An Overview of MapInfo Pro Advanced

Products affected: MapInfo Pro Advanced™
MapInfo Pro Advanced is an extension to MapInfo Pro developed especially to support raster data visualization and analysis. This new engine revolutionizes the way GIS professionals use grid and imagery data and will dramatically improve efficiency. It is a next generation raster grid-based engine and data format that offers high speed processing without the traditional trade-off in quality.

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MapInfo Pro Advanced is a native 64-bit application which takes advantage of a new data storage format, called Multi Resolution Raster (MRR). It also features an easy-to-use new interface that is tightly integrated with MapInfo Pro.

The Multi-Resolution Raster (.MRR) data format provides very high performance with extremely large raster/grid datasets. The limitation is basically disk storage capacity. Grids as large as a terabyte have been tested successfully. The display performance, including pan, zoom, color changes, hill shading changes and even dynamic changes of breakpoints happens nearly instantaneously. This technology supports storage of unified and sparse data. Change in raster data can be handled through this and also helps in efficient memory management.

MapInfo Pro Advanced offers pyramiding, which enables efficient display of data at all zoom levels. It gives support to grid and/or imagery formats.

MapInfo Pro Advanced gives you the ability to process and view data in ways that previously required a number of software packages. A geologist in the field, an exploration manager in head office, or a draftsperson in a regional office can use this product to track settlement activity, contour point data, analyses geographic data, facilitate map creation, easily produce scaled hard copy output, and more.

Easy to Learn and Easy to Use!

MapInfo Pro Advanced is an extension to MapInfo Pro developed especially for high quality raster visualization and analysis.

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Figure 1- MapInfo Pro Advanced 15.2

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Figure 2 - MapInfo Pro Advanced 16.0

MapInfo Pro Advanced Capability Overview


View your raster data to reveal information

MapInfo Pro Advanced has great capabilities with powerful display options.

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The Color Stretch tool can be used to enhance the display of a raster grid by changing the grid's appearance through data stretches. It is a powerful tool to present data visually. Breakpoints between colors can be set dynamically and you will see the changes in real time.

Enhancing the raster appearance

To improve the aerial photography, Pro users can use the resampling technique and enhance the raster display quality. The resampling methods reduces distortions in the raster data and enhances the display of raster data. Users can notice the difference, when zooming beyond the resolution of the individual pixels in the source raster file. Once the resampling technique on the source raster has been applied, users can zoom in on an area in the raster and see the difference in display quality.

Usually, when zooming beyond 100%, one can see pixelated edges, as displayed below.

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When Display Resampling Methods are enabled, raster images will maintain a smooth and high quality appearance even when zooming beyond the resolution of the individual pixels, as displayed below.

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The Hill Shade capability enables one to add an illumination effect to a raster map based on the variations in elevation within the map landscape. This tool can easily be used to mimic the sun's effects like illumination, intensity, shadows, etc. on DEMs and other grid files.

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A new highlighting feature adds a glossy look and increased contrast to call out the detail in the data.

Working with raster and imagery data

MapInfo Pro Advanced contains many tools for working with raster and imagery data.

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The Convert tool is used to convert an input raster dataset into Multi Resolution Raster (MRR) and other raster formats, and this helps to optimize storage.
The Resample tool can be used for classified, numeric grids, MRR grids, MapInfo TAB files, etc. If the source raster is of a classified type, a resampled output in MRR or classified formats can be created.

The Reproject tool changes the projection of a raster dataset from one projection system to another.
In MapInfo Pro Advanced this is done using one of the three Interpolation Methods:
– Nearest Neighbour, Bilinear and Bicubic

The Clip tool is used to extract a portion of the input data based on user defined extent(s). The output will consist of cells that intersect the extent(s).
The Merge tool allows multiple grids to be combined into a single output grid. The Rasterize tool converts a MapInfo TAB file of region/polygon objects into a raster file. The output raster file can be either a numeric or classified grid.



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The Point Inspection tool can be used to inspect grid files at each point, return the appropriate grid value, and write the value (or values) to a new column(s) in the point table.

The Region Statistics tool inspects the region(s) specified in an input vector file (TAB file) for a set of input raster grid files. Data is aggregated from the grid cells into the regions.

The Line Statistics tool inspects the cell samples along the length of a line and calculates grid statistics for these cells.

In MapInfo Pro Advanced, the Calculator provides a powerful tool for performing multiple tasks on an input raster file or multiple raster files. One can perform mathematical calculations using operators and functions or set up selection queries. Inputs can be Multi Resolution Raster files (.mrr files) or other supported raster formats.

Contouring is an essential part of raster analysis. Contour lines connect a series of points of equal grid values (commonly used with elevation data) and are used to illustrate topography. It allows for vector analysis of the results.

The Cross Section tool creates a profile view (change in grid values) along one or more lines or polylines.

The Viewshed tool identifies all locations on a grid that are visually connected to a single or multiple observer locations. This tool is useful when you want to determine how visible particular places are or if two locations are visible to each other.

The Surface Analysis tool can be used to calculate the slope, aspect, and curvature of an input raster

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Figure 3 - The Cross Section tool creates a profile view from a line or polyline. The graph in the upper right represents the change in elevation of the line seen in the map.

Interpolation - creating raster from points data

MapInfo Pro Advanced simplifies the process of creating raster data from points by using an optimized spatial data analysis system that automatically analyzes the spacing and distribution of the input data and computes a set of default parameters. This allows one to quickly create a raster from virtually any point data with only a minimum of steps. However, if wants or needs to change any of the parameters and specify an exact cell size, search radius, search weighting model etc., then this can easily be accomplished with the advanced options provided on the Create Raster dialog box.

MapInfo Pro Advanced supports the following input file formats for creating a raster surface:
  • TAB - MapInfo TAB Files (*.tab)
  • LAS - LIDAR ASPERS LAS Files (*.las)
  • LAZ - (*.laz)

Multi-file interpolation

Interpolation can be performed on a single input file or multiple input files containing point data. If you want to use a large number of files for interpolation, you can use the Create Raster Multi-file tool.

Create Raster Multi-file - This feature enables one to process large number of files encompassing millions of points in one go. Multi-file Interpolation enables one to directly add one of more folder containing desired files.

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UPDATED:  July 9, 2019