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Product: MapPoint 2001
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com
Estimated Street Price: $249.00
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Review By: Julien JAY

Use Interest

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Features
3: Advanced features
4: Conclusion

In business, expressing sales activities is an important thing to better understand the results and prospect for new markets opportunities. In the past businessmen used to stick a map on the wall and put coloured pins on the towns where they have accomplished sales to track their geographical positioning. Software like Microsoft MapPoint 2001 definitely buries these ancestral practices in order to provide a real powerful geographical analysing tool that can even help users to take vital business decisions. Big administrations didnít mistaken as they often use GIS (Geographical Information System). Unfortunately GIS applications are generally complex, heavy, and expensive and can be only used, most of the time, by highly qualified employees. Microsoft MapPoint 2001 answers to consumers waiting: it offers Small Business or big corporate users, from salesmen to technical analysts, the ability to analyse and communicate on a geographic based view of their data.

Getting Started

The first thing youíll notice when launching Microsoft MapPoint 2001 for the first time is the fact that it really looks like Microsoft Streets & Trips 2001 (called Microsoft AutoRoute in Europe) the little-brother software of MapPoint. In fact itís absolutely normal as both software use the same mapping data provided by NavTech as well as complementary data from AND & the Ordnance Survey Navigation Technologies for the European version. The US version of the software features the following credits:

  • GDTNavtech
  • Statistics Canada computer files
  • Compusearch Micromarketing Data and Systems Ltd.
  • Info USA
  • University directory data provided courtesy of Princeton Review Publishing.
  • Road construction information provided by Traffic Station Inc.
  • Woodall's Campground Directory

When you launch Microsoft MapPoint 2001 a map of the continent where youíre living is displayed (US & Canada or Europe). You can do multi level zoom-in/out on selected areas of the map. When viewing a map the localisation toolbar indicates accurate data: for example if youíre seeing the map of Saxe in Germany the toolbar will display World, Europe, Germany, Saxe. This toolbar also shows the actual scale of the map. Microsoft MapPoint 2001 offers five different map types: political (borders), physical, roadmap, statistic, roadmap & statistic. The roadmap kind of plans is the one that contains the most accurate details by showing streets, highways, and geographical indicatorsÖ  This new release includes street names for great towns like Paris, Lyon, London, etc. If youíre seeking for a specific location simply type its name into the toolbarís list and push enter: MapPoint 2001 will instantly displayed all the localities that correspond to the name you provided. Like in Microsoft Streets & Trips you can plan a route by simply clicking the routing button: itís great for representatives that often make long ways from a point to an other and that need to know the fastest drive to reach their destinations. When using this feature users are prompted to enter their departure locality and the town they want to reach (they can also add intermediate stages if the road is too long): in only a few seconds the most effective and fastest route will be displayed on the map and text detailed in a specific window of the program. Obviously the way can be printed in different manners: map with texts, text only, etc. Printing always shows detailed intersections map, and directories instructions. To make sure the software gives accurate information and mapping I planned a routing from Lyon to Paris: in a seconds MapPoint 2001 gave me a new map with turn by turn driving instructions: I checked them all and the fact was that they were all accurate (same thing for the costs, duration, length information). However everything is not perfect yet: indeed when planning a moving using Microsoft MapPoint 2001 to a small village it may council to use speedways that can make the routing longer in miles than if taking small roads. Microsoft MapPoint 2001 also offers some interesting features that calculate the length of the way in miles, evaluate the time when youíll arrive to the location, as well as the price itíll cost you in gasoline & highway fees (depending of the car consumption and gas price you have entered). An other feature salesmen will like is the nearby places locating feature that can displayed all the known restaurants, hospitals, hotels, train stations, gas stations, convention centres, airport, etc. near to the zone you have defined. Itís great except that for example we were surprised to learn that in Paris or Lyon there arenít any subways, which is more than false! Worst the software indicated some railway stations that donít exist anymore inalmost 40 years in Belgium and in France: I guess some data have to be updated. Strangely BMW GPS devices show the same mistakes.

GUI

The User Interface of Microsoft MapPoint 2001 is similar to the ones of the Microsoft Office 2000 software suite. However we regret the fact that you canít customize menus or toolbars.

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