Eric Frost, Editor
to another issue of
the MP2Kmag Update. A belated Happy New Year! Hope you are having
success with your New Year's Resolutions and reaping the benefits.
In this issue we ask you to share your mapping goals for 2013 and
would like to hear how we here at MP2Kmag and the community at
MapForums.com might be help you acheive your goals.
Also, there are two new articles on how the State Identification Game
was set up and developed. The game was first released in the last
newsletter, but this is the first time the complete, uncompiled code
has been made available. Although a fun challenge in and of itself, the
solution demonstrates a simple but powerful framework to automate
MapPoint from Excel using a custom form.
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This Issue's Contents at a Glance
- Recent Forum Highlights
- What are your Mapping Goals for 2013?
- TIP: Use Map Settings to Clean Up Your Map
Published in MP2K Magazine
- Setting Up the State Identification Game
- Developing the State Identification Game
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What are your Mapping Goals for 2013?
and exercise are among the most common New Year's resolutions, but
setting business and career goals are certainly up there. As most of
our readers would probably agree, use of business mapping technologies
like MapPoint can be a big part of that.
Given that, what do you want to accomplish with MapPoint or mapping in
the next year? Use of smarter macros, new custom symbols or figuring
out better ways to depict data, training for yourself or co-workers or
your employees, use of algorithms for clustering or territory
assignment? Post here
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TIP: Use Map Settings to Clean Up Your Map
The purpose of this TIP is to show how you can get this map, with the default map style and setting...
to look like this less cluttered map...
Instructions and more details are found in the Tips & Tricks section
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Setting up the State Identification Game
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.
"The compiled game can be downloaded here -- State Identification Game Using MapPoint
"In this article, we will publish the code used to set up the game as well as the code for the game itself."
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Developing the State Identification Game
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. Excel versions tested include 2007 and 2010, but I don't see a
reason why it should not work with earlier versions of Excel.
"Since the released of the compiled game, several developers have
asked, and I have previously shared the code privately, but now for the
first time in this article, we are now making the full source code for
the game available for public download."
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