The main Maptitude frame (‘screen’) uses the “Multiple Document” paradigm familiar to users of Microsoft Office. In this, the screen forms a ‘desktop’ with multiple windows which can view one or more data files. The individual windows can be arranged by dragging them with the mouse, or using the options on the Window menu. For example, the windows can be tiled, cascaded, and minimized within the main Maptitude frame.

When you create a new map, a typical display will feature the Display Manager and a Map window:

Sample Maptitude display illustrating the Display Manager and the main Map window. (click for larger view)

By default, the Display Manager appears on the left with the Map window taking up most of the Maptitude screen. As with all Windows applications, there is a menu across the top. There are also a series of docked toolbars along the bottom and the top.

The map is made up of multiple data layers which are displayed using themes. An example layer is Highway/Freeway and this has a theme that draws the major highways on the map. The Display Manager lists all of the available layers for the current map. These show a red cross or a green check to indicate whether they are displayed or not. In the above example, American Land Mass, 5-Digit Zip Code, Highway/Freeway, and Populated Place are all displayed. Simply click on this symbol to toggle the visibility of a specific layer.

Click on the ‘+’ to the left of the layer name to display the layer’s themes and selection sets.

The Map window shows geographic features in what can considered to be a paper version of a map.

Dataviews are another window type. These display database data in tabular form. Here is a dataview for 5-Digit ZIP Code layer (this sample has a join with tornado statistic data, but only the Caliper demographic data is visible):

A sample dataview (click for larger view)

You can create a new dataview for a layer by right-clicking on the layer’s name in the Display Manager and selecting New Dataview.

Another window type that you might use is the Figure. A ‘Figure’ is Maptitude’s name for drawings and charts which are not maps. These can include pie charts, bar charts, and scatter plots that have been created from a dataview or the tabular data associated with a map. Prism Maps are classed as a kind of figure because they are really 3d charts that only resemble a map.

Finally, a Layout brings any of the above components together onto a single ‘sheet’. This is intended for printing (e.g. for a presentation) and can also include free text, drawings, company logo, etc.

Maptitude can also display an overview map called a Map Locator. This is a floating window that sits outside of the main Maptitude window and indicates your current map view in its wider context. This is what the default map locator looks like:

The default Map Locator. Here, the main map is centered on Texas.



It is likely that you will prefer to arrange the various Maptitude windows in a specific way. This could also be project specific – for example, you may need to keep track of specific dataviews and layouts. Maptitude lets you save your windows as a Workspace. To save your window arrangement, select Save workspace As… from the File menu. To restore a workspace, select Open Workspace from the same menu.

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