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Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

This is a discussion on Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; Have found similar issues which make the use of the Mappoint 2006 very problematical. I have particular need to produce ...

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    djmc72 is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    Have found similar issues which make the use of the Mappoint 2006 very problematical. I have particular need to produce territories - sometimes up to 1000 across the UK - does anyone know if I do this manually, will I be able to link data to them from excel or will this also be misread.

    Secondly, does Mappoint 2004 have this issue? Could this be an answer to basic territory mapping?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    I've encountered this same issue on MapPoint 2006 and am fuming!

    I've been using MapPoint 2004 for the last two years with no problems at all and have been eagerly awating an update to the Postcode information and this is what we get!

    Has anyone had any update as to whether Microsoft will be releasing a patch / new version?

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    As of Oct 11th I was told that as the product has been launched it's unlikely they will be able to rectify these issues within the software. The person I communicated with was unaware of a patch being launched, but was waiting on confirmation and timelines regarding any possibility of raising a patch.

    So sounds pretty bleak I'm afraid.

    David

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    Spoke to a tech today (30th Oct 2006) after days of chasing and sending files and got a similar answer

    "we have identified this as a bug in the 2006 version and have no plans to release an update as the product has only just been shipped"

    I am fuming and although they offer a refund they seem to have missed the point !! People (and companies) are still buying this BRAND NEW piece of software and are not being told it is useless for UK postcode mapping - a major reason for use by some in the UK

    Does anyone know any contact numbers to complain ?? Or any publications that could be told of this major flaw microsoft are unwilling to fix ?

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    Have a few issues with importing postcode disctricts but do not know the full extent of the issue.

    When importing the following postcode districts, YO18, YO17, YO7 they appear in the respective districts, SK12, SK11 and SK5.

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    I think that of the 2727 postcode districts in GB, 311 are plotted wrongly by MapPoint 2006. If you want a list send me a private message with your e-mail.

    David

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    The postcode problem is clearly a serious problem, and I hope it gets fixed in the next release. Or perhaps Microsoft can be persuaded to produce an intermediate release (I have my doubts - the incorrect-geoid-for-OS-grid-references bug was never fixed with an intermediate release).

    There are some alternatives but of course they cost a *lot* more. Eg. you could use a proper GIS such as ArcInfo, MapInfo, or even Gistix.
    These would need separate map purchases (cost a lot from the Ordnance Survey). Or you could even subscribe to the Royal Mail's PAF data. IIRC updates are every 6 months. Then you will always have the latest official postcode data literally from the horse's mouth!

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    A potential fix

    I too have experienced problems with UK postcodes - using them to define customer territories.

    The solution I found was to put the postcode in lower case.

    As soon as I did that all worked OK, hope this works for you too.

    regards

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    Wow ..... That's incredible

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    Re: Geocode/Mapping Issues - Mappoint 2006 Europe

    Have just tried this ... and it works for territory mapping at least. Many thanks!

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