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MapInfo Pro v15.0- What's new and what's coming
First things first. You didn’t fall asleep and wake up a couple years later. MapInfo Pro v15 is the successor to MapInfo Pro v12.5. Why? Well, we decided to skip the unlucky numbers 13 (for some in the Americas and Europe) and 14 (for some in China and other countries in the Asia Pacific region).
32 and 64 bit versions
Version 15.0 is the latest 32 bit release. It continues with the legacy user interface.
Version 15.2 will be the next 64 bit release. It is scheduled for late October.
A boring disclaimer
Some of what is mentioned in this article is in MapInfo Pro v15.0. That release has gone to production. Version 15.2, our next 64 bit release is a work in progress. Our road map plans can and do change from time to time.
Here are some of the main work areas:
Layout Designer - mouse wheel support
In v12.5 the mouse wheel was programmed to scroll the page up and down. Based on feedback from users we have changed the behaviour:
- The mouse wheel now zooms the Layout canvas in and out.
- Holding the Ctrl key while using the mouse wheel will now scroll the Layout canvas up and down the page.
- Empty frame support
- Named frames
- Select and de-select frames
- Alter a frame's text, width, height
Layout Designer and cartographic output– more capabilities in version 15.2
The 64 bit version is getting a number of additional enhancements.
Support for "Empty" frames. As was possible with the legacy Layout window, we are adding the ability to specify empty frames and then fill them with content. In addition the frames can be named for easy identification later. This will allow MapInfo Pro users to create pre-arranged Layout Designers that can be populated later.
In addition, as mentioned above, it will be possible to name frames. You can add descriptive names that describe what the frame is for. If an “empty” layout is opened these can be cues as to what should be put into the frame.
Graticule - A dynamic graticule capability is being added to the Layout Designer. This will allow for grid lines to represent coordinates to be added to your Layouts.
And more! In addition support for copy/paste, rotating images, multiple page layouts, North arrows, symbol, line and polyline annotations are also planned. We may squeeze in some more enhancements too!
Smart Indexing (in both v15.0 and v15.2)
We have improved the efficiency of a number of editing operations when your data is indexed. This includes Update Column, Append, Combine, Erase, Erase Outside, Disaggregate and the splitting of lines.
Here are some example tests run on a Dell E6420 laptop. This laptop is running Windows 7 and has four dual core CPUs and 8 GB RAM.
In the comparisons below, the 32 bit release of MapInfo Pro v12.5 is being compared to the 32 bit release of MapInfo Pro v15.0.
Example 1: Combine 181,400 objects (65 million nodes) into a single object
- Version 12.5 (32 bit release) completed the operation in 1092 seconds.
- Version 15.0 (32 bit release) completed the operation in 489 seconds.
Multiple CPUs were used in the operations above.
- Version 12.5 (32 bit release) completed the operation in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
- Version 15.0 (32 bit release) completed the operation in 15 seconds.
The nature of the data column is a factor, for example a longer character column requires more processing time than a shorter column. Also, in some cases having multiple columns indexed makes a difference in the performance.
Also, there is a preference to control whether or not this capability is used. This is found in the Performance Settings dialog box. In v15.0 look in Options > Preferences.
And finally… COMING IN VERSION 15.2
Once again, version 15.2 is scheduled to be available in October. This is our next 64 bit release. This has some additional major work areas which we will detail further in future articles. These include:
- A new extended TAB file format. This new format will eliminate the 2 GB file size limit.
- Support for the GeoPackage data format. GeoPackage is an open standard for sharing one or more sets of data (think Tables in MapInfo parlance) in a single file.
- Additional performance enhancements.
- Integration with Spectrum geocoding capabilities.
When not writing articles for "The MapInfo Professional", Tom enjoys talking to MapInfo Professional users at conferences and events. When not working he likes to see movies with car chases, explosions and kung-fu fighting.