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New User - MapPoint 2010 - Help

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    Question New User - MapPoint 2010 - Help

    Hi

    I'm a new MapPoint user based in the UK.

    I'm trying to map some UK wide data showing the progression over time. I then want to provide access to the information to other staff members who aren't access users.

    At the moment the only process I've come up with is to load the data sets individually (there are 300), manually check the parameters to make sure the colour coding is correct, print screen 4 times and join them in MS Paint (I'd like to get a reasonable level of visibility of town names etc on the map). This is obviously labour intensive!

    In addition to MapPoint 2010 I have access to MS Excel 2002 / 2007 , Word 2002 / 2007, PowerPoint 2002 / 2007, Access plus standard Windows XP bits like Paint and Lotus Notes 8.5. I can programme using VBA but I'm not allowed to install additional software (e.g. hypersnap or application enhancements), and I can't send the data outside of my organisation for external processing.

    Any help in how to improve my process with the above in mind would be very gratefully received.

    Thanks
    Karen

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    Re: New User - MapPoint 2010 - Help

    With those restrictions, I'm not sure there's much you can do to improve the process.

    I played with this COM Add-in (would you consider this an application enhancement) Code to generate poster prints from mappoint quite a bit recently, and it is a real time-saver for doing exactly what you with stitching together the map images. It's written in C# .NET I believe and uses some image library, so I'm not sure how easy it would be to port the same functionality to VBA.

    You could definitely load the 300 datasets automatically and save to different maps, but by definition checking the parameters to make sure color coding is correct is still going to be manually intensive. I guess if you check it enough times and it's consistently OK, then you could skip this step.

    If you'd like I could try to help you on a consulting basis to develop macro to load the 300 data sets. I assume you are using the Map Data Wizard? The equivalent programmatically is the DisplayDataMap method, see the articles section. However, do you only have to do this one time? It might be easier to put your nose to the grindstone and import all 300 than spend the couple or few hours to develop macros, your call.

    Let us know how it goes!
    Eric
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