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MapViewer is an affordable mapping and spatial analysis tool that allows you to produce publication-quality thematic maps easily. Small businesses, large corporations, independent consultants, scientists, GIS analysts, and numerous government agencies are discovering important trends in their data with MapViewer. Display your data distribution easily and precisely with more easy-to-use features than ever. Your data is unique and you need the best mapping software for the job!

A thematic map visually represents the geographic distribution of your data. MapViewer will help you to:

  • understand demographics
  • define sales or insurance territories
  • outline marketing strategies
  • track population trends
  • show ecological distribution
  • display any geographically distributed data

Map Types

MapViewer provides you with several map types to present your data in the most informative way possible. You can combine most map types in a single window to present several types of data in a single map. The MapViewer map types include:

Base Maps

Base maps contain boundaries without any data representation. Base maps can be used with other maps to show features such as roads, streams, city locations, boundaries that have no data associated with them, and so on.



Contour Maps

Contour Maps take discrete data measurements, interpolate between them to create a uniform grid, and then display lines of constant values.



Vector Maps

Vector maps interpolate discrete data measurements to create a uniform grid and display arrows that indicate the direction and magnitude of the steepest slopes across the grid.



Non-Contiguous Cartograms

Non-Contiguous cartograms represent data values by changing the size of the associated area objects while retaining their original shapes.



Pin Maps

Pin maps are point location maps that draw a point at a particular location on a map. 



Hatch Maps

Hatch maps use colors and fill patterns to represent data ranges or classes of data for each area on the map.



Density Maps

Density maps also called dot density maps, use symbols to represent data values for areas on a map. On a density map, each symbol represents some data value, so the number of symbols drawn in an area is in relation to the data values associated with that area.



Gradient Maps

Gradient maps display a continuous range of colors by interpolating between discrete data points.



Dorling Cartograms

Cartograms represent data values by changing the size of the associated area object. The Dorling cartogram replaces the original shape with a circle.



Symbol Maps

Symbol maps place a scaled symbol on an area, curve, or point location on the map. The symbols are scaled in proportion to the data values represented for each area or point.



Territory Maps

Territory maps group objects into territories and provide statistical information about the data associated with each set of objects.



Pie Maps

Pie maps are a way to represent several data values by drawing a proportionally sized pie chart for each location.



Bar Maps

Bar maps are a way to represent several data values by drawing a bar chart for each location.



Line Graph Maps

Line graph maps show line graphs of the data at each centroid location. By looking at a single line graph, you can see how the individual data value relates to the whole data set.



Prism Maps

Prism maps draw each area, curve, or point as a raised prism, where the height of the prism is relative to the associated data value. Classed colors can also be assigned to prism map boundary objects, allowing you to display two variables on a single map!



Flow Maps

Flow maps show data based on line thickness.  Flow map lines can be drawn from one base map object to another, or you can associate a data file with a base map of curves to create a flow map.



Boundary and Data Files

The following is a list of boundary and data files included with MapViewer.  These files are suitable for creating a wide variety of maps. You can download MapViewer's boundary and data files from Golden Software's web site.  You can also create custom boundaries by combining existing boundaries or by using the drawing tools. MapViewer can import boundary files in several different formats so you can also use files created in other applications.

The MapViewer CD-ROM contains Golden Software’s entire library of data files and boundary files.


  • AKcity.bna - WYcity.bna: point locations of cities in latitude/longitude coordinates
  • State_Capitols_48.bna, State_Capitols_50.bna - Locations of the state capitols of the 48 contiguous United States and of all states.
  • UScity.gsb - Locations of over 500 major US cities.
  • WorldCap.gsb - Locations of over 170 world capital cities.
  • WorldCity.gsb - Locations of over 280 cities of the world.
  • WorldCity.dat: contains latitude/longitude point locations of miscellaneous world cities in Golden Software Data [.DAT] format.


  • The DLG directory contains USGS 1:2,000,000 scale DLG files converted to the Golden Software Boundary [.GSB] file format.

US County 1990

  • AK.gsb-WY.gsb: 1990 county boundary files, primary IDs are FIPS codes
  • AK.dat-WY.dat: 1990 US Census data for each county
  • US48.gsb: map of the counties of the 48 contiguous United States based on 1990 county boundaries
  • US48.dat: 1990 US Census data for the 48 contiguous United States
  • AK-HiRes.gsb-WY-HiRes.gsb: high-resolution year 1990 county boundaries

US County 2000

  • AK2000.gsb-WY2000.gsb: 2000 county boundary files, primary IDs are FIPS codes
  • AK2000.dat-WY2000.dat: 2000 US Census data for each county
  • US48.gsb: map of the 48 contiguous United States based on 2000 county boundaries
  • US48.dat: 2000 US Census data for the 48 contiguous United States
  • AK2000_HiRes.gsb-WY2000_HiRes.gsb: high-resolution year 2000 county boundaries
  • US48_HiRes.gsb: high-resolution map of the 48 contiguous United States based on 2000 county boundaries

US Miscellany

  • Climate_divisions.gsb: US climatic divisions
  • CMSA.gsb: Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas for the United States
  • CMSA&MSA.gsb: Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Statistical Areas for the United States
  • CD106.gsb: US Congressional districts for the 106th Congress
  • CD108.gsb: US Congressional districts for the 108th Congress
  • HI_islands.gsb: Hawaiian islands with the island names for primary IDs
  • PMSA&MSA.gsb: Primary Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Statistical Areas for the United States
  • US48.gsb: Contiguous 48 United States
  • US50.gsb: United States map in Unprojected Lat/Long, Alaska and Hawaii in the correct locations
  • US50.dat: 1990 Census data for each state
  • US502000.dat: 2000 Census data for each state
  • US50alb.gsb: United States map in Albers projection, Alaska and Hawaii by Southwest US
  • US50ll.gsb: United States map in Unprojected Lat/Long, Alaska and Hawaii by Southwest US
  • UScity.gsb: point location of select US cities
  • USintll.gsb: major US interstates, highways, and tollways
  • USStatePlane.gsb: US zones for the state plane projection
  • USTimeZones.gsb: time zone boundaries for the US


This folder contains the townships of the Public Land Survey System (PLSS).  There is one file for each of the thirty states covered by the PLSS.

US Roads

This folder contains the major roads and highways of the United States.  There is one file per state, plus one file of the whole United States.

World Administrative

This folder contains 1st level administrative boundaries for over 110 countries around the world. The administrative boundaries may define states, provinces, regions, or other administrative areas within a country's borders.

  • Afghanistan.gsb-Zimbabwe.gsb: administrative boundaries for various countries

World Miscellany

  • Africa.gsb:  African countries
  • Antarcal.gsb:  Antarctica Albers projection
  • Antarcll.gsb:  Antarctica Unprojected Lat/Long
  • Asia.gsb:  Asian countries
  • Camerica.gsb:  Central American countries
  • Europe.gsb:  European countries
  • Namerica.gsb:  North American countries
  • Oceania.gsb:  Australia, New Zealand, and neighboring island nations
  • Pacificn.gsb:  Pacific view of the world, negative coordinates from -360 to 0
  • Pacificp.gsb:  Pacific view of the world, positive coordinates from 0 to 360
  • Russia.gsb:  Russia boundary
  • Russia-proj.gsb:  Russia boundary split at 180 degrees
  • Samerica.gsb:  South American countries
  • World.gsb:  all countries in the world
  • World-proj.gsb:  all countries in the world, Russia and Alaska split at 180 degrees
  • World.dat:  1990 data for countries
  • Worldcap.gsb:  point locations of country capitals


  • AKzip3.gsb-WYzip3.gsb: three-digit ZIP code sectional centers for the United States


  • AKzip5-a.gsb-WYzip5-a.gsb: five-digit ZIP code area boundaries for the United States
  • AKzip5-p.gsb-WYzip5-p.gsb: US Post Office point locations for five-digit ZIP codes

Importing Boundaries from Other Applications

MapViewer can import boundary information in several different vector and bitmap formats. These include:

  • Golden Software GSM, GSB, BLN, PLT, GSI
  • Atlas BNA
  • AutoCAD DXF
  • Windows Metafile EMF, WMF, CLP
  • Bitmap formats include TIF, BMP, TGA, PCX, GIF, DCX, JPG, PCT, WPG, PNG
  • Georeferenced bitmaps
  • ESRI SHP, E00
  • MapInfo MIF
Also, you can read coordinates from worksheet data files to place point locations on the map. Data files containing any type of coordinates can be used to indicate points.


MapViewer creates thematic maps by linking worksheet data to areas or points on the map. If you need to display your own data on a map, MapViewer includes a full-featured worksheet that allows you to display, enter, edit, and save your data. You can read data files in many formats, including XLS, SLK, WKx, CSV, TXT, DAT, MDB, DBF, DB, BNA, and BLN. In the worksheet you can transform, sort, and calculate statistics on your data.

Additional Features

There are many additional features that MapViewer provides, including:

  • Create insets to show a portion of a map at a different scale.
  • Export your map to HTML with working hyperlinks.
  • Use the geocoding function to convert US street addresses to latitude/longitude coordinates suitable for making a pin map.
  • Create Thiessen Polygons from a point data set to define regions of influence.
  • Add graticules, legends, and scale bars to your map
  • Limit the map to selected coordinates or a selected area
  • Query the map and show the results in several ways
  • Use one of the several map managers to easily keep track of your map
  • Several reports such as centroid report, data for the selected object, and a general map report are available
  • Measure the distance between selected Primary IDs or click on the map to find distances
  • Annotate your maps with text using any typeface, size, or color
  • Hyperlink locations on your map to a web site or any type of file
  • Display information associated with areas, curves, and points on your map.
  • Display place names, data information, or any type of text on your maps
  • Create circles, squares, rectangles, polylines, polygons, or symbols at any location on the map
  • Create multi-layered maps to present more information
  • Zoom in on areas to show different levels of detail
  • Create custom colors, line styles, and fill patterns
  • Create maps using any coordinate system and recalibrate maps to use any coordinate system
  • Use one of the 25+ map projections
  • Convert areas to curves, curves to areas, and drawing objects to areas
  • Edit polylines with break curve, reshape, and thin boundary
  • View the data and the map simultaneously
  • Move or copy map features between map layers
  • Turn on or off the display of any map or page features
  • Many more!

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