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Mappoint 2011 and the built in database

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    davekstl is offline Junior Member Yellow Belt
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    Mappoint 2011 and the built in database

    Last year I worked a project displaying new USPS zipcodes and found that the Mappoint 2011 data was from 2010. Many zipcodes from 2011 USPS data files did not show in Mappoint 2011. So I am checking for new information\solutions.

    • Is there a Mappoint 2012 coming?
    • Is there a way to update the Mappoint 2011 data file with newer 2011\2012 USPS zipcodes and geocoding?
    • Are there any work arounds to diplaying current USPS zipcodes in 2011?


    Thanks

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    Re: Mappoint 2011 and the built in database

    If you get a list of current zip codes with lat/lon, these can be imported as pushpins.

    Also, it's possible to get the MapPoint zip's with lat/lon OUT of MapPoint and then match up the new zip codes with the one in MapPoint that is closest.

    Let me know if this is something you think is worth pursuing.

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    Re: Mappoint 2011 and the built in database

    Eric:

    I am looking to show the Zipcode boundaries for Territory purposes. You helped last time when I realized the MapPoint zipcodes were not 2011. I was able to use a legacy USPS version and get close to what I needed. I was hoping that there was a way to update the geocoding within 2011 to get current zipcode boundaries.

    Anything about a new MapPoint 2012 or 2013 in the works?

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    Re: Mappoint 2011 and the built in database

    Quote Originally Posted by davekstl View Post
    I was hoping that there was a way to update the geocoding within 2011 to get current zipcode boundaries.
    There's not... you could try a different geocoder outside of MapPoint. MapMarker, EZ-Locate, Bing Maps for Enterprise, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by davekstl View Post
    Anything about a new MapPoint 2012 or 2013 in the works?
    Nothing yet! But I think we will see one this year. Hopefully the fact that there is more between the last version and the next version vs. MP10 and MP11 means lots of new features and data, we will see.

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    Re: Mappoint 2011 and the built in database

    The really Hot Ticket is to get a program that allows periodic USPS updates, even at a cost. While the program could have feature updates once a year, maybe data updates monthly or quarterly.

    Thanks Eric

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    If you are willing to invest some money for software & data as well and time to learn the software, what you are wanting to do can definitely be done.. I'm thinking MapInfo Pro for software, we'd have to find a good vendor for frequently updated zip code boundaries, perhaps NAVTEQ, and I could teach you the software in about 2-3 days. You might also consider Map-In-A-Box to get all the MapPoint functionality into the MapInfo Pro environment. Off the top of my head, I think you'd be looking at an investment of maybe $5k for software and training, and I don't know about data, but possibly budget up to $5k / year (?) for frequently updated zip code boundaries. You might think what I'm saying is crazy, but it does make sense for some people!
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    Re: Mappoint 2011 and the built in database

    I don't think it is crazy at all. The challenge is the time and learning curve. I re-align territories twice a year, so foar now, I will work with mapPoint2011 until it becomes a critical app and is required more frequently. The Maps will not be "perfect".

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