MapMate Alerts!  Issue 81


Windows 7

This note provides tips on installing MapMate under this new operating system.  Early indications are that this all works fine and there are, currently, no issues.

If you need just the single big tip and don't wish to read on then: run MapMate in "XP SP3" Compatibility Mode plus select "Run program as Administrator".

Installing

1. We recommend you install version 2.2.2 on a new machine.  You can Update to 2.3.1 later if you wish.  All new CD's (at the moment) clean install 2.2.2 and contain a 2.3.1 Update facility.  If you have an older version CD best not use this.

2.  If you have an Update CD (rather than an Install CD) follow instructions as per 3 below but you will find the "setup" program in a folder called "Install" rather than in the 'main' folder of the CD.  You will need to cancel the Update if this starts automatically and then manually view the CD contents.  To view files manually: click Windows Start and choose 'Computer' - then open your CD drive.

3. Windows 7 is basically a 64 bit operating system.  MapMate is a 32 bit program.  Windows 7 handles this is two ways: Firstly it installs all 32 bit programs to "Program Files (x86)" rather than "Program Files" which is now reserved for true 64 bit applications.  This is very similar to the 64 bit versions of XP and Vista.  Secondly, you can choose to run a program in a 'Compatibility Mode' - for MapMate choose "XP Service Pack (SP) 3".  Basic clean install procedure is:

  • Insert CD
  • Choose to 'View files and folders' on auto-start, or if this doesn't show, view the contents of the CD manually (see 2 above)
  • Run the 'setup.exe' program file
  • Accept all defaults and follow instructions
  • You may receive 1 or 2 warning messages ("failed to register...") which are safe to Ignore
  • When install is complete it is important that you do the following before running the program:
    Click Windows Start button
    Right-click MapMate and choose 'Properties'
    Click the 'Compatibility' tab
    Select "XP Service Pack 3" compatibility and tick "Run program as Administrator" 
    Click Apply then click OK
  • You can now run MapMate and register with your CUK and Serial Number

4. Always make sure your newly installed MapMate is basically functioning first before updating or moving over old data.

Updating

Use method 1 or 2 depending on your CD.

1. Using an Update CD (at 2.3.0 or later):

  • Insert CD
  • This will not be able to find your MapMate (as it is now in "Program Files (x86)") so you will need to select this manually first.  Choose "Program Files (x86)" and then "MapMate", then click OK.
  • The Update utility will now start - just click the Update button
  • When complete, cancel the Update program and start MapMate
  • You will be asked if you wish to "move your data to Documents"
  • We recommend you answer "yes"

Note: if you move your data, all records etc will be placed in your "Documents/My MapMate/Data/" folder.  All program files will remain in "Program Files (x86)".  If you intend to move data from an old PC to a new one then please be aware of this change.

2. Using an Install CD (at 2.2.2 or later)

  • Insert CD
  • Choose to 'View files and folders' on auto-start, or if this doesn't show, view the contents of the CD manually
  • Run the 'Update.exe' program file
  • This will not be able to find your MapMate (as it is now in "Program Files (x86)") so you will need to select this manually first.  Choose "Program Files (x86)" and then "MapMate", then click OK.
  • The Update utility will now start - just click the Update button
  • When complete, cancel the Update program and start MapMate
  • You will be asked if you wish to "move your data to Documents"
  • We recommend you answer "yes"

Moving your data over from an old PC

When moving from an old to a new PC you must install MapMate first.  If you just copy the MapMate files over it will not work.  The basic procedure is:

  1. Install MapMate as above
  2. Make sure the program is basically functioning correctly before moving any data
  3. Replace your newly creates data files with your originals.  Note that if you have "moved your data" all data folders are in Documents/My MapMate/Data/.  You should replace all of these folders and their respective contents with your originals.  Leave all program files as they are.  If you have not "moved your data" then these files are in "Program Files (x86)/MapMate/" alongside the MapMate program files.  All folders are required and this includes Cache, Maps, Output, Records, Reference, Sites, Taxa and Users.

Note: If you are not confident in manipulating files or doing procedures as detailed above then please get some help from a friend/relative/professional.  Show them this note. 
  
Some Diagnostic Tips

To query the number of records in your database use the following method:

  • Open MapMate and click 'Dataset' in the toolbar (next to 'Records')
  • Choose 'Properties' and then click the 'Content' tab
  • This will list counts of all tables in your data
  • Use this to check records etc are being added or the numbers seem sensible

If you have 0 taxa listed here then:

  • Choose View > My Configuration
  • Next...Next to last step, confirming your preferences are selected correctly
  • At the last step ensure option to 'Optimize my checklist' is ticked
  • OK to complete this
      

The views expressed by particular authors in this document are not necessarily the views of Teknica Limited.  All information is provided on an 'as is basis' and is intended for your better enjoyment of our products and biological recording generally.  If you would like to comment on any issues raised here - or suggest topics for inclusion in future issues, please email support@mapmate.co.uk.
  

Issue 81     06 December 2009

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