 Second Tutorial: Screenshots!:
December 7, 2001 |
In the second installment of the 10 Second Tutorial we share a favorite and very effective use MapPoint, making small screenshot maps. As with the first tutorial, this ends with a challenge to win free software.
Extracting the Mappoint 2002 Points of Interest:
December 2, 2001 |
Extract all 801,171 POIs from the North American version of Mappoint
into a database, for subsequent searches.
Company Profile: RoutePointe:
November 28, 2001 |
MP2K presents a company that has developed a vertical-market school bus routing application using MapPoint
MapPoint 2002 and High-end GIS Functionality Living in Harmony:
November 6, 2001 |
BJ Holtgrewe, a Senior Product Manager/Technical Evangelist
for MapPoint talks about the Spatial Data Importer
Reverse Geocoding, Pt. III:
October 30, 2001 |
Walt Cygan, a frequent contributor of late, submits this solution for tackling reverse geocoding
Company Profile: Crime Prevention Analysis Lab:
October 26, 2001 |
In what will be a continuing series, MP2K profiles a company actively developing a vertical-market application using MapPoint.
Using a DSN-less Connection to a SQL Server Database to Get Data for Maps:
October 23, 2001 |
Whether you are building a COM add-in or using the MapPoint ActiveX Control, you may need to access SQL Server data. Here are some ideas on doing it efficiently and flexibly.
Reverse Geocoding, Another Method:
October 21, 2001 |
Gilles Kohl submitted this update to his previous article on reverse geocoding
Finding Sites Within a Specified Distance From an Address:
September 28, 2001 |
This article demonstrates the use of MapPoint's COM add-in capability to display locations from a database within a specified distance from a reference point.
Reverse Geocoding with MapPoint 2002:
September 24, 2001 |
We have shown how to geocode locations using the
CalcPos routine - reverse
geocoding can also be done with MapPoint 2002 - read more about
it in this article.
Using MapPoint to Learn More About Today's Disasters:
September 12, 2001 |
MP2K staff prepared several screenshots to highlight
some key locations where the terrorist actions took
place on Sept. 11, 2001.
Using MapPoint in Foxpro:
August 30, 2001 |
Charlie Parker shares a demo for using MapPoint within Foxpro that he originally prepared for a local Foxpro user group.
Using MapPoint 2001 from C++ - the 'FindAddress' Problem:
August 15, 2001 |
Talking to MapPoint from C++ is easy thanks to ClassWizards wrapper
classes. Read how this is done, and how to add support for the
MapPoint 2001 "FindAddress" method that ClassWizard cannot generate
Using MapPoint from Word, Access and Excel:
August 14, 2001 |
MapPoint can be used from within Word, Access or Excel. This articles contains code snippets that allows you to seamlessly drop a map graphic into your Word, Access or Excel documents anywhere you have a valid address.
PliableGIS: Insight to Location-based Information:
August 13, 2001 |
One software company that can add functionality to MapPoint 2002 is IDELIX Software Inc., www.idelix.com. IDELIX has started to create quite a stir with their innovative PliableGIS technology.
Converting Strings Into Decimal Degree Format:
August 3, 2001 |
Gilles Kohl provides us with a programmatic solution for converting user-supplied strings into the decimal degree format that MapPoint expects.
A More Compact Method for Obtaining Lat/Long:
July 18, 2001 |
An alternate method for obtaining lat/lon was recently posted to the MapPoint newsgroup by Gilles Kohl that works with pushpins and also works in the European version.
Clearing The "Find Address" Data in MapPoint:
July 11, 2001 |
Ever wonder how to clear the "find address" data in MapPoint 2002? Many
peoples routes are just needed once and yet MapPoint 2002 keeps all the
addresses and they just keep stacking up more and more. MP2KMag to the rescue.
Lat/Long in MapPoint 2002:
July 6, 2001 |
Chris Gebhardt shares some insights into how to circumvent the lack of a lat/long support in MP. "There are ways to
ascertain the lat/long using simple geometry and trigonometry."
10 Second Tutorial: Embedding With Word:
June 29, 2001 |
In the first column of what in will be a regular feature, Jonathan takes a
look at a simple and effective, yet underused Office feature, embedding.
MP2K Talks to Manifold:
June 28, 2001 |
MP2K recently spoke with Dimitri Rotow regarding the "Publish for MapPoint" feature apparently missing in the latest release of Manifold.
June 27, 2001 |
The latest version promises the ability to import ESRI shape files and MapInfo data--a previously missing feature that held back the Microsoft GIS product. Adena Schutzberg reviews this and many other new offerings in MapPoint 2002.
Microsoft Releases MapPoint 2002:
April 24, 2001 |
Microsoft Releases MapPoint 2002 Format to print By: Joseph Schwartz (Apr. 24, 2001) Third Version of MapPoint includes GPS compatibility, ActiveX controls, expanded demographics.
Add-On Products for MapPoint 2000:
April 17, 1999 |
MapPoint 2000, introducing mapping to millions of Microsoft Office users, will quickly develop its own after-market of products and services. What will the first of these be?
The 80/20 Rule:
April 5, 1999 |
In the real world, getting all the sales or all the market is usually not feasible. MapPoint can help you get 80% with 20% of the effort.
Be Creative with Legends:
April 5, 1999 |
MapPoint's default legends are a great place to start. But a little work in modifying them can make your point stronger, and the lessons you learn richer.
Where did MapPoint 2000 Come From?:
April 5, 1999 |
Our publisher looks at the product design and marketing considerations behind MapPoint 2000. Based in part on a recent visit by the author with the MapPoint 2000 team.