[aprssig] Free 2009 Data Updates for MS MapPoint and Streets & Trips
Stephen H. Smith
wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Mon Sep 15 01:45:17 CDT 2008
Microsoft MapPoint is used as the map source for APRSpoint, and can be
used with UIview via the UIpoint plugin.
The 2009 editions of Microsoft MapPoint and Streets & Trips have now
been (or are about to be) released. [Not certain about the schedule for
the European versions of these two programs.]
The 2009 edition of these two programs now require Microsoft DotNet 2.0,
and forcibly install Internet Explorer 7.0 as preliminary setups before
the main install begins. The main program features even more feature
bloat such as voice command.
However, if you have a previous version of one of these programs
installed on your PC, you can use the mapping DATA files from the 2009
edition to update your older version's maps without installing the
highly invasive new version of the PROGRAM. As in past years, the
format of the MapPoint/Streets DATA files has remained the same as in
previous versions. You can copy the DATA from a 2009 edition of either
of these two programs into the data folder of your older version, as far
back as 2002, to update it. Details on how to do this are on my website at:
You can purchase a 2009 edition of Streets for around USD $30 to update
MapPoint (they use the identical files), or (at least for a limited
time) do it for FREE!
Microsoft is offering a downloadable free "trial" version of MapPoint
2009. This is a fully-functioning version of MapPoint 2009 that will
work for 60 days before "self-destructing". Go to the Microsoft website at:
However, unless you are using Internet Explorer, you will unable to
left column. The button leads to this link which will work in any browser:
and download the free trial version. WARNING! This is a 1.25GB file
-- long download time! The downloaded file, *MP_2009.EXE* , is
actually a self-extracting, self-running RAR archive containing the
contents of the MapPoint 2009 install DVD. Running this file (i.e.
double-clicking it) will install DotNet 2.0, Internet Explorer and the
the crippled version of MapPoint 2009.
Instead, open the file with the RAR archiving utility (a file
compression utility similar to WinZip). You can download a free trial
version of WinRAR from:
Installing WinRAR will place the choice "Open with WinRAR" into the
Windows File Explorer context menu when you right-click on the file.
Once opened, navigate down the directory tree to:
"*MapPoint/MSMap/PFiles/MSMap/Data*" . Extract 14 of the 15 files
present in this folder (skip *MovieThe.mdb * ) to any convenient
folder. Exit WinRAR.
Copy the extracted files into the \DATA folder underneath your main
MapPoint or Streets & Trips folder. You should get numerous prompts
about "Do you want to overwrite file xxxxxxxxx with this version?" Say
yes to each one. Note that the data of each of the the proposed
overwrites is newer than the existing file. That's it! You've just
updated your previous MapPoint or Streets to the latest road data.
As a check that the new data actually "took", check out the I-210
freeway in the San Bernardino, CA area about 60 miles east of Los
Angeles. In versions before 2009, the segment of the 210 between I-15
and I-215 is not shown. Finally, in 2009 it does show. [This segment of
the Foothill Fwy was completed and opened three years ago!]
Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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