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Understanding the new Welcome Screen in MapInfo Pro 17.0

Products affected: MapInfo Pro™
Understanding the new Welcome Screen in MapInfo Pro 17.0
 
MapInfo Pro 17’s new Welcome Screen brings several significant improvements to managing workspaces and tables, accessing manuals, instructional videos, MapBasic Programs, System Information and more.
These significant enhancements bring various Pro-related touch points to a single location for easy access.
Let’s look a little closer at some of the new features of this screen.
 
Getting started with MapInfo
When starting MapInfo, a new Welcome Screen is displayed which contains immediate access to recent work as well as a convenient place for useful resources.  Many of these resources come from the newly launched Location Intelligence Community site.


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The center of the Welcome Screen is divided in to 3 main sections.
At top left, there is a section where Pro users can access their most recent sessions, tables, workspaces, and MapBasic Programs. This is a great way get back up to speed quickly after closing Pro.


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The middle “Resource” section of the Welcome Screen is divided in to 3 smaller subsections:

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The “Getting Started” section reveals numerous helpful links to articles found at the new Location Intelligence Community, known as the “LI360”, that are particularly helpful to the both the new and experienced Pro user:

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To the right of the Getting Started section is the “LI360 Community” section.
This is where Pro users can click and be brought to our Location Intelligence Community (LI360), where users can post questions, start discussions and even post answers to other users.
We strongly recommend all user’s join the LI360 as its benefits are significant.
 
The “MapInfo News” section at the bottom of the screen displays links to current and timely PB/MapInfo news, as well as articles and other items.
 
At the top right of the Welcome Screen, one can find the “Getting Help” section.
The “Getting Help” section can be found in the top right of the Welcome screen.
This section displays links to Pro Help, Tech Support contact information, and a handy link to display a user’s “system Info”. This link creates a list of valuable information about the computer where MapInfo Pro is installed, which can helpful Tech Support when diagnosing or troubleshooting problems.
Links to MapInfo Pro manuals and a link to file suggestions to improve the product are also found in the “Getting Help” section.

Lastly, at the lower right, the “Video Spotlight” section highlights various videos of relevance to MapInfo Pro.
 
To proceed from the Welcome Screen to MapInfo Pro, click on the white “X” on the red square found at the top right-hand corner of the Welcome Screen.
 
Once in MapInfo Pro, users can launch the Welcome Screen without having to re-start by clicking on the Pro tab to get to the Pro "backstage".
Once there, simply click on “Resources”:


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Turning off the Welcome Window & Client Experience Program
New preferences have been added that allow users to turn the Welcome Screen on or off, as well as allowing users to (opt out or) participate in the client experience program.
These new options can be found in the Application and Startup Preferences shown here.

Please note that the Welcome Screen option replaces the previous Startup dialog. All of the retired Startup dialog’s capabilities are now available in the Welcome Screen.

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UPDATED:  September 3, 2019