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Fully updated to the software's latest features and functions, Inside MapInfo Professional, 3E continues to set the standard for desktop mapping tutorials. Early in the book, the authors cover the essential MapInfo Professional functions through development of a single application from start to finish. Following this orientation, subsequent chapters enable readers to hone in on specific MapInfo Professional components and procedures. Step-by-step examples, case studies, notes, and tips are also located strategically throughout Inside MapInfo Professional, 3E to assist readers in their quest to make optimal use of one of today's most popular desktop mapping applications. As such, the book is not a rehash of the documentation manual. Rather, it contains the knowledge gained from time spent on the front lines of public and private sector organizations assisting individual departments, corporations, and government agencies.

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Editorial Reviews

New edition of a text that is organized into a tutorial, case studies, and an appendix. The nine chapters describe MapInfo's basic and advanced functionality with the use of case studies that present the use of MapInfo in retail, telecommunication, outdoor advertising, home appraisal, and railway applications. Other topics include map display options, workspaces, queries, browsers and buffering. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766834729
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 5/18/2001
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Daniel, president of Conclusive Strategies in Austin, Texas, has been involved with commercial GIS applications for 15 years. He contributes regularly to journals including GEO World, Business Geographics, GeoInfo Systems, Earth Observation Magazine, Computer-Aided Engineering, and Design Management.

Paula Loree is director of market research at Castillo Company, Inc., in Phoenix, Arizona. She has developed decision support systems incorporating MapInfo Professional for numerous Fortune 500 companies.

Angela Whitener is a senior systems consultant for MPSI, Inc. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Prior to MPSI, she was a software engineer for E-Systems in Dallas, Texas. A GIS software and consultant since 1992, Angela has co-authored Mapping with Microsoft Office (OnWord Press, 1996) and MapBasic Developer's Guide (OnWord Press, 1997) with Bill Creath. She holds a BS in mathematics and computer science from Oklahoma State University and an MS in human relations and business from Amber University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Considerations for the Third Edition Book Organization Tutorial Case Studies Appendix and Index Typographical Conventions Companion CD-ROM Workspace and Program Files on CD-ROM MapInfoDATA Products 1990 Census Tract Boundaries 1990 Demographic Data StreetInfo 4.0 On Target Mapping™ Products CHAPTER 1. Introducing MapInfo Professional and Desktop Mapping Computerization of the Spatial Dimension Enter MapInfo Desktop GIS Basics Integrating Graphic and Tabular Data Graphic Data Raster Images An Example: GIS Integration Tabular Data Summary Tutorial CHAPTER 2. Whirlwind Tour: A Field Trip with MapInfo Professional Locating Satellite Pediatric and Geriatric Clinics in San Francisco Data Overview Procedural Outline Identifying Potential Pediatric Clinic Sites Define Target Population Buffer Hospitals Visually Scan for Potential Locations Radial Queries Statistical Analysis Identifying Potential Geriatric Clinic Sites Identifying Optimum Pediatric and Geriatric Clinic Sites Summary CHAPTER 3. Managing the MapInfo Professional Environment Start-up and Preferences Settings The Map Wizard Managing the Overall Windows Environment Multiple Windows Menu Bar Dependence on Active Window Basic Windows Functions Tile Windows Cascade Windows Maximize and Minimize Managing Files Data: The Fuel for the Analysis Engine Internal Data External Data Relative versus Absolute Accuracy Purchasing Considerations Workspaces Modifying File Structures On Database Version Backups Table Maintenance Adding Fields Removing Fields Reordering Columns (Fields) Changing Existing Fields Table Is Mappable Option Executing Changes Data Import and Export Summary Exercise: File Manipulation and Maintenance CHAPTER 4. Queries and Browsing Data Searches Browser Window Basics Map Window Basics Selection Tools Select Tool Radius Select Tool Marquee Select Tool Boundary Select Tool Relating Map Selections to the Browser Window Find Functions Find Find Selection Info Tool Query Vehicles: Select versus SQL Select Select Expression Dialog Box Columns Operators Building Expressions SQL Select Where Clause Group By Clause Order By Clause Joining Databases Saving Queries Subqueries (Select within a Select) Spatial Queries Geographic Operators Using NOT with Geographic Operators More Examples of SQL Select Queries Displaying Query Records Browser Window Customization SQL Select Browser Control Options Queries and Workspaces Summary Exercise: Site Analysis Using Query Techniques CHAPTER 5. Displaying Maps Layer Control Dialog Box Layer Attributes Visible Editable Selectable Label Settings Options Display Button MapInfo Professional Symbol Sets Issues to Consider Before Creating and Using Customized Symbols MapInfo Professional Font Files TrueType Fonts Bitmaps Label Button Thematic Button Layer Buttons Reorder Buttons Cosmetic Layer Legend Window Animation Layer Changing the Appearance of Individual Features Global Changes Changing the Features of a Table One Object at a Time Changing the Appearance of a Data Subset Pros and Cons of Editing Graphical Information Saving the Changes Summary Exercise: Changing Layer Order and Map Appearance CHAPTER 6. Creating Thematic Maps Basic Thematic Map Types Ranges Pie Charts Bar Charts Graduated Symbols Dot Density Individual Values Grid Themes Combinations of Themes Classification Techniques Equal Count Equal Ranges Natural Break Standard Deviation Quantile Custom Creating Themes Step 1 Step 2 Example Step 3 Refining Map Appearance Range Themes Symbols Example Pie Chart Themes Bar Chart Themes Graduated Themes Individual Values Themes Dot Density Themes Grid Themes Refining the Appearance of the Thematic Legend Example Saving a Template 3-D Mapping Summary Exercise: Creating a Thematic Map CHAPTER 7. Editing Attribute and Graphical Data Editing Attribute Data Changing Data in the Browser Window Changing Data in the Info Window Saving Changes Undoing Changes Adding and Deleting Records Editing Graphic Objects Tools for Creating New Graphic Objects Tools to Modify Existing Graphic Objects Editing Nodes Reshape Autotrace Moving the Boundary Between Two Polygons Add Node Tool Changing Object Styles Line Style Region Style Symbol Style Text Style Example of Changing Object Styles Altering Object Tools Convert to Regions/Convert to Polylines Smooth/Unsmooth Advanced Editing Tools Combining Objects Splitting Objects Erase/Erase Outside Overlay Nodes Buffering Creating Buffers Advanced Uses of Buffering Data Driven Buffers Negative Buffers Zones Convex Hulls What is a Convex Hull Creating a Convex Hull MapInfo Enclose Function Checking Regions/Tables for Incorrect Data Summary Exercise: Editing Graphic Objects CHAPTER 8. Creating Graphs Types of Graphs Area Graph Bar Graph Line Graph Pie Graph Scatter Graph Surface Graph Graph Type Summary Creating Simple Graphs Combining SQL Select and Graphs Customizing Graphs Formatting General Options Series Options Grids & Scales Titles 3D Viewing Angles Save as Template Summary Exercise: Graph Creation and Customization CHAPTER 9. Preparing Hardcopy Output Print Setup Printing a Window Layout Window Layout with a Single Map Window Frame Tool Adding Text and Altering Frame Borders Multiple Windows in a Layout Window Workspaces Tips and Techniques Templates Drop Shadows Align Objects Output Preferences Printing Problems Printer Drivers Printing Software PC platform A Note About Hardware On Cartographic Design Five Questions for Effective Communication General Points to Consider in Design Summary Exercise: Techniques in Hardcopy Output Preparation CHAPTER 10. Other Key Tools Hot Links Displaying Hot Links from a Browser Window Displaying Hot Links from a Mapper Window Creating Hot Links in a MapInfo Table Geocoding Geocoding Methods The Science of Geocoding How Does Street Address Geocoding Work? Ungeocoding Records Automatic Geocoding Finding Nongeocoded Records Interactive Geocoding Modifying the Abbreviation File Using Result Codes Manual Geocoding Redistricting Creating Districts Realigning Districts Adding or Removing Districts More Redistricting Statistics Crystal Reports Building a Crystal Report Modifying a Crystal Report Adding Titles Adding Footers Formatting Fields Summary Exercise: Site Location Analysis CHAPTER 11. Advanced Features MetaData What is Metadata Why are Metadata desirable MapInfo's Metadata Browser Digitizing in MapInfo Professional Digitizing Example Setup Alternatives to Digitizing for Creating Boundaries Data Translators Using the Tool Manager Universal Translator ArcLink ODBC Opening an ODBC Table Choosing a Table Choosing Columns from a Table Choosing Rows from Columns in a Table Saving the Table Locally OLE Embedding Embedding a Map Object Manipulating Embedded Map Objects Seamless Map Layers Seamless Layer Characteristics Layer Control Info Tool Select Tools Browse Table Creating or Modifying a Seamless Layer Animation Layer Raster Images Changing the Appearance of a Raster Image Registering a Raster Image Global Positioning Systems Summary Exercise: Raster Image Manipulation CHAPTER 12. Customizing MapInfo Professional Advantages of Software Development Types of Applications Advantages of Custom Applications Introduction to MapBasic MapBasic Window Workspaces Development Environment Sample MapBasic Program Syntax Errors on Compiles More MapBasic Programming Program Organization Menu Item Changes Dialog Boxes Working with Tables Using Geographic Operations and Algorithms MapBasic Language Cross-Reference MapBasic Fundamentals Variables Looping and branching Procedures (main and subs) Output and printing Error handling Files (non-table) File input/output File and directory names Functions Procedures (main and subs) Data conversion functions Date and time functions Math functions String functions Map Objects and Layout Objects Working with map layers Creating objects Modifying objects Querying objects Working with styles (pen, brush, symbol, font) Tables Creating and modifying tables Querying tables Working with remote data User Interface Button pads/toolbars Dialog boxes Menus Status bar Windows System event handlers Connecting with other applications Special statements and functions MapX and Other MapInfo Development Tools Summary Exercise: Writing a Simple Menu Program Extras: Useful Utilities with Source on the Inside MapInfo CD Case Studies First American Flood Data Services, Inc. - Product Diversification PropertyView™ California Property Disclosure Data Center Summary Eller Media Company - MapInfo in Advertising Eller Media Adopts MapInfo Professional Current Use of MapInfo Research Tools Eller Media's Design and Draw Process Other Uses for MapInfo at Eller Media Grubb & Ellis-MapInfo Professional as Strategic Tool in Providing Real Estate Services Content Examples Summary MarketMap - A GeoDemographic Real Estate Valuation System Deciding on Data and Level of Geographic Resolution Data Integration and Statistical Modeling Model Results Implementing the Model in MapInfo Updating and Maintaining the System DeskMap Systems, Inc. - Supplying the Railroad Industry with Mapping Technology HazMat/Emergency Response Project Prototype Development Process Developing the Rail Map Layer Rail Station Points Developing Pipeline Map Layer Creating Pipeline Intersection Points Identifying Pipeline Crossings Final Phase Using the Database Summary About DeskMap Appendix - Data 101 Fundamentals Data the Fuel for Analysis What works in MapInfo? What is Quality Data? Securing Data Internal Data Preparing Internal Data for Use in MapInfo: Geocoding Geocoding Products MapMarker GeoLoc Australia GeoLoc New Zealand Digitization and other Graphic Operations External Data Purchasing Geographic Features from External Data Providers Streets Data StreetPro StreetInfo CompuStreets StreetWorks Australia Australia StreetWorks Display New Zealand StreetWorks Display Marketing and Real Estate Data Considerations Key MapInfo Marketing and Real Estate Products TargetPro TargetPro Cluster Analyzer Telecommunications Products Finding Data Source for Aerial Imagery Data Over the Web Miscellaneous Index

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