SHP (Shapefile) is a vector file format associated with a geographic information system (GIS) software program. The SHP format was developed by Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute) with the aim of increasing interoperability with other GIS software programs. SHP files with polygons (area’s) can be used to create thematic maps in Excel E-Maps.
What is MapPoint?
Since 2000 organizations used Microsoft MapPoint for quick geographic insights. The tool had background maps for large parts of the world and for many countries you could geocode. The software and the maps had to be installed on a (network) harddrive.
People used MapPoint for quick geographic visualisations and analyses of their own MS Acces or Excel data. In selected countries routing was an option as well. By the end of 2014, Microsoft stopped developing MapPoint.
Excel E-Maps the successor of MapPoint
What comes after MapPoint is the easy to use, Excel mapping plug-in E-Maps. E-Maps provides worldwide advanced geocoding, based on address, postal code or city names. The Excel add-in is the best tool for GEO analysis with features like heatmap, choroplets and other thematic mapping. E-Maps uses the up-to-date map and geocoding engine from Here ™.
Isochrones and routing capabilities are available in E-Maps Mobility.
Visualize your data with piecharts.
We revealed our feature for current and new customers.
All new and current customers will receive the feature automatically when updating or ordering E-Maps in September.
The colour and size of the piecharts can be adjusted.
Read more about the Piechart
Import your own map in SHAPE format on top of the background map and get even better looking maps.
If you have a vector map in SHAPE format (extension shp), you may import the map. E-Maps is designed to work with WGS84 format (other projections may work). The base files for the map should have a project file (extension .prj) too.
See the tutorial how to import the map.
Vector maps can be coloured or used for thematic shading.
Check our latest feature: thematic shading on your own imported map.
Import your own boundary map in shape format and join your data in Excel.
Select the data in the Excel sheet and create a thematic shading.
You may change the colours, the ranges and set labels.
Last step is to share the results as image or PDF.