MapInfo MapX® Upgrades:
Translucent Raster Images
- A translucent image can be seen through. This allows raster images to be placed on top of other layers, yet the underlying layers are partially visible.
Label Enhancements - In MapX®
Labels can now be curved around roads!
Individual labels are now selectable and editable. Users can change the orientation of a label around a point or curve a label around a road. The new label functionality makes it easier for the user to read and interpret the information that is being displayed on the map. It also gives users better control over the look and feel of their maps.
Label Partial Object - With the Label Partial Objects feature, the label IL can be seen.
This feature allows labels to be displayed even when the centroid is not in the current view. For instance, if your map displays multiple counties, all of the counties can now be labeled even if the centroid is not in the area being displayed. If a user is looking at the border of two states, neither state would be labeled. Now both states would be.
New Military Features - Support for military raster formats including ASRP, ADRG, CADRG, CIB, and NITF. Also support for the Military Grid Reference System.
MapInfo MapX® -
easiest, most cost-effective way to embed
mapping functionality into new and
MapInfo MapX® is a cost-effective, robust, ActiveX component, enabling developers to add mapping functionality to any application - quickly and easily.
Using standard languages, a streamlined object model, extensive methods and events, efficient property pages, defaults and other wizards, MapInfo MapX® helps simplify application development. The result is a highly visual way to display and analyze location-based data to better serve customers, make better decisions, and manage assets and operations more effectively.
Standard Features Include:
Standard Languages - Use Visual Basic®, Visual C++, and Delphi® to integrate MapInfo MapX® into new and existing applications.
Data Access and Database Support - Spatial Server Access (SSA) enables developers to connect to live data stored in enterprise
databases such as Oracle®, IBM Informix® and Microsoft® SQL Server.
In addition to supporting Oracle's SDO_Geometry spatial data format, MapInfo MapX® also supports Oracle's coordinate systems and projections. Any valid SQL query can be passed to Oracle® Spatial or Oracle® Locator. Performance is enhanced by using Oracle Call Interface (OCI) pre-fetch methods to retrieve multiple rows per request.
MapInfo MapX® supports data access for Microsoft® Access and MapInfo
SpatialWare's newest platform, Microsoft® SQL Server.
Dynamic Selection for Radius & Polygon Selection Tool
- The Radius and Polygon Selection Tools can now dynamically display the number of objects contained within the selection. This feature is being used to dynamically determine the number of customers located inside of the selection. The user knows that they want to know the area in which 100 customers live Using this feature, they increase the size of their selection until the number of customers selected reaches 100.
Raster Image Support - Use raster images to add a bitmap layer, such as scanned paper maps or aerial photographs to your maps.
Thematic Mapping - Standard
support for thematic mapping.
Object Processing and Editing - Enables users to create, combine, buffer, intersect or erase objects like points, lines and polygons. A node editing feature allows users to edit a geometry, such as a polygon, by adding, removing or moving individual nodes.
True Object Linking and Embedding (OLE)
- For fast application development.
Find - Any map object, such as a customer, street, postal code, state, etc. can be located and displayed.
Visual Spatial Selections - Select data by individual points, within a given polygon, or by drawing and enclosing data within a circle or rectangle.
Geocoding - Place location information (such as a customer's address, or the location of a cell tower) on a map down to the postal code centroid level. For more enhanced street level precision, MapInfo MapX fully supports MapInfo MapMarker® Plus and MapMarker® J Server. MapMarker® is also available as an ActiveX component enabling geocoding functionality to be embedded within your applications rather than having a geocoder running separately from your application.
Map Rotation - Specify the ability to rotate a map through 360 degrees for greater flexibility and more effective presentation of information (such as rotating the map while tracking the location of a vehicle in real time).
ESRI Support - Directly reads ESRI shape format.
Export Formats - JPG, GIF, WMF, BMP, TIF, PNG, PSD.
Support for per Record Styles - Allows each geometry in a single layer to have its own style. For example, a single 'public institution' layer in Oracle8i Spatial can have schools, town halls, libraries and police departments and each point type is represented with its own symbol (i.e. a school symbol for all the schools). Similarly, a single road layer in SpatialWare® SQL Server may have different road types such that streets are shown as a single pixel black line, secondary roads as a double pixel red line and interstates as parallel red lines.
This feature shows MapInfo's commitment to enable seamless functionality between stand-alone desktop implementations using TAB files and enterprise-wide deployments using 2 and 3-tier architectures focused on a spatially-enabled, IT-managed RDBMS.
Consequently, MapInfo MapX® users will see the same results whether they use TAB files or a database. Moreover, per-record styles eliminates the workaround of having to manage multiple layers (one for each style type: i.e. one for schools, one for police departments, etc.).
User Controls - MapX® provides you with a number if stock tools and dialogs that you can expose to the user in your application. Tools can allow users to pan and zoom the map, add point, line or region features, select or label features of any type, and add text or symbol annotations to the map are included and require no code to be written by the developer. Dialogs are also included that allow users to control many of the map properties. They can add and remove layers, control the display of map features and edit the display of thematic maps. The application developer can expose as much or as little of this control to the users as desired.
Snap to Node - The snap to node feature resembles the snap to node feature in MapInfo
Professional®. When this feature is enabled, if there are any nodes present in the rectangle around the current mouse position (whose size specified by snap tolerance), it snaps to the closest node to the centroid of the rectangle and draws cross hair. This mode can be turned on under all tools. Snap to Node makes it easier for engineers to update information about their network.
Label Thematics - New labeling feature that allows the appearance of a label to be controlled by a value in the data base. For example, rather than have all the labels in one font, labels can now have font, color or size be driven by some value in the data base.
Support for Multi-point and Collection objects
- These are new object types that are supported in MapInfo Professional® and in Oracle. Customers that create data using
will have seamless support in MapX® 5.0.
Maps & Data - MapInfo MapX® ships with an extensive set of data and worldwide maps. Please call for details.
Pack Table - In previous versions of MapX®, when a record was deleted from a .Tab file, it was flagged as deleted but it was not removed. Additionally, feature keys for these records could not be reused. When performing edits, periodically the table is now packed. Packing a table provides a mechanism for shrinking down the graphics file after a series of edits and, optionally, physically removing deleted records. Feature keys from deleted records may now also be reused.
MapInfo and OGC - MapInfo is fully dedicated to providing software the enables users to easily create, provide and share geographic data with other users. To that end, we have be an principle member of the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) since 1995.