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MapInfo Pro™ Monthly Journal
MapInfo Pro v12.5: Frequently asked questions about the 64 bit version!

Where can I download the 64 bit version?

The same download link will provide access to both the 32 bit and 64 bit free trial versions.

The software will also be provided from our online e-Store and all customers on maintenance will be receiving an e-mail from us with information on how to download the software from the store.

Is there an extra cost for the 64 bit version? Is it a separate product?

No. The same serial number and access code will unlock both the 32 bit and the 64 bit releases of MapInfo Pro v12.5. MapInfo Pro users can install and use the 32 bit release and when the 64 bit release is available can install and run that too. All you have to do is enter the same serial number and activation code as for the 32 bit version. You will not have to activate the 64 bit version. The system will utilize the license that is already on the computer. This also applies to concurrent use licenses.

When will I get my serial number and access code for the 64 bit version?

A different serial number is not required. See above.

Can I run both the 32 bit and 64 bit versions on the same computer?

Yes. The two different versions can be installed side-by-side on the same system and can be run at the same time.

Will the 64 bit version be localised?

Yes. We will publish a more detailed schedule in January or February 2015. For now we expect to have our first six or seven languages completed by June 2015.

Can I use my data and workspaces in the 64 bit version?

With respect to data, the answer is yes. Your tables work in both versions.

With respect to workspaces, the answer is a qualified yes. You can open your existing workspaces in the 64 bit version. However, the workspace will look a bit different for a few reasons.

  1. The new windowing system in the 64 bit version means that the layout and appearance of the windows may be different. The contents of the windows will be the same.
  2. The 64 bit version does not have support for Graph windows. Your workspaces will still open and a message will appear indicating that graph windows are not supported.
  3. Layout Windows (the legacy type) will be automatically converted to new Layout Designer windows. The new Layout Designer window does not support all the options and possibilities from the legacy Layout window. Limitations include the lack of point, polygon and polyline annotations, rotated text on the layout page is not supported, only solid lines and fills are supported for frame fills and borders, Redistricter windows are not supported (within the Layout Designer) and as mentioned above, graph windows are not supported. We will cover this in a future article on the Layout Designer.
Can a workspace created with the 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro v12.5 be opened in the 32 bit version?

A qualified “yes”. We will release a patch for the 32 bit version of MapInfo Pro v12.5 so that it can open workspaces created with the 64 bit version. There are differences in the 64 bit version, such as tabbed, floating and docked windows. We will release a patch to the 32 bit version so that it is capable of ignoring/adapting the commands and capabilities that it does not share with 64 bit version. However, due to the differences of the two versions, workspaces created in the 64 bit version may not look the same in the 32 bit version. For a bit of technical detail, workspaces created with the 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro will be designated as v12.5.1.

Info on the Layout and Layout Designer windows

32 bit MapInfo Pro v12.5 64 bit MapInfo Pro v12.5
Includes both the original Layout window and the new Layout Designer window Includes only the new Layout Designer window.
Continues to open existing Layouts in the original Layout window. Does not convert existing Layouts to the new Layout Designer window. Converts existing Layouts into the new Layout Designer window.

Will my existing MapBasic applications run in the 64 bit version?

Some will run without modification, some will require work before they can be used in the 64 bit version. "Pure" MapBasic applications that simply create menus and button pads will be "translated" into a menu and buttons on the ribbon. Also, MapBasic dialog boxes work without change. This sort of application can be run without even the need to recompile it. However, as mentioned in the question above, some capabilities, such as the graph window are not present in the 64 bit version.

MapBasic applications that call a 32 bit DLL or other external code will need a 64 bit version of the DLL. This sort of application will require modification to run in the 64 bit version of MapInfo Pro.

Does the 64 bit version include the PDF printer driver and other ancillary capabilities?

See below

PDF printer Yes
FME Quick Translator Yes
"Open Universal Data" option Yes
EasyLoader Yes, but EasyLoader remains a 32 bit application. (It is a separate executable). A 64 bit version will be developed in the future.
Crystal Reports No
Geographic Tracker Utility No

Are the Tools from the Tool Manager going to be in the 64 bit version?

Many of the MapBasic tools that appear in the Tool Manager have been included in the 64 bit version. In the 64 bit version, on the Home tab, look in the Tools drop-down gallery. The interface for the Tool Manager has been improved.

Are you going to stop developing the 32 bit version of MapInfo Pro.

Eventually, will but not in 2015. We are planning to have both a 32 bit release and a 64 bit release in 2015.

Will the 32 bit version of MapInfo Pro get the new user interface?

No. It will continue to have the same style user interface as in the past.

The ribbon takes up too much space, is there anything I can do about that?

Yes, the ribbon has an auto-hide feature (similar to other ribbon style applications). In addition, there is a Quick Access toolbar that you can customise with your most commonly used commands. Thus you can hide the ribbon and reduce or avoid its use, if desired. We will cover how the user interface in the 64 bit version can be customised in a future article.

Where can I learn more?
  • Check out gohere this article from the July issue of “The MapInfo Pro” journal.
    • Video tutorials on the 64 bit version have been created. Click gohere here.
    • Link to gohere free trial version.
    • The November 2014 issue of “The MapInfo Pro” journal has additional articles. Future issues will continue to provide more information.
Article by Tom Probert, Editor of "The MapInfo Pro" journal

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