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MapViewer 8 New Feature Series: The Coordinate System Dialogs

MapViewer 8 New Feature Series: The Coordinate System Dialogs

This week's new feature series is a tutorial on how to use the new coordinate system dialogs in MapViewer 8! If you've used Surfer 12, Didger 5, or Strater 4, the Assign Coordinate System dialog may look familiar, only with a few new perks added! In MapViewer 7, you could access the Map Projection options dialog by clicking the Map | Convert Projection, Map | Calibration, or Tools | Reproject Data File commands, or when importing or creating a map using files with an unknown projection. In MapViewer 8, the Assign Coordinate System dialog can also be accessed from several different places. Most often, the dialog will be accessed by clicking the Change button on the Coordinate System page of the Property Manager. However, this dialog may also be accessed by clicking the Map | Plot | Calibrate command, when adjusting the input or output coordinate system when reprojecting data files with the Home | Data | Reproject Data File(s) commands, or when importing or creating a map using files with an unknown projection.

 

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Didger 5 Update Available!

Didger 5 Update Available!

Golden Software released a free update for Didger 5 today! Click the Help | Check for Update command to update your version of Didger 5 to Didger 5.8.1326! New features include exporting Z Levels in DXF files and the addition of the Magna - Sirgas Colombia Zones coordinate systems! For a full list of changes made, please see our Didger Version Info page.

To purchase a new copy of Didger 5 or upgrade a previous version, please visit our shopping page.

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MapViewer 8 New Feature Series: Text Classes for Hatch and Territory Maps

MapViewer 8 New Feature Series: Text Classes for Hatch and Territory Maps

This week's new feature series focuses on using text columns for classes in hatch maps and territory maps. In previous versions of MapViewer, classes for hatch maps and territory maps required a numerical data value. If you did not have numerical values to use for your classes, it was necessary to assign a numerical to each class, resulting in tedious data modifications. Now, you can create these classes based on a column of text! Create classes based on salespersons' names, geographical regions, or any other string of text!

Below are step-by-step instructions to create a territory map using this convenient new feature! In this example, I am creating a territory map showing which countries are in which continents. I began with a boundary file defiining the countries and a worksheet containing each country name, which is the PID for each object, and the continent to which it belongs, which will be used for the class column. You can download the files I used and the finished projects here. The boundary file, world_countries.gsb, is simply the WORLD.gsb file from the MapViewer 8 Samples directory that I edited to suit my map!

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MapViewer 8 New Feature Series: New Graph Types

MapViewer 8 New Feature Series: New Graph Types

To celebrate the release of MapViewer 8, I'm going to be writing a series of blog posts to highlight what's new in MapViewer! This week will focus on new map types and options that are available-- the multi-graph map, contiguous cartogram map, proportional pin map, bivariate symbol map, and base maps from online servers.

Multi-graph map

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Hi John, The multi-graph map will only create a line or scatter plot. However, MapViewer 8 has a bar map that can create a bar ch... Read More
Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:04
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MapViewer 8 has Arrived!

MapViewer 8 has Arrived!

 

Golden Software is excited to announce the release of MapViewer 8, our thematic mapping software! MapViewer 8 boasts many enhancements, including new map types, increased file compatibility, the ability to download base maps from online servers, enhanced querying functionality, a brand new user interface and much more! Download the free demo today to see MapViewer 8's new look and try out all the new features with your data.

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