MapInfo Pro 10.0 Features and Opinion from SGSI
MapInfo Professional 10.0
New features & SGSI's perspective



MapInfo Professional 10.0 is the latest revision of this mature GIS from Pitney Bowes Software (formerly MapInfo Corp).   With a "first ship" date in June 2009, v10.0 maintains the company's decade-long tradition of annual software upgrades.

Compared to other GIS software, MapInfo Pro is distinguished by its:
- Microsoft Windows "look-and-feel" including full support for Windows 7 O/S and MS Office 2007;
- Tightly-integrated set of viewing, editing, mapping & analytic tools;
- Unparalleled "what-if" analysis features; and
- Excellent inter-connectivity with Oracle, Access, SQL Server and other industry-standard databases.


New in Version 10.0

Layered PDF output

The free version of Acrobat Reader has a built-in ability to turn PDF layers "On" and "Off".  Map-based PDF's aren't automatically structured into layers, however.  To create layered PDFs, the map software (not the Adobe software) must create the PDF's in a particular way:  one that preserves map layers as PDF layers.  MapInfo Professional v10.0 does this. 

  • Can't afford Adobe Acrobat or PDF Writer?  With v10, a paid license to Acrobat is not required.

  • Already distributing maps in PDF form?  With v10, you probably can create fewer versions.   E.g. create one PDF with many layers, then let different departments turn map layers "On" as needed. 


"Always-On" Layer Control

Floating window

The v9.5 Layer Control is a dialog box you must put away before continuing your work. In v10, the Layer Control is a floating and dockable window.  Leave it open throughout your session, if you choose.

Style swatches

The v10 Layer Control displays an icon to illustrate each layer's current color, line style or other style setting.

Modify many layers at once

At v10, select multiple layers then synchronize their color or other settings as a group.



"Always-on" layer control may be docked or floating, "on" or "off". (Click for larger image...) 


Updated & expanded Tool Buttons

For v10, PBS has modernized the overall look and feel of dialog boxes, tool buttons, and the general user interface.

Tool bars can dock to left, right, top or bottom.



Data Access

Office 2007

Directly open Access 2007 and Excel 2007 files, without ODBC or translation.

For Access 2007, as was the case for Access 2000 and Access 97, MapInfo Pro v10 offers write-access as well as the ability to create new tables, add fields, and redefine fields.

SQL Server 2008

Expanded support for the two spatial data types offered in SQL Server 2008.


Comprehensive read and write access to PostGIS spatial data.  PostGIS is open-source software that adds spatial capability to the PostgreSQL database, resulting in a fully open-source spatial database option.

MapInfo Pro v10 offers direct native access to PostGIS, using ODBC, without the need for any middleware.





Before ordering, consider your options:

  • Do you need a new full desktop license, or an upgrade?  If upgrading, do you have your serial number?

  • Do you only want to buy MapInfo Pro, or do you want to add Maintenance.  Effective Oct 2006,  Maintenance includes phone Technical Support, all software upgrades, and discounts on MapWorld/Insights Conference attendance.

All prices listed here are in US$, for a single named-user desktop license, for shipment to USA destinations and are subject to change without notice.  We must have your serial number to process an upgrade order.  Volume discounts may apply if you have 15+ individual licenses. 

Please call SGSI at 206-224-0800 for volume license and concurrent license options as well as for detailed quotations.



Full product + 1-year Maintenance/Support.
Maintenance/Support includes all upgrades + Technical Support. 
Note:  New, lower price effective 10/2009.



Upgrade from MapInfo Pro v9.5, 9.0 or 8.5.
Note:  New, lower price effective 10/2009.


Upgrade from MapInfo Pro v8.0 or earlier
Note:  New policy, effective September 30, 2007.

$Free MapBasic Automation Language (Download)
$Pls Call 2-Yr / 3-Yr Maintenance/Support contracts
$Pls Call Concurrent use and/or Volume Licensing.

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Upgrade from competitive product (Please Call)



New licenses:  60 days phone support



Upgrades:  30 days phone support



Three-incident pre-paid support:  1 yr


  Training Options

1.  Free online training
Previous sold for $40 per lesson, the online training web site is now open to all at no charge.   Link to PBS/MapInfo Corp's online training...
Note:  You will be asked to "register".  (Pls. select "SCHLOSSER GEOGRAPHIC SYSTEMS" as your contact on the registration form.  Please see example here ...)

2.  Paid training

Please see SGSI Training page ...

  Ready to order?

You can order MapInfo Pro, Upgrades, Annual maintenance, and/or Technical support by simply calling SGSI at 1-206-224-0800 or email us

For upgrades and support orders, please have your serial #s handy, as it is required by PBS/MapInfo. 
Serial numbers are usually listed in the MapInfo > Help > About...  dialog box.

  Evaluation copies

30-day full-function downloadable version available (latest version only).  See MapInfo Pro 10.5 page (click here)...

  Features of previous versions

MapInfo Pro 9.5
Translucent regions & text; smoother, clearer text via anti-aliasing; .NET integration; auto-text "collision avoidance"; MapCAD drawing extensions; SQL Server 2008 spatial support...   More ...

MapInfo Pro 9.0
Curved, follow-the-line text labels; Windows Vista O/S support; layout templates; date/time data types.   More ...

MapInfo Pro 8.5
Grid/raster reprojection on the fly; integrate web services, such as MapMarker & Envinsa; enhanced higher-res print engine; multiple ease-of-use enhancements.   More ...

MapInfo Pro 8.0
Support for complex 100 million-node regions; Distance Calculator; Support for ESRI grid & 3D Shapefile formats;     More ...

MapInfo Pro 7.8
New "spider graph" and "Synch Windows" utilities; Square and colored dot density maps; large 2048-character text objects; support for Oracle 10g & AccessXP formats; real-time use of both raster "WMS" and vector "WFS" map layers.  More ...

MapInfo Pro 7.5
New snap, cross-hairs, & "print to scale" features; support for 64,000 row XLSs & Oracle 9.03; Workspace "packager"; higher-res. fill patterns and symbols; real-time use of maps from remote "web map servers" (WMS).  More ...

MapInfo Pro 7.0
XP-logo certified, direct display of ShapeFile format maps, proximal area (voronoi), object rotation, "nudge" nodes, and Crystal Reports  More ...

MapInfo Pro 6.5
Extruded "prism" thematic maps, raster translucency, map "thinning", "cleaning", and other editing enhancements, "invert" selection tool, and  More ...

MapInfo Pro 6.0
3D perspective map views; auto-hotlinks to XLS, DOC and other documents; HTML page-builder tool; improved 24-bit color printing control; & support for Access 2000 binary format.  More ...

MapInfo Pro 5.5
New charting styles, improved cartographic legends, shaded relief grid maps, MrSID image format support (from SGSI!), & completely re-written map feature processing (split's, combine's, etc) .  More ...

MapInfo Pro 5.0
Continuous-color grid thematics, cartographic legends, dynamic ODBC, Crystal Reports.  More ...

MapInfo Pro 4.5
Info Tips, thematic templates, saved queries, interleaved line styles, up to 1,000,000 nodes, & bundled Universal GIS translators.    More ...

MapInfo Pro 4.1
Native MS-Access support without ODBC, export JPEG or Photoshop formats.  More ...

Curved, "follow-the-line" text labels introduced with MapInfo Pro 9.0 (2007). 






Integrate street-level drive time region analysis (requires paid service or Envinsa server).  Introduced with MapInfo Pro 8.5 (2006). 

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