You can find the recording of the webinar here: Webinar Recording
The presentation used during the webinar can be found here: MapInfo Pro v2021 Presentation
You can find the Release Notes here: Release Notes MapInfo Pro v2021
We agree. No specific plans yet for an in-person event however we are hosting a Customer Support Forum on November 17, 1:00 pm ET using an interactive platform. If there is enough interest, we will also host in other regions.
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Time Series requires a temporal column type. That can be a simple date or time column, or the combined date/time column. Time Series also supports variations of these which means it can work with a combination of a date and a time column.
No, not directly. You can't upload a map with a time series to Spectrum Spatial and then have that working in Spectrum Spatial Analyst for instance. Having said that, we do have custom solutions taking advantage of temporal data in Spectrum Spatial.
Yes, the GPX format is also supported through the new Vector Files (OGR) table format. And the GPX format is one of those formats that contains multiple datasets which means you can pick which to open.
Yes, and no. MapInfo Pro will always create a tab file when you access these new formats. But you don't have to convert the actual data file into a native tab file. MapInfo Pro can read, and for some formats, write directly to the other data format. There are also a few formats where we require the data to be saved into a native tab file.
Yes, MapInfo Pro v2021 is still able to open older native tab files with full access (read/write). We have no plans to stop supporting older native tab files and continue to be backwards compatible.
Yes, that's something we didn't cover in the presentation or the demo. You can import these new formats into Native or NativeX tab files using the Open dialog, and you can export to these formats using the improved export capabilities that we improved radically. Export now also supports multi-file export. Read more here: MapInfo Monday New OGR Table Format in MapInfo Pro v2021.
TopoJSON is one of the layers we haven't done much testing on. Looking at the GDAL Documentation for TopoJSON it states the driver can only read this format.
Comment: FME can successfully write to TopoJSON.
Thanks for pointing this out.
Yes, the new OGR table format support JSON and GeoJSON.
Yes, the new OGR Table type supports KML formats too.
Yes, for every new version of MapInfo Pro we make sure to update the FME engine that comes with MapInfo Pro.
I suggest you raise this as a separate question in the MapInfo Pro community and we can help you out from there.
No, it's not dockable as it's not a panel like, for example, the SQL Window. It is a non-modal dialog.
Currently, you create a new query every time you run the query through any of our querying tools. We are however consider adding the capability to refresh a potential existing query to be able to keep this in any open windows. If you'd find this helpful feel free to enter it into the Precisely Ideas Portal and look at it for the next release.
Right now you can do this but only through the MapBasic Window or the SQL Window as you need to use a specific syntax:
Select Update For testtable Where State_Name Like "al%" refresh
You will get better performance with MRR files but you can also create an MVR using other raster formats. You just need to ensure that the rasters have overview cache files.
Not yet, but it is certainly on the roadmap.
Yes, currently there is a limit at 2,048 raster files. This is caused by the limit on open file handles.
Not specifically for MapInfo Pro v2021. However, in the updates to MapInfo Pro v2019 we added some new capabilities around Surface Analysis and Tree Canopy Analysis. You can find these on the Raster tab under LiDAR tools. Surface Analysis is part of standard MapInfo Pro and can also be found on the Map tab.
No, not currently. We are working towards fully supporting MVR for input and output for most of the processing and tools.
Ah, sorry, I misspoke. It's not a hotkey but a hotlink. Click on the Coordinate System Name in the Status bar and the Choose Projection dialog appears. And, as a bonus, you can also right-click on a layer in your map and set the coordinate system of the map to match the coordinate system of the layer.
Also note that if you have an open map window and you have enabled image reprojection, then the coordinate system of the map will not change if you add a tile server layer to the map.
Check out this article for more details: MapInfo Monday: Raster Reprojection in Map Windows
Spectrum Spatial Analyst does support British National Grid, and we can have BNG tiles – such as the "viaEuropa" OS MasterMap tile service (which we support out of the box), as well as BNG business data and WMS.
As far as the new OS WMTS services are concerned, Spectrum Spatial Analyst can support the EPSG:3857 version and set the Analyst project to show in EPSG:27700 if other data is in the BNG projection Analyst will re-project the EPSG:3857 WMTS on the fly using OpenLayers and proj4js.
The issue is supporting a more complex WMTS tile matrix which is not a simple 1 tile at the first zoom, then 4, then 16 etc This is on the road map.
Yes, all the functionality will be available in either MapBasic, .NET, or Python. Some of it will be available across the languages.
The new raster capabilities will not be available directly through MapBasic but you can use it from .NET and if required make it available to MapBasic too.
Time series is available through MapBasic and through the object model in .NET and Python
There will be a new version of MapBasic too. It will support the new features we have been discussing today. MapBasic has a new pure MapBasic syntax for building the ribbon interface. We have also added support for Layer Filter and Time Series to .NET and Python via our Extensibility Object Model.
English version of MapBasic 2021 will be released in October.
Yes, you can now use MapBasic statements to create control on the ribbon. Earlier you were limited to creating buttons using the Create and Alter Buttonpad statements, using the slightly complex .NET Ribbon SDK or using a third-party MapBasic library that didn't support all the flavors of the ribbon controls. With this enhanced MapBasic support you can inspect, create, and modify the ribbon through MapBasic.
No specific improvements. Maybe you can let us know what you are looking for? I'd recommend asking a question in the MapInfo Pro Developers Community on this topic.
Yes, we have started working on the localized versions of MapInfo Pro already. They will be made available over the next 3-4 month so we expect to have the last localized version out in the beginning of 2022.
Probably later this year but I don't think we have an estimated date for the localized releases yet. We will make sure to let you know as soon as they are available.
The localized versions are in the works. We expect them all to be released by early 2022. Unfortunately, we do not have an updated timetable for the individual languages at the moment.
Not yet, feel free to add this idea in the Precisely Ideas Portal.
Currently we have sent out a temporary serial number and access code that provides full functionality (minus Bing Maps) through DEC 1st. We are working on shipping out all existing customers' account-specific serial numbers and access codes by then.
We got a lot of questions related to a web or browser version of MapInfo Pro. In fact, we already have a solution that allows you to share maps through browsers. It's called Spectrum Spatial.
Spectrum Spatial is much more than just a web-GIS solution. It also allows you to publish data through common formats such as OGC WMS, OGC WFS and OGC WMTS. You can use Spectrum Spatial to create workflows to process your data coming in from a third-party and publish a workflow as a web service for other parties to access your data. Read more about Spectrum Spatial in this blog: An Introduction to Enterprise Location Intelligence with Spectrum Spatial.
Please let us know if you want to know more.
Yes, you should be able to have multiple versions of MapInfo Pro installed at the same time. Just make sure to install them into separate folders.
No, switching to a subscription license that includes Advanced is an option. You can stick to your current standard perpetual license too.
The risk is that MapInfo Pro will not start or not work.
If you install using the supplied Setup.exe, the installer will install the necessary prerequisites for you. If you want to install using the supplied MSI, you will have to install these yourself.
We no longer require that the cumulative update KB3156387 from Microsoft is installed.
Yes, that is doable.
If you want to move from your current perpetual license to the new subscription license, we will give you access to the Advanced capabilities. If you are on maintenance, you can stick to the maintenance price which is slightly lower than the new subscription price.
MapInfo Pro v2021 was tested on Window 11 64-bit and Windows Server 2022.
What specs does your current computer have? And what processing were you performing?
These recommended specifications are from the Install Guide:
Yes, these are the spatial databases MapInfo Pro v2021 supports:
That's a question for our partner Datamine. It seems that Datamine is releasing Datamine Discover in early Nov 2021.
No, it's more the other way around. When you buy Datamine Discover, MapInfo Pro is included.
That's a good question and probably one we should get Datamine's view on too. I would say yes. But if you currently have Datamine Discover 3D maybe you want to wait for Datamine to bring their new version of Discover with MapInfo Pro v2021 to the market early next month (Nov 2021).
Our raster team has looked into using our raster technology to identify elements from satellite and aerial images but this is only at an early stage. What exactly are you looking for?
You are welcome. And yes, we will add more content to the YouTube play list for MapInfo Pro. Is there anything specific you'd like to see? Also note that we have weekly #MapInfoMonday articles with tips & tricks in the MapInfo Pro community.
We are aware that there are some issues when using SMB 2.0 or SMB 3.0. Typically, we don't do anything extra-ordinary when accessing files. The errors that we have seen reported are similar to the issues we see when users work with data in folders that are synced using OneDrive or Dropbox. Our engineering team is working with our technical support engineers to see if we can find a solution.
The layer will be removed from any windows that showed the data, yes. The table will be visible in the Table list. A workaround would be to save your workspace before changing the table structure and then reopening the workspace when the table(s) had been restructured.
Not specifically. Maybe Spectrum Spatial (Analyst) could be an option for you?
Not specifically but we are considering adding capabilities to help users restructure their tables and handle casting of data between formats.
You can change this setting in two places: on the current map and under Options. Read this week's #MapInfoMonday post as that might help you out. In general, you should use Optimized instead of Always.
Not specifically, no. We would love to hear what processing you are doing to see if we can help you improve the performance in one way or another.
We currently do not have plans to incorporate GPU processing in MapInfo Pro. Feel free to add this to the Precisely Ideas Portal for future consideration.
No, that has not been changed. We are aware of an idea to improve this posted to Precisely Ideas.
No, unfortunately not. However, I'd love to see us being able to save and reuse layer settings when opening any table into a map. Something for the Precisely Ideas.
We may need some more details here. Typically, a token is a key that can be passed to such services through the URL. Is this what you are looking for? Here is an example of a Danish WFS Service using a token in the URL: https://api.dataforsyningen.dk/service?request=GetCapabilities&servicename=mat_gml2&token=046b83d1ee49bce21996c7feb109cab0
Currently not, we would probably need to understand a bit more about epanet models. Feel free to add this as an Idea in the Precisely Ideas Portal.
Good question. Are you referring to https://data.nsw.gov.au/? These service types don't seem to be OGC compliant and seem to be FeatureService layers returning ESRIJson format, which I believe is a proprietary format. According to the University of Minnesota's Digital Conservancy "Curators may also encounter the EsriJSON file format. This is a proprietary, ESRI standard for encoding spatial data in JSON structured text. It is set as the default conversion option when a spatial dataset is transformed from another vector format to JSON using the software ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. While the format and syntax are largely similar to GeoJSON, there are some key differences, particularly in the "type" member. An explanation of how to identify an EsriJSON file is provided in the section "Recommendations for File Transformation." If an EsriJSON file is submitted for curation, consider asking the submitter for the dataset in a different format."Are there any specific datasets you want to use? Please post this as a question in the MapInfo Pro community.
Yes, this has been updated in v2021. I think this issue also can be fixed in older versions of MapInfo Pro. If you enable raster reprojection for your map window, MapInfo Pro will reproject any raster data in your map window. If this hasn't been enabled, MapInfo Pro will not reproject a smaller raster to a larger raster, say a raster grid to a tile server layer. This might result in the issue you refer to. Let us know if this isn't the solution.
You can't drag a layer from a map in one instance of MapInfo Pro into a map in another instance of MapInfo Pro. You can however drag a layer from one map into another map if the maps are in the same MapInfo Pro session.
I think you may be misled by the value shown in the browser window and the actual values stored in the table. Typically, MapInfo Pro only shows 3 or 4 decimal values for floating-point values even though the value contains more decimals.
We do have a few tools that might be helpful to you for creating points along a polyline. Routeware do have a tool called Toolbox that can create points for every x meter along a line. I'd suggest that you ask this question in the MapInfo Pro community
MapInfo Pro allows you to set a connection to get opened when you start MapInfo Pro. Would that work for you? This would be easiest if you have enabled Windows Authentication for your Oracle connection so that it doesn't prompt you for your login details.
I'm not familiar with this specific database. MapInfo Pro lets you connect to most ODBC databases so that might be a path to investigate. You can read more about connecting to Advantage Using the Advantage ODBC Driver.
No, a standard native MapInfo tab file can only be edited by a single user at a time. As soon as one user starts editing a native table, MapInfo Pro creates transaction files next to the tab file. These files prevent another user from making changes to the same table. If your data was stored in a spatial database, multiple users would be able to edit this data via individual tables referring to the data in the database. And MapInfo Pro even has conflict resolution built-in to manage two users changing the same record.
Not quite. Spectrum Spatial is our server-based Location Intelligence offering that you can deploy locally on your own server or deploy in your cloud environment on AWS or similar. We can also host it for you but it's not true SaaS. Spectrum Spatial comes with an out-of-the-box Web-GIS application, Spectrum Spatial Analyst, a data management tool, Spatial Manager, and options to publish your data through common service such as TMS, WMS, WMTS and WFS. Read more about Spectrum Spatial.
Currently we have sent out a temporary serial number and access code that provides full functionality (minus Bing Maps) through DEC 1st. We are working on shipping out all existing customers' account-specific serial numbers and access codes by then.If I add v2021 to my machine using the temporary serial number & access code, will Bing Maps not work? I currently have Bing Maps in v2019 and don't want to lose it.