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  • 1.  MapInfo Monday: Publish a MapInfo Table via MapInfo MapReveal

    Posted 11-13-2023 04:11

    Happy #mapinfomonday

    As some may recall, we acquired a Location Intelligence company earlier this year, Transerve. Over the last months, the team has worked hard on rebranding their offering to MapInfo MapReveal.

    MapInfo MapReveal is a SaaS-based GIS allowing you to upload data in various formats, visualize these datasets, analyze them, query them, and publish the resulting maps for consumption in the wider organization or public.

    If you want to learn more about MapReveal, I suggest you sign up for the MapReveal Software community here on the Knowledge communities.

    We want to make the integration between MapInfo Pro and MapReveal even better and that work is ongoing as I write this article. Having said that, I also want to show you how easily you can get your MapInfo data into MapReveal, style it, and publish it for wider consumption.

    The scenario

    You are working with a wider team on analyzing vandalism in your council. You have created a MapInfo table with the amount of vandalism split across hexagons for a focus area. This shows you where there is a high amount of vandalism per 1000 addresses. Note the numbers are made up and have no connection to the real world.

    You now have to share this with the rest of the group. You did consider creating an image or a PDF but you want to give the group the option to zoom into a specific area which is hard in an image or a PDF document.
    So you decide to give MapInfo MapReveal a try.
    To upload a MapInfo table, you need to create a compressed file from the files that make up the tab file. In Windows Explorer, you select the files, right-click, and select Compressed (zipped) folder under Send to.

    MapInfo MapReveal

    You can try out MapInfo MapRevel using a free trial.
    As you already have been trying out MapReveal, you have a couple of Map Sessions created. Map Sessions to MapReveal are what Workspaces are to MapInfo Pro, a project of windows and data saved into a configuration making it easy to continue your work where you left off.
    You created a small Map Session with a base map, a focus area, and some addresses that you already had uploaded to MapReveal. Let's inspect the Map Session Incidents: Vandalism.
    On the left, you can see the Layer list and the Tools tab. We will not dive into those tools in this article. These tools allow you to work and process your data among other things. On the lower right, you have some additional tools like Data Query and Spatial Query for running queries on your data. And tools for maneuvering the map and measuring distances.
    There a several ways to add a new layer to your Map Session. I'll show you the quick one. From Windows Explorer, you can easily drag and drop the zip file with your MapInfo tab file into the map session. 
    MapReveal will process your data and show the status on the lower right side.
    And when done, it will add it to the map session.
    Now with a few mouse clicks, we will modify the layer to match the layer we had in MapInfo Pro:
    1. Select the layer in the Layer List this will open the Layer Settings tab.
    2. From Styling Types, select Graduated to apply a thematic to the layer.
    3. From Attribute, select the column to use and click Done.
    4. From Method, select bin calculation method. I'll select Natural Break (jenks) and click Done.
    5. Under Classes, specify the number of classes or bis for the theme and click Done. I specify 5.
    6. And finally, under Icon and Text Styles set the Fill Opacity to 75 and click Done.

    And now, the layer looks very similar to the layer in your map in MapInfo Pro.

    The process of configuring your layer is one of the things we are looking to improve when you push a layer from MapInfo Pro to MapInfo MapReveal. We are looking to bring over the layer settings from MapInfo Pro.
    Now your map is configured and ready to share with your colleagues.
    From the button in the top right corner, click Publish.
    In the Publish Map Session window, click on Publish.
    You have a couple of options when publishing a map session.
    We want to include the Map Legend so that the users can turn layers on and off. We don't need the Search Bar, so we turn that off for this published map. We want the users to be able to inspect the attributes on click therefore we set Attribute Display to On Click. And we also want to keep all the Zoom ranges.
    Once ready, we click Publish to publish the map session. If we make changes to the map session, we can later go back here and unpublish the session and then publish it again to make these changes also take place in the published map.
    Once published, you will see two URLs listed. One for a Web Map and one for an Embedded iFrame.
    To share this map session with my team, I copy the Web Map URL and share that in an email with my team. When they open the URL, they get a Web Map like this.
    They can now zoom and pan in the map, and use the Legend to turn on and off the individual layers. This gives them far better options to work with the data than through an image or a PDF document.

    Learn more about MapInfo MarReveal via the MapReveal Product page and give it a spin by creating a free trial.

    Peter Horsbøll Møller
    Principal Presales Consultant | Distinguished Engineer
    Precisely | Trust in Data