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More valuable than I expected.

  • Jun 29, 2009
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You can be excused for asking the question "why should I buy this, when I can get a map from Google, Yahoo or Mapquest for free?" I wondered about that myself for a long time, but using MapPoint 2009 has figuratively shown me the way (yeah... that's an intentional pun).

I'm still learning the nuances of this software, but I have to say that it's one of the more effective programs from Microsoft that I've used in quite a while. It installed quickly, and with no trouble; integrating itself with Office 2007 without a hitch. And as a confirmed member of the "I don't need no stinking manual" Club, I've already managed move well up the learning curve into satisfied customer territory.

I'm not going to go into all the technical details, after all you've already got them available to you here on Amazon anyway; so just allow me to describe a few operations that have confirmed my willingness to embrace a "non-free, Microsoft" product over the ad-driven internet sites.

First, I wanted to plot out a new map that showed the residence locations for the 50 members of a volunteer organization I work with. This might have an effect on locations for our group efforts in the next year (gas prices being what they are). The old way would have been to cut and paste the addresses into Google Maps or MapQuest then try to approximate their locations onto a screen print graphic. Time spent: 90 minutes of digital drudgery.

The MapPoint method was insanely simple. I took the spreadsheet with the address list, and just imported it into MapPoint. In less than 10 minutes I had a map of the area with push pin graphics for each member's home. Another 5 minutes invested, and I had concentric circles to show everyone's distance from a specific focal point. 15 minutes of effort versus 90 minutes expended last year!

Second, I wanted to create a more detailed (customized) view of an educational tour. Piece of cake! And I didn't have to resort to any additional graphics package, screen prints or anything.

I suspect that as time goes on, I'll discover other uses, but for now I'm already content to recommend this. If the price were lower, I'd give it another star, but for now it's still worth every penny.

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MapPoint 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data and communicate insights with instant impact. Before you hit the road, plug in your stops and MapPoint plots the most efficient course with turn-by-turn driving directions.MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locatoradds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

Business Mapping Made Simple
Microsoft MapPoint 2009 gives you the power to visualize business data, communicate insights with instant impact, and integrate maps into the work you do in Microsoft Office. MapPoint 2009 with GPS Locator adds routing and directions to easily plan your trips and track your location in real-time.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy for organizations to visualize their business in a whole new way:

  • Map business data.
    Create and view sales territories, analyze trends, and evaluate performance by geography.
  • Identify new business opportunities.
    Combine business data with included demographics to target potential customers and focus decisions.

MapPoint 2009 helps you streamline your travel:

  • Arrive on time.
    Detailed directions--voice* and text-prompted--make it easy to follow your route.
  • Optimize your trip.
    Quickly calculate mileage, drive time, and expenses in advance.
  • Easy-to-see navigation.
    Track your route in real-time in Full Screen display.* Change to the special Night Map display with a single click.

MapPoint 2009 makes it easy to use maps in combination with your Microsoft Office documents:

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