Introduction

Master the key tools in MapInfo with this 2-day introductory training class.

You will leave this course a confident, independent MapInfo user with a thorough understanding of the essentials skills and techniques needed to carry out spatially-based analysis.

This is a hands-on course. It includes lots of time to experiment with what you are being taught, try things out for yourself and ask questions.

It includes everything that you need to get started with MapInfo.

✔ A complete beginner’s course that covers all of the basics.
✔ Plenty of one to one attention and time to ask questions.
✔ Friendly, expert trainers, small groups and a comfortable place to learn.
✔ All the materials and extras that you’ll ever need.
✔ Ongoing support and help with issues you have after the course.

What Will I Learn?

You will leave this course confident to analyse and manipulate data independently in MapInfo.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Use layers to visualise different datasets and check for relationships.
  • Select a sub-set of your data visually once it has been displayed on a map.
  • Geocode an existing dataset so that it can be analysed spatially.
  • Create thematic maps to highlight sub-sets of your data.

Am I Ready For This Course?

This is a beginners’ course and so you don’t need any prior experience with MapInfo to attend.

So long as you are comfortable working with a computer, using multiple screens and saving you work on a network folder you’ll be fine.

The Training Day

Our courses run from 9.30am to roughly 4.15pm with refreshments throughout the day and a break for a tasty, freshly prepared lunch.

We offer a relaxed, supportive learning environment, fully air-conditioned training facilities and some of the nicest instructors on the planet.

Also, you’ll receive:

✔ A full-colour A4 manual covering everything in the course so that you can recap.
✔ A USB stick for the course exercises to let you practice more in your own time.
✔ A Certificate of Attendance.

The introductory section of this course aims to get your comfortable with the basics and hands one with data as quickly as possible. We show you the basics of how to navigate and user MapInfo. We also look at how to view data on a map and working with a subset of your data.

The key topics trained include:

  • Basic concepts to using MapInfo
  • Opening MapInfo tables
  • Viewing data in a Map, Browser Graph windows
  • Working with subset of a table

MapInfo presents data from different tables in different layers. Layers are one of the most frequently used functions in MapInfo as they allow you to combine different sets of data. This often allows new spatial relationships between data to be discovered.

The key concepts trained include:

  • Using MapInfo Layer Control features
  • Setting and changing the colours and styles of your map
  • Adding, removing

MapInfo allows you to select a subset of your data after it has been visualised on a map. This section shows you how to do this and how to then analyse the selection that you have made.

The key topics trained include:

  • Using the select tools to makes selections
  • Selecting objects within a radius, rectangle, region or custom polygon
  • Viewing the selected data in a Browser window
  • Using the statistics window to analyse the selection
  • Reversing or inverting a selection

The data that you will want to work with in MapInfo is often held in other software programs. This section covers the various methods for importing data that is held in other software programs. It also looks at units and discusses longitude and latitude as well as British Grid co-ordinates.

The key concepts covered include:

  • How to open common data file formats including:
    • MS Access tables
    • Spreadsheet files
    • DBF files
    • Delimited ASCII files
  • Using MapInfo Create Points command to get your data on to a map
  • Understanding and using British National Grid coordinates
  • Understanding Longitude / Latitude co-ordinates

MapInfo offers users the ability to query their data using a SELECT command. Being a confident user of this tool allows you to easily review subsets of your data very easily and so is a key skill.

The key concept trained is:

  • Using the Query > Select command to filter your tables for data that meets a certain condition

In order to visualise your data on a map, it will need to be geocoded. Geocoding is the process of attaching spatial data to your existing data so that it can be easily grouped and manipulated according to the area that it relates to. This section of the course looks at using postcodes to allow you to do this and also methods for geocoding your data.

The key topics trained include:

  • Using Postcodes to plot your data on a map
  • Automatic and Interactive Geocoding
  • Colouring maps according to associated data
  • Ranged maps
  • Individual value maps
  • Graduated symbol maps
  • Explore various options for each of the types of thematic map created
  • Joining tables
  • Customise legends of thematic maps
  • Save thematic templates to produce different maps using the same settings

 

  • Manually creating and editing labels using the label tool
  • Automatically labelling an entire layer
  • Controlling label options for an entire layer
  • Changing the data column used for labels
  • Adding annotations on to a map

 

  • Using the layout window to create hardcopy output
  • Placing multiple maps, browsers, legend windows or other windows on a page in preparation of printing
  • Work with Frame Objects
  • Add your own logos and graphics to your Layout window
  • Place maps from MapInfo into other software
  • Save a window as a bitmap to be used in another software package
  • Redistricting tool
  • SQL Queries
  • Combining data
  • FIND command
  • Database and file management