Pitney Bowes
MapInfo Pro™ Monthly Journal
Easy Tip! Save a map window as a large image

Easy Tip This tip is about saving a map window as a large image. This might be handy if you want to create a wall sized image or if you need a higher resolution than at the current size.

I’ve chosen Vancouver, British Columbia, for the map to use as we recently held a successful user meeting there. A big thanks to everyone who attended!

Save Window As screenshot
Map data is StreetPro Canada © TomTom BV.

The Save Window As command

The Save Window As command is available in the 32 and 64-bit versions of MapInfo Pro, as indicated below.

Window list window

Step 1: Specify the file name, type and location

The dialog boxes that follow are the same in both versions. First, you are asked for a file name and location.

Step 1

Step 2: Choose the image size and other parameters

Step 2

As an example, let’s say we want an image that is double the size. The current pixel width is 776. Change this to 1552 to double the size.

More info…

An image set to a large size will maintain the original label size. As a result the labels will appear smaller. Also, they are re-computed so they will look different. You may wish to increase the size of the labels.

More Info

Also, a large image will yield a larger file size. The increase in size will depend on the image format chosen. Below are examples of the images saved in both Bitmap (BMP) and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats. PNG is a compressed format and is efficient. With an uncompressed format, such as Bitmap (BMP) if you double the size of the image (in terms of width or height) you will have roughly four times as many pixels as the original image.

Comparison

Check out the maps for yourself!

I’ve put the four maps as created above in the Community Downloads site. Click here to download them.

The Community Downloads site If you are not familiar with the Community Downloads site yet, you should be! It is a place where MapInfo Pro users and Pitney Bowes staff share tools and utilities for MapInfo Pro. Here is a link to the main page.

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.