Are you looking for more efficient ways to use MapInfo? MapInfo is a complex and comprehensive software program and so even those who have used MapInfo a reasonable amount may be missing out on some of the tips and tricks that can make analysing location data much quicker and simpler. As is often the way, it’s the basics that catch people out, even after they have been on an MapInfo training course. Check out our top three MapInfo tips below for some quick and practical hints.
1) Back Up You Master Copy Of Your Data
It’s a really good idea to back up your original data so you have a master copy to return to should you wish to take your analysis down a different path. Leaving a paper trail as you go along, by saving as a new file each time you make a significant or permanent change, is another top tip.
This means that you can revert back to different data visualisations and analyses as and when you want or need to.
2) Start simple
Don’t jump in at the deep end with complicated visualisations without finding out what simpler information you can obtain from your data set. Start with a simpler, higher level analysis to provide a context to more detailed visualisations as this initial analysis will help inform what further analysis would be useful or interesting.
3) Keep your software up to date
To get the most out of MapInfo, make sure you are keeping your software up to date. This does not necessarily mean buying the latest version of MapInfo. The manufacturer releases updates and patches on the program frequently and downloading these updates ensures your MapInfo software remains effective. To download updates, click on Help, then Check for Updates