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MapViewer™ 8

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MapViewer is an affordable mapping and spatial analysis tool that allows you to easily produce publication-quality thematic maps. Precisely display your data distribution with the most intuitive functions and features. Your data is unique and you need the best mapping software for the job!

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  • Sub heading: Efficient Solution for Visually Displaying Spatial Data
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MapViewer is an affordable and mapping and spatial analysis tool that allows you to easily produce publication-quality thematic maps. No data set is too complex to make an eye-catching plot. MapViewer helps you discover data trends and patterns in your data to help you make the right decision every time!

Create one of more than 16 unique and fully-customizable map types. Color your boundaries based on a data variable with the choropleth (hatch) map and territory map types. Create unique bar charts, pie charts, or line/scatter plots in each boundary with the bar map, pie map, and multi-graph map types. Grid your data and create gradient maps, contour maps, and vector maps from the grid. Re-size your map areas based on a data value with the three cartogram map types (contiguous, non-contiguous, and dorling) and the prism map type. Use the density map, symbol map, flow map, and line graph map types to display points, line graphs, or arrows on your map based on your data value. Add base maps and pin maps to your plot to display boundaries and point locations on your thematic maps.

Who should use MapViewer?

Small businesses, large corporations, independent consultants, scientists, GIS analysts, educators, statisticians, government agencies...

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MapViewer Base MapBase Maps

MapViewer can import maps in many different formats to display geographic information. Base maps display boundary objects that do not have thematic data associated with them. They are created from any number of vector or image file formats, such as SHP, DXF, GeoTIFF, and PDF.

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MapViewer Pin MapPin Maps

Pin maps show points at specific XY locations on a map. The locations can represent sample locations, well locations, or original data point locations, and they can be defined by a latitude/longitude coordinate pair, a U.S. city and state pair, or a 5-digit U.S. ZIP code. Alternatively, you can create a custom location file to use for locating your points .

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MapViewer Hatch Map - Choropleth MapChoropleth (Hatch) Maps

Display your data in an easy-to-interpret way that is visually stunning! Choropleth maps (called hatch maps in MapViewer) use colors and fill patterns to represent data ranges or classes of data for each area on a map. This map type is useful for displaying many types of data sets, like population, crime rates, rainfall, and more.

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MapViewer Contour Map - TemperatureContour Maps

Contour maps are created by interpolating on a uniform grid between discrete data measurements and then displaying lines of constant values. Display contour maps over any contour range and contour interval, or specify only the contour levels you want to display on the map. With MapViewer you can add color fill between contours to produce dazzling displays of your maps, or produce gray scale fills for dramatic black and white printouts.

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MapViewer Symbol MapSymbol Maps

Display your thematic data as a proportional-sized symbol in each boundary. Symbol maps place a symbol in relation to the centroid of a boundary object (area, curve, or point). The symbols are scaled and/or colored in proportion to one or two sets of data values represented for each object.

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MapViewer Density MapDensity Maps

Density maps (or dot density maps) use symbols to represent data values for areas on a map. On a density map, each symbol represents a quantity, so the number of symbols drawn in an area is in relation to the data value associated with that area. For example, if an area has a data value of 3000 and each symbol represents 30, there will be 100 symbols in that area on the map.

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MapViewer Territory MapTerritory Maps

Easily create territory maps in MapViewer to group your boundaries into broader categories. Territory maps allow areas, curves, or points to be grouped into territories by defining a grid, numeric class, or text class, or by hand selecting the areas for territories. All objects within a territory are displayed with the same color. Statistics about each data variable for each territory are displayed in the Property Manager.

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MapViewer Vector MapVector Maps

Instantly create vector maps in MapViewer to show direction and magnitude of data at points on a map. The two components of the vector map, direction and magnitude, are automatically generated from a grid by computing the gradient of the represented surface.

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MapViewer Line Graph Map - CrimeLine Graph Maps

See the overall distribution of your data and visualize how each data value compares to the data set as a while with the line graph map! Line graph maps sort the data values from least to most and plot that as a line graph relative to the centroid of each boundary. Then fill is applied from the minimum value up to the specific data value of that boundary, so you can see at-a-glance how your data values relate to each other.

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MapViewer Gradient Map - Energy ConsumptionGradient Maps

Gradient maps are created by interpolating on a uniform grid between discrete data measurements and then displaying a continuous range of colors. Display gradient maps over any contour range and contour interval. With MapViewer you can specify a predefined or custom color map to produce beautiful maps.

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MapViewer Bar MapBar Maps

Compare multiple variables for each boundary with a bar map. Bar maps are a way to compare the values of several data variables both with respect to their relatives in a single boundary and with respect to other values for the same variable in other boundaries. Add a customizable legend to show what each color represents and what values the heights of bars of each color display. Display the bar charts in three dimensions to make your plot spring to life!

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MapViewer Flow Map - US foreign adoptionsFlow Maps

Flow maps show data based on line thickness. Flow map lines can be drawn from one boundary object to another, or you can associate a data file with curves on a base map to create a flow map. These maps are a great way to show the movement and quantity of goods or people from one place to another.

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MapViewer Prism MapPrism Maps

Prism maps draw each boundary object as a raised prism, where the height of the prism is relative to the associated data value. Prisms can also be assigned fill colors to represent data ranges or classes of data for each area on a map so they look like a 3D hatch map. Use this flexible map type to display two variables on a single map!

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MapViewer Pie MapPie Maps

Compare multiple variables that are part of a whole for each boundary with a pie map. Pie maps are a way to represent the proportion of several data values with respect to the whole. Additionally, the size of the pie chart can be varied so that total can be compared as well. Customize the pie charts by adding a third dimension, to make your plot pop right out of the page!

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MapViewer Cartogram Map - PopulationCartogram Maps

Cartogram maps are arguably the most artistic and visually-pleasing of the thematic maps offered by MapViewer. All three cartogram types in MapViewer are area cartograms, so the area of each boundary is scaled according to a data value. The cartogram types offered by MapViewer are: contiguous cartogram, non-contiguous cartogram, and dorling cartogram.

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MapViewer Multi Graph Map - Life ExpectancyMulti-Graph Maps

Have numerous x,y coordinates you want to plot in graphs on your map? Utilize the fully-customizable new multi-graph map to display a unique line/scatter plot at each boundary object. The graphs are located with respect to the object centroids.

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MapViewer Map LayersMap Layers

Adding multiple map layers to your map gives you a way to combine different types of data in one map. For example, you can overlay a pin map on a hatch map, overlay a base map of highways on a contour map, or plot different scales of administrative boundaries (such as county and state boundaries) on a gradient map.

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MapViewer CustomizationCustomize Your Map

Make your map look its best by customizing it to fit your needs! MapViewer offers numerous plot features to enhance the look of your map. Use MapViewer’s defaults, or customize your map by including scale bars, legends, graticules, map collars, and insets, editing colors, lines, and fill styles, showing only portions of a map, and adjusting the scale.

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MapViewer Manager - Object ManagerManagers

The object manager makes the editing of any map or object simple. It displays all the map layers and objects in the plot document in an easy-to-use hierarchical list. The map layers and objects can be selected, arranged, removed, and renamed in the object manager.

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MapViewer Map ProjectionMap Projections

Choose from an endless list of coordinate systems for your plot to display. Specify the source coordinate system for each of the boundary files as you import them, and choose to display the plot in any other coordinate system! MapViewer performs on-the-fly projections, so once your plot...

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MapViewer Automation - ScripterAutomation

Create your own scripts to automate repetitive tasks! Don’t spend time doing the same process over and over again – write a simple script to simplify your life!

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MapViewer Boundary and Data Files - Boundary DataBoundary and Data Files

Boundary files are ‘vector’ type files that save line, symbol, and area information. Some of these file types are GSB, GSI, DXF, SHP, BNA, BLN, MIF, and E00. These files can create a base map by using the File | Import command or by using the Map | Create Map | Base command. Once a base map has been created from a boundary file, a thematic map can be created using those boundary objects.

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MapViewer WorksheetWorksheet

MapViewer lets you manipulate your data in many ways to achieve the exact output you want. MapViewer includes a full-featured worksheet for creating, opening, editing, and saving data files. Data files can be up to one billion rows and columns, subject to available memory. You can cut, copy, and paste data within the MapViewer worksheet or between applications.

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MapViewer Additional FeaturesAdditional Features

MapViewer is packed full of additional features designed to help you communicate effectively and professionally.

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MapViewer Supported File FormatsSupported File Formats

MapViewer 8 supports many popular import and export formats.

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Q1. What is the latest version?
Q2. How can I get the latest version of MapViewer?
Q3. Where can I find my serial number?
Q4. Where can I find a list of fixes and changes between versions?
Q5. What are the system requirements?
Q6. How do I install MapViewer?
Q7. How do I uninstall MapViewer?
Q8. Do I need to uninstall an older version of MapViewer before installing a new version?
Q9. Do I need to uninstall the demo before installing the full version? Can I activate the demo to become the full version?
Q10. Do you offer training?
Q11. Is technical support free?
Q12. Does MapViewer run under Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 using 32-bit and 64-bit versions?
Q13. Should I install the MapViewer 32-bit or MapViewer 64-bit?
Q14. Where can I find boundary files?
Q15. What are the terms of the Golden Software End User License Agreement?
Q16. I have more technical questions about the program, where can I find the answer?

Q1. What is the latest version?
A. The most recent version of MapViewer is 8.4.406.

Q2. How can I get the latest version of MapViewer?
A. Minor updates (e.g., version 8.0 to 8.4) may be downloaded for free if your serial number is registered. Connect your computer to the Internet, then click the File | Online | Check for Update command in MapViewer. This will download the latest patch and install it on your machine. Information about the latest version is listed on the Version History page.

If you experience any problems with this command or would like to download the full version of the updated software, please email your registered MapViewer 8 serial number to Once your serial number is verified, we will send you download instructions.

Major upgrades (e.g. version 7 to version 8) cost US$139 plus shipping. Refer to the order form for more information.

Q3. Where can I find my serial number?
The serial number is locate on the CD sleeve, or in the download instructions you received when you ordered the software. Please register your serial number online. After you install MapViewer and run it for the first time, you can also find your serial number by opening the software and clicking File | About MapViewer. The About MapViewer dialog box will show the serial number.

Q4. Where can I find a list of fixes and changes between versions?
A. Information about the latest version is listed here.

Q5. What are the system requirements?
A. MapViewer system requirements are available here.

Q6. How do I install MapViewer?
Installing MapViewer 8 requires that you be logged into an account that has Administrator rights. Golden Software does not recommend installing MapViewer 8 over any previous version of MapViewer. Please ensure that you install MapViewer 8 into a new directory, which is what will happen by default. MapViewer 8 can co-exist with older versions as long as they are in different directories.

To begin the installation, either insert the CD into the CD-ROM drive, or double-click on the downloaded EXE file to run it. See below for details of each method.

Installing MapViewer on a Local Drive from CD:

1. Insert the CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive. The Setup program automatically begins on most computers.
2. Choose the "Install MapViewer" option from the screen and setup will begin.

If the Setup program does not automatically start, double-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop. Open the CD-ROM drive which contains the MapViewer disk by double-clicking on the CD-ROM icon. From the CD-ROM folder find and double-click on Autorun.exe to launch MapViewer's Setup program. Select "Install MapViewer" option and setup will begin.

Installing MapViewer on a Local Drive Using a Downloaded EXE:

1. Double-click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and navigate to the folder containing the downloaded file.
2. Double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation process.

Q7. How do I uninstall MapViewer?
To uninstall MapViewer, follow the directions below for the operating system you are using.

Windows XP: To uninstall MapViewer, go to the Windows Control Panel and double-click Add/Remove Programs. Select MapViewer from the list of installed applications. Click the Remove button to uninstall MapViewer.

Windows Vista: To uninstall MapViewer when using the Regular Control Panel Home, click the Uninstall a program link. Select MapViewer 8 from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall MapViewer 8.

To uninstall MapViewer when using the Classic View Control Panel, double-click Programs and Features. Select MapViewer 8 from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall MapViewer 8.

Windows 7: To uninstall MapViewer, go to the Windows Control Panel and click the Uninstall a program link. Select MapViewer 8 from the list of installed applications. Click the Uninstall button to uninstall MapViewer 8 .

Windows 8: From the Start screen, right-click the MapViewer 8 tile and click the Uninstall button at the bottom of the screen. Alternatively, right-click anywhere on the Start screen and click All apps at the bottom of the screen. Right-click the MapViewer 8 tile and click Uninstall at the bottom of the screen.

Windows 10: To uninstall MapViewer, go to the Windows Control Panel and click the Uninstall a program link. Select MapViewer 8 from the list of installed applications. Click Uninstall at the bottom of the screen.

Q8. Do I need to uninstall an older version of MapViewer before installing a new version?
A. No. You can have multiple copies of the program on your computer as long as they are installed into different directories. By default, they are installed into separate directories.

Q9. Do I need to uninstall the demo before installing the full version? Can I activate the demo to become the full version?
A. You do not need to uninstall the MapViewer demo before installing the full version of MapViewer. There is not a way to "activate" the demo version to become a full version.

Q10. Do you offer training?
A. Golden Software will occasionally offer live training courses. Visit our Training Classes page to view scheduled classes.

Golden Software does offer a variety of free training resources, including:

  • MapViewer Videos and Webinars
  • MapViewer Forum
  • Product Tutorials available in MapViewer - click Home | Help | Tutorial
  • MapViewer's online Knowledge Base
  • Golden Software Newsletters
  • Golden Software Blog articles about MapViewer
  • MapViewer scripts
  • MapViewer FAQs
  • MapViewer Tech Support E-mail
  • MapViewer Tech Support Phone: 303-279-1021 Golden Software, LLC business hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mountain Time Monday through Friday (excluding major U.S. holidays)
  • Full Users Guide can be purchased for US $25

If you are interested in attending a format training course in our Golden, Colorado location, or an online training class, please let us know by emailing

Q11. Is technical support free?
A. Yes, technical support is free to all users for as long as you own the product. You must register your product in order to receive technical support. You can reach technical support by phone, fax, or email.

Q12. Does MapViewer run under Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 using 32-bit and 64-bit versions?
A. Yes, MapViewer 8 comes as a 32-bit application and as a 64-bit application. Both can be installed and run on Windows 64-bit.

Q13. Should I install the MapViewer 32-bit or MapViewer 64-bit?
A. If you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, then MapViewer 8 32-bit is installed automatically

If you are using a 64-bit version of Windows, then MapViewer 8 64-bit is installed automatically. There is an option to install the 32-bit version instead, but we recommend installing the 64-bit version of MapViewer 8. Although MapViewer 32-bit is capable of installing and running on Windows 64-bit, the 32-bit version of MapViewer does not take advantage of the increased 64-bit memory space.

Q14. Where can I find boundary files?
MapViewer 8 ships with some boundary files and data files in the MapViewer 8\Samples directory. Those boundary files and data files can also be downloaded from our Support Central page, as can additional boundary and data files. If you do not find what you need in either of those locations, you can look at our Useful Links page for third-party data sources. Alternatively, you can try searching the web for boundary files. The best formats for thematic mapping are Atlas Boundary (BNA), ESRI Shapefiles (SHP+DBF), or ESRI ArcInfo Export Format (E00). These formats carry Primary IDs, so you can create a thematic map with them directly. Other formats such as AutoCAD DXF, metafiles, and bitmaps can be used as reference maps, though they would have to be edited if you need to make thematic maps from them.

Q15. What are the terms of the Golden Software End User License Agreement?
A. The full details of the End User License Agreement (EULA) may be found at The salient points of the EULA are as follows:

  • All Golden Software licenses are single user licenses, where a user is a person and not a machine.
  • Licenses may not be shared among multiple users.
  • Network installation is allowed, as long as a separate license is purchased for each individual user who will access the network install. For instance, if 4 different users plan to access the software, 4 individual licenses must be purchased.
  • Software may only be used on one computer at any time.
  • Software may be installed on multiple computers (i.e. home, office desktop, and field laptop), as long as only the licensed user accesses the software on any of the computers.
  • One (1) copy of the software and one (1) copy of the user documentation maybe be made for backup purposes only.
  • License may be transferred to another user by the registered user contacting the Golden Software sales department.
  • After a license is transferred to another user, the original user must uninstall the software from all machines they had it installed on. Any copies on original user’s hard-disk drive(s) or back-up media must also be destroyed.
  • After a license is upgraded to a newer version, the older software must be uninstalled. Any older version CDs, serial numbers, or backup copies on hard-disk drive(s) or back-up media must be destroyed within sixty (60) days of the upgrade.

Q16. I have more technical questions about the program, where can I find the answer?
A. For more technical questions and answers, please visit our Knowledge Base


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What's New

What's New in MapViewer 8?

We have compiled a list of some of the top new features in MapViewer 8. This list is only a small sampling of the new features added to MapViewer 8.

New and Improved User-Interface

Find commands more easily than ever with the new ribbon bar user-interface. Commonly-used commands have larger icons to make them easier to find, and commands are grouped in more intuitive ways. Additionally, find customization tools more easily than ever in the newly-redesigned managers.

"I would like to congratulate you and your team on the new version of MapViewer. It looks great." – Kazimierz J Zaniewski, Ph.D., Professor of Geography, Geography and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Quickly create and customize your map with the intuitive new ribbon bar interface and the redesigned managers.

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Create Multi-Graph Maps

Multi-graph maps are a new thematic map type that display a unique line graph in or on each map boundary. Multi-graph maps make it easy to compare continuous information (like population over time) for multiple areas at once.

"It was easy to use this Multi-Graph Map. This will be very handy for mapping with oil and gas production data." – Mike Brickey, Retired Geologist

Overlay multi-graph maps to compare different variables for your boundaries. All aspects of the graphs are fully customizable so you can create a map that will wow any audience!

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Create Bivariate Symbol Maps

Symbol Maps have been an effective means of communicating data in previous versions of MapViewer, but they are even more powerful in MapViewer 8. Now you can color your symbols by a different variable than the variable with which you sized the symbols. This new feature doubles the amount of information your map conveys!

“My first effort at a bivariate symbol map produced a good map quickly and easily.” – David Hillier, Retired Plant Ecologist

Use the new bivariate option for the symbol map to create visually dynamic maps that display both of your variables in an easy-to-understand way. This map, from beta tester Thierry Hatt, displays house surface area as symbol size and percentage of house surface area divided by property surface area as symbol color for Strasbourg, Alsace, France (1765 land survey information).

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Create Contiguous Cartogram Maps

Contiguous cartograms are maps that vary the area of a map boundary based on a variable, and maintain the connectivity of adjacent boundaries at the expense of shape. Use this intriguing new cartogram map feature to display your data in an obvious and interesting way.

“I LOVE the contiguous cartogram…very elegant.” – Bob McConnaughey, Ph.D., Epidemiology Support and Analysis, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Contiguous cartograms can be used to effectively display your data while maintaining the connectivity of adjacent boundaries.

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Create Proportional Pin Maps

Exercise full control over your pin map display by using the proportional symbol size pin map method. This allows you to set a minimum and maximum symbol size, then have the symbol sizes vary within that range based on the values in your data column.

“I mainly use Pin maps for our organization…In the new version I see a benefit to be able to use multiple data sources. This is a great feature.” – MapViewer 8 Beta Tester

Impress your audience by creating a professional-looking pin map with the new proportional symbol size pin map method.

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Download Online Maps

More information is now at your fingertips. Download image layers from hundreds of free online Web Mapping Services (WMS) through MapViewer’s new, integrated WMS browser. Connect to online data sources, pick the layers of interest you want to download, and MapViewer seamlessly downloads the images into your projects.

“The new interface looks great and I am very happy to see the WMS support.” – Tobias Spears, Consultant, Spears Agile Solutions, Inc.

MapViewer’s new WMS browser efficiently locates and downloads high resolution images to use as base maps.

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Query Across Multiple Layers

No longer are you limited to querying only objects in the same layer. Now select points from one layer that are within boundaries on another layer, apply properties to polygons on separate layers that share a given criteria, etc. MapViewer will show you patterns in your data you never knew existed!

Use the powerful Query across multiple layers to perform repetitive tasks (like selecting points with given criteria) in an instant!

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Use Text Columns for Territory Map Territories or Choropleth (Hatch) Map Classes

It’s finally here! Create the same visually-dynamic choropleth maps and territory maps you always have, but use text variables rather than assigning these to data values. Eliminate tedious data reformatting forever!

“I didn't use text classes in my work but I must say it's very efficient. … I must confess it seems very powerful and much more useful than I thought. Congratulations.” – Thierry Hatt, associated researcher EA3400 team, historical GIS cartographer, Université de Strasbourg, France

Never reformat your data again! With the ability to create choropleth maps or territory maps from text classes, you no longer have to assign numbers to your text classes just to map them.

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Increased Customization of Data Labels

Customize your map presentation by adding data labels from any data column, changing the font/format of labels, moving all labels in as set or individual labels, and adding leader lines. Your maps will look exactly how you want with minimal effort!

"Using the new approach to dealing with data labelling was straightforward and intuitive. The flexibility and range of facilities provided are very good." – John Cooper, retired Professor and Property Systems consultant

Customize each of your label sets by moving/formatting them as a unit, or customize each individual label’s location and formatting. MapViewer 8 makes it quick and easy to create a unique and informative graphic.

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Support for Unlimited Number of Attributes

Import an unlimited number of attributes with your boundaries for use as data labels to present a myriad of information about your map.

Select any or all of your boundary files attributes in the Import Options dialog to present a complete picture with your map.

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Embed Data in MapViewer Project (GSM) Files

Have trouble remembering where your data files went? Forget to send the data files with the GSM file when you’re sharing your project with a coworker or technical support? Never again. The redesigned GSM file allows you to embed data so one file is all you need!

“A great idea to embed data files within the GSM file; excellent!” – Alberto Vargas, San Jose, Costa Rica

Check the box in the File | Options dialog to Embed worksheet in [.GSM] file and say goodbye to having to keep the data file and the GSM file together so your project can be opened.

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Improved Coordinate System Dialog

Benefit from a flexible new coordinate system dialog that lays out the systems in a more intuitive fashion. Additionally, new functionality has been added to search for coordinate systems to make it easier than ever to find your desired system. Surfer users will find this dialog familiar and will delight in the improvement, since this dialog and Surfer’s are one and the same.

Choose from a number of pre-existing coordinate systems or create your own using MapViewer’s projections and datums to easily georeferenced your plot.

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Font/Format Support for Legend Entries

Add a custom legend to your plot to give all of the information that your audience needs to get out the valuable information you put into your maps. Use the new Font Properties and Label Format sections to add prefixes and suffixes to your legend entries, modify the font size and color, and so much more!

Customize your legend by manipulating the font and format properties in the Layer tab of the Property Manager.

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New Import/Export Formats

Take advantage of the newly available or enhanced import and export formats!

Import formats: Export formats:
  • Google Earth KML/KMZ
  • Excel XLSX
  • JPEG2000 (JP2)
  • SEG-P1 (as data or base map)
  • Excel XLSM
  • Access 2007
  • MrSID
  • GPX
  • LASer LiDAR data
  • PDF as raster
    • Increase DPI
  • TerraGo GeoPDF
  • Zipped SHP
  • AutoCAD DXF (as data
  • ECW
  • TIF
    • Tiled -import all tiles at once
    • Support YCbCr Color Format
  • 56-bpp Landsat based GeoTIFF
  • Newer (450/4.5 and 600/6.0) MIF
  • Import bitmap at original DPI
  • Google Earth KML/KMZ
    • Option to export text as 'label' placemarks instead of icons or areas/curves
  • Excel XLSX
  • JPEG2000 (JP2)
  • SEG-P1
  • SVG
  • GeoPDF
  • Transparent TIF/PNG/GIF/PDF
  • Vector PDF with layers
  • HTM
  • PDF
    • Support compression
    • Page size option
    • Vector - support partial transparency for image fill patterns
  • Support compression, page size option
  • BLN - Add Blanking Flag Options to the BLN Export Options Dialog
  • GSI - save symbol properties, fill patterns, and coordinate system info internally
  • Improved export of stock fill patterns

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New Coordinate Systems, Datums, and Projections

New Coordinate Systems: New Datums:
  • Bursa-Wolf (7-parameter) Transformation Version of the CH1903 Coordinate System
  • WGS84 Web Mercator (900913) and WGS84 Web Mercator (EPSG 3857)
  • Europe UTM zone 29N using European 1950 - Port./Spain datum
  • British National Grid & Ordnance Survey (OSGB36)
  • More Australian grid coordinate systems
  • New Zealand Transverse Mercator 2000
  • Australian GDA94 with GDA94 datum
  • Michigan GeoRef (1point+azimuth)
  • France: RGF93 / CC (zones 42-50)
  • ITM: Irish Transverse Mercator
  • Hungarian National Grid EOV
  • Taiwan TWD67 and TWD97
  • Portuguese National Grid
  • WGS84 Web Mercator
  • Kentucky Single Zone
  • Swiss LV95 and LV03
  • South African Grid
  • Irish National Grid
  • Japan Plane Rect.
  • Russia Pulkovo
  • Sweref99
  • Posgar94
  • SVY21
  • ISG
  • Japanese Geodetic Datum 2000
  • D_Hartebeesthoek_1994
  • Potsdam 1983 (PD83)
  • NGO 1948
  • NWS-84
  • ITRF94

New Projections:
  • New Zealand Map Grid
  • Mount Eden Circuit 2000
  • Support Ordnance Survey
  • Hotine Oblique Mercator 2-Point
  • Gauss-Boaga

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Additional New Features

In addition to the mind-blowing features listed above, here are a few more long-awaited and highly sought-after new features:

  • 64-Bit Installation Option

    "I have created my very first 1.28 Gbyte Mapviewer8 file. I certainly could never have done that in Mapviewer7!" – Jim Lance, Independent Geophysicist

  • Full Transparency Control of All Map Objects Including Images
  • Full Unicode Support
  • New Text Editor Dialog
  • And many more!
Exercise more control over your text than ever in the new Text Editor, and display text in any language with Unicode support.

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Training Videos

MapViewer 8


This video covers the basic functionality of the views and managers in MapViewer 8 and how to use the interface.

Length: 9:02
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Creating a Base Map

This video shows how to create and edit the properties of a base map.

Length: 7:40
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Creating a Base Map

Creating a Pin Map

This video shows how to create and edit the properties of a pin map.

Length: 5:11
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Creating a Pin Map

Creating a Choropleth (Hatch) Map

This video shows how to create and edit the properties of a choropleth map (or hatch map, as we call it in MapViewer).

Length: 6:16
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Creating a Hatch Map

Creating a Contour Map

This video shows how to create and edit the properties of a contour map.

Length: 6:22
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Creating a Contour Map

Creating a Territory Map

This video shows how to create and edit the properties of a territory map.

Length: 7:49
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Creating a Territory Map

Creating a Symbol Map

This video shows how to create and edit the properties of a symbol map.

Length: 7:19
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Creating a Symbol Map


MapViewer 7


This video covers the basic functionality of the managers in MapViewer 7 and how to use the interface.

Length: 6:48
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MapViewer 7 Introduction

Creating Simple Maps

Creating a map in MapViewer 7 is an easy process. This demonstration will cover the making of a simple map and also how to create a custom toolbar.

Length: 6:57
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MapViewer Creating Simple Maps

Creating a Hatch Map

This video shows how to create and edit the features of a hatch map.

Length: 3:55
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MapViewer Creating a Hatch map

Customizing a layout with map elements

This video covers adding map elements to an existing map to make a more professional output.Map elements can help create a better looking

Length: 8:03
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c-MapViewer Custom Layouts

Creating a Density Map

This video demonstrates how to make and edit a density map along with loading additional data files to the map.

Length: 7:16
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mapViewer Denisty Maps

Creating a Base Map from Google Earth

You can create a base map from Google Earth images using MapViewer 7. This video provides the steps necessary to accomplish this in MapViewer.

Length: 5:24
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MapViewer Creating a Base Map from Google Earth

Creating a Prism Map

MapViewer 7 can show data in the form of a prism map. This video explanes how to create and edit prism maps.

Length: 5:30
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MapViewer Prism Map

Adding Multiple Layers to a Legend

This video focuses on adding multiple layers to a legend in MapViewer 7. Since it is possible to have multiple maps (such as a hatch map and density map) in a single map document, it is often desired to have each layer represented in a single legend.

Length: 1:42
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Adding Legend Layers MapViewer Tech Tip

Invalid PID Error

This video focuses on a common error message in MapViewer 7, “There is no valid numeric data (within limits) or PID is invalid”.

Length: 3:48
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MapViewer 7 Invalid PID Error



Quick and easy file conversions

This webinar introduces Golden Software's new FREE online file converter:

Topics covered include:

  1. How do I access the converter?
  2. What file types are supported?
  3. How do I convert files?
Length: 18:39
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Quick and easy file conversions

Geocoding in MapViewer 8

  1. What is geocoding and how does my data need to be set up in order to geocode?
  2. How can I geocode my addresses?
  3. How can I plot these addresses as point locations on my map?
Length: 22:40
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Geocoding in MapViewer 8

New Features of MapViewer 8

  1. How to customize the new user-interface to fit your needs
  2. Inside look at the four new map types
  3. How to use text columns for territory map territories and hatch map classes
  4. How to use Download Online Maps to download georeferenced base maps
Length: 35:23
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New Features of MapViewer 8

Which Program Do I Need

This webinar highlights the main features in the six Golden Software products and the types of data that each uses.

Length: 21:51
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What program do I need

Frequently Asked Questions of MapViewer 7

  1. How can I edit boundaries?
  2. What do I do when I get an Invalid PID error?
  3. How can I add and modify buffer zones?
  4. How do I use the Query command?
  5. What is the difference between Post Data and Pin Map?
Length: 39:17
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MapViewer 7 FAQ

Debugging with Scripter

  1. Where to find example scripts
  2. Where to find information on commands and syntax
  3. How to debug a script
Length: 49:32
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Debugging with Scripter

More Frequently Asked Questions of MapViewer 7

  1. How can I get MapViewer to recognize my city when using the city, state pin map locating method?
  2. How can I display a subset of my data?
  3. How can I delete data for deleted objects?
  4. How can I display my labels in a nicer way?
  5. How can I move my Post Data labels?
Length: 28:07
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MapViewer 7 More FAQs




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