Recall MapText offers solutions that provide automated label placement for maps that are to be printed, electronic displays, and now, webmappinng applications. The company was founded in 1997 by Herbert Freeman to develop software for the automated labeling of the points, lines, and areas depicted on maps and charts. The creation of MapText was largely in response to a call from the US Census Bureau which saw an urgent need for automated feature labeling for the conduct of the Census 2000. Shortly after being founded, MapText was awarded a contract to develop such software. The rest as you say is history! Read on for some cool things about MapText!
I recently spoke with Attila Medl, Marketing Manager of MapText, Inc. and at my request he has suggested 10 Cool Things about MapText software ( http://www.maptext.com ).
1. The coolest thing about MapText software is that it makes life so much easier for mapmakers. No more manual labeling, just cartographic quality maps at a click of a button.
2. MapText software saves you large chunks of money! Its sophisticated labeling engine makes sure that almost all labels are placed according to cartographic conventions and user requirements, even for extremely dense maps. Only a person who ever placed or adjusted thousands of labels in a GIS environment to create a map of acceptable quality can appreciate a software system that fully automates this tedious process. Time is money and your time is expensive! To calculate how much time and money you are currently wasting by not using MapText software, use this cost calculator: www.maptext.com/cost.shtml
3. Whatever your GIS system, MapText has a solution for you. MapText software is fully compatible with the most popular GIS systems including ArcGIS, GeoMedia, Microstation, Autodesk Map, and MapInfo. Moreover, MapText has already licensed its labeling engine and integrated it in several third party mapping applications and GIS-like software. It has been rigorously tested and performs well in every environment.
4. MapText has solutions for web mapping applications, too. MapText’s Label-Web software labels web-based maps on the fly in Intergraph’s GeoMedia WebMap environment.
5. Using MapInfo, have a limited budget, but still want aesthetic maps? SmartLabel is the solution for you. Check it out at www.maptext.com/smartlabel
6. Are you using Adobe Illustrator for map finishing? No problem, MapText software can output your text layer to Adobe Illustrator.
7. Do you want to maintain precise control over how text is placed? MapText software has sophisticated and detailed user controls that allow you to do just that. For example, you can allow or disallow stacking of the text for line features, define the arrow style to be used when labeling with leader lines, or do localized key-numbering… the list is long.
8. Have you ever generated an index for your map manually? Then you know that it’s a huge undertaking! The good news is that MapText software generates an index fully automatically. Many of our customers commented that just this capability alone was worth the price of the software.
9. Placing text on elevation contour maps is no easy task. MapText’s Label-Contour automates this process in a way that results in clean and aesthetic maps that allow the reader to quickly comprehend the depicted terrain.
10. If you have a complicated labeling problem that defies solution, you can always count on MapText’s excellent technical support team.
MapText’s software, Label-EZ™, is compatible with ESRI’s ArcGIS®, ArcInfo® and ArcView®, Intergraph’s GeoMedia® and GeoMedia® Pro, Bentley’s MicroStation®, and MapInfo Corp.’s MapInfo® GIS systems. An interface to Caris Corp.’s CARTA® software is currently under development.
MapText enables users to quickly, cheaply, and effectively label their printed or online maps.
About MapText, Inc.
MapText is the leading label-placement solutions provider for local, state, and national government mapping agencies worldwide. Its software places text automatically for virtually any kind of map or chart – to high cartographic standards and at incredible speed. The software is in use worldwide for making city street maps, highway maps, cadastral maps, soil maps, utility maps, as well as nautical and aeronautical charts. For more information see www.maptext.com.