New at MP2K Magazine - 12/19/2003
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this issue we highlight several new Gallery items, a tip from Michael Mattys
regarding custom pushpins, and an excerpt from the MP2Kmag Guide to What's
New in MapPoint 2004.
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Updated Street and Points of Interest Data
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
of the MapPoint product’s interesting features is that it combines the street
and other cartographic layers of a couple of the premiere digital street
data providers, using the respective provider in the areas where each is
most accurate. Navtech, located here in Chicago, constructed their database
using a nationwide fleet of vans equipped with GPS units making their street
data the most precise and appropriate for vehicle routing applications. To
make the requisite number of miles driven manageable, Navtech concentrated
on major urban areas and highways. Their coverage of small towns and rural
areas such as township and county roads is somewhat lacking and inferior
to GDT’s coverage which aims to have 100% coverage of the U.S.
Each release, the MapPoint teams make a “cut”, merging the two data sources
together using GIS tools including proprietary algorithms. In my examination
and observation, MapPoint 2004 appears to be much better cut than MapPoint
2002. Below are some examples where MapPoint 2002 had some problems in the
coverage which are fixed in MapPoint 2004.
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TIP: Bitmap Editor for Custom Pushpins
From Michael Mattys of Mattys Consulting, "Here's a great bitmap editor written in Assembler. It has plug-ins to save as icons and other features. Also,
don't forget that Irfanview has the ability to save your bitmaps as icons
using your context menu in Windows Explorer. It will even ask if there is
a color you'd like to be transparent before it saves."
|OSGB Grid Accuracy in MapPoint 2004
screenshots on this page illustrate how MapPoint 2004 improves the accuracy
of OSGB grid reference locations. MapPoint 2002 had some known issues with
The first picture depicts the OSGB grid coordinate "SH
73490 52410" in MapPoint 2002. The coordinate should be precisely at the
intersection of A470 and Church Lane. The following image shows the same
location plotted in MapPoint 2004.
|New Zealand Lord of the Rings Map
was curious in what part of New Zealand the Lord of the Rings trilogy was
shot, so I started mapping locations -- it is all over the islands.
My geographical knowledge not being all that it could be, I was also curious
where New Zealand is located in relation to Australia (I knew it was east,
but for some reason was thinking northeast-ish).
Working with pushpins in MapPoint?
Get the MapPoint 2002 Pushpin Tool for just $75. The latest features include
the ability to export lat/lon coordinates of pushpins to Excel and advanced
find Pushpin functionality. Read more and purchase the tool here or go directly
Microsoft to Pull MapPoint 2002 Off MSDN
on the Web Services Management Framework (WSMF) specification CA created
in conjunction with IBM, Tcherevik said WSDM automatically discovers, tests
and monitors J2EE- and .NET-based Web services, sending real-time alerts
in case of a problem.
On December 15, Microsoft will retire a range of legacy products from its
MSDN Subscriber Downloads service, which the company designed to provide
developer subscribers with access to its latest technologies and products.
Steve Lombardi Discusses the Highlights of MapPoint 2004
"The basemap, demographic, and point-of-interest data in the product is all
new. A mapping tool is only as good as the data that ships with it. MapPoint
2004 includes the latest data available from our data suppliers. We've also
added consumer profile data, ideal for market analysis where understanding
buying patterns and consumer behavior is needed."
GPS NavStar Version 3.0.0 Released
GPS Online announced the release of GPS NavStar version 3.0.0. GPS NavStar
is an advanced GPS vehicle navigation system which uses MapPoint
SwissCom Launches 'HotSpot Locator' with MapPoint
on the .NET application server and development platform, Swisscom recently
introduced its HotSpot Locator, an application that quickly finds the nearest
public wireless LAN hotspot and displays its location using the MapPoint
SARS Application To Be Extended With MapPoint
Best In Show Enterprise application at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner
Conference in New Orleans is being extended with Microsoft MapPoint, to provide
enhanced geographic reporting.
MapLinX Pro Advanced Query Tools Now Available
Solutions Inc., creator of MapLinX Pro, a MapPoint Add-in tool for interactive
query management and visualization of enterprise data from different data
sources, recently announced the release of the software for commerical use.
Microsoft MapPoint Web Service Notice
A notification was recently sent out to MapPoint web service customers regarding an enhancement to their load balancing system. "Microsoft
is in the process of enhancing the load balancing system for the MapPoint
Web Service. For most of you, this change will be transparent. However, if
you store the MapPoint Web Service IP addresses in your system’s firewalls—or
those of your hosting company—you will need to update your firewalls as described
MSN Premium Service for Broadband
recently announced premium service for broadband subscribers will feature
MapPoint traffic reports. Beta testing is slated to begin next week with
thousands of customers.
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