iMap 3 seamlessly integrates with databases and spreadsheets: it can import FileMaker databases or Excel spreadsheets, preserving all information. One major advantage of this approach is that you can use all available information to query the map or analyze your data. iMap can also export the data back to any database or spreadsheet using tab delimited text. A huge number of .e00 and boundary files are available for free on the Internet. iMap 3 can now use these file formats as base maps to use with your data. Not only are these files easy to find, they are also easy to use: because they are vector based, they don’t require calibration and they look good at any magnification. Vector maps are very suited for use in printed publications. For more information on obtaining vector maps, see the iMap 3 online help (available in the Help menu). Or download the additional maps we have prepared for you (see the sidebar on this page). iMap 3 not only accepts latitude/longitude information, it can also map records based on U.S. ZIPcodes. This is great news for marketeers and epidemiologists. To enable ZIPcode mapping, just download the US ZIPcodes database and install it to start mapping. iMap 3 introduces a new file format: maps, calibration data and records are now saved into one convenient .imap file. This makes it extremely easy to retrieve all your information at once or to share your files among colleagues. Because iMap 3 imports entire databases, you can query the map for data in one specific field, or in all fields of your database. The matching records will be displayed in real-time, both in the record list and on the map. Double clicking on a record will display all fields and data. iMap now imports industry standard GPX files. This XML-based file format can be generated from almost any GPS receiver by using freeware open-source utilities such as MacGPSBabel. Read more about GPSBabel on this page. From now on, your geographical data travel directly from the satellites to iMap iMap comes standard with 5 mapping plugins to display symbols, tracks, images, bar charts and pie charts. As shown on this page, charts can be displayed based on the information in user-definable fields of the database. When the data changes, the charts are updated on-the-fly. Just like the maps themselves, charts are rendered using Quartz, with support for drop shadows, transparency and anti-aliasing to offer you stunning maps. Of course you want to use the stunning maps in printed publications, presentations, video and on the web. iMap 3 makes this very easy: it can export your map (including transparency, drop shadow and anti-aliasing) as a PDF file. This PDF file can then be imported into InDesign, Keynote, iLife, Word, Powerpoint and many other applications. Who’s not using Google Earth these days? Now you can export your iMap documents to this great app. Simply select the records you want to export, click export and iMap creates a Google Earth KML file preserving all database information. iMap 2 users can keep on using their existing maps and data. Just import your image maps and iMap 2 data files and discover how much more you can do in iMap 3. Available now, iMap 3.5 runs natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs. The new, Universal version also delivers new feature enhancements and addresses issues related to overall reliability, performance and compatibility. Visit the iMap 3.5 update page for complete details. See how easy it is to get your data into iMap and start producing professional looking maps! Head over to the movie tutorials page and be up and running in no time. More than 80 calibrated map files, ready to use with iMap are available for Africa, Americas, Asia, Australasia and Europe To start mapping US ZIPcode data, download the ZIPcodes database installer. Run the installer and you are ready to map. iMap has its own plugin format, making it very easy to extend its functionality. At present, iMap comes with plugins for symbol, track, pie chart, bar chart and image map styles. Add your own plugin by requesting our plugin SDK. Source.