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This is a discussion on MapPoint Database within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; Hey all, I was just wondering if there is a way to achieve route distances from the MapPoint database without ...

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    kurtmc is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Post MapPoint Database

    Hey all,

    I was just wondering if there is a way to achieve route distances from the MapPoint database without actually opening MapPoint. If that isnt possible, is there a way to speed up the Mapping process... basically I wrote a program that achieves a bunch of distances and I was wondering if there was a quicker way to do it if I have a large amount of data. Thanks.

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    Paul Larson is offline Senior Member Green Belt
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    Re: MapPoint Database

    No - MapPoint needs to load in order to compute routes/distances.

    For bulk calculations, you might try the Winwaed MileCharter product:
    MileCharter: Home Page

    Other than that, if you have programming skills you could write your own program to perform route calculations while mappoint is non-visible, and feed it each route from your database of waypoints. This would dramatically speed-up the process.

    HTH
    Paul

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    Re: MapPoint Database

    Thanks for the mention, Paul!

    Yes you can run MapPoint in the background, and this removes the overhead of displaying the route map - however, the speed-up is not huge. Very rough testing a few years back came out with the display time taking up about a quarter or a third of the complete route calculation time.
    I would expect this proportion to be higher for shorter routes, because shorter routes are much quicker to calculate...

    Richard
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    See http://www.mapping-tools.com for MapPoint Tools

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