MapInfo Pro 7.5 Features and Opinion from SGSI
MapInfo Professional 7.5
New features & SGSI's perspective



MapInfo Pro 7.5 was announced in June 2003 and shipped on schedule in September, 2003. 

The most important new features of Rev 7.5 are:

  • Display Excel worksheets with 65,000+ rows, without translation.

  • Bundled Workspace packager tool:  efficiently archive or move your workspaces, including maps.

  • Higher-resolution fill patterns and symbols for clearer thematic maps.

  • Faster screen-redraw for scanned maps and other raster map layers.

  • Snap, "cross-hairs", hot-keys, "print-to-scale" & other ease-of-use enhancements.

  • Use maps served by remote "web map servers" (WMS).

  • Connect to Oracle 9.03 databases including spatial objects in the RDBMS, without middleware.

New features

Even better data access:

  • Excel:  Display worksheets with 65,536 rows, the most allowed by Microsoft (previous limit was 32,768).  Still the only GIS to display XLS without translation.

  • Web map servers:  Connect to remote OGC-compliant web map servers (WMS) and use their aerial photo or other maps in *your* map windows.  Note:  Can your competitive GIS do this?

  • Oracle 9.03:  Support for this new version including spatial objects in the RDBMS.  Because MapInfo Pro connects without "middleware" it can share spatial data stored in Oracle by CAD and other GIS software.

  • XP-certified:  Still the only "logo-certified" GIS for XP Pro & XP Home; still compatible with Windows 2000, Windows NT 4 and, even, Windows 98 (SE). 

Even faster:

  • Faster screen-redraws, even with detailed aerial photos or grid map layers.


XP_LogoCert.jpg (11256 bytes)

Even easier to use:
  • Simplified geo-referencing of aerial and other raster map layers.

  • Map precision:  CAD-like "cross-hairs" for careful node positioning.

  • Fewer keystrokes:  More short-cut key combos.

  • Map edits:  Pan/zoom without interrupting polygon/polyline creation.

  • Printed map standardization:  Improved "print-to-scale" interface (without changing frame size).

More style:

  • New higher-resolution fill patterns on the palette (up to 32x32 pixels).

  • Add higher-resolution custom point symbols, including photos.

  • Higher-resolution 3D window.



    "We had quite a bit of oil on the beach from the recent spill. Used MapInfo to illustrate that, and to map it. I couldn't take my GPS out there, so I gave one of the biologists a map, and he drew the areas on that. I brought the map back, scanned it, geo-referenced it in MapInfo, and on-screen digitized his polygons. All under severe time pressure, last night. Hurray for MapInfo!"  Details ...(PDF)
  -- T. C., Suquamish Tribe


Handy add-on:

  • Workspace Packager:  A new tool to collect map data required by a workspace.  Useful for archiving projects and moving projects between computers.  Similar to SGSI's Workspace Archiver but without data compression.

Optional modules:

  • SpatialWare for SQL Server:  This MapInfo Pro extension lets you store everything, incl. lines & regions in SQL Server 2000.  Add-on cost:  $1000/named user plus maintenance (5-user minimum). 

  • "Discovery" web server extension:  Quickly convert a MI Pro workspace into an interactive web map site.  Add-on cost:   $5000/cpu plus maintenance.  More ...


Before ordering, consider your options:

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

  • Do you only want to buy MapInfo Pro, or do you want to add annual phone Technical Support?

  • Do you want a price that includes "Software Upgrade Maintenance":  e.g, includes all software upgrades shipped automatically for a 1, 2, or 3 year period.  This is substantially cheaper than buying annual one-time upgrades.

All prices listed here are in US$, for a single user license,  and are subject to change.   We must have your serial number to process an upgrade order.  Volume discounts may apply if you have 3+ individual licenses.  Please call SGSI at 206-224-0800 for volume license options.



Full product include media/documentation.



Upgrade MapInfo Pro Rev. 7.0-to-7.5


Upgrade from competitive product (call for details)


Upgrade Any MapInfo Pro version-to-7.5


Upgrade any version MapBasic to 7.5



Rev. 7.0-to-7.5  + All upgrades for 1 year.


Any Rev.-to-7.5  + All upgrades for 1 year.



Rev. 7.0-to-7.5  + All upgrades for 3 years.


Any Rev.-to-7.5  + All upgrades for 3 years.



New licenses:  60 days phone support



Upgrades:  30 days phone support



Three incidents



Annual unlimited phone support:  1 user



Per incident support



Three-incident pre-paid support:  1 year


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 MapInfo Corp.  The serial number typically begins with "W" followed by 9-digits:  eg. "W700812345" and is usually listed in the MapInfo > Help > About dialog box.

Evaluation copies

20-day full-function version to be available in Oct '03.

Features of previous versions

MapInfo Pro 7.0
XP-logo certified, direct display of ShapeFile format maps, proximal area (voronoi), object rotation, "nudge" nodes, and new Crystal Reports 8.5  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 ...

MI65_Prism2.GIF (5663 bytes)

Terms of use | Trademarks | Browsers | SGSI Home | Top of page | Email | Map to Seattle office (pdf) |
Schlosser Geographic Systems, Inc. (SGSI) One Union Square, 600 University Street, Suite 3012, Seattle, WA 98101 USA
Seattle 206-224-0800 | Indiana 260-484-0800 | Hawaii 808-585-1100 | Oregon 503-224-0400

©SGSI 1995-2010.  Rev 2003.1