Topic: MapMate licence/development query

Hi

My MapMate licence has just expired and I was about to renew it when I noticed that there haven't been any patches or updates for many months.  And, there doesn't seem to be any plan for MapMate to upgrade to a later version of Access (ideally one still supported by Microsoft).  So what am I paying my licence for?

Does anyone think there would be any mileage in collectively encouraging MapMate to do some development work so that it works with a later version of Access and/or SQL Server Express?  Then it would support larger datasets and users could interface easier with it.

Andy Foy
Ecologist & IT consultant
Andy Foy Consulting (ex-HBIC)

Re: MapMate licence/development query

That would be very helpful.
I think some of the recording schemes would also support this- butterfly conservation and BSBI spring to mind, it is only a matter of time before other major users end up with a full MapMate like us and are forced to use other recording systems.

Lizzy Peat
HBIC

Re: MapMate licence/development query

There have been patches from MapMate for every year since 2003 - I would expect some more this year.

I seem to recall that someone (BSBI? RSPB?) made enquiries about moving MapMate to a newer version of Access but not sure what happened. Nothing I guess?

Charlie Barnes
Information Officer
Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership

Re: MapMate licence/development query

Martin Rand tells me that he took part in discussions at the National Level between the BSBI and MapMate back in 2004 about upgrading the product.
As a result BSBI nationally has had to set up a series of partitioned databases to handle the volume they now receive from the county recorders....so I don't think the discussions went anywhere.
Kind Regards,

Lizzy Peat
HBIC