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MapPoint UK - business use licence ?

This is a discussion on MapPoint UK - business use licence ? within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; A number of our users believe that MapPoint will fulfil a business function and they would like to purchase the ...

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    MapPoint UK - business use licence ?

    A number of our users believe that MapPoint will fulfil a business function and they would like to purchase the system. However I'm not getting clear guidance on licensing or usage from our software vendor and would appreciate some feedback from this forum. The demo system has been downloaded and tested, just need to address a number of points before going ahead with the order :

    What version of MapPoint UK can be used as multi-user application ?
    How can the data be shared between the 5 users that may want to use the system ?
    How can maps created by users be used collaboratively or simultaneously ?
    How often is the UK demographic information updated and how is this achieved ?
    What happens when a new release of MapPoint is launched, will existing licences be valid or is it a new purchase ?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: MapPoint UK - business use licence ?

    Hi and Welcome to MapForums!

    Quote Originally Posted by gridref View Post
    A number of our users believe that MapPoint will fulfil a business function and they would like to purchase the system. However I'm not getting clear guidance on licensing or usage from our software vendor and would appreciate some feedback from this forum. The demo system has been downloaded and tested, just need to address a number of points before going ahead with the order :
    MapPoint licenses are fairly straightforward, one license per computer (+1 mobile device), and each version (e.g. MP 2011, MP2013) is a separate license. There is no upgrade pricing.

    Quote Originally Posted by gridref View Post
    What version of MapPoint UK can be used as multi-user application ? <<
    None that I'm aware of... if you have Terminal Server, you still need a license per user.

    Quote Originally Posted by gridref View Post
    How can the data be shared between the 5 users that may want to use the system ? <<
    Users can share PTM files. Only one person can have a read/write access to a PTM file at a time.

    Quote Originally Posted by gridref View Post
    How can maps created by users be used collaboratively or simultaneously ? <<
    There's no "server" version of MapPoint although you could create a backend database and add-ins for clients. Richard Marsden and I published an article on using MapPoint with SQL Server, this might be a good place to start --
    SQL Server and MapPoint - Making MapPoint 2010 and SQL Server Spatial Work Together

    Quote Originally Posted by gridref View Post
    How often is the UK demographic information updated and how is this achieved ?<<
    I'm not familiar with the UK demo data, but keep in mind the North American version still has 2007 demographics. This has not been updated for several releases (2010, 2011, 2013 all have the same demographic data as MapPoint 2009). If you need updated demographics you would need to source the data and get it into MapPoint yourself.

    Quote Originally Posted by gridref View Post
    What happens when a new release of MapPoint is launched, will existing licences be valid or is it a new purchase ?<<
    Existing licenses are still valid for the existing version you have i.e. if purchased a license for MapPoint 2011, you can continue using MapPoint 2011 indefinitely, even after MapPoint 2013 and future versions are released. Upgrading to MapPoint 2013 and later versions requires you to purchase a new full license.

    Hope this helps to clarify things!

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    Re: MapPoint UK - business use licence ?

    Eric

    Many thanks for the responses, I'll go back to the business with the information and see how they want to proceed.

    I've also taken a look at the SQL link, if this becomes necessary I'll pass it over to our development people !

    Regards

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