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 Thursday - April 28, 2005
What's New at MP2K Magazine 
Welcome to another issue of the MP2Kmag Update. At the top of the news, late last month Microsoft released more details and made an official announcement of the new MapPoint Fleet Edition product. 

MP2K Magazine is your source for independent news and information about MapPoint technologies and products and is home to the popular web forum for MapPoint users and developers. This month we feature the first part of an article from Sergey Kostrov on Automating MapPoint with C/C++.  The second and final part of Richard Marsden's popular article on mapping earthquake data is also included in this issue as well as another short article from Richard outlining the new symbols in MapPoint 2004.

One interesting note: in a period when most articles that appeared in the press about MapPoint related a routing glitch in Norway, there was one good front page article in the Wall Street Journal which mentioned MapPoint. The article featured a quote from the new MapPoint general manager and was later syndicated in the Seattle Times and can be read without a subscription.

Just earlier this week, we posted the third in our series of Excel / MapPoint tutorials to the E-mail Discussion List and it is also now posted in the newsletter archives. The fourth tutorial will appear in another special edition shortly.

This Issue's Contents at a Glance
 - features: Third Installment of MapPoint Tutorial Posted in Newsletter Archives
 - articles: MapPoint Automation with C/C++, Mapping Earthquake Data, MapPoint 2002 and 2004 Symbols
 - news: Virtual Earth Proposal, MapPoint Group Job Openings, MileCharter v1.2, Locarta's Dashboard v3.1, TerraViewer for MapPoint
 - forum: Forum Highlights, Recognition of Active Participants, Over 10,500 posts and Over 1,800 Registered Users

Happy Mapping and please forward this newsletter to anyone who would be interested!

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MapPoint / Excel Tutorials

The third installment of the MapPoint / Excel VBA demonstration was recently published in a special edition that was sent to the E-mail Discussion List and posted in the newsletter archives.

In the interest of getting this newsletter out on a timely basis, I decided to let the fourth installment of the MapPoint/Excel tutorial gel a bit more. In any case, when I do publish it the tutorial will be announced in the Email Discussion List and will be posted in the archives. Stay tuned and thanks for your patience.

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If you have a MapPoint presentation, neat programming technique, or would simply like to share the ways in which you are using MapPoint technology or any other ideas, contact us to discuss how we can turn your knowledge into an article and share your experience with the rest of the MapPoint community of users and developers.

Writers often plug their consulting service or other business interest through their bio which appears at the bottom of the article. Others do it for the Large MapPoint Mug (see right!). Whatever the reason, it is rewarding to share and take credit for the knowledge you share with the rest of the community.

PoleTrack Application Images

Dave Chaney submitted this set of screenshots for our MapPoint Gallery.

"We have a product called PoleTrack that allows utility employees to collect field inspection data on a Pocket PC, upload it to a SQL Server database..., and use an application to manage maintenance work, invoicing, joint-use and safety violations for all their poles and underground facilities. We use MapPoint to extract and analyze data from the database, such as the locations of safety violations and work activities."

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MapPoint Automation MapPoint Automation With C/C++ - Part I

This is the first of three articles by Sergey Kostrov on automating MapPoint Automation with C/C++ starting with a simple C/C++ application.

"As a C++ software developer I’m very surprised by the lack of documentation from Microsoft about MapPoint Automation with C/C++. It looks like Microsoft wants to “move” everybody to the “.NET Universe” and completely ignores some reality of the world when some C++ programmers don’t want to give up…

On MP2Kmag there are already a couple of articles related with automation of MapPoint from an application written in C++. In Part 1 of my article I would like to demonstrate what should be done to initialize MapPoint and then how to use MapPoint’s COM API."

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Los Angeles Eartquake Activity Mapping Recent Earthquake Data

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.

"Compared to the first part of the article, depicting the recent earthquake data is much easier to plot and only requires Excel to massage the data into a usable form for the MapPoint Data Import Wizard.

The recent earthquake data for California can be obtained from the USGS at:"

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New Pushpin Symbols MapPoint 2004 Symbols

Richard Marsden assembled this guide to MapPoint 2002 symbols and the new additional symbols found in MapPoint 2004.

Based on Microsoft documentation with the addition of the new MapPoint 2004 symbols.

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MapPoint News

Bill Gates Considers Virtual Earth Proposal During Think Week
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal ran an article on Bill Gate's twice-yearly retreat known as "Think Week" during which time he considered a proposal from the MapPoint Group entitled "Virtual Earth".

MapPoint Fleet Edition 2004
Microsoft Corp.’s MapPoint Business Unit recently announced MapPoint Fleet Edition 2004, providing new licensing options for customers who locate, track and manage their fleets with MapPoint 2004.

Microsoft Offers Partners New MapPoint License Option
From The Channel Insider - "Microsoft has acceded to partners' requests to provide more reasonable licensing options for MapPoint, a mapping software product now being tweaked by some integrators to create custom logistics applications for enterprises and SMBs that run their own fleets of cars or trucks."

The MapPoint Group Has a New General Manager
Stephen Lawler has taken on the role of General Manager of the MapPoint Business Unit. As General Manager, Stephen oversees the worldwide development, localization, and marketing of Microsoft’s consumer and business mapping software.

MapPoint Group Job Openings
The MapPoint Group is hiring. Openings are listed on their careers page in both Lebanon, NH and Redmond, WA and include Product Manager, Business Development, Software Development Engineers and Test Engineer, and Program Manager.

MapPoint Web Service Enhancements
A number of enhancements were made to the MapPoint Web Service since MWS 3.5 was launched in March, 2004 including both data updates as well as API changes.

CartaSite Exhibits at GITA Conference 28
The Denver-based startup demonstrated Data2Map, a application using Microsoft MapPoint 2004 as the mapping system for managing a geospatial features. The company highlighted their experience in implementing the application for a large truck rental company.

Corporate Express Canada, Cardinal Couriers and Orkin Manage Fleets with MapPoint
According to a recent article in ENT News, Corporate Express Canada, Cardinal Couriers, and Orkin are among those managing fleets with MapPoint technology and third party integration.

Iteration2 Announces Appointment as a Managed Microsoft MapPoint Partner
"Microsoft Gold Certified Partner Iteration2 Extends Functionality of Field Service Application (POA) with Integrated MapPoint Capabilities."

MSN Maps & Directions Site Update
"MSN Maps & Directions has updated its free, online digital mapping service with a new set of innovative features and services. Hallmarks of MSN Maps & Directions have always been its expansive global coverage, easy to use service and customizable maps."

Product Announcements

Locarta Announces Dashboard 3.1 For MapPoint Fleet Edition
Locarta Technologies recently announced the Locarta Dashboard 3.1 software program for MapPoint Fleet Edition 2004. With the latest in vehicle location technology, the Locarta vehicle tracking system utilizes MapPoint as the map display for showing where your vehicles are located any given moment.

Mapping Solutions releases TerraViewer for MapPoint
Mapping Solutions recently announced the release of their latest product, TerraViewer for MapPoint. With a high speed Internet connection, TerraViewer brings imagery from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) into Microsoft MapPoint as a dynamic overlay as the map is panned and zoomed.

Winwaed Software Technology Release MileCharter v1.2
"MileCharter quickly and efficiently calculates mileage tables using Microsoft MapPoint. v1.2 adds support for rate tables and mileage charts that span multiple spreadsheets. Rate tables allow a flexible range of cost calculations. Use your existing cost schedule, instead of trying to adapt someone else's."

MapLinX Pro - Visualize, Analyze, Communicate Info on a Map
MapLinX has a MapPoint tool add-in which they claim is a powerful and feature-packed add-on query management tool that works seamlessly with Microsoft MapPoint 2004.

Run Many GPS Applications Using One GPS
Franson Technology recently released Franson GpsGate, a Windows and PocketPC utility that lets you run many GPS applications using a single GPS. You can create any number of virtual serial ports, simulate a GPS, and log and replay GPS data.

Technology News

Navigation Drives Growth for Telematics in Premium Cars
"Navigation solutions will drive growth for telematics in the premium car segment and EU safety regulations could open the volume market for embedded telematics solutions after 2009, according to a new report from Berg Insight."

GIS Web Services and Microsoft Word
The venerable Dr. Dobb's Journal recently published an article on using Word Macros to consume a GIS web service such as MapPoint.
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Forum Highlights

Some notable posts and solutions from the forum over the past few months are listed below. Keep up with the latest news and information about MapPoint by bookmarking the forum and visiting regularly. There are now over 10,500 posts and in the forum and over eighteen hundred registered users. Boo-ya-ka-sha.

I want to make a special note of Wilfried Mestdagh's contributions in the last few months. It's a rare pleasure to come across someone willing to give a bit if their time to help others with their MapPoint problems every day. I try to do some of course and hopefully I have helped many of you, but if you've posted a programming problem recently it is much most likely that Wilfried, John Meyer, or Richard Marsden handled your post.

You may have noticed the "belt" designations. Stay tuned, as we will be recognizing individuals who have been most active in the forum each month and since the forum began.

I should mention, if you're looking to hire a MapPoint consultant or programmer for any jobs large or small, consider any of these guys first, as they are certainly more than competent with their MapPoint programming skills and the proof is public record. 

We are still looking for a web/template designer to redesign this portion of the site and do have a small budget to accomplish this. If you have some phpBB or vBulletin design skills and are interested in tackling the job, drop us an e-mail! 

Tuesday, April 26th

MapPoint for sales [1 reply]
Northern Ireland & Channel Islands Postcodes [2 replies]

Monday, April 25th

C# FindNearby [2 replies]
Using MapPoint function from Excel VBA [2 replies]
How to Associate Dates with Waypoints in MapPoint. [2 replies]
Closing Without Saving A territory map [2 replies]

Sunday, April 24th

Getting street from latitude/longitude? [3 replies]
Choice between mappoint North America and mappoint Europe [1 reply]

Friday, April 22nd

Disable Context menu [3 replies]
Alternate MapPoint icons [2 replies]

Thursday, April 21st

Need to use MP to display helicopters in flight [1 reply]

Wednesday, April 20th

Show size [1 reply]

Tuesday, April 19th

Server based SQL application with MP Integration [1 reply]
MatchRecord [1 reply]
How to display the names of multiple pushpins [1 reply]

Thursday, April 14th

MapPoint ActiveX control does not load [2 replies]
Want to find an address of Platon Elenin in UK. [5 replies]
CopyMap AND Keep Selected Area [1 reply]
Importing files [1 reply]
Drawing lines on the map between connected points [2 replies]

Tuesday, April 12th

How do I export UK grid refrences for the 450 Uk postcodes I [1 reply]

Monday, April 11th

Complete Address, when using ShowFindDialog? [3 replies]

Saturday, April 9th

LA Orange county map (so. cal) [3 replies]

Friday, April 8th

Need Help using the SUM function for County [1 reply]
Use MapPoint NA and MapPoint EU in the same application? [2 replies]
Problem with map_selectionchange [3 replies]
DisplayDataMap method c# [1 reply]
Deleting a dataset and shaded area on a map... [1 reply]

Thursday, April 7th

Pushpins... [3 replies]
Where is the Quit event? [3 replies]
Coordinates of regular shape [1 reply]

Wednesday, April 6th

Pocket Streets 2005 - Australian Maps [1 reply]
MS Access Mappoint ActiveX [1 reply]
Ctrl+T (Data -> Territories...) programatically MapPoint [3 replies]
Would like to buy a used copy of MP2002 or S&T2002. [3 replies]

Tuesday, April 5th

Synchronous error [1 reply]
Solution: Server busy window after popup context menu. [6 replies]
Is Mappoint thread safe [5 replies]

Monday, April 4th

Find center of a polygon [6 replies]
MapPoint eu entities and custom data source [1 reply]
Exporting "located" data points to excel [2 replies]
Drawing / Zoom [1 reply]

Sunday, April 3rd

MapPoint Road building tool [1 reply]
Integrating MapPoint into CRM Web Tool [1 reply]
Hidden message [1 reply]

Saturday, April 2nd

Saving current view of map [2 replies]

Wednesday, March 30th

Differences between European Trial and Full NA Editions [7 replies]
Better mapping product? [4 replies]
The real Da Vinci Code (Map Point Specific) [3 replies]

Tuesday, March 29th

Need a count of occurrences in a zipcode Shaded Area [1 reply]
How to place shapes at a screen location? [2 replies]
License issue for own Web application [1 reply]

Monday, March 28th

Microsoft MapPoint for Australia [3 replies]
Determine if a polyline is closed? [4 replies]
Find Airports only? [1 reply]
HELP!! Removing City Names and Making Pushpins larger.. [1 reply]

Saturday, March 26th

Extracting GPS coordinates from MapPoint [1 reply]
MapPoint Automation with C/C++ - Part 1 [2 replies]

Thursday, March 24th

Miles [3 replies]
MapPointControl.ocx [1 reply]
MapPoint Programming Documentation? Why so little? [2 replies]
MP process priority [2 replies]

Wednesday, March 23rd

Commerical traffic restrictions, etc... [1 reply]
How does MapPoint compare to other GIS products? [1 reply]
MapPoint Development Strategies? [1 reply]
Exporting Coordinates, Census Tracts or Other Information [12 replies]
GeoCountry -> enum to CString conversion VC++ 7 [2 replies]
Import coordinate into mappoint 2K4 [1 reply]
How can I show arrow symbols to indicate direction? [1 reply]

Tuesday, March 22nd

Multiple routes [2 replies]
Snap to Road Feature duplicated [3 replies]
Embedding MapPoint app into a WinForm? [7 replies]
Street views [1 reply]
MapPoint academic license? [1 reply]
How can I extend MLS service to other machines [1 reply]
How can I hide toolbars and legend panels? [3 replies]

Monday, March 21st

C# samples for MapPoint programming [3 replies]
University Campus outlines [1 reply]
Latitude and Longitude [1 reply]

Friday, March 18th

noob help with counties [1 reply]
Center pushin only if out of viewable area?? [4 replies]
Removing Mappoint label on Mappoint control [2 replies]

Thursday, March 17th

Getting names of streets around a location [3 replies]
MapPoint 2004 USA installation problem [3 replies]
Import roads into MapPoint 2004 Europe [4 replies]
PLEASE HELP!!!! [1 reply]

Wednesday, March 16th

DisplayDatamap and ArrayOfCustomValues [3 replies]
Blocking the moce of a pushpin [2 replies]
Adding new symbol to map [1 reply]
Mappoint active x control crashes at random points [4 replies]
Using a mappoint image [2 replies]
Display questions [1 reply]

Tuesday, March 15th

Calculate route [4 replies]
Hiding city names [4 replies]
Finding a geoevent in a polygon [1 reply]

Monday, March 14th

Route Scheduling Software (HELP!) [3 replies]
AfterViewChange event and Map.Location [6 replies]
Multiple zooms and pans [5 replies]
Size of pushpin's note [5 replies]
Integrating Mappoint into my home grown application [1 reply]

Sunday, March 13th

Override a route [1 reply]

Friday, March 11th

Is MapPoint the right software product for me??? [2 replies]
Show stops with address in text box [3 replies]
Critical Method Question [1 reply]
Drag and Drop with mappoint [1 reply]
Opening an application from hyperlink of Pushpin [4 replies]

Thursday, March 10th

List of Available Symbols [17 replies]
Change Symbols @ runtime [2 replies]
cant create a Puspin-Object [5 replies]
Re: Keyboard control in mappoint activex control [1 reply]

Wednesday, March 9th

Moving groups of pushpins to front [2 replies]
Adding Pushpin [5 replies]
More routes in the same map [1 reply]
How I can Disable the summary of map when I Draw a Route [1 reply]

Tuesday, March 8th

Does anybody know how a can place my custom balloons [1 reply]
Highlight property [1 reply]
Changing Multiple Pushpins Simultaneously In Pocket Streets [1 reply]

Monday, March 7th

Noobs 1st post. I have yellow tags on my... [2 replies]
Thick streets vs. spindly streets - how? [1 reply]

Sunday, March 6th

Map in C# [5 replies]
Can I use MP for this and how hard will it be to learn? [1 reply]

Friday, March 4th

Referencing Both NA and Europe in .NET [4 replies]
Pulling USA demographics from mappoint [2 replies]
DataSet.Paste: Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040E04 (vb.NET) [2 replies]
Mappoint Newbie [1 reply]
Extract the best route [17 replies]

Thursday, March 3rd

don't delete pushpin [1 reply]
Need to see County lines in Zip territory mode... [1 reply]
Get PushPin [1 reply]
Does Anyone Else Use Mappoint In A Terminal Services Env? [2 replies]

Wednesday, March 2nd

MapPoint 2005?? [4 replies]
How to properly close mappoint control [1 reply]
Spatial Data Import + Conversion to Territories [4 replies]

Tuesday, March 1st

How to get alll zip code of one city [6 replies]
How to get a PlaceCategory Name? [1 reply]
Streets & Trips Maps with MapPoint 2004 [2 replies]
"Failed to open MapPoint routing construction file" [3 replies]
Generate a Route Automatically from Access SQL Data [1 reply]
C#: How to find out if MapPoint is still running? [11 replies]

Monday, February 28th

How can I use the Symbols (i.e. car) on a VB form? [1 reply]
C# ImportData method help needed [8 replies]

Sunday, February 27th

Laucnhing Mappoint via another application [1 reply]
Developers-for-hire [1 reply]
MapPoint 2004 - Get GPS Coordinate from addresses in batch [1 reply]
Final Year Project [2 replies]

Saturday, February 26th

Getting the lat/long from MapPoint ActiveX [1 reply]

Friday, February 25th

New to Mappoint...Qustions on Lat/Long [6 replies]
Recordet operation speed [2 replies]
New to MapPoint... Having some questions... [2 replies]

Thursday, February 24th

Client-Side Point Conversion [2 replies]
Exclusive Drivetime zones [1 reply]
MapPoint Library Redistribution [1 reply]

Wednesday, February 23rd

Hub and Spoke / Visual Display of Routes [3 replies]
MapPoint 2004 and Excel 2002 [2 replies]
Changing symbols of multiple pushpins. [5 replies]
Catch mappoint events using C++ (without MFC...) [8 replies]
java issue [1 reply]

Tuesday, February 22nd

How to disable the save dialog box [3 replies]
Mappoint, SQL, and Access [2 replies]
C#: How to find out if MapPoint is installed? [2 replies]
Win2000 Server+Infragistics Toolbar+Mappoint = problem? [2 replies]
Displaying two diffrent routes [2 replies]
Changing the color of route [1 reply]
Coding in MP. [1 reply]
Long Lats of Way points. [1 reply]

Monday, February 21st

Maps of Brazil [1 reply]
Label Waypoints [8 replies]

Sunday, February 20th

Switching from Staging to Production [1 reply]

Saturday, February 19th

MapPoint-Europe VB6 software [7 replies]

Friday, February 18th

Sanity Check Please......Pushpin help [2 replies]

Thursday, February 17th

Is an address within an area? [4 replies]
Error "overflow execution stack" while readinq a [5 replies]

Wednesday, February 16th

Managing Toolbars (In .Net) [3 replies]
S&T 2005 does not find com1 [2 replies]
Link data to Goldmine [1 reply]
Format balloon shape [1 reply]
Displaying several points on one map using C# [3 replies]
Draw a route between two LONGS LATS [1 reply]

Tuesday, February 15th

Zipcodes [1 reply]
Creating an Add-in in VS .net [2 replies]
MapPoint addin [5 replies]
Exporting data [3 replies]
PushPin not set on correct location but shown with line [1 reply]

Monday, February 14th

Map Route with other location [1 reply]
Delphi mp2k4 findaddress [4 replies]
CopyMap in DLL [2 replies]
Cannot create ActiveX component. [1 reply]
Map layout is web service as in MapPoint 2004 Europe [3 replies]

Sunday, February 13th

MapOptions.Style in WebApp like MapPoint 2004 Europe? [2 replies]
Microsoft Great Plains, Navision, Solomon, CRM, RMS - review [3 replies]

Friday, February 11th

Formation MapPoint [1 reply]

Thursday, February 10th

Drawing Radio Station Contours (ASCII lat/long list) [4 replies]
Borland C++ Builder : Using Mappoint over olecontainer [2 replies]
"The parameter is incorrect" [9 replies]
Nextel i530 and GPS [4 replies]
New streets? [6 replies]
Disabling the Save Pop up when application closes [2 replies]
Selecting and deleting the push pin [1 reply]

Wednesday, February 9th

Save / restore map settings [1 reply]
Find 3 closest matches [5 replies]

Tuesday, February 8th

Control Height and Width of images saved using MapPoint lib [3 replies]
MP Web Services image quality, can we improve image quality? [1 reply]

Additional posts and topics since the last newsletter summary can be found in the MapPoint forums. Search by using the forum's search functionality or the google search link at the bottom of each forum page.

Previous issues of the MP2Kmag Update are available in the newsletter archive.

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