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This morning I got this email:

We are looking for a cartographer to digitize approximately 160 territory maps in Illinois.  Is there a software that you use to put the data into so we can use the data to make our own maps? We need to be able to use various layers like ait photos street maps.  We would also like to be able to top plot office locations and create bubble maps etc.


(I'm not sure what kind of photos she means, if they would be ordinary photos of buildings or planimetric aerial photos).

First, what kind of software comes to mind for them to do their own mapping without a big investment in training? I was thinking of MapPoint, but I don't know whether it allows creation of things like territories.

Second, any CartoTalkers who do this sort of thing? Feel free to call or email me offboard.
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Manifold is cheap and easy to learn.

I suggest they train some of their staff to use it.

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Cheap, I'll agree with. But neither my assistant nor I could ever figure out how to use Manifold.
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I'm not sure if it does every thing you need (what are "various layers like ait photos street maps"?), but Microsoft MapPoint is very easy to use and is exactly for this purpose. It's about the same price as Manifold. And with a little VB experience (which I have) you can make it do just about anything you need.

Dennis, feel free to contact me offline if you want more info (since I created the software :) ).

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BTW is there a way to script Streets and Trips with VB?

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Yes I believe the API is avaible for Streets and Trips but not 100% positive. It most likey would limit the thematic mapping features.

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