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Overview of MPMileage Operations

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MPMileage for Maptitude operates as an add-in from within Maptitude. Start MPMileage by selecting it from the Maptitude Tools->Add-ins menu. The main dialog box looks like this:

 

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MPMileage requires a database for input, and the results are also written to this database. For data point (aka 'pushpin') locations, a Maptitude map layer is required containing these locations. Alternatively, locations can be specified as coordinates, or geocoded using the current country pack. All routing is also limited to the current country pack.

 

The database must contain a table with one row per route to be calculated. It should have field(s) that specify the start location, and field(s) that specify the destination location. Depending on the location type, there should also be a primary key to allow rows to be uniquely identified (pushpins do not need a primary key because pushpin names can work as their own primary key). The table must contain one (or more) data fields to store the results. The options are: distance, time, cost, and error. The error field must be a text field, but the others can be a number or text field. The errors are listed in the Error Results page. Supported databases include Microsoft Access, and ODBC connections. Microsoft Excel is also supported. Note that Excel is not a true database: it is very inefficient when used as a database, and is weakly typed. This can cause a range of setup problems, so we do not recommend the use of Excel. Potential problems and workarounds for Excel are explained further in the Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Set the database, table, and field definitions in the Database Parameters dialog box. This is displayed by pressing the database Change button. The database section of the main dialog box also provides a text description of which database parameters (if any) still have to be set. Location field information is also set via this dialog box.

 

The Routing Parameters set the standard Maptitude routing parameters. These include the route type, time units, speeds, and cost calculation parameters; and are described further on the Routing Parameters page.

 

MPMileage will use Maptitude's current country/region for geocoding and street data. If you have multiple regions installed, you can set the current country/region by selecting Edit -> Preferences on the main Maptitude menu, to display the User Preferences dialog box (see also: Frequently Asked Questions).

 

The Start button is enabled when all the parameters have been set. Press this to start processing. The status indicator will report the present status. The Start button will be renamed Stop during processing. Press this to halt processing.

 

MPMileage can require a lot of parameters to be set. To make it easier, configuration parameters can be saved or restored using the Configuration buttons. The configuration settings also include the ability to run in Batch Mode (without a dialog box), and to write the processing progress and any error messages to a log file. Press the Log & Batch Settings button to set these options.

 

The Using MPMileage with an Access database example includes a walk-through of all these parameters.