MapInfo Pro Viewer
MapInfo Pro v 17.0.2 reintroduces the MapInfo ProViewer, but in a new way. The previous version of the ProViewer was a standalone application with a different user interface. The new ProViewer ("Viewer") is based on the same program code as the full version of MapInfo Pro so the user interface is the same. In addition, you can save maps and layouts to pdf or image formats and open all the same file types as the full version. Be sure to read the blog posts in the MapInfo Pro Community for more info on the ways that MapInfo Pro can enable different types of users to get the value of geospatial analysis and visualization in an organization.
To run the Viewer version of MapInfo Pro, the user must create an online account, which can be done from MapInfo Pro by selecting the "Pro" tab and then clicking on "Services" or clicking the following link:
Capabilities and Limitations
When running MapInfo Pro in Viewer mode, it is essential to be connected to your Pitney Bowes account upon start-up. Each MapInfo Pro account is assigned to a Viewer plan which can be launched from the Start Menu.
MapInfo Pro Viewer supports all languages supported by MapInfo Pro.
Features and Limitations
6. Editing of data is not supported (restricted).
Version 17 of MapInfo Pro introduced our new "Customer Experience Program" which anonymously tracks user activity. This information is used to identify most commonly used features and areas for improvement. If running MapInfo Pro in Viewer mode, the User cannot opt-out of the Customer Experience Program. The full version of MapInfo Pro gives the User the option to turn off the Customer Experience Program from Pro > Options > Application Preferences.
Styling in Viewer:
The Viewer uses a subdued gray theme, which is quite different from the MapInfo Pro color scheme.
If the User wants to keep the same style as MapInfo Pro, it can be changed in the styles\MapInfoProStyle.xml file under the MapInfo Pro installation folder, changing the
"OverrideDefaultStyle" key to "true".
The same MapInfoPro.exe is used to install the normal licensed version of MapInfo Pro, the trial version and the Viewer version.
In the Viewer mode the SPATIAL Tab is hidden, along with some groups from the Map and Table Tabs. Other commands on the ribbon are hidden or disabled.
When running in Viewer mode MapInfo Pro uses different docking and ribbon state filenames to allow for separate window and ribbon customizations based on the plan name.
While installing MapInfo Pro, if the license key is entered, both the Viewer and the licensed Pro is installed, MapInfo Pro being the default mode.
There are two files installed in the same location as MapInfo Pro is installed.
Double-click on either file to set the registry key value to have it as the default mode.
To run the Viewer version of MapInfo Pro, the user must create an online account, which can be done from MapInfo Pro by selecting the "Pro" tab and then clicking on "Services" or clicking the following link: https://signup.devportal.pitneycloud.com/signup/mipro.
The main reason that the Viewer requires being connected to the internet is that we haven't developed a way to use it offline yet. However, we will be doing that in 2019. Also, usage tracking is not intended to be a burden to users, it's a way for us to capture valuable information to find ways to improve MapInfo Pro. It's ok if we don't have usage tracking when a user is offline. We have plenty of data from when they are online. Also, many of our v17 users have opted into usage tracking, and as of last week we have captured usage data from over 5,000 users with almost 200,000 sessions and nearly 12 million events! This only includes users who meet a minimum threshold of usage. We'll be sharing our insights in this Community and asking for feedback and validation so that we can help our users be more productive as they do their work.