Alerts! Issue 143
This is to alert you to a software update. This is called
"2.4.0a" - the prior release was "2.4.0" - and the
main MapMate executable remains at version 2.4.0.
The basic MapMate installer (available to download from https://www.mapmate.co.uk/alex)
has been updated to include all patches published to date (to 524
inclusive). It also includes a new version of the Replicator
(version 2.4.1) that does not use the Microsoft "compress"
utility. This has caused problems for a few users on Windows
10. It is safe to download the installer and run this over an existing
installation and it will not affect your data (Records, References and
Sites databases, nor your Maps in Map, MapList and Atlas databases) but
will replace the User database with a new fully patched copy. If
you have any custom queries you will need to add these back manually (as
these live in the User database). However, we do recommend you
backup your entire 'My MapMate/Data/' folder from your Documents for
safety first. If you have no issues with the Replicator making sqz
files and are up to date with patches then there is no need to refresh
with this. It is intended for new users or those with existing
Replication issues - or anyone wishing to get quickly up to date.
After running any patches or updates we'd suggest you always
do a View > My Configuration, check your preferences, and then at the
last step tick option to 'Optimize my checklist' then click OK. Note
also that with recent updates to Windows we recommend you run one patch at a time:
Save each patch individually and synchronise before processing the next.
Note that a full new install image (version 2.4.0a) is always available to
download from https://www.mapmate.co.uk/alex
at any time. Use this if you change computers or need to recover
from a disaster. The current image is patched up to and including
524 (the previous issue, "2.4.0", was patched to 487).
See these at Training
Videos. The training videos are commissioned by the BSBI with
kind support from Scottish Natural Heritage. Many topics are covered
for beginners to advanced use. More have been added recently so do
check these out. Do checkout the recently updated the BSBI
MapMate website and the very useful and comprehensive BSBI
MapMate Handbook by Martin Rand (which is available to
download or print chapter by chapter) as well as several additional
mapping training videos and a page of very useful custom queries.
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