Mappetizer, GIS, ArcGIS
What is Mappetizer?

What is Mappetizer?

Mappetizer and Mappetizer for ArcGIS are programs to export your GIS maps into a SVG application. With Mappetizer for ArcGIS you can also export your GIS project into a Microsoft Silverlight application. You can then use this application on your local machine, publish them on the Web (Web Mapping) or give them away on CD-ROM or DVD and view them within a Web browser. Web maps you build with Mappetizer can be distributed royalty-free. This saves money and enables you to reach a broader audience.

To display the results, you do not need any additional software on your Web server.

The result of an export is simply a folder with different XML, SVG, Javascript and HTML files, which can be stored anywhere. Please download this zip-file to see an example export: Municipal district of Schlatterbach.

Especially for small and medium-sized project, and for projects which do not have to be frequently updated, Mappetizer will be the solution. With its wide field of application, the easy use of the exported Web map project, you are able to present your GIS data easy, appealing and innovative to a large target group. You don't have to have any knowledge in SVG, Microsoft Silverlight or Web server technology.
With only a few steps your web mapping application is ready to go!

Area of application

There are many fields of use, environment, tourism, education, forestry and agriculture, defense, health, public services, real estate:

  • Cost-saving publication of interactive mapping applications on the Internet, with no need of additional software on the Web server
  • Creation of cheap GIS working places
  • Cost-saving delivery of (GIS-) data

The Mappetizer product family

Mappetizer is available in two different versions:

Mappetizer for ArcGIS

Mappetizer for ArcGIS is an extension for ArcGIS Desktop by ESRI.

Mappetizer for ArcGIS

The main goal of Mappetizer is to translate your ArcMap project "as it is" into an interactive Web mapping project. This includes properties of the data frame itself (e.g. map and display units, drawing order of layers) as well as the layers with their rendering types, symbols and layer properties (map tips, hyperlinks, scale ranges for layer visibility, WMS-Services etc.). So you are able to do most of the settings within the GIS software (where you are familiar with it) and finally export your project at the push of a button. The Web mapping project is available out of the box, no explicit SVG, Silverlight or other web programming knowledge is necessary. Inside the Mappetizer wizard, you only define the final web layout and the GIS functionalities you want included in the Web mapping project.

For ArcView GIS 3.x by ESRI we still provide our product MapViewSVG. This product will not be developed further and does not have the amount of features like Mappetizer for ArcGIS has.

[ArcGIS and ArcView GIS are registered trademarks of ESRI Inc.]



Mappetizer is the tool if you do not have ArcGIS or ArcViewGIS.

The Mappetizer wizard allows you to import many different GIS formats, as ESRI Shapefile Format, DXF, MIF/MID, MapInfo TAB, GML, GPX and Raster (TIFF, JPEG, GIF, and PNG).
The symbolization as well as other layer settings are done within the wizard. Beyond this the final web layout and the GIS functionalities you want included in your Web mapping project are defined.

At the moment Mappetizer does not have the amount of features like Mappetizer for ArcGIS. Mappetizer also doesn't support the Microsoft Silverlight format.

Supported Export Formats

Mappetizer exports your GIS data in a SVG/HTML Web project and/or in a Microsoft Silverlight project.

SVG Export (Mappetizer and Mappetizer for ArcGIS)

SVG-LogoScalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is a XML-based file format for describing two-dimensional vector graphics, both static and dynamic (interactive or animated). The SVG specification is an open standard that has been under development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999. The SVG standard is a W3C Recommendation. All major browsers like Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome provide native SVG support. Internet Explorer requires a free plugin to render SVG content.
SVG enables developers and designers to create dynamically and on the client side high-quality graphics.

Mappetizer supports vector based object data and image data. While image data will be displayed as usual as GIF, JPEG or PNG files, the vector data and all text objects will be converted into the SVG format. SVG graphics have the advantage to be infinitely zoomable without loosing cartographic quality. Beside this, the file size is quite smaller and loads much faster in a Web browser. Since 2003 Mappetizer uses technologies for displaying data which are actually known as AJAX.
WMS services are supported as well, the request type is - as usual - GetMap, which returns a map image.

Mappetizer also supports attribute data and graphs. The data can be displayed in different ways: with mouse-over effects, identifying features on the map and even as the whole attribute table. Like in ArcView/ArcGIS, there exists a link between the attribute and the geometry, so flashing of individual features is possible. The data will be stored as XML files or in a database.

The different SVG files of your Web map project (e.g. map, legend, overview) are embeded in an HTML file. Mappetizer uses stylesheets to describe the presentation of your Web page. So it is easy for you to change the layout after you have exported your ArcMap project.

You will find more informations about SVG on SVG WIKI.

Microsoft Silverlight Export (Mappetizer for ArcGIS)

Silverlight-Logo Microsoft Silverlight is a web application framework with a scope similar to Adobe Flash. It is compatible with multiple web browser products used on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.

Similar to the SVG/HTML export, Mappetizer supports vector based object data and image data. Beyond this the attribute data are exported as well and enables the user to have many interactive Web mapping features like identifying features on the map, attribute table and query builder.

You will find more informations about Microsoft Silverlight on the Microsoft Silverlight Site.

Functionality Matrix

Mappetizer and Mappetizer for ArcGIS do have the following functionalities:

for ArcGIS
for ArcGIS 10 Beta
Supported layer formats
Geodatabase (File, Personal, SDE) x x
Shapefile x x x
Coverage x x
CAD x x
Standalone tables x x
Mapinfo TAB-Format x
GML (Geography Markup Language) x
Raster x x x
WMS Server * x x x
OpenStreetMap * x x x
BingMap * x x
ArcGIS Online * x x
Export formats as SVG and Silverlight as SVG as SVG
Vector x x x
Label, Annotation x x x
Raster x x x
Attribute data x x x
Graphics x x
Further functions
Legend x x x
Overview x x x
Scale bar x x x
Measure Tool x x x
Coordinate read-out x x x
Data graphs * x x
Scale range of layers x x x
Definition query x x
Group layer x x
Dynamic layer loading x x x
Share geometry x
ArcMap Symbology Types x x
Symbology Types x
Scale range of map x x x
Extent settings x x x
Clip to shape x x
Map Tips x x x
Hyperlinks x x x
Spatial bookmarks x x
Identify x x x
Fast select and zoom x x x
Attribute table x x x
Query builder x x x
Attibute values as graphs x x
Joins and Relates x/x x/-
Load and Save Project Settings x x x
Predefined templates * x x x
Prevent scaling of lines and markers * x x x
Tiling raster x x x
Tiling vector (point, line, polygon) x (no polygon) x x
Batch processing x
Database support * x
Address search functionality * x x

* at the moment no export to Microsoft Silverlight.