MapInfo adds depth to GIS
- By Patrick Marshall
- Sep 25, 2000
MapInfo isn't the most straightforward geographic information system (GIS)
program on the market, nor is it the least expensive. But if you are looking
to combine data with maps, you won't find a stronger combination of power,
ease of use and affordability.
Although the recently released Version 6.0 of MapInfo Professional
doesn't add many dramatic new features, it does round out what was already
a very strong product offering with enhanced database and printing support
and several new features for creating more attractive maps.
The sexiest new feature in MapInfo 6.0 is decidedly the program's new
3-D map display capability. Version 5.5 allowed you to employ gradient shading
to display data on a grid map, such as temperatures or elevations. With
Version 6.0, this feature has been enhanced to offer full 3-D viewing.
Version 6.0 also adds new controls over the placement of labels and
street names. Two new rotation tools allow you to rotate all symbols or
labels in a map with a single operation. And new geo-coding controls enable
you to specify how far to offset street names from the street segments or
Bear in mind that these new tools are additions to what is already
one of the most robust map-creation tool sets on the market. No program
we've seen makes it easier to create detailed custom maps.