MapInfo Pro 5.0 adds CAD translator and report-writing tools

MapInfo Professional 5.0 does thematic shading to show the relationships between data
and geography without regard to boundaries such as state lines.


Thematic shading gives users a better understanding of map data, said Jules Moyaert,
desktop product marketing manager for MapInfo Corp. of Troy, N.Y.


In multiple legend windows, the new version also shows cartographic legends for
elements such as cemeteries, churches, railroad stations and schools.


An updated translator feature lets users work with Autodesk Inc.’s AutoCAD 14 file
attributes and with Bentley Systems Inc.’s MicroStation DGN file attributes.


MapInfo Professional 5.0 can drag and drop data from any Microsoft Windows 95
application, Moyaert said. MapInfo files can connect through MapInfo’s SpatialWare
module to receive continuous updates from IBM Corp., Informix Software Inc. of Menlo Park,
Calif., and Oracle Corp. relational database management systems.


The RDBMS updates save time and local disk storage, Moyaert said, because users no
longer have to keep downloading the spatial data they want from the RDBMS.


MapInfo Pro 5.0 has an embedded report writer, Crystal Reports from Seagate Software of
Vancouver, British Columbia, to do subtotals, breakouts and other analyses.


The Housing and Urban Development Department, Geological Survey, NASA, Navy and New
York state use MapInfo products.


MapInfo Professional 5.0 starts at $1,295, or $495 for upgraders. It runs under Windows
9x and Windows NT Workstation 4.0.


Contact MapInfo at 518-285-6000.   

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