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What's new in MapVision

MapVision is constantly being developed to meet the requirements of our users, whether this is a feature we think you'll find useful, or in response to user feedback. We strive to fit as many GIS tools into the program as we can whilst keeping it lean enough to work in a web browser and intuitive enough for any user.

The below list gives a run down of the latest changes that might benefit your projects so it is worth checking back regularly to see what is new. As a web-based tool, there will never be any downloads or updates required, but make sure that each time you use MapVision you conduct a "hard refresh" (Control + F5 in most browsers) to make sure that you benefit from the latest features.

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Date New Feature What this means
07/07/2020 New find option (Beta) When browsing a point set or catchment, right-click a column heading for Find/Find next options.
07/07/2020 Catchment download detail Catchment download now includes all columns (e.g. time and distance for a drive-time catchment).
07/07/2020 Highlight in library Show in library now highlights the folder and object.
07/07/2020 Browse issue fixed Browse issue fixed when using a sorted column.
07/07/2020 New 2020 OS map New 2020 background large-scale mapping from the Ordnance Survey.
07/07/2020 Longer object names permitted Import issue fixed when object names longer than 80 characters used.
07/07/2020 Apostrophes allowed in object names Import issue fixed when apostrophes used in object names.
07/07/2020 Import issue fix Import issue fixed where embedded new-lines in Excel were not handled correctly.
07/07/2020 More intuitive map scales Background map scales used are more intuitive.
07/07/2020 Library sort options Name, date, owner and type can be sorted by clicking the headers. Ascending sort only.
07/07/2020 New library layout New library layout. Folders on the left, objects of current folder on the right.
24/06/2020 Themed catchments Catchments can be themed by tilename. Useful for small catchments to give each tile a different colour.
24/06/2020 Import error view options Import warnings and errors can be shown as top 25 or as all entries.
24/06/2020 Kay scales to document size The key now appears correctly scaled in image downloads, e.g. at A4 or A3.
24/06/2020 Key re sizeable for accessibility The key can now be scaled. Numbers larger than 1 make the scale bigger, e.g. 1.5 makes it half as big again.
24/06/2020 New layer menu icon The layer menu is now accessed from a "hamburger" icon
10/06/2020 Quick zoom added There is a "Zoom in" button for quickly swiping into an area of the map. Reverts to "Drag" after use.
27/05/2020 Point set clustering Point sets can be clustered. Show or hide clusters from the layer menu.
27/05/2020 Cascading popup bubbles Popup info bubbles show multiple near points cascaded. Useful where points are coincident.
27/05/2020 Object browsing grid Object browsing grid is available from the layer menu.
14/05/2020 Revert to default style option Revert to the default (or owner's if shared) style for a library object (right-click the style swatch).
14/05/2020 New layer display options Manually set the lower and upper size that a layer is displayed by clicking on the number in the scale editor. You can still drag them.
14/05/2020 Browse catchments You can browse catchments (with or without attribute information). Click a row to pan the map. Double-click to zoom to the extent of the tile.
14/05/2020 New delete object options Right-click a row in a library object browser and a menu lets you pan, zoom or delete a point (for pointsets) or a tile (for catchments).
04/05/2020 Default style options When adding an object to a map, it will get the style the owner set if you haven't set one yourself.
04/05/2020 Improved browsing options You can browse point sets, networks and polygons. Remember, when browsing point sets, click a row to pan, double-click to zoom.
04/05/2020 Hide layer on key option added A layer menu option lets you show/hide the layer on the key.
04/05/2020 Add/remove tiles options Use map buttons to add/remove tiles when editing a catchment. Drag is previous, default behaviour.
22/04/2020 New library default Save default library object style (right-click the style swatch).
22/04/2020 Set layer visibility more quickly Switch visible layers on/off quickly (right-click the layer visibility check box).
22/04/2020 Faster map extent setting Switch which layers set the map extent quickly (right-click the layer use extent check box).
22/04/2020 New map label options Set which map label values are displayed from a button in the style editor dialog.
22/04/2020 Drivetime and distance detail A drivetime catchment's time and distance values are now expressed to two decimal places.
22/04/2020 More intuitive navigation Browsing a point set supports paging and click-to-pan and double-click-to-zoom.
06/04/2020 Option to save style for an object Right-click on the style swatch. The saved style will be used when you add the object from the library in future.
06/04/2020 More layer options added Right-click on the "eye" or layer's visibility checkbox. Right-click on the "cross icon" or layer's extent checkbox
05/03/2020 Simplified import process The import process has been simplified within MapVision to a 3-step process, making it easier than ever to geocode and plot csv or spreadsheet data onto a map.
18/02/2020 New Style options New coloured pins for point sets, plus the ability to show/hide tile edges in your thematics with the tick of a box.
15/11/2019 Free data library New boundary and census data is available for free to MapVision users
23/09/2019 Convert point sets to catchments Easily convert between the two map types to turn point set data into area catchments with data counts.
20/09/2019 Drive time and distance catchments Include banded thematics based on drive times or drive distances.
29/08/2019 POD file import functionality added Seamlessly import entire Prospex GIS projects into MapVision carrying over themes and styles.
29/08/2019 Local Authority geography added 2019 Local Authority boundary data now included for not for profit catchmment maps.
16/08/2019 Drag and drop import function added Drag a data file onto the map to launch the import dialogue and put data into your library.
14/08/2019 KML file import functionality added Import points, networks or polygons from any GIS using this universal GIS file type.
14/08/2019 Download catchments as CSV files Once you've reviewed data in MapVision it can now be exported again as a CSV file to allow you to re-import it into a spreadsheet or database.
14/08/2019 MS Access data import Import entire databases from MS Access rather than individual tables.
17/07/2019 Internet Explorer functionality added MapVision now works with Internet Explorer, meaning it now works with every major web browser.
17/07/2019 "Go to" Function added Search for a postcode or placename in your data using this simple text search
15/06/2019 New Territory Functionality Balance your catchments and create effective territories with new household, population or adult count data held natively in MapVision.
10/06/2019 Sample data available to Import If you would like to try MapVision but don't have any data available, we've included a sample point set of a well known chain of homeware stores.