New Revolutions in Map Making

Version: 4 Media: CD ROM
Operating Systems: Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4 SP3, 2000 and higher


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MapViewer is an affordable analytical tool that allows you to produce publication-quality thematic maps easily. Small businesses, large corporations, independent consultants, scientists, GIS analysts, and numerous government agencies are discovering important trends in their data with MapViewer. Display your data distribution easily and precisely with more easy-to-use features than ever. Your data is unique and you need the best mapping software for the job!

A thematic map visually represents the geographic distribution of your data. MapViewer will help you to:

  • understand demographics
  • define sales or insurance territories
  • outline marketing strategies
  • track population trends
  • show ecological distribution
  • display any geographically distributed data

With MapViewer, you are not limited to the boundaries and data included in the program. You can import boundary files and data files in a number of formats to create truly customized maps!

Which MapViewer Features Would You Like to Learn About?

Map Types

MapViewer provides you with several map types to present your data in the most informative way possible. You can combine most map types in a single window to present several types of data in a single map. The MapViewer map types include:

  • Base maps contain boundaries without any data representation. Base maps can be used with other maps to show features such as roads, streams, city locations, boundaries that have no data associated with them, and so on.

base-sm.GIF (4226 bytes)


  • Hatch maps use colors and fill patterns to represent data ranges or classes of data for each area on the map.

hatch-sm.GIF (5400 bytes)


  • Density maps also called dot density maps, use dots to represent data values for areas on a map. On a density map, each dot represents some data value, so the number of dots drawn in an area is in relation to the data values associated with that area.

density-sm.GIF (7006 bytes)


  • Pie maps are a way to represent several data values by drawing a proportionally sized pie chart for each location.

pie-sm.GIF (5772 bytes)


  • Bar maps are a way to represent several data values by drawing a bar chart for each location.

bar-sm.GIF (7271 bytes)


  • Symbol maps place a scaled symbol on an area, curve, or point location on the map. The symbols are scaled in proportion to the data values represented for each area or point.

symbol-sm.GIF (6735 bytes)


  • Prism maps draw each area as a raised prism, where the height of the prism is relative to the associated data value. NEW: You can now color the prism maps!

prism-sm.GIF (8240 bytes)


  • Line graph maps show line graphs of the data at each centroid location. By looking at a single line graph, you can see how the individual data value relates to the whole data set.

linegraph-sm.GIF (6187 bytes)


  • Flow maps scale curves (polylines) on the map. The curves are scaled in proportion to the data values represented for each curve.

flow-sm.GIF (5194 bytes)


  • Pin maps are point location maps that draw a point at a particular location on a map. NEW: Pin maps can also use colors and symbols to represent data ranges or classes of data for pin location on the map.

pin-sm.GIF (2086 bytes)



MapViewer Boundary and Data Files

puget.GIF (32887 bytes)

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The following is a list of boundary and data files included with MapViewer.  These files are suitable for creating a wide variety of maps. You can also create custom boundaries by combining existing boundaries or by using the drawing tools. MapViewer can import boundary files in several different formats so you can also use files created in other applications.

The MapViewer CD-ROM contains GSs entire library of data files and boundary files.


This folder contains Metropolitan Statistical Areas, MSA, CMSA, and PMSA.


  • Akcity.bna - Wycity.bna: point locations of cities in latitude/longitude coordinates
  • WorldCity.dat: contains latitude/longitude point locations of miscellaneous world cities in GS Data [.DAT] format.


The DLG directory contains USGS 1:2,000,000 scale DLG files converted to the GS Boundary [.GSB] file format.

US County

  • Ak.gsb-Wy.gsb: county boundary files, Primary IDs are FIPS codes
  • Ak.dat-Wy.dat: 1990 US Census data for each county
  • Counties.gsb: map of all US counties
  • Counties.dat: 1990 US Census data for all US counties

US County High Resolution

  • Ak_hires.gsb-Wy_hires.gsb: high-resolution county boundaries

US Miscellany

  • ADI.gsb:  Arbitron marketing Areas of Dominant Influence
  • Climate_divisions.gsb:  US climatic divisions
  • Congress_dist.gsb:  US Congressional districts for the 106th Congress
  • US48.gsb:  Contiguous 48 United States
  • US50.gsb:  United States map in Unprojected Lat/Long, Alaska and Hawaii in the correct locations
  • US50.dat:  1990 Census data for each state
  • US50alb.gsb:  United States map in Albers projection, Alaska and Hawaii by Southwest US
  • US50ll.gsb:  United States map in Unprojected Lat/Long, Alaska and Hawaii by Southwest US
  • Uscity.gsb:  point location of select US cities
  • Usintll.gsb:  major US interstates, highways, and tollways


  • Africa.gsb:  African countries
  • Antarcal.gsb:  Antarctica Albers projection
  • Antarcll.gsb:  Antarctica Unprojected Lat/Long
  • Asia.gsb:  Asian countries
  • Camerica.gsb:  Central American countries
  • Canada.gsb:  Canadian provinces
  • China.gsb:  Chinese provinces
  • Continents.gsb:  outline of continents without interior countries
  • Europe.gsb:  European countries
  • Mexico.gsb:  Mexico states
  • Namerica.gsb:  North American countries
  • Oceania.gsb:  Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring island nations
  • Pacificn.gsb:  Pacific view of the world, negative coordinates from -360 to 0
  • Pacificp.gsb:  Pacific view of the world, positive coordinates from 0 to 360
  • Russia.gsb:  Russia boundary
  • Russia-proj.gsb:  Russia boundary split at 180 degrees
  • Samerica.gsb:  South American countries
  • World.gsb:  all countries in the world
  • World-proj.gsb:  all countries in the world, Russia and Alaska split at 180 degrees
  • World.dat:  1990 data for countries
  • Worldcap.gsb:  point locations of country capitals
  • Worldcities.dat:  lat/long coordinates of select world cities


Akzip3.gsb-Wyzip3.gsb: three-digit ZIP code sectional centers for the United States


Akzip5.bna-Wyzip5.bna: five-digit ZIP code boundaries for the United States


Importing Boundaries from Other Applications

MapViewer can import boundary information in several different vector and bitmap formats. These include:

  • Atlas BNA
  • AutoCAD DXF
  • Windows Metafile EMF, WMF, CLP
  • Bitmap formats include TIF, BMP, TGA, PCX, GIF, DCX, JPG, PCT, WPG, PNG
  • ESRI SHP, E00
  • MapInfo MIF

Also, you can read coordinates from worksheet data files to place point locations on the map. Data files containing any type of coordinates can be used to indicate points.

pop-hatch.GIF (24872 bytes)

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MapViewer creates thematic maps by linking worksheet data to areas or points on the map. If you need to display your own data on a map, MapViewer includes a full-featured worksheet that allows you to display, enter, edit, and save your data. You can read data files in many formats, including XLS, SLK, WKx, CSV, TXT, DAT, MDB, DBF, DB, BNA, and BLN. In the worksheet you can transform, sort, and calculate statistics on your data.


Additional Features

colorwater.GIF (37947 bytes)

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There are many additional features that MapViewer provides, including:

  • Add graticules, legends, and scale bars to your map
  • Limit the map to selected coordinates
  • Query the map and show the results in several ways
  • Use one of the several map managers to easily keep track of your map
  • Several reports such as centroid report, data for the selected object, and a general map report are available
  • Measure the distance between selected Primary IDs or click on the map to find distances
  • Annotate your maps with text using any typeface, size, or color
  • Display information associated with areas, curves, and points on your map.
  • Display place names, data information, or any type of text on your maps
  • Create circles, squares, rectangles, polylines, polygons, or symbols at any location on the map
  • Create multi-layered maps to present more information
  • Zoom in on areas to show different levels of detail
  • Create custom colors, line styles, and fill patterns
  • Create maps using any coordinate system and recalibrate maps to use any coordinate system
  • Use one of the 25+ map projections
  • Convert areas to curves, curves to areas, and drawing objects to areas
  • Edit polylines with break curve, reshape, and thin boundary
  • View the data and the map simultaneously
  • Move or copy map features between map layers
  • Turn on or off the display of any map or page features
  • Many more!


System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0 SP 3, 2000, or higher
  • 30 MB of free hard disk space
  • 800 X 600 minimum monitor resolution


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