Re: London Map for Pocket Streets 2004
From: Gordon (gordon_at_11db.co.uk)
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 21:04:35 +0100
"AlanS" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> "cebess" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > central london appears to have the problem. No matter how small an area
> > to export from MapPoint, they end up around 700KB and hang during the
> Did you try one to the East of the Greenwich Meridian (0 degrees E/W), and
> one West of it *NOT* straddling it?
> There is a reasonably well publicised problem with maps that straddle the
Nothing to do with the meridian problem, everything to do with the crap
dataset used by MS. It occurs with any map that includes anywhere inside the
M25. There is a fix available for it but MS do not make it generally
available because it consists of a new executable for Pocket Streets 2004
and of course they don't want folks getting it for free. Their response to
one of their MVPs was;
"The London Map fix for Pocket Streets was released some time ago.
Development decided not to make a small patch file, they just rebuilt the
EXE. Because Pocket Streets is just one EXE plus a DLL for Outlook
integration, it was deemed too risky to just send the fixed EXE around to
anyone claiming to be a licensed user. So, the process is that each user
that needs the fix will need to call Support to request the fixed file."
If you really want to stir the buggers up, complain about the northern Italy
problem. Just try exporting any map that includes Venice or quite a wide
area around it. It fails, every time and there ain't no fix. Complain hard
enough and they'll give you your money back. Word is they tried to save
money on the dataset by changing supplier and of course it's the poor sods
that buy the product who reap the dubious benefits.