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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
04/10/2021 Move or add points When editing a point set via "Browse", you can move the point using "Set point" or add a new point.
04/10/2021 New look layer control panel The layer control panel has a new look with check boxes replaced by grey (off)/blue (on) icons.
04/10/2021 Updated drive times All drive options (catchments, point-to-point and scheduler) use the latest 2021 data, with improved drive time modelling.
31/08/2021 Drag layers between groups More layers can be added to the group by dragging them. Dragging within a group changes the order of display.
31/08/2021 Exclusive layers within a group Within a group, layers can be made to be exclusive for visibility (show/hide) or extent (zooming). See menu options. When exclusive, clicking "Show" or "Use extent" will switch the other layers in the group off.
31/08/2021 Group layers Project layers can be made into groups ("Make group" in the layer menu). A minus sign ("-") appears next to the group. Collapse or expand by clicking it.
31/08/2021 Change the map-menu ratio There is a vertical divider between the layer panel on the left and the map on the right. Drag to change the sizes or double-click to get a best fit.
02/08/2021 Multiple layer editing Multiple layers can be styled together. Right-click the paint-brush icon in the style column.
02/08/2021 Client map branding A client logo can be requested from Beacon Dodsworth to appear on the map.
02/08/2021 Map titles from key A map can be titled using the Key dialog. The title will appear at the top of the key on the map.
02/08/2021 Better located point labels Icons are now positioned better relative to labels in point sets when images are used.
02/08/2021 KML description import KML import now adds any Description attributes.
02/08/2021 Improved themes Theme support has been improved, including a fix to "Equal count" range type themes.
02/08/2021 Distance & time shown on scheduler The scheduler (optional module) now shows distance travelled as well as time.
02/08/2021 Bug fixes Various bug fixes including project sharing allowing object sharing if the person sharing owns the object.
20/05/2021 KMZ import improvements KMZ import handling has been improved. The import is more tolerant of typical KMZ files.
20/05/2021 Access database import improvements Access database import has been improved. Only native tables are offered for import but queries and linked tables are now ignored.
20/05/2021 Greater sharing version control The "Shared with me" library is now read-only.
20/05/2021 Polygon editing consistency Polygon editing is more consistent. Save will replace the polygon being edited if from a library object. Save as will always create a new entry in "Saved polygons".
20/05/2021 Project naming conventions Saving a project will always create a new one if the name hasn't been used before. Otherwise it will overwrite an existing one.
15/02/2021 Polygon to postcode point set Generate a postcode pointset from a polygon (right-click in "Add polygon" mode). The pointset is stored in the library "Postcodes" folder.
15/02/2021 Catchment to postcode point set functionality Generate a postcode pointset from a catchment (right-click menu option in the library). The pointset has the same name as the catchment (with "postcodes" appended) in the same folder.
10/02/2021 Intuitive search data naming The layer created from a search ("Go to:") is now named from the search.
10/02/2021 Search supports what3words Search supports what 3 words searches (with or without the leading ///). E.g. ///olive.tamed.ruler. See
10/02/2021 what3words functionality Right-click on the map and click ///what3words to generate the "what 3 words" string for that location.
10/02/2021 Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) data now available The latest CCG boundaries (April 2020) are available in the "Health tile types" folder.
25/01/2021 New split library option "Split" is a library option for creating subsets using a filter value.
25/01/2021 New scale bar A scale bar has been added to the map. The new "Scale bar" button gives control over visibility and position.
25/01/2021 Simplified key The key will show either the current theme for a layer or the simple style, not both.
25/01/2021 Import help There is some popup help for the Import type. Click the "?".
25/01/2021 Improved performance Various speed improvements to library display and access.
25/01/2021 Modify decimal places The number of decimal places in the key text for themes has a drop-down control.
25/11/2020 Object dragging and copying in the Library Dragging an object to a different library will now copy it rather than move it. This is useful when you have read-only access to a shared library but you want to make your own modifications.
25/11/2020 Postcode update Ongoing changes to the postcode infrastructure affect search and point set imports. We aim to update postcodes twice a year.
25/11/2020 Point set to catchment data aggregation When a point set is converted to a catchment, columns can be selected to be aggregated. For example: if you have a sales value against each customer, you can see the total sales values by postcode sector.
25/11/2020 Library folder naming conventions Library folder names are now consistently named My... if you are the owner. This fixes a possible issue where a library could be named differently depending on where it was being viewed from.
25/11/2020 Simplified dragging interface Dragging files or objects can use the object list of an expanded folder as the target rather than the folder icon itself - making a much bigger area to aim for when dragging.
25/11/2020 Map and data click synchronisation When a browse window is open on an object, clicking the map will highlight the row of the nearest object (e.g. point in a point set). This helps synchronise the map and the data views of objects. It enables click, then edit operations.
25/11/2020 Set data types upon import When importing data, the data types of the columns can be set. This allows for more predictable results when sorting or analysing data.
02/11/2020 Load polygons from browse dialogue Polygons can be loaded for editing from the Browse dialog. Right-click for options. "Save polygon as" saves a new row. "Save polygon" overwrites the existing one.
29/09/2020 Attribute editing Attributes in columns of objects in the library (catchments, point sets, etc) can be edited. Right-click a row when browsing an object and select Edit.
29/09/2020 Simplified project sharing options When you share a project with a colleague, the notification email they receive has two links - one to a full MapVision environment and one to a simple, zoomable map with no menus.
29/09/2020 Labels layer refresh The labels layer for catchments, etc now updates when a layer is hidden/shown
29/09/2020 Added MS Excel import functionality Excel imports can now contain embedded new lines (multi-line cells).
04/09/2020 Network & polygon KML downloads Network and polygon sets can be downloaded as KML.
04/09/2020 Added project sharing options When a project is shared, the email contains a new link to display the project and map without menu bar, left panel, chat button etc.
28/08/2020 New free-form polygon tool! There is a new free-form polygon tool. Polygons are added as a project layer. Click on the map to create; drag vertices or edges to edit.
28/08/2020 Postcode formatting on downloads Downloaded catchments built with postcode tiles have the postcode value formatted for readability.
28/08/2020 Key scaling The key can be scaled (default 1) to fit the map.
28/08/2020 Polygon theming A point set can have a new column tagged with the name of a polygon from a polygon set. this column can then be used to create a theme.
28/08/2020 New maps/rasters available Background mapping can be set to be OS (Ordnance Survey) or Barts (Collins Bartholomew) for subscribed users. Barts covers Ireland at two scales.
24/07/2020 Point-to-point routing Point-to-point routing from right-click on the map (not Northern Ireland). Subscribed users only.
24/07/2020 Territory information in key Data in the Territory manager can be added to the key.
24/07/2020 Project library organisation Projects support folders & project library split into "Projects" and "Shared with me".
24/07/2020 Central catchment labelling Catchment layers are labelled automatically at their centre.
24/07/2020 Catchment KML download Catchments can be downloaded from the library as KML as well as CSV.
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 Key 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.