Tools & Menus


Maptitude has one menu, the main application menu at the top of the main Maptitude window. This has drop-down menus for: File, Edit, Map, Dataview, Selection, Tools, Window, and Help. Many of these are standard names, e.g. Help and Window. Use the Map menu to move around the map, and to add or edit a layer’s theme. Use the Selection menu to select map features, or to modify an existing selection.The Tools menu is used to access various analysis tools. Many of the toolbars are controlled from here. Installed add-ins can also be found on the Tools menu.

Maptitude also has a number of toolbars. These can be ‘docked’ to the main Maptitude window, or free floating. A free floating toolbar can be moved or docked by selecting and dragging the toolbar’s title. Docked toolbars do not have a title, but they have a thin vertical line on the far left. Click and drag this vertical line to move or float a docked toolbar. Floating toolbars can be re-sized by dragging the bottom or right edge of the toolbar. All toolbars except for the Standard Toolbar can be closed by pressing the close button on the right of the title.

The Standard Toolbar is usually shown as a docked toolbar at the top of the Maptitude window. When floating, it looks like this:

The Standard Toolbar, undocked.

When docked, the Standard toolbar has one long row of buttons. The drop-down box lists the current layer. In the above example, the current layer is American Land Mass.

The Standard toolbar contains various general purpose functions such as open, save, print, distances, and layers.

The Drawing Toolbar contains various annotation tools, and looks like this:

The drawing toolbar, undocked.

The Drawing toolbar usually appears docked in the lower left of the main Maptitude window by default.

This is used to draw or edit map annotation. Map annotation does not represent actual map data. You might add map annotation as notes or as additional annotation for a presentation. For example, you might draw a bright colored oval around your target market area to draw attention to it, even though your target markets are accurately described in their own layer(s).

By default, the Selection Toolbar also appears at the bottom, to the right of the Drawing toolbar. When floating, it looks like this:

The Selection Toolbar. In this example, the current selection is the default selection set for the American Land Mass layer.

As with the other toolbars, this toolbar appears as one long row when docked. The toolbar’s title is the name of the current selection set. This can be changed using the Display Manager.

The Selection toolbar contains tools for creating a new selection set or modifying the current selection set. Selection sets are used to select some or all of the map entities in a layer. Selections can be geographic (e.g. all customers within a circle) or logical (e.g. all cities with a population above 100,000).

In contrast to the above toolbars, by default the Tools Toolbar is a floating toolbar with a vertical shape:

The Tools Toolbar

This toolbar contains useful tools for navigating (zoom, pan), label call-outs, selecting entities, and making measurements.

The remaining toolbars are hidden by default.

The Map Editing Toolbar can be used to edit an editable layer. This can only be displayed if the current layer is ‘editable’. All Caliper-supplied layers are ‘fixed’ and not editable. Display the Map Editing Toolbar by selecting Tools -> Map Editing -> Toolbox on the main menu. The toolbar looks like this:

The Map Editing Toolbar

The buttons allow you to add, move, delete data points, as well as edit feature attributes. Changes can also be saved or canceled.

Two of the toolbars control online imagery. The first is the Google Earth Image Toolbar. This is displayed by selecting Tools -> Imagery -> Google Earth Image Toolbox on the main menu:

The Google Earth Image Toolbox

You must have Google Earth installed. Starting this toolbox will start an instance of the Google Earth application. The buttons can synchronize the Maptitude and Google Earth view ports. You can also use Google Earth imagery in your map.

The second form of supported online imagery is WMS. WMS is an open standard for serving map image tiles across the Internet. To use this option, you will need access to a WMS server. Maptitude ships with the server information for NOAA’s nowCOAST service. Start the WMS Image Toolbar by selecting Tools -> Imagery -> WMS Image Toolbox on the main menu:

The WMS Image Toolbox

The final toolbox is the GISDK Toolbar and is displayed by selecting Tools -> GIS Developer’s Kit:

The GISDK Toolbox

The GISDK Toolbar is used when working with Caliper Script™ – Maptitude’s macro language. The term ‘GISDK’ is used by Caliper to refer to the entire Maptitude API. This can also be accessed through .NET and COM.

The GISDK Toolbar allows you to run, step through, and debug macro scripts.

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