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All you need to know about MapInfo Pro Smart Indexing

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 23-Jul-2015 13:43:43


Hands up if you like watching progress bars slowly make their way from start to finish in any application you use?

Thought so.

Previously, if you had been working with large tables in MapInfo Pro and the columns in those tables had been indexed, then it would be highly likely that you’ve seen a good amount of these progress bars. They might be good for giving you time to think about what to have for lunch but not so good for your productivity (or stress levels if working to a deadline).

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Topics: MapInfo Pro

How to access the LINZ Data Service basemaps in MapInfo Pro and Spectrum Spatial Analyst

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 09-Jun-2015 11:09:44

In a previous blog I wrote about how to access the latest aerial imagery for New Zealand in MapInfo Pro through the basemap service provided by the LINZ Data Service (LDS).

Since then the LDS has released a number of basemap services and this blog will outline how to access and use these basemaps in the latest versions of MapInfo Pro and Spectrum Spatial Analyst.

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Topics: LDS, LINZ, Stratus, MapInfo Pro

Raster GIS: the trade-off is over with MapInfo Pro Advanced and MRR

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 06-May-2015 12:38:00

Spatial analysis is about releasing insights from data and visualising it in a way that can be easily communicated. Before you get to the maps, it’s all about the data.

There are two principle forms which the data used in a Geographic Information System (GIS) can take, vector based and raster based.

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Topics: MapInfo Pro, GIS, Raster GIS

Top Tips for Making the MapInfo Pro Ribbon Work for You

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 30-Mar-2015 13:36:12

There’s no getting around it. The user interface and ribbon introduced as part of the MapInfo Pro 64-bit release can take some getting used to.

If you’re a seasoned user of MapInfo, you would have built habits around working efficiently with the 32-bit toolbar and menu interface of the classic MapInfo and you can’t change those habits overnight.

However, we want to share with you some tips for getting the ribbon working for you, because when combined with the other user interface improvements in the 64-bit MapInfo it does provide a much improved user experience. 

So here are our top tips for getting the ribbon working for you.

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Topics: Productivity, MapInfo Pro

What’s new in MapInfo Stratus – Jan 2015

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 29-Jan-2015 11:15:36

Pitney Bowes has started 2015 off with a hiss and a roar.  Not only have they unveiled a global launch of their brand and identity they have been busy rolling out a strong update to MapInfo Stratus – the easiest way to publish and share and visualise data from MapInfo Pro. This update to MapInfo Stratus contains some significant new functionality and updates to existing functionality that will be of significant benefit to all users.

So, here’s what new and shiny in the latest release of MapInfo Stratus

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Topics: Stratus, MapInfo Pro

MapInfo Stratus gets Open

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 18-Jun-2013 00:29:47

Last week the latest release (R38) of MapInfo Stratus has seen (among other improvements) an implementation of WMS client support. A WMS is a standard protocol for serving map images over the Internet. It is a standard developed by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO). A wide variety of data can be accessed by WMS services made available by Government and other organisations. The Stratus Admin Console supports adding WMS layers as base maps or overlays from both public and secured WMS services. In MapInfo Stratus WMS legends and WMS feature information in call outs will be available.

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Topics: LDS, LINZ, Stratus, Pitney Bowes Software, MapInfo Pro

Stratus goes Live for South Waikato DC

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 17-Aug-2012 23:14:29

South Waikato District Council have implemented MapInfo Stratus to provide a simple online mapping tool for public access to Council information for services like water supply, wastewater and the like.

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Topics: Stratus, Pitney Bowes Software, MapInfo Pro

MapCAD for MapInfo Pro

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 18-Jul-2012 04:43:00

One of the most underused but powerful tool sets in MapInfo Professional are the MapCAD tools. MapCAD is a powerful set of “CAD like” drawing tools that extend the standard MapInfo Professional drawing functionalities to make working with graphical objects even easier.

Since version 9.5 of MapInfo Pro, uses have had access to 40+ for designing and manipulating map objects. With the move to the ribbon interface in v12.5 The MapCAD tools were revised and integrated into the default ribbon tabs when the tool is run. 

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Topics: Tools, Data, Drawing, Pitney Bowes Software, MapInfo Pro

MapInfo Professional v11.5

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 06-Jul-2012 03:25:28

Critchlow are very excited about the release of MapInfo Professional 11.5. This release continues PBS focus for MapInfo Professional around improved usability. The key features of the release include:

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Topics: Critchlow, Updates, Pitney Bowes Software, MapInfo Pro

Critchlow Plugs-in at the Plugfest

Posted by Steve Critchlow on 31-May-2012 22:51:22

Critchlow recently participated in a rare but rather significant spatial data interoperability event in Christchurch. Following the significant earthquakes in Canterbury in 2010 and 2011, the “traditional” methods of sharing geospatial information by file transfer between critical organisations were not adequate to support the scale of change occurring to critical infrastructure data.

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Topics: NZ Geospatial, FME, NZGO, Data, Pitney Bowes Software, MapInfo Pro

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