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09-21-2011, 08:13 AM
New to MapPoint. Needing to map out specific industrial complexes for our USA based sales teams to visit in Mexico.

Needed to know how to distribute the maps in "VIEW MODE" to the crews.

Also how to only pick up one section re: Mexico

Eric Frost
09-21-2011, 09:45 AM
There's no MapPoint Viewer software akin to PowerPoint Viewer or something like that, but there's a couple things you can do.

Simply Print. If you want to send an electronic copy, print to PDF or paste the map images into a Word doc.

If you want the end-user to have interactive access to the map (zoom in, etc.) you might get by with Streets & Trips. I don't know about the coverage in Mexico. S&T is about 1/10th the cost of MapPoint. Note that MapPoint and S&T aren't really exactly 100% compatible so there will be some limitations.

Finally, you could just get MapPoint licenses for your whole team.

Also, you can't pull out specific areas, you are stuck with the whole map. You can cover up areas with white polygons as is done with the Single State Mapper template, but the map data is still there underneath the polygon.

One thing you might do is replace your default template so the blank map always starts out zoomed to Mexico.

hope this helps!


09-21-2011, 09:57 AM
Thank you for your response.

It is not good PR by Microsoft not to make this known up front. What could be a terrific tool requires to much overhead or cost to really help, and the fix on the entire map is rather frustrating.

I appreciate your feedback. I was forced to send a Word doc with the static map but that defeats the whole purpose of having the drill down interactive capabilty.

Thank you.

Eric Frost
09-21-2011, 10:05 AM
I know companies that use S&T "in the field" for hundreds of users, they are big MapPoint users at the headquarters, but when they want to distribute interactive map files for mass consumption, they distribute in S&T format. I think I saw Amazon is selling S&T for $19 right now.

Also, you can get pretty sophisticated pre-generating map images say with Excel macros and then making a somewhat interactive interface so people can click and jump to different maps. Let me know if this is something you'd be interested in pursuing.