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Developer(s) Caliper Corporation
Stable release 5.0 / January 29, 2008
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Mapping Software, GIS, GIS software, Map Software
Website Caliper Mapping Software Home

Maptitude is a mapping software program created by Caliper Corporation that allows users to view, edit and integrate maps. The software and technology are designed to facilitate the geographical visualization and analysis of either included data or custom external data.

Maptitude is intended for business users but competes at all levels of the GIS market in many different sectors. It encapsulates the core GIS functionality of the Caliper mapping software suite of products, and integrates with Microsoft Office, data mapping from various sources including Microsoft Excel, and includes a proprietary BASIC-like programming language (Caliper Script) within a development interface (GISDK) that allows automation of the Maptitude environment.

The Caliper technology is used in the following end-user desktop software:

  • Maptitude (for international users, with a primary market in the USA, but with tailored add-ons for the U.K., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand)
  • Maptitude for Redistricting (for redistricting professionals)
  • Maptitude for Precinct and Election Management (for county and state election offices)
  • Political Maptitude (for political campaign strategists) [Discontinued in 2008]
  • TransCAD (for transportation professionals)
  • TransModeler (for traffic simulation)

The Caliper technology is also used in the following web-based software:

  • Maptitude for the Web
  • TransCAD for the Web

The Web development platform uses application source code that can be edited using Javascript, HTML and ASP.NET. Application templates (Mapplications) are used to create a web application or service. The default templates include Ajax applications and mashups that use Google Maps via the Google Map API.

Product history

The standard Maptitude product is typically released every year as both an upgrade and as a full packaged product; the current version is 5.0. Maptitude was first released as Community 2020[1][2][3], a product developed for the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Maptitude 3.0 was the first version using the Maptitude name,[4] released in 1995 and numbered to agree with TransCAD 3.0, the first Microsoft Windows version of that software. Maptitude 4.0 was released in 1997[5] and subsequent versions included 2000 U.S. Census data and additional capabilities.[6] Version 5.0, the current version, was released on January 29, 2008.[7]

  • Community 2020, for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Maptitude 3.0, initial release as a commercial product
  • Maptitude 4.0, significantly updated features
  • Maptitude 4.1, first version with 2000 US Census Data
  • Maptitude 4.2, first version to include the GISDK rather than offer it as an option
  • Maptitude 4.5, significantly updated features
  • Maptitude 4.6, very similar to 4.5; more of a Census data update
  • Maptitude 4.7, new features and data
  • Maptitude 4.8, first version to support aerial photo downloads
  • Maptitude 5.0, major release

New versions have sometimes been released before the equivalent TransCAD releases, and have been identically numbered, but recent versions have always followed the release date of the TransCAD software. The program's icon and toolbars have been updated in version 5.0 to be consistent with modern software applications.

Version 6.0 is planned for release in 2009, although no additional information is available at this time.

The software is available for Microsoft Windows.

See also

  • TransCAD Transportation planning GIS mapping software
  • TransModeler Traffic simulation mapping software


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