How to find the new features for MapInfo Professional 15.2 64-bit

From the MapInfo Pro 15.2 Help file:

New and Changed Features in MapInfo Pro

The following topics provide additional information about what is new in this release.

Layout Window Additions

The Layout window has more robust functionality and it is now easier to convert older layouts to the new Layout format:

  •  Alignment - Alignment improvements include aligning frames relative to each other or aligning a single frame to the page margin when there are no guidelines to snap to. You also change the grid size using paper units in inches or centimeters. For details, see Aligning Objects.
  •  Grid Sizes - Set grid sizes in paper units by setting the units in which you want to resize a grid. On the Options menu, click Preferences and then click System Settings to open the System Settings Preferences dialog box. Select the desired unit from the Paper and Layout Units drop-down list. For details, see Aligning Layout Frames Using a Grid.
  •  Cartographic Objects - For professional quality cartographic output you can place a live dynamic scale bar anywhere on your layout, and there is a powerful new Map Grid/Graticule capability. For details, see Adding a Scale Bar for a Map in a Layout. To try the Grid/Graticule feature, see Adding Grid Lines to the Map.
  •  Clipboard - Creating new layout pages is much easier using standard clipboard commands. You can Cut and Copy an object and then Paste it to any page within the same layout, to other layouts, to a map, or to another instance of MapInfo Pro. For details, see Editing in the Layout Window.
  •  Empty Frames - Create a template for your maps by adding empty frames to a layout and saving it to a workspace. You can populate the empty frames later by selecting them and using the New Map and New Browser commands on the LAYOUT tab. For details, see Adding Empty Frames and Deleting Frames and their Contents.
  •  Page Layouts - Create and manage multi-page layouts that can be saved as a PDF document. Working with multiple pages is very easy using familiar page thumbnails for navigation. For details, seeAbout the Layout Window.

    With the new empty frame and some simple MapBasic scripting you can now design templates that can be reused later or used to automatically generate a map series.

    We’ve improved the conversion of older “classic” layouts to the new Layout window when you open workspaces. The conversion process is much more complete and accurate with the addition of rotated text, points, polylines, polygons, and empty frames.

  •   Rotate Text, Images, and Symbols - Change the frame orientation in the Layout window by dragging and dropping its bottom-right corner, or assigning a value in the Rotate Frame field on theLAYOUT tab, in the Style group. For details, see Changing the Text Frame Orientation.
  •  Symbols, Polylines, and Polygons - Add points, lines, and polygons, or use your mouse to create complex shapes and regions on the layout. There is also a new symbol dialog this is release that is similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, which shows the 18 most recently used symbols. For details, see Adding Symbols to a Layout and Adding Shapes to a Layout.
  •  We’ve added new keyboard shortcuts to improve your workflow:
    • + to switch to the Zoom In tool
    • to switch to the Zoom Out tool
    • Shift+S to switch to the Select tool
    • Shift+P to switch to the Pan tool
    • Ctrl+A to Select All items on the current layout page
    • Ctrl+C to Copy, Ctrl+Xto Cut, Ctrl+V to Paste

    For a list of shortcuts, see Shortcuts by Keystroke.

  •  Improved Mouse Wheel Behavior - Rolling the mouse wheel in a Layout window now zooms in or out of the layout, which matches the behavior in a Map window. Pressing the CTRL key while using the mouse wheel scrolls the layout up or down. For details, see About the Layout Window

Licensing Enhancements

MapInfo Pro Licensing model now includes an Advanced License. This license extends the capabilities of MapInfo Pro by providing a core raster engine that can be reused across desktop and server products. The Advanced version of MapInfo Pro:

  • Enables high performance with very large grid files.
  • Efficiently displays data at all zoom levels.
  • Supports both numeric and classified data in the same file.
  • Supports grid and/or imagery formats.
  • Provides high performance analysis, processing and complex workflows using huge raster files which are too large to fit in main memory.

For details, see Advanced Licenses

New Symbol Sets

New symbol sets have been added:

  • World POI Symbol Set - A new symbol set contains 120+ high-quality vector symbols for all major business and point-of-interest classifications worldwide. Use with MapInfo Stacked Styles to create a wide variety of professional looking map markers.
  • Ordnance Survey Symbol Set - The Ordnance Survey Civil Protection Common Map Symbology set now installs with MapInfo Pro. For details about this set read:Civil_Protection_Common_Map_Symbology_V1-0_March_2012.pdf

Usability Improvements

Improvements have been made for:

  • Touch Screens - Use multi-touch gestures, which allows two-finger pinching and panning gestures on a touch screen device to zoom in, zoom out, and pan on the map. The multi-touch also works on a 3D map, Prism map and the map in the Layout window. For details, see Touch Screen Devices.
  • Layer Renaming - Assign a friendly name to a selected layer in the Layer Control window by right-clicking on a layer and selecting Rename. For details, see Renaming a Layer.
  • Custom Cartographic Scales - The Cartographic Scale field in the Change View dialog box is now an editable list-box showing a list of available common scales. You can also type in a custom scale factor. For details, see Change View Dialog Box.
  • Global Language Support (Unicode) - MapInfo Pro can now have tables with characters from multiple languages. You can create labels and text using multiple languages and create or open tables and workspaces from multiple languages. Multi-language tables display properly in maps, browsers, the Info tool, and other locations. For details, see Using Data Files in Any Language or Character Set and see Opening vs. Importing.
  • Running Tasks in the Background - Using some MapBasic, can now start tasks in the background and continue working in MapInfo Pro while you wait for the task to complete. For details, see Running Tasks in the Background.
  • Deleting Duplicate Table Records - The Delete Duplicates tool deletes duplicate records from a table while retaining map objects. For details, see Delete Duplicates Tool.
  • Extracting x,y Coordinates - The Coordinate Extractor tool extracts x, y coordinates for each record in your table using a projection in the MAPINFOW.PRJ file and places them in designated columns.For details, see Coordinate Extractor Tool.

Performance Enhancements

Enhancements have been made for:

  • TAB Files Larger than 2GB - MapInfo TAB (and component) files and MIF/MID files can now be larger than 2GB in size, along with the number of fields per table. These improvements should allow for working with much larger data and reducing the need for seamless tables. When importing a table, choose MapInfo Extended (*.tab) in the Import into Table dialog (on the HOME tab, click Open and then Import). The default Format setting is a software preference, see Setting Your Language Preferences.
  • Improved Performance - Table delete and update operations are faster in many cases due to better index management on TAB files. There is also a new preference for controlling this behavior.
  • Improved Processing Speed - Improves processing speed when performing operations on spatial objects, see Setting Your Smart Indexing Preference.
  • Faster Symbol Rendering - MapInfo Pro now optimizes how point symbols render on the screen by drawing a point symbol only once at a specific location when rendering a layer. This is a new system preference that is enabled by default. To turn this preference off, on the PRO tab, select Options, and click Output Settings. Disable the Fast Symbol Rendering check box. For details, see Display tab (Output Preferences).

Infrastructure Enhancements

Enhancements have been made for:

  • Global Geocoding - Find coordinates from spatial data from any location by selecting the Global Geocoder option in the Geocode Service Information dialog. This requires the Spectrum 10 SP1 Global Geocoding Module. For details, see Geocoding using a Geocoding Server.
  • Initial Product Setup - You can create a workspace file, named AddUser.wor, that contains initial setup commands for MapInfo Pro. This is useful when you create or obtain custom tools that you want to load and register with MapInfo Pro. MapInfo Pro runs the AddUser.wor the first time a user launches MapInfo Pro. For details, see Configure MapInfo Pro on Initial Startup in the MapInfo Pro Install Guide. Details are also under Configure MapInfo Pro on Initial Startup.
  • Managing Software Licenses - Export all active license information on your server into a text or CSV (Comma Separated Value) format. For instructions, refer to the Using the License Server Utility topic in the License Server User Guide that installs with the License Server software. For details, see Exporting License Information.
  • File Version Numbering - Using some new features updates the version number of MapInfo and MapInfo Extended (*.tab), MIF and MID, and workspace (*.wor) files. For details, see File Versions and TAB, MIF/MID, and WOR Support.
  • Adding Help Systems - You can add documentation to your MapInfo Pro Help, so that all of your help systems are in one place. Register MapBasic, MapInfo ProViewer, and MiRaster help system files to easily access the information in any of these systems. For details, see Registering Other Help Systems.
UPDATED:  October 18, 2017