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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
When you are using advanced Location Intelligence tools such as MapInfo Professional it can sometimes feel like you have forgotten about the some of the functionality of the product than you remember. At other times you can just stumble across some tool or functionality that you thought might be applicable to your project that either decreases the amount of effort to do the work or adds a whole new dimension to your analysis and insight.