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Maptitude 2015 added the ability to import Microsoft MapPoint PTM ‘map’ and Streets & Trips ‘est’ files. In order to import MapPoint files, you will need to have MapPoint 2013 installed.

To import a MapPoint PTM file, select File->Open on Maptitude’s main menu. Select the file type as MapPoint Map (.ptm) and then select the required PTM file. Maptitude will then analyze the map file and give you a list of the available datasets:

Selecting the required datasets for the import

Selecting the required datasets from the MapPoint map file. This example uses a MapPoint version of Larry Petersen’s ‘POI Mega File’. This is a very large example: we will only import two pushpin sets.

Each dataset is listed with a ‘type’ (e.g. Pushpin Point), plus the number of records and data fields present.

All are selected by default, but you can select just the required datasets. You will then be asked to provide a new directory to hold the imported data. A new directory is generally a good idea, so consider creating a sub-directory  at the level of your Maptitude map file. Maptitude will then start the import process and display a status dialog box:

MapPoint Import Status Indicator

The Status Indicator for the MapPoint Import Process

Note that some MapPoint datasets can be large, so there are two progress indicators. The first shows the dataset that is being imported, and the second shows the progress within this dataset.

Here are the results after an import of the New York State Parks and Waterfalls pushpin sets:

Imported pushpin sets from MapPoint.

The imported pushpin sets. Note: Maptitude will use different symbols and colors for the different pushpin sets (layers). Here they have been further modified to use appropriate symbols and colors.

Maptitude 2015 can also import MapPoint Territories. Maptitude will let you choose a local geography layer to geo-locate the component geographic areas for the territories.

However, Maptitude 2015 can only import datasets and pushpin sets. It cannot import routes or shapes. imported routes have limited utility in Maptitude, but the shapes could usefully be imported as Maptitude annotations.

As an alternative, our MPExporter product can be used to export user data from a MapPoint map directly into Maptitude. MPExporter works as a MapPoint add-in, and requires Maptitude 2014 (or later) to be installed. MPExporter can export all routes, shapes, and most user dataset types. It cannot export territories, and built-in demographic data. Also, it will only export shaded area datasets for countries where it has the area definitions (i.e. currently limited to the US). However, it also supports a wider range of export formats including KML, HTML (Bing Maps or Google Maps), SVG, and Excel. Shaded area datasets could be exported to Excel and then imported into a joined data view in Maptitude.

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