Welcome to the
May, 2012 edition of the Territory Mapper Newsletter.
Our major announcement is the release of the 2012A ZIP
Codes. Please read on to learn more.
This newsletter also features an article about Auto Align
- a feature that automatically assigns map units to their nearest
neighbor, information about our advanced territory design product
(AlignStar), as well as information about technical support resources.
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2012A ZIP Codes
announces the release of Territory Mapper 2012A ZIP Codes
The US 5-Digit
ZIP Code boundaries change at a rapid pace. Many people are not aware
of the fact that US ZIP Code boundaries are different than the simple
roster or listing that the US Postal Service (USPS) maintains. The USPS
does not create or market the boundaries for the 5-digit ZIP Codes. In
fact, they are forced to purchase them from third party providers just
like any other business.
Out of date ZIP Code maps can result in lost information, missing data,
poor decisions and costly mistakes! We offer fresh, updated ZIP Code
files every 3 months at an affordable price. Of course, all updates are
optional and the file you have will continue to work for you until you
are ready to refresh your data.
The new US 5-Digit ZIP Code add-on is available as a download from the Territory
Mapper website for the low price of only $199. A registered
version of Territory Mapper is required to use the new US 5-Digit ZIP
Code map file.
over 41,000 current US 5-digit ZIP Codes in map form.
- Turn on
5-Digit ZIP Code numbers or names as labels on your maps.
for 5-Digit ZIP Codes by name or number.
zoom into any 5-Digit ZIP Code in the US by a simple double-click.
your territories using 5-Digit ZIP Code boundaries.
lists of 5-Digit ZIP Codes and their associated territory
your territory definitions for every 5-Digit ZIP Code in the US.
integration with all other Territory Mapper map layers.
move between various alignment layers including 5-Digit ZIP Codes.
updates available every 3 months with the latest changes!
align unassigned ZIP Codes
The Auto Align feature in Territory
Mapper is designed to "fill in the gaps" by assigning
unassigned map units using a "nearest neighbor" principle.
Auto-Align is found under the "Alignment" menu.
For example, if you have all ZIP
Codes in the U.S. assigned toterritories, and then you purchase and
install a ZIP Code update, any new ZIP Codes in the U.S. will appear as
unassigned. One method of assigning the unassigned ZIP Codes is to use
Auto Align. Auto Align will quickly assign the new unassigned ZIP Codes
to their nearest neighbor.
more information regarding Auto Align, please click
the Alignment Layer
Codes Alignment Layer
If you are defining your
territories on screen and want to speed up the process, you can set
your alignment layer to a high level (large map units) such as States.
Then define the territories as closely as possible using whole States.
Next, change the alignment layer to a lower level (smaller
map unit such as Counties or ZIP Codes) and continue to refine the
territories. This technique can save a tremendous amount of time.
The alignment layer can easily be
changed at any time without risking the loss of any information. When
switching alignment layers, AlignStar remembers the lowest level at
which the assignment took place so you do not need to worry about
losing definitions. When you switch back to the alignment layer used to
define a territory, the original definition will be preserved.
change the current alignment layer:
In the Layers tab, right-click on
the map layer that you want to become the alignment layer.
Select "Make Alignment
Layer" from the context menu that appears.
more information regarding Auto Align, please click
The map redraws,
transferring the existing alignment information to the new alignment layer.
The Layers tab updates with the new alignment layer listed at the
Desktop & AlignStar Online
More Out Of Your Territory Mapping Software?
Do you love the maps that Territory
Mapper produces, but wish you could add data and analysis to the
solution? Would you like to watch how your sales data totals adjust as
you move ZIP Codes from one territory to another? What if there were a
program out there that could actually suggest territories for you based
on data and parameters that you specify? Well there is! Please visit http://www.alignstar.com for more
And now, AlignStar Online is available! Publish your AlignStar
documents to the web using AlignStar Desktop and then make them
available online to your field managers for their feedback and review. Go
to learn more.
Many users of Territory Mapper have
found the software to be intuitive and increasingly easy to use. The
primary design requirement of Territory Mapper software is to make it
familiar to most PC users, reducing the initial learning curve. This
concept has worked for many users. For those who need more assistance,
TTG provides several support options.
The online tutorial walks users through Territory Mapper, using real
scenarios and appropriate data. The help topics cover almost everything
a user could need to know about how Territory Mapper works. A user
forum has been added to the Territory Mapper web site, under the
"Support" selection of the main menu. Beyond that, there is
live technical support.
The Territory Mapper tutorial provides
a solid base of understanding for bringing your information into
Territory Mapper, displaying that data, and getting it out again. The
tutorial data provided with the software are working examples of
properly formatted source data files. You will find them in the
\Tutorial folder inside the Territory Mapper installation directory.
The user forum is an
online community where Territory Mapper users can interact, ask
questions, and get responses from TTG's technical support staff as well
as from other users. You can also make suggestions for
improvements to Territory Mapper, the Web site, and supporting
An extensive help system provides information on individual topics. The
included glossary will familiarize you with many terms used in the
mapping of territories as well as in Territory Mapper software. You can
access the entire help system online through our knowledgebase.
If you are unable to locate the information you need in the provided
documentation, the staff at TTG are ready to help. Registered Territory
Mapper users have full access to telephone and email services.
Trial users are encouraged to email any questions they may have
regarding Territory Mapper using the online form.
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Activating Canada/Mexico add-on.
Once you have purchased the Canada & Mexico Add-on
you will receive a username and Key.Territory Mapper and this add-on
must be activated separately. If you have not already activated
Territory Mapper, do so first by entering the name and key included
with your order. Once Territory Mapper is activated enter the Canada
& Mexico name and key in the Activation dialog found in the Help