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08-26-2010, 06:58 PM
Does anyone know if the MapPoint for Dummies book in the store is the one for 2002 version? That is what Amazon is selling, and I am assuming this is the most recent edition. If so, can I still learn the basics of 2010 from it?

I am the marketing director for a large specialty physician practice in Indianapolis. I have spent a day and a half trying to get MP to do what I want. I am more the creative side of marketing rather than the science side so this stuff makes me brain hurt.

We are replacing Business Map from ESRI as they are discontinuing updates to it. My need is pretty simple. I just want to be able to load the zip codes of new patients and referral sources and have it show it in various shades of colors to represent that a particular zip codes has a heavier density of patients coming from it. So dark blue would indicate, say, 50 or more patients from that zip code, or a light blue indicates 10-49; baby blue indicates 1-9 patinets and white means no patients come from that zip code.

So wish me luck. I am under a lot of pressure to get this done, and after this, there are many other mapping projects to work on!


Eric Frost
08-26-2010, 07:36 PM
BusinessMap is going away? MapPoint won't have any competition! Streets on a Disk evaporated. Well DeLorme still seems to be kicking.

I know BusinessMap wasn't an important business for ESRI, but for that matter MapPoint isn't an important business for MS either. Any news or more information about the demise of BusinessMap?

I hope MS tries to pick up a lot of features to get the former BusinessMap users.

I do MapPoint training in any capacity, ranging from 1 on 1 coaching to on site classroom training, you're welcome to contact me. What you're asking should be simple I think ? In the menu - Data | Data Import Wizard. Where are you getting hung up?


08-27-2010, 08:31 AM
Yes that book is comes with a trial disk for 2002 and references 2002.

MapPoint 2010 has a few new features, but the biggest difference if you are learning, is the GUI has changed a bit. Icons/button images are different - that type of thing.

However it is a cheap book (especially from third party sellers) so it is probably still worth a buy for an overall view. Just be prepared to find the button images are different, and you should look through the help to see what new features exist.


08-27-2010, 08:56 AM
Thanks Eric. I saw in your profile that I can send you a private message. I will provide my email and phone number in that message.

I made progress last night after getting your reply. I think my issue might be more around getting my Excel data set up correctly. I got hung up when MapPoint looked at my data and the only geographic info is the zip code.

My ultimate question is if I can provide my data file to MapPoint as a list of multiple zip codes and can MP do a count of these zip codes on its own, rather than having to provide the count of the zip codes to MP.

So instead of this:
46220 3
46250 2
46260 3

Can I have a database that has the zip codes like this:
ZIP CODE Provider # Procedure Code
46220 57 409.54
46260 54 409.54
46220 43 409.99
46250 43 409.00
46250 43 409.54
46220 43 409.54
46260 57 409.99
46260 54 409.54

I appreciate all the info on this site. But I am betting there are more people like me whose brains are not wired to intuitively grasp how to do this. I am one who really needs more instruction. I went through a few tutorials but it didn't really help much. I think there likely needs to be more instruction out there about how to create a data file so it provides the information MapPoint needs to do its job.

I created a PowerPoint showing screenshots of the steps I went through to get to a place where the map is close to what I want. I hope this helps other newbies get the hang of how to actually use MapPoint. These are almost the "pre-steps" that I think for others on this site is just so basic and obvious as to be not worth considering. For a lot of us, this is where we need to begin.

The PDF is too large to post here. If someone wants the PDF file, send me a private message though my profile with your email adddress, and I am happy to send it to you.


08-31-2010, 11:04 AM
BusinessMap is going away? MapPoint won't have any competition!


The budget market for mapping software/GIS has always really had 3 players: MapPoint, the defunct ESRI product, and the Maptitude Mapping Software (http://www.caliper.com). A few comparative reviews are here (see Caliper Mapping Software Reviews (http://www.caliper.com/Press/Reviews.htm)):

Desktop data mapping: A review of MapPoint, Maptitude, and GeoMedia | Technology > Software Services & Applications from AllBusiness.com (http://www.allbusiness.com/technology/software-services-applications-information/10599839-1.html)
Spatial News [mappoint-l\ Very Initial MapPoint Impressions (vs. Maptitude) Archives (http://spatialnews.geocomm.com/community/lists/viewmessage.phtml?id=9427)

However, Maptitude has from the early days of GIS compared favorably with the big boys:

Mapping the world with GIS wares -- Federal Computer Week (http://fcw.com/Articles/1999/03/21/Mapping-the-world-with-GIS-wares.aspx?Page=5)
InfoWorld - Google Books (http://books.google.com/books?id=2ToEAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA76&ots=V-hZ6EFMAK&dq=maptitude&pg=PA68#v=onepage&q=maptitude&f=false)