Excel Power Map 1

(this was originally published in the old MapPoint section of the Mapping-Tools.com HowTo pages) The Microsoft Excel Power Map is a new mapping extension for Excel 2013 and Office 365, and is a part of the Excel PowerBI (“Power Business Intelligence”) extensions. These have now been released as a part of the Excel 2013 Service ...

The Windows 7 Location API

This article was originally included in the MapPoint Programming section of the Mapping-Tools.com HowTo pages. The MapPoint programming pages are being removed, but this page does not directly refer to MapPoint and remains relevant. The Location & Sensors API remains available, but Windows 10 also introduced a new Windows.Devices.GeoLocation API. Probably one of the most ...

Beware of Choropleth Maps!

Beware of Choropleth Maps!
I was recently experimenting with the new Maptitude data of 2018 Zip Code Business Counts. Free for existing customers, this data lists the total number of businesses by type (NAICS code) for every zip code in the USA. This data represents a huge number of data fields, and it is recommended that users read Caliper’s ...

Ultra Mileage v1.2 Released

Ultra Mileage v1.2 has just been released. This includes a number of usability improvements and bug fixes. The most significant changes result in a reduction in the uncompressed road pack size by approximately half. Another change is that all unrecognized highway types are now ignored. Highway types ‘corridor’ and ‘crossing’ have been added to the ...

Ultra Mileage v1.1 Released!

We have just released v1.1 of our Ultra Mileage product. The major addition to this version is the new Ultra One2OneMileage mileage computation tool. This is a port of our existing MPMileage to the Ultra Mileage system. In contrast to MileCharter which computes routes between two groups of points, One2OneMileage calculates point-to-point routes that are ...

MPCluster for Maptitude v2.4 released

We have just released the latest version of MPCluster for Maptitude, our cluster analysis add-in for Caliper Maptitude. v2.4 adds a number of options to the Maptitude output. First is the option to create a layer for circles. A circle is centered on each cluster and is drawn at the requested maximum cluster radius or ...

MPMileage for Maptitude v1.7

MPMileage for Maptitude is an add-in for Caliper Maptitude that batch calculates point-to-point routes listed in a database. Each route (A-B, C-D, etc) has one row, and MPMileage writes the results (route distance, travel time and/or estimated cost) to empty fields in these rows. v1.7 includes a number of bug fixes and is a free ...

MileCharter for Maptitude v1.7

We have just released v1.7 of MileCharter for Maptitude. MileCharter for Maptitude is a Maptitude add-in that batch calculates mileage tables between two groups of points. The Professional License can also limit the results to queries along the lines of “only report the three closest destinations that are within 30 minutes drive time of each ...

How to easily improve the quality of OpenStreetMaps

There are many ways that you can help to improve the quality of OpenStreetMap data. After familiarizing yourself with OpenStreetMap features and tags, you can use a tool such as JOSM or iD to verify and if necessary correct the features in an area which you are intimately familiar with. For example, you might initially ...

Extracting OpenStreetMap Data for Ultra Mileage

Although we supply a number of PBF extract files from the OpenStreetMap global ‘planet’ file, it is possible to create your own extracts for use with the Ultra Pre-Processor to create custom road packs. Our own extracts are created using the Osmosis command line tool. There are other feature extraction tools such as the Overpass API, ...