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Today we will look at another feature from MapInfo Pro Advanced that is useful when downloading multiple raster files from a data provider at looking to work with these in MapInfo Pro.
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Once you have downloaded the files, you can open them into MapInfo Pro using the Open dialog. Switch the File Type dropdown to Raster and you can see and select all the TIFF files you downloaded.
Once they have been opened into a map window in MapInfo Pro, you quickly notice a few things.You have multiple rasters appearing in the Explorer window, one for each raster file. In the map window, the colors seem to change for each map tile that you opened. That's because the color palette is spread according to the minimum and maximum value in each raster grid.And if you want to start analyzing these rasters, you will have to deal with multiple files each time. All these issues give you a good reason to merge the individual raster files into a single file.
Luckily, there is an easy way to merge all these files into one without even opening them into MapInfo Pro. From the Raster tab, click on the Raster Operations dropdown and select the Merge option.
In the Merge panel that now has appeared, click the Browse button in the top right corner which will open a new dialog where you can select the raster files that you want to merge.
When you have selected the files to merge and have clicked the OK button, the files are loaded into the Merge panel in the Rasters to Merge list.In the Output area, you can specify the name and location of the Output File. You can also specify the output file type. By default, it will be of type MRR, MapInfo Multi-Resolution Raster.