MapInfo Pro and the Workspace Packager tool

Product Affected: MapInfo Pro™

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Rummaging in the Tool box: Workspace Packager Tool
User-added imagePortability of data can be an issue when working with MapInfo Pro. Think about how many tables you can have in one session and where all those files are located. On the network? On your laptop? In multiple file folders? And think about how overwhelming it could be if you wanted to use that same session of data on different computer. How would you collect and move that data easily from one machine to another? Copying files? Saving files?

Don't worry, it's easy!

Before we get started

This article pertains to 32 and 64 bit versions of MapInfo Pro. If you are not sure what sort of version you have, the 64 bit versions have a modern ribbon based user interface, as found in Microsoft Office applications. The 32 bit versions have an older style menu interface with a File menu, Edit menu, etc.

What is the Workspace Packager?

MapInfo Pro comes with a tool found within the Tool Manager called the Workspace Packager. The Workspace Packager will painlessly copy all tables that are currently open to a single file folder and create a workspace with no drive references. This means you can copy the contents of this file folder to a USB stick, CD / DVD, to a separate file folder, even zip up the contents so you or someone else can use this data on another machine. It's also a great way to archive a project.

Using the Workspace Packager

In the 32 bit versions, navigate to Tools > Tool Manager, scroll down to the Workspace Packager and check Loaded. (Also, you can check Autoload to load the Worskspace Packager every time you run MapInfo Pro.) 

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Here is how to start up the Workspace Packager in the 64 bit versions. 

On the HOME tab, go to the Tool Extensions gallery. You will find the Workspace Packager in the list of Registered tools. 

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Once the tool is loaded (and you also have a workspace you want to package) you can run the tool: 

In the 32 bit versions go to the Tools menu and choose Workspace Packager > Package Current Workspace.

In the 64 bit versions go to the Tool Extensions gallery and find the Workspace Packager in the Running tab.  Right click on the tool to access the Package Current Workspace command. 

The following dialog box will appear: 

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Simply choose an empty file folder to copy the data into by pressing the Browse button. You also have the option to change the workspace name. 

The default option is to make a copy of all tables. You also have the option to keep the original file instead of making a copy. You may wish to use this option where tables are very large and/or where the location of the tables is accessible to the other person or system you are sharing the data with.

You can specify whether or not to copy each table individually, if desired. To do this tick the Customer copy type for each table box and press the Advanced Copy Options dialog box. The following dialog box will appear. 

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Any tables that you choose to copy are saved in the same folder as the workspace. This makes the workspace and the whole data set easier to move around. 

Good luck!

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Article by Sue Disy, Senior Sales Engineer

When not writing articles for "The MapInfo Pro" journal, Sue works with Pitney Bowes customers all over North America as a Sales Engineer. When not working Sue enjoys staying active. You may find her horseback riding in the Adirondack mountains, practicing yoga, enjoying personal travel or staying home and cooking in her kitchen. 

UPDATED:  August 20, 2019