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Spatial Data Import COM Add-in / Shapes (SHP file)

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    Hello. I am trying to import a SHP file and although I can import several shape files, I am not able to import this one (or any others from this site that I have tried).

    I'm Using the following COM Addin: Download details: MapPoint 2002-2010 Spatial Data Import COM Add-in

    Main WEB Page: Health Regions: Boundaries and correspondence with census geography: Health region boundary files
    SHP File trying to import: ArcView \ Ontario \ ◦ Local Health Integration Network (4.9 MB)

    Does anyone have any suggestions /comments?

    Thanks,
    Jim

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    Re: Spatial Data Import COM Add-in / Shapes (SHP file)

    What symptoms are you seeing?

    Note that there are also some commercial options - for example, our MPSuperShape product can import/export shape files.

    Note (and this applies to all such tools: free or commercial), ESRI shape files support a range of entity types and features which MapPoint is not capable of drawing. For example, MapPoint does not support shape holes.

    Similarly, database entries are only valid for pushpins (data points) and not shapes.

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    Re: Spatial Data Import COM Add-in / Shapes (SHP file)

    Thanks Richard.

    When importing the file a message box containing the following error repeatedly comes up, and once it finishes popping up the "import" is finished, but no changes were made to the map.

    The error message in the msgbox:
    Error in GenerateShapes
    Error Number: -2147024809
    Error Description: The parameter is incorrect.

    If I were to recommend purchasing your product, I would have to have confirmation 1st that it will in fact work with the file I've indicated above. Do you offer a trial version?

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    I think it's a 15 day trial --
    MPSuperShape: Downloads
    Most of Richard's software is like this, correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Re: Spatial Data Import COM Add-in / Shapes (SHP file)

    Thanks Eric \ Richard.

    This tool did import the file but the lines are too thick. I've changed the options to a line thickness of 1 but it does not seem to have an effect.
    Are you aware of an option to allow me to either tell it to make the lines thinner or export these lines from MapPoint in a way that I can tell MapPoint to make them thinner?

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    Re: Spatial Data Import COM Add-in / Shapes (SHP file)

    I recomended and they agreed to purchase the software. Thanks Richard! (I ended up going around each line and converting it manually to a thickness of 1, but since this is probably a 1 shot deal it wont be too bad.)

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    Re: Spatial Data Import COM Add-in / Shapes (SHP file)

    You should be able to set the default thickness of MapPoint first, and for ESRI Shapefiles it should use that; although I remember the API is a bit inconsistent in how it handles 0/1 thickness lines.

    (some other formats it will use the defaults but override them with any settings the file contains)

    I'm glad it works for you! If it works for you but not the other utility then I'm guess it is due to the interpretation of multi-shapes. (or projections but you will probably know if you have a specific projection as they have their own .prj file)

    Yes our own products have a 14 day trial - I should have mentioned that in my first post.

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