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Exporting a Maptitude® MAP File

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MPExporter also supports the ability to export directly to a Maptitude® MAP file. Maptitude is a GIS mapping system produced by Caliper®. Unlike the other formats supported by MPExporter, Maptitude MAP files support true geospatial data and do the best job of representing MapPoint data. In fact, it is actually much more flexible than MapPoint.

 

MPExporter does not create a Maptitude MAP file. Instead it works with an existing MAP file. Typically this would be a base map (e.g. with states, cities, roads) but it could also be an existing map project. For this latter case, it is strongly recommended that you make a backup.

 

We also recommend that you create your MAP file in its own directory. This is because MPExporter and Maptitude can create a lot of data files.

 

After creating your MAP file, close Maptitude down before running MPExporter. This will avoid any file access errors.

 

MPExporter can export all shape and annotation information to Maptitude. This includes text boxes, ellipses, rectangles, and arrows.

 

MPExporter can also export all supported dataset types (the exceptions are territories and some demographic data). All of the MapPoint dataset fields will be exported, although dates and times will be converted to strings. All of the chart types (bar charts and pie charts) are exported as their respective types (i.e. bar charts and pie charts). Sized circles are exported as sized circles, and shaded circles are exported as shaded circles. Both pushpins and multiple symbol datasets are exported as symbol datasets using pushpin images copied to a local (.\pins) directory.

 

Shaded area datasets are exported as shaded areas if the shape definitions are present and if MPExporter is running with the Professional license. This is the same as the KML, SVG, and HTML options. Otherwise shaded area datasets are exported as shaded circles.

 

 

Notes

 

During the export process, Maptitude will display a small overview map, typically in the upper right corner of the screen. This window will disappear after MPExporter finishes the export process and closes Maptitude down.

 

The MapPoint programming interface trims all newline information from the text boxes. Therefore MPExporter will correctly export the text and the surrounding colored box, but all of the text will appear on one line. This is regardless of both automatic line breaks and any explicit newlines.

 

MPExporter will not export route data to Maptitude. This is due to the lack of suitable routing support in Maptitude 2014. We expect this situation to improve and will add route support when Maptitude has sufficient route support.

 

Some dataset types may be exported as simple black dots. All of the data is correctly exported, but the theme is not configured correctly. This will occur if the data legend in MapPoint is not of a type supported by MPExporter. For example, categories (rather than ranges) are only supported for the Multiple Symbol data map type. If you wish to plot numeric values as categories in, for example a shaded circle map, you should create your own ranges around each discrete value.

 

Exporting shaded area datasets to Maptitude can be very slow. US States and MSAs export quickly, but more complex datasets (e.g. zip codes and census tracts) can take 30 minutes or so.