Pitney Bowes
MapInfo Pro™ Monthly Journal

Easy tip - Making a Thematic Map Translucent. Yes you can!

Thanks go to Nikolaas Vyerman from GIM Solutions in Belgium for suggesting this tip! Nikolaas pointed out that some of our users find it difficult to apply translucency settings to a thematic map.

Thematic map layers can have a translucency setting applied to them. For all thematic map types other than the Grid thematic, this is done in the Layer Control settings. Understandably, some MapInfo Professional users look for this within the Thematic Map settings, hence the need for this tip!

thematic map
Contains National Statistics data © Crown copyright and database right 2012
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2012
The map also includes the Microsoft Bing® Roads Layer, see the copyright within the map.


layer properties
Translucency is turned on for a thematic map in Layer Control the same manner as for "regular" (non-thematic) layers.

Another quick tip: Regions without borders in a thematic map

Here is another quick tip regarding the map above. Note that the styling of the thematic map is such that no borders have been specified for the regions. Depending on the goals for your map this may be an option you can consider. It helps to reduce clutter but you do lose the definition of individual regions.

region style
In the centre, the Region Style dialog box is shown with the no border option chosen.

UK 2011 Census Data-available for download

Those of you in the UK (or those of you who need to map the UK) might be interested to know that data from the thematic map pictured above is using data from the UK 2011 census. Output Area boundaries have been colour coded according to population density. (For those really interested, the specific variable used was Persons_All_usual_residents.)

The  data is available for free from the Office of National Statistics as part of the UK Open Government Licensing scheme. Pitney Bowes Software has taken this first release of the data, processed it into MapInfo format and made it available for download from our online store.

Visit our online store to download the data for free

Please note! Limited Dataset (for now)- England and Wales only

For the moment only a few variables are available and these for England and Wales only. More releases of data will become available at intervals throughout this year. The 2011 census represents the most comprehensive census ever taken in the UK and a large amount of data will eventually become available. Pitney Bowes Software will provide our customers with convenient ways to access and use this data.

Article by Tom Probert, Editor of "The MapInfo Professional" journal

When not writing articles for "The MapInfo Professional", Tom enjoys talking to MapInfo Professional users at conferences and events. When not working he likes to see movies with car chases, explosions and kung-fu fighting.