Use a Shapefile in E-Maps

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.

See the tutorial how to import the map and create thematic shading (choropleth).

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MapPoint

What is Mappoint? MapPoint vs E-Maps

Since 2000 organisations used Microsoft Mappoint for quick geographic insights. Mappoint had background maps for large parts of the world. And Mappoint had geocoding capabilities. Mappoint had to be installed on a (network) harddrive.

Quick geographic visualisations and analyses of your own acces or Excel data could be made and even routing in several countries. At the end of 2014, Microsoft stopped developing MapPoint.

With the Excel add-in E-Maps, we have the successor of Mappoint. With advanced geocoding, maps in the cloud and always up-to-date, and nice analyses features like heatmap, choroplets and other thematic mapping. Even isochrones and routing are available.

Download a 14-day trial of E-Maps or order E-Maps in the First Element webshop.

Import a Shape map

Import shape map buttonImport 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.

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