MP2K Magazine Youtube Channel Including Superbowl Animation
In previous newsletters
we've highlighted several instructive MapPoint videos put together by
the Streets & Trips / MapPoint team at Microsoft. We've now finally
gone ahead and put together our own channel filled with videos and
links to videos out there related to MapPoint.
In our first video, which we released on the eve of Super Bowl XLVII, we demonstrate an animation of Super Bowl contests and their results
The animation is driven by Excel VBA working through a table of data
pulled from Wikipedia. The team logos appear above their home city,
arrows are drawn on the map pointing to where the Super Bowl took place
that year, and finally the victor's logo and game results are shown on
In an upcoming article we will explain all the code used to draw the
animation, and we will also share all the software tools used to
capture the video.
Also, we would like to hear from our readers what types of videos you would like to see. Other animations or tutorials?
Subscribe to our Youtube channel and feel free to post comments!
A Couple MapPoint 2013 Bugs/Errors and Workarounds
We've run into the following
bugs or errors more than once recently when working with clients and
MapPoint 2013. We figured we're not the only ones and thought we should
share, especially as they both have fairly simple solutions.
The first one is
"License information for this component not found. You do not have an
appropriate license to use this functionality in the design
This sounds potentially onerous and makes you think - "how do I get an
appropriate license? I bought MapPoint". Well, in every case that I've
run into, the computer had a previous version of MapPoint installed
such as MapPoint 2011, then MapPoint 2013 was installed without
removing the previous version of MapPoint, and then finally the
previous version of MapPoint was uninstalled - after MapPoint 2013 was
already installed. I think what happens is that some license component
or registration gets messed up when uninstalling the old version.
Luckily, the solution is quite simple. Just do a reinstall/repair of
MapPoint 2013. In our experience, this has always taken care of the
Next, take a look at this screenshot
: which can happen if you have an early build of MapPoint 2013 on Windows XP.
As you can see, the icons on the drawing toolbar are messed up. Note
that the hover tip still works, so you can figure out what each one is
but positioning the mouse over each button, and there is no loss of
functionality, but obviously the user experience is somewhat marred by
not having recognizable icons.
Apparently the early build (19.00.18.1100) was publically available
briefly before being replaced by the final build (19.00.18.2600). You
can check your version by going into Help | About. So, the solution is
to go back to wherever you downloaded
or bought MapPoint and get the final build, and then reinstall.
Again, I don't know that these are exactly "common" issues, but I've
seen them each more than once, so I expect others might have
experienced the same issues.
If you have seen these or other MapPoint 2013 bugs
, you are welcome to share here. We hope to put together a good repository of MapPoint 2013 issues and solutions
Recent Forum Highlights
are some higlights from MapForums over the last couple months. MapForums is an active community of MapPoint and
other mapping software developers and users. If you are a heavy or even
occasional user of MapPoint and other mapping software, it would be
worth your time to Introduce Yourself
and post your nagging questions, share solutions, and get connected
with others in your industry or using MapPoint in similar ways.
Have a MapPoint Question or have Mapping or Technology News to share? Register
for free and then post in the appropriate forum section:
, Bing Maps
, News & Announcements
, MapPoint Consultants & Companies
, MapPoint Add-ins
, General Chat & Introductions
, MapForums Downloads
, MapForums Store
Three New MapPoint Tips
I think this is a powerful but often overlooked feature of
MapPoint. You can use the Territories functionality along with
MapPoint's built-in demographics to determine demographics as well as
area of your custom Territories.
TIP 1: Using MapPoint's Territory Feature and Demographics Together
Swoop, a new MapForums user, demonstrates how to use a status bar pop up with MapPoint and Excel.
TIP 2: How to use a Pop-up Progressbar with your MapPoint Excel VBA Macro
MapPoint users often want to create BIG maps, larger than the largest paper size of their printer. Learn how.
TIP 3: Print Maps Larger Than Your Printer Spanning Two or More Pages
Interested in sharing a tip? Please drop us a note or go ahead and post in the Tips & Tricks section
Get Published in MP2K Magazine
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.
Thanks to Marvin Hlavac
for allowing us to
use the picture on the right of his Maltese puppy eating from a