Pitney Bowes, the maker of MapInfo, has released an updated version of the GIS software that is aimed towards lowering the amount of time it takes for a user to be up and running with mapping and spatial analysis. Clarence Hempfield, the Director of Product Management at Pitney Bowes provided an oversight into the latest version of MapInfo.
The release of MapInfo Pro 64 bit was redesigned with the idea of making it more accessible to the occasional GIS user. New users to MapInfo need only two days of training to become familiar with the capabilities of the software as compared to two weeks for some GIS software applications.
Hempfield explained that by adopting the ribbon interface, MapInfo has grouped functions together, making it easier for the user to find and access spatial capabilities within the software. Also, by taking advantage of multi-threading, it is now easy to process multiple functions at the same time. In addition to an extensive amount of in-house GIS data offerings (which the company described as 350 unique datasets, gathered across 240 countries/territories and 13 distinct categories), MapInfo also provides internal support for a range of databases and file formats.
This latest release of MapInfo marks a major reinvestment by Pitney Bowes in its flagship software. MapInfo Pro 64 is part of a larger suite of its location intelligence line, which includes its Spectrum Spatial Server, web solutions, and mobile applications. Hempfield mentioned that highly precise geocoding technology offered through MapInfo’s server platform is a strong part of its stack.
MapInfo’s software is being used in 125 countries and MapInfo Pro is localized in 16 different languages.
Those interested in learning more about MapInfo can access tutorials and informational videos posted to the company’s YouTube channel.