64 bit: Frequently asked questions about the 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro!

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Frequently asked questions about the 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro!
User-added imageHere are some frequently asked questions about the 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro

Where can I download the 64 bit version?

Here is a link to the latest version available for download:

Is there an extra cost for the 64 bit version? Is it a separate product?
No. There is no extra cost. Where both a 32 and 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro exist, the same serial number and access code will unlock both.  This pertains to the v12.5 releases and the v15.0/15.2 releases. Below are the version numbers.

32 bit version64 bit version
MapInfo Pro v12.5.0 (main release) 
MapInfo Pro v12.5.2 (patch release for v12.5.0)
MapInfo Pro v12.5.1 (main release)
MapInfo Pro v12.5.3 and v12.5.4 are patch releases for v12.5.1
MapInfo Pro v15.0.xMapInfo Pro v15.2.x
Not applicable: No 32 bit version of v16.0 is availableMapInfo Pro v16.0.x

Can I use the same serial number and access code for the 32 and 64 bit versions?
Yes, a version 12.5 serial number will unlock both v12.5.0 and v12.5.1. A version 15 serial number will unlock both v15.0 and v15.2 licenses.

Can I run both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions on the same computer?
Yes. The two different versions can be installed side-by-side on the same system and can be run at the same time. Do not install them to the same folder.

Will there be a 32 bit release of MapInfo Pro v16.0?
No, a 32 bit release of v16.0 is not planned. A further question you might ask is why this is. The reason is that it is we wish to develop and improve the 64 bit release as fast as possible and it is easier to do this if we focus on developing just one version of the product, instead of two.  

Are you going to entirely stop developing the 32 bit version of MapInfo Pro?
Yes, eventually but not yet. Our major release in 2016 (version 16.0) was only made in a 64 bit version. However, we continue to support and develop patch releases for MapInfo Pro v15.0. We have not set an end date for this. 

We are giving our customers a long runway to transition to the 64 bit version.

Can I use my data and workspaces created in the 32 bit versions in the 64 bit version?
With respect to data, the answer is yes. Your tables work in both versions. 

With respect to workspaces, the answer is a mostly yes. You can open your existing workspaces in the 64 bit version. Many workspaces will be reproduced faithfully in the 64 bit version. However, the workspace may look a bit different for a few reasons. 
  1. The new windowing system in the 64 bit version means that the layout and appearance of the windows may be different. The contents of the windows will be the same, minus some exceptions as listed below.
  2. The 64 bit version does not have support for Graph windows. Your workspaces will still open and a message will appear indicating that graph windows are not supported.
  3. Layout Windows (the legacy type) will be automatically converted to new Layout Designer windows. The new Layout Designer window supports most, but not all of the options and possibilities from the legacy Layout window. Limitations include only solid lines and fills are supported for frame fills and borders,
  4. Redistricter windows are not supported within the Layout Designer. The Redistricter is still present in the software, it just can't be added to a Layout Designer window.
  5.  As mentioned above, graph windows are not supported and therefore will not appear in the Layout Designer.
The new Layout Designer window offers many improvements as compared to the old Layout window. This is covered in other articles.

What are the major improvements in the 64 bit version?

There are many improvements and these are covered in detail in
a series of other articles. Here are a few highlights:
  • Ribbon based user interface allows for easy customization (without the need to write code) and interactive capabilities. For example, see the impact of label settings by just hovering the mouse over them.
  • Support for TAB files larger than 2 GB.
  • Unicode support.
  • Support for the GeoPackage data format. Allows for containing multiple sets of spatial data in a single file.
  • Performance improvements. A detailed article and a video tutorial is available on this topic. Check out these other articles to see examples of queries that used to take hours now only take minutes or seconds.
  • Support for modern window behavior.  Windows can be tabbed, docked or floating windows. Floating windows can be moved to separate monitors.
  • Improved workspace support (including Auto Save and Auto Backup features)
  • The Layout Designer has many improvements. A key one is you can work with your maps without leaving the Layout Designer. For example, this means you don't have to switch back and forth to do things like get your labels looking right.
  • An all new raster grid engine which provides amazing display performance, no matter what the size of the dataset.  A new Multi-Resolution Raster (MRR) format achieves this and provides many other benefits.  A series of articles of articles on this is available in our "Get on the Grid" series.
  • Support for Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) layers.
  • An improved user interface for many tasks. The thematic mapping capabilities are a great example.

Will my existing MapBasic applications run in the 64 bit version?

Some will run without modification, some will require work before they can be used in the 64 bit version. "Pure" MapBasic applications that simply create menus and button pads will be "translated" into a menu and buttons on the ribbon. Also, MapBasic dialog boxes work without change. This sort of application can be run without even the need to recompile it. However, as mentioned in the question above, some capabilities, such as the graph window are not present in the 64 bit version.

MapBasic applications that call a 32 bit DLL or other external code will need a 64 bit version of the DLL. This sort of application will require modification to run in the 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro. Images used for button pads are an exception, see below.

MapBasic applications that call Windows functions will continue to work as long as the Windows function is available in the 64 bit version and the function works in the same way as previously.

MapBasic applications that have custom button pads (toolbars) will work (with the exceptions noted above). The buttons from a custom button pad will appear in a special Legacy tab. Even though the icons for the toolbars are contained in a 32 bit DLL we have engineered MapInfo Pro to continue to use the icon images.

Is there help and information on porting MapBasic applications to the 64 bit versions of MapInfo Pro?
Yes. A series of articles and other resources are available as part of our "
Developer Dojo" series of articles. 

Does the 64 bit version include the PDF printer driver and other ancillary capabilities? 
See below 

PDF printerYes
FME Quick TranslatorYes
"Open Universal Data" optionYes
EasyLoaderYes, in v12.5.1, the installed EasyLoader is a 32 bit application. (It is a separate executable). 

A 64 bit EasyLoader is included with MapInfo Pro v16.0.
Crystal ReportsNo
Geographic Tracker UtilityNo. 
Another product in our range, MapInfo Discover, includes a GPS integration tool.

Are the Tools from the Tool Manager in the 64 bit version?
Many of the MapBasic tools that appear in the Tool Manager have been included in the 64 bit version. In the 64 bit version, on the Home tab, look in the Tools drop-down gallery. The interface for the Tool Manager has been improved.

I don't like the way the ribbon takes up so much space, is there anything I can do about that?
Yes, the ribbon has an auto-hide feature (similar to other ribbon style applications). In addition, there is a Quick Access toolbar that you can customize with your most commonly used commands. Thus you can hide the ribbon and reduce or avoid its use, if desired. 

The application switches tabs when I switch windows and I don't like this behavior. Can I change it?
Yes, there is a preference with different options for the tab switching behavior. The preference is found in the PRO tab. Click on the Options page and choose Application Preferences.

Where can I learn more?
The LI 360 Community has lots of articles and other resources on both the 32 and 64 bit versions of MapInfo Pro. Here is a list of all the topics:​ 

Free trial
Not using the 64 bit version? You can download a free trial here:
UPDATED:  June 30, 2017