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Patrick Butler

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Patrick Butler joined the eSpatial marketing team from 2013 to 2015. With a Masters in Journalism and experience in a variety of organizations, Patrick brought a wealth of commercial knowledge to the eSpatial team.

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NEW! Print route maps with turn-by-turn navigation

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Last year, we added route mapping to eSpatial. This allowed users to create routes from existing mapped data, which they could access from a variety of mobile devices. Now you don't even need a device - you can just print out maps complete with a list of directions! Just follow the steps below. 1. Create your route map 2. Click on the print icon in the control panel and select the Print Steps option: 3. This will generate a page...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/new-print-route-maps-with-turn-by-turn-navigation

MapPoint support for small business

What happens after july 2015?

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With the discontinuation of MapPoint last year, Microsoft announced it would continue to support the product up until July 2015. As the deadline looms, we thought we'd find out if there has been any change to the company's plans. What the MapPoint website is telling us The Microsoft MapPoint Support & FAQS page currently has the same message that it's had since last year. Effectively what we get is a potted history of the product ending with the statement that...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/mappoint-support-for-small-business-what-happens-after-july-2015

Excel mapping software for Sales Analysts

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7 insights into why mapping software makes a Sales Analyst's job easier 1) A map puts all the pieces of a puzzle together Today's online maps are not just about plotting locations. Attached to each location pin can be a wealth of useful information - sales, salespeople, customers, etc. In addition, webpage links can be built into the map that allow access to CRM pages,online reports, etc. A map is an overview and an active tool for monitoring sales, revealing...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/excel-mapping-software-for-sales-analysts

5 reasons to map multiple locations in the equipment rental or selling business

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If you are in the equipment rental or sales, or are in the material handling or freight business, and have a number outlets across a large region, mapping data is one of the best ways to manage and grow your share of the market. 1) You can find information super fast! When you need information about a sale or a hire, it is almost always tied to a location. Creating a map with data pins, unique to each location, is...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/map-multiple-locations-when-hiring-or-selling-equipment

UK MPs and constituencies map 2015

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If you have a paid or free eSpatial trial, plot your data against the 2015 UK election results and create a unique interactive map. Just upload our Excel spreadsheet below and then layer your own spreadsheet data on top. Here's a basic map I've created using the data... View a larger version of UK MPs and constituencies created with eSpatial mapping software. What the map above shows The map shows all those who are MPs, following the 2015 general election. ...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/uk-mps-and-constituencies-map-2015

Average working hours in Europe

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We've taken figures from Eurostat and created a map that shows the average working hours per week in different European countries. Click on the map to find the data. Where would you like to work? View a larger version of 2014 Average Working Hours created with eSpatial mapping software. Green is good, yellow bad... Since we circulated this map around the eSpatial office, there's been a half-hearted effort to to get the company relocated to The Netherlands. Given that the...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/average-working-hours-in-europe

Alternative geocoding mapping software to MapPoint

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Up to now or recently, have you been using MapPoint - which was discontinued last year - to geocode your data? Are you concerned how you are going to plot data and create maps, once MapPoint is out of date? Why not try eSpatial for free and see if it meets your needs? Geocode for free There's no catch to signing up for an eSpatial account. It's a win-win situation. To get an account all you need to provide is...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/alternative-geocoding-mapping-software-to-mappoint

User friendly mapping software

The case for espatial

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There's a lot of mapping software companies out there that claim to provide user friendly software. The more I speak to customers who have switched from using other software, the less I tend to believe that this is the case. Last week, one of my colleagues published a blog post that contained two interviews with users who have switched from using MapPoint. I'd like to republish here a quote from one of the interviewees, Jill Rodriguez of RMG. "MapPoint was...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/user-friendly-excel-mapping-software

Alternative route planning software to MapPoint

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Have you been using MapPoint to create routes? Are you concerned how you are going to continue to generate route maps, once the software has completely gone out of date? Perhaps the solution is eSpatial route planning software. How eSpatial works eSpatial works by taking data from an Excel spreadsheet and plotting - visualizing - it on a map. It then presents to users a suite of mapping tools that help style and, more importantly, analyze mapped data. One such...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/alternative-route-planning-software-mappoint

Preclearance

Map of airports that have it

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Preclearance allows air passengers to fulfill US customs and security requirements before entering the country. Currently, there are 13 airports outside the US that have preclearance facilities. How does preclearance work? Basically, you present yourself to a US customs post in an airport and go through a process similar to what would happen if you were to be processed upon arrival in the US. it's just like arriving on a domestic flight. What's the advantage? There are a multitude of...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/preclearance-map

Route optimization software

How to get the most out of it

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eSpatial has just added route optimization software to its suite of mapping tools. (If you don't already have eSpatial, sign up for a free trial here.) Now you can plot your Excel data and then create an optimized route map with turn-by-turn navigation Don't miss out Have you ever gone on vacation with a list of places to go and things to do - then, when you arrive back home, you realize that you didn't see half as much as you...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/route-optimization-software

How to create a route map

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Create maps with turn-by-turn navigation and share them online. Access your routes on smartphones, iPads and Android tablets. Sample eSpatial route map. Turn-by-turn navigation can be accessed via a variety of devices. 1. Sign up for a free eSpatial trial Get free access to eSpatial Pro (our most popular paid account) for 7 days, upload your spreadsheet data and then start creating optimized routes… 2. Open Routing tool After you’ve uploaded your data to eSpatial and plotted it, click Routing...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/create-route-map

Customize Map Pins

eSpatial now allows you to use customized graphics as your map pins. Add simple graphics or even company logos. How to customize map pins in eSpatial 1. Create a graphic that you want to use in eSpatial. Graphic guidelines: formats: SVG, PNG or JPG. All images should be of equal width and height. Each of these dimensions should fall within the range 100-300 pixels. The images are subject to review before being added to your account. Ensure that you have...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/customize-map-pins

Map xls or xlsx data

eSpatial can now upload and plot data saved in the most common spreadsheet formats - those with the extensions .xls, .xlsx or .csv. Most Excel spreadsheets containing location data can now be uploaded directly to eSpatial. This means it's faster than ever to map spreadsheets. Upload and map xls or xlsx data directly to eSpatial. There is no longer any need to Save As a csv file (though it will still work if you do that). Edit and export datasets...

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