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Is there a viewer for MapPoint?

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    trebormac is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Is there a viewer for MapPoint?

    I need to distribute a bunch of maps to vaious fols that don't have the mapPoint clirnt loaded on the PC's. I was wondering if MS distibutes a viwer for the folks that don't have MP.

    I have been copying the Maps and pasting them into Word or PowerPoint for now.

    Thanks for the info.

    Good mapping,

    trebormac

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    Re: Is there a viewer for MapPoint?

    Unlike ARCView for ESRI etc.

    They will need MapPoint installed.

    OR - providing someone reaches such a third party product not yet available.

    no.

    Not to my knowledge at least (which is always reaching just past where I don't know where to set that limit, because I'd not know such a place !)

    Now, whether ArcViewer for example, can bring in MP ?

    perhaps.

    OR - maybe a tool to translate the MapPoint file to something Arc could read.

    If such doesn't exist, it's on MY list of things to do - just because I want to make the world better before the next big asteroid hits.

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    Re: Is there a viewer for MapPoint?

    A free viewer (like the Word viewer) from Microsoft is very unlikely, due to the huge amount of base map data required.

    Free distribution of this data would depend on huge downloads (>1GB) and sub-licensing issues.


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    Re: Is there a viewer for MapPoint?

    Embedding into Word or Powerpoint (or Excel) is the probably the best way to go...

    10 Second Tutorial: Embedding With Word - MapPoint Articles - MP2K Magazine

    that way if they have MapPoint they can open the map and interact with it. If they don't have MapPoint, then they can still see the map image.

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    Re: Is there a viewer for MapPoint?

    As others have stated, there is no free viewer available- about the best you can do is as Eric suggests, or what you currently doing.

    There are a few reasons why this is
    #1 The base data. Each release of MP is using a different core set of data. Each core is well over 650mb, and they are not compatible.
    #2 That base data is also licensed, so there would be a cost issue to MS, which would have to get passed on somehow. If the viewer is free, then the application costs go up (and through the roof)

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    Angry Re: Is there a viewer for MapPoint?

    Thanks everyone for your feedback that there is no viewer for MapPoint. I will continue to copy and paste maps into Word and/or PowerPoint to share them with others.

    Good mapping,

    Trebormac

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