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$$$ Will Pay for A Way to Make a Map $$$

This is a discussion on $$$ Will Pay for A Way to Make a Map $$$ within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; I keep being told that MapPoint can't make maps. I am told that it can't make maps from an ASP ...

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    webdbx is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    $$$ Will Pay for A Way to Make a Map $$$

    I keep being told that MapPoint can't make maps. I am told that it can't make maps from an ASP page. But I see people here refering to Microsoft Office all the time - fine - if it can't make maps on the fly then can we not simply loop through all the records of my database and publish a map back as a BLOB or save the graphic and then save the link in my database.

    Most of this seems rather basic to me. Does any one here know how to make a Map using MapPoint??? I can make one using crayons so I figure MapPoint should be able too. I hear that Bell Canada is doing it!

    Will pay if someone can identify a simple way. I am not a newbie with VB, Access or MS SQL 2000/2002

    Let me know if interested!

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    Anonymous is offline Senior Member Black Belt
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    What do you mean by make a map? What, exactly, is the end result you're looking for?

    Mike

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    I've pondered the same thing. I want to make my own "push-pin" type map programmatically and then save as a GIF or JPG or other image file into SQL Server. Example: Customer signs up to website and wants a map of all locations within 5 mile radius.

    My theory is to make a map centered on their address (with a push pin like a star for you are here). Set the map to have a 5 mile radius. Import all push-pins for store locations. Save map as BLOB in SQL Server for future use. This would need to be run once for each new user and then a batch for each user when new stores are built. This would eliminate using MapPoint WebService and would provide an "instant" map. The map image would take up space, but a small price to pay for the performance assuming that it is possible to build the map quick enough.

    I have not tried it yet, as an experienced programmer, you should be able to figure it out in the MapPoint SDK that can be downloaded from Microsoft's site. I have everything but the time.

    Scott Friend
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    sfriend@databasementors.com

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    rbarthels is offline Member Green Belt
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    In the object-model of MP you have a function CopyMap. The current map
    is copied to the clipboard. The map can be written to a database to avoid EULA restrictions.

    So the problem now is to put graphical symbols on the map. You only have e.g. the edge-coordinates of the map-area. So the position must be interpolated. I have done something similar because I wanted to draw my own graphical symbols on the map (fonts, bitmaps..). It works fine.

    Cheers
    Rainer

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