GB373 3117 67
Application development environment for MapInfo
Free to download!
MapBasic is the ideal programming language to
create custom MapInfo applications, extend the functionality of MapInfo,
automate repetitive operations or integrate MapInfo with other applications.
MapBasic contains powerful statements that enable you to add maps and
geographic functionality to your applications with only a few lines
of code. MapBasic programs are easy to integrate with applications written
with such other programming languages as Visual Basic, Delphi and C++.
MapBasic is a proven language with many hundreds of third-party applications
on the market and downloadable.
From version 9.0, MapInfo MapBasic has been
free to download from http://www.pitneybowes.com/uk please note that no earlier versions will be available in this way.
So now it is even more cost effective to customise and automate your
MapInfo Professional, thereby helping to maximise your investment in
- Powerful BASIC-like language
- Supports OLE and DDE for easy connectivity
to other applications
- Contains embedded SQL for powerful data querying
- Powerful geographic operators and functions
- Customise MapInfo Professional
MapBasic is a robust, structured BASIC-like
language that enables both experienced and novice programmers to create
powerful new desktop mapping applications.
Build Custom User Interfaces
As desktop mapping applications have become
more widespread in organisations, the need to build custom applications
becomes greater. Custom programs deliver powerful features in an easy-to-use
package because the power of desktop mapping can be focused on the particular
task. MapBasic can customise menus, toolbars, and dialogues to make
turn-key solutions to solve specific business tasks.
Desktop mapping is most useful when it is integrated with other business
tools. MapBasic allows you to connect your applications with MapInfo.
You'll be able to use your data from client/server
databases, communicate with other applications and share data with other
MapBasic supports OLE automation and DDE so
you can easily communicate with other applications. For example, add
a button to your Visual Basic application to display a map (and have
MapInfo take care of the mapping functionality.)
MapBasic supports ODBC database connectivity standard for connecting
Extend MapInfo Functionality
Unlike a scripting language, MapBasic is a multi-platform, procedural,
event-driven, compilable programming language built around MapInfo.
This architecture allows you to create additional features not in MapInfo
off the shelf. For example, you can add sophisticated models for planning
cellular antenna locations.
MapBasic has powerful built-in geographic statements and functions.
A subset of the full ANSI structured query language (SQL) set is built-in
so you can use industry-standard commands to manipulate data.
Easy to Learn
Built on BASIC, MapBasic has the familiar functions and statements.
MapInfo has a special window which lets you see MapBasic commands being
generated as you use MapInfo's menus and you can try out your own commands.
This way you can learn MapBasic commands and even cut and paste them
into your application.
CDR Group also run full training courses in MapBasic and offer one to
one help on specific application building.
MapBasic is a compiled language. The compiled programs you create are
run inside MapInfo or special runtimes.
MapBasic has facilities to handle significant programming efforts. It
supports project files, which allow you to compile and link separate
Statements and Functions
MapBasic contains over 300 statements and functions including:
Flow control: looping, branching sub-procedures,
user-defined functions, calls to external DLLs, event handlers, error
handling, OLE Automation, DDE control.
User Interface: Create new menu bars,
menus or menu items, remove items from existing menus. Create or modify
buttons on tool bars. Create custom dialogue boxes with text boxes,
drop down lists, buttons, check-boxes, radio buttons, style pickers,
select boxes. Show or hide standard windows, control events on selection,
map window changes, window closure, window focus change, button push,
or application termination.
Variables: local, global, numeric, string,
logical, date, and object variable types, arrays, custom data structures.
Table and File Manipulation: Use Excel,
Lotus 1-2-3, xBASE
and ASCII files directly. Built-in SQL commands to query, sort, aggregate,
join, and create derived data. (Supports select statements with FROM,
WHERE, ORDER BY, GROUP BY clauses with sub-selects). Supports equi-joins
and geographic joins. Commit changes, roll-back changes. Connect to
data via ODBC. open, close, read, write to ASCII and binary files.
Geographic object manipulation: create
points, lines, polylines, text, polygons, buffers, etc. Edit and manipulate
objects including reshape, object conversions, split, combine, erase.
Calculate area, perimeter, length, centroid, area overlap. Modify object
styles. Display maps from multiple layers, control display settings,
create thematic maps. Find and geocode objects. Supports multiple coordinate
Thousands of MapBasic applications have been created to solve business
problems in virtually every industry sector. Hundreds of applications
are listed in MapInfo's application catalogue available for resale.
Newer versions of MapInfo Professional can run applications created
with older versions of MapBasic; however, new features in MapInfo Professional
can only be accessed with a matching version of MapBasic.
Requires MapInfo Professional v 12.0. MapBasic is available for: Windows XP Home & Pro and Windows Vista and Windows 7.
For further information, please contact the sales
top of page