Mapedit News


12/20/07: Mapedit 4.05 for Windows is out. 4.05 addresses the following issues:
  • In earlier 4.0 versions, closing an unmodified page would not unlock the file for other applications. This has been fixed.
  • Earlier 4.0 versions locked pages for both reading and writing, preventing users from checking out a page in their web browser. This has been fixed— version 4.05 locks pages for writing only.
  • The Delete key now performs a Cut operation.
  • Sometimes users leave their "URL" dialog on a second monitor, disconnect the second monitor, restart Mapedit and wonder where the URL dialog went. Version 4.05 does its best to prevent this. Of course, if your computer still thinks the monitor is connected, Mapedit does too. So if you can't see your URL dialog, try reconnecting your second monitor.
See the download page to pick up version 4.05.

11/16/07: Mapedit 4.04 for Windows is out. Version 4.04 addresses the following issue:

  • With two Mapedit windows open, closing the first window no longer causes the second window to save the HTML for ALT attributes incorrectly.
11/02/07: Mapedit 4.03 for Windows has been released. This is a minor update, so read on if you have not yet heard about the major improvements in Mapedit 4.0.

Mapedit 4.03 includes the following improvements and corrections:

  • Corrects a problem which prevented previous 4.0 releases from unlocking properly in Windows 95, 98, Me and NT 4.0. This update is crucial for users of Windows 95, 98, Me and NT 4.0. The problem does not affect users of later versions of Windows such as 2000, XP and Vista.
  • Resizing of one or more hotspots now works more intuitively and does not move the upper left corner.
  • Selection handles respect zoom properly and do not become more or less sensitive as you zoom in and out.
  • The "hold down shift to preserve aspect ratio" feature when resizing one or more hotspots works correctly in all situations.
  • The "move hotspot(s)" and "resize hotspot or hotspots" handles can now be visually distinguished from the single-point handles.
  • A single polygon can now be resized, scaling all points (as opposed to dragging each point separately).
  • Flipping a selection over by dragging the resize handle is now permitted.
10/29/07: Mapedit 4.02 for Windows has been released.

This minor update accomplishes two things:

  • 1. A new evaluation period is granted to all users of previous versions of Mapedit, including those who fully evaluated old versions.
  • 2. Users can now maintain the aspect ratio (relative width and height) of a group of selected hotspots while resizing them. Just hold down the shift key while dragging the resize crosshair.

10/25/07: Mapedit 4.01 for Windows has been released.

Version 4.01 addresses the following issues:

  • Dragging of crosshairs did not work properly with vertically scrolled imagemaps.
  • Odd-looking black borders appeared in certain situations when scrolling.
  • Closing a polygon with a right-click started an unwanted new polygon from the upper left corner.
Version 4.01 also contains the following improvements:
  • The default hotspot color is no longer white (since white is so frequently the background of the image being mapped). Of course, you can always change the hotspot color via Edit -> Preferences.
  • The imagemap now scrolls smoothly.

10/12/07: Mapedit 4.0 for Windows has been released.

Upgrade fee: since version 4.0 contains so many major improvements, we have decided to charge a small upgrade fee. Upgrading is free for users who registered on or after October 10th, 2006. For all other users, the upgrade fee is $7. Just follow the prompts in Mapedit 4.0 to obtain an upgrade fee at the discount price.

Pricing change: the regular, non-upgrade price of Mapedit 4.0 will be raised to $15 as of November 12th. As a courtesy to users who are actively evaluating earlier versions, we are continuing to offer the software for $10 until that date.

Mapedit 4.0 New and Enhanced Features List

  • Support for fixed angles when drawing polygons. Just hold down the shift key while adding points to a polygon. This will draw lines at convenient angles (horizontal, 22.5 degrees, 45-degree diagonal, 67.5 degrees, and vertical). You can also enforce fixed angles with the shift key when dragging existing polygon points in the newly upgraded Test/Edit mode.
  • Edit menu with standard options. The rewritten test/edit mode now supports Cut, Copy and Paste operations, which behave as Windows users normally expect. This is especially useful when combined with multiple selections.
  • Actions menu. The actions menu offers features available in the Test/Edit mode. Some of these, like Insert Point Between Selected Points and Remove Points, were once separate modes of the program.
  • Multiple selections. You may select more than one hotspot at a time in Test/Edit mode. You may click individual hotspots while holding down the Shift key (to add) or the Control key (to toggle). You may also drag out a selection rectangle to select multiple hotspots at once. This can be combined with the Shift and Control keys.
  • Moving one or more hotspots in Test/Edit mode. You may drag the current selection by moving the crosshair at its center. This replaces the old "Move" mode, as well as the "move entire imagemap" feature of the old "Resize" mode.
  • Resizing hotspots in Test/Edit mode. You can easily resize the current selection by dragging the crosshair displayed in its lower right corner. This replaces the old "resize entire imagemap" mode.
  • Moving one or more points together. You may select multiple polygon points by first selecting a single hotspot, then clicking on the points while holding down the Shift key (or the Control key, to toggle them in and out of the selection). Then, drag any of the selected points to move all of them "in sync." This makes it easy to maintain the shape of a particular edge while stretching out a polygon.
  • Aligning hotspots. Hotspots may now be aligned to a common edge, or expanded to a common edge. First, select the relevant hotspots. Then right-click and select "Align to Common Edge," followed by "Top." All of the selected hotspots will move up to share the same top edge. You may also select this option from the Actions menu or click on the appropriate icon in the toolbar.

    In addition, you can expand hotspots to a common edge by selecting "Expand to Common Edge" and then the edge you wish to expand to. Rather than move them, this option stretches your hotspots until they reach the selected common edge.

  • Preferences dialog. Options such as "strict XHTML," "hide blue border" and "hotspot color" have been consolidated in the new "Preferences" dialog, accessed via the Edit menu.
  • Option not to display the "properties" (URL) dialog box when adding new hotspots. Normally Mapedit immediately displays the URL dialog box when you add a new hotspot. Designers who do not want this can turn it off from the new "Preferences" dialog, which is reached from the Edit menu.
  • Copy and paste supported between imagemaps. One or more hotspots may be selected, copied and pasted between imagemaps.
  • Support for multiple open documents. You can conveniently open multiple documents at once in Mapedit 4.0 and freely copy and paste hotspots between them.
04/13/06: Mapedit 3.17 for Windows has been released. This version fixes a problem that prevented the ALT attribute from being stored properly, and stored an incorrect comment syntax instead, when an imagemap began life with the "Open An Image" button.

Other recent fixes in Mapedit 3.13 through 3.16: an effective "magic wand" tool to quickly outline polygons in similarly-colored areas. A greatly improved "move / resize entire imagemap" tool. Displays the chosen outline color more effectively. Corrects a short-lived problem with scrolling of zoomed images. Corrects an occasional problem with the "Show HTML" button, as well as the "same as previous" button. Magic wand appears properly on tools menu.

Mapedit 3.17 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

11/13/04: Mapedit 3.11 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.11 allows a web page, an image, or both to be specified on the command line for the convenience of those who wish to integrate Mapedit with other software.

09/07/04: Mapedit 3.10 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.10 can open BMP images larger than 1000x1000 properly. As always BMP is a poor choice for web pages, however we support it for those who have a specialized need for it.

08/30/04: Mapedit 3.09 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.09 can open JPEGs properly when it is not possible to write temporary files to C:\.

07/30/04: Mapedit 3.08 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.08 can operate without shfolder.dll, making it more compatible with Windows 95 and 98 and some other unusual versions of Windows. Also, the "help" feature always works regardless of the user's default web browser setting. (The automatic use of Internet Explorer for help was forced by a problem with other browsers and not by any preference on our part. Yes, we will report this issue to the Mozilla developers.)

06/26/04: Mapedit 3.07 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.07 corrects a problem with the "default URL" feature.

05/20/04: Mapedit 3.06 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.06 offers the following fixes and improvements:

  • Supports loading BMP images. Although these are a very poor choice for web pages, they are useful in some common alternative applications of Mapedit.
03/12/04: Mapedit 3.04 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.04 offers the following fixes and improvements:
  • Register and unlock buttons restored (missing briefly in 3.03)
  • Toolbar once again displays disabled items properly
  • Palette-based PNG images with transparency now open properly
  • Flat-style toolbar
  • Fixed a small resource leak
  • Mapedit Home Page button in about box works properly again

03/09/04: Mapedit 3.02 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.02 offers the following fixes and improvements:

  • Mapedit 3.02 tolerates unquoted HREFs and similar cases in which slashes actually do belong in the attribute value. This was not supported between version 2.98 and version 3.01, due to the addition of support for recognizing the closing / of non-container tags in XHTML-strict compliant pages. Version 3.02 will handle both situations correctly. Coding HREF attributes without quotation marks is not XHTML compliant, and browsers may someday stop allowing it, but of course we aim to please and to accept your current style of markup whenever possible.
  • A more useful error message for the rare case of a page containing HTML coding errors serious enough that Mapedit is unable to parse it. This was previously reported incorrectly as an "out of memory" error. Also, Mapedit 3.02 recognizes cases in which the IMG elements are not correctly written and have no SRC attribute rather than producing an incorrect "out of memory" error message.
  • Context-sensitive help works properly, scrolling automatically to the right section of the manual.

    02/20/04: Mapedit 3.01 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 3.01 offers the following new features and improvements:
    • When adding a polygon under high magnification, Mapedit now takes the zoom setting into account when deciding whether a mouse click is close enough to the first point to close the polygon.
    • A clickable map of the world is now included in registration. The initial splash screen has been updated to reflect this. Of course, splash screens are not shown after you register.

    11/10/03: Mapedit 3.00 for Windows has been released. There is NO UPGRADE FEE, even though 3.00 is a new major version number! Mapedit 3.00 offers the following new features and improvements:

    • "Resize ENTIRE Imagemap" feature allows the entire imagemap to be conveniently resized. This is very useful when the image itself has been resized.
    • All of the great new features added in recent revisions just prior to 3.00. See below for more information.
    Mapedit 3.00 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

    10/28/03: Mapedit 2.99 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.99 offers the following new features and improvements:

    • "New HTML Document / Open Image" option for those who prefer not to create a web page first.
    • "Show HTML Tags" option for those who prefer to copy and paste the imagemap tags into their own HTML.
    • The dialog at startup time now offers a choice between opening an existing HTML document and creating a new one (and perhaps using "show HTML tags" when finished).
    10/08/03: Mapedit 2.98 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.98 offers the following new features and improvements:
    • XML/XHTML compliant output; compatible with existing browsers, of course! The HTML code added by Mapedit 2.98 passes the tests of the W3C MarkUp Validation Service validator.
    • Improved support for opening existing XML/XHTML compliant documents. Specifically, the / at the end of the IMG tag remains at the end where it belongs.
  • .cfm and .php file extensions added to browse dialog for convenience

09/08/03: Mapedit 2.94 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.94 offers the following new features and improvements:

  • "Browse Files" button added to complement "Browse Web" in the URL dialog box. "Browse Files" creates relative links to files you have on your local drive along with the page you are editing. "Browse Web" creates absolute links to any page on the web.
  • "Browse Web" working properly again after briefly being disabled in Mapedit 2.93.

08/28/03: Mapedit 2.93 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.93 offers the following new features and improvements:

  • Undo and Redo buttons.
  • Problem with test/edit tool after data entry dialog is moved has been corrected.
  • Filename now appears in window title.

08/20/03: Mapedit 2.92 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.92 offers the following new features and improvements:

  • Add/remove points tools now work with rectangles, transforming them into polygons as appropriate.
  • Support for OnClick handlers for hotspots. The OnClick handler may be separately defined, or set to match the behavior of onMouseOut.
  • If the page contains only one image, it is automatically selected and loaded.
  • "Same as ALT" option saved correctly.
  • The zoom feature does not cause problems when the next page is loaded as part of the same session.

06/19/03: Mapedit 2.83 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.83 offers a convenient "browse" button in the URL dialog box, allowing the user to simply navigate to the page they wish to link to using Internet Explorer. Mapedit 2.83 also allows creation of rectangles and circles with a single drag of the mouse; however, for very small circles and rectangles, a click in each corner is still the best method. Similarly, polygons can now be completed by clicking on the first point of the polygon again, in addition to the old right-click and enter-key methods. Mapedit 2.83 makes small but important refinements to the "browse URL" button's behavior; in particular, only the browser window opened by Mapedit is closed when browsing is complete, even if other browser windows are used during the process. In addition, version 2.83 remembers your preferred location for the URL-entry dialog box from one session to the next, and corrects a problem with the Remove Points tool which began in version 2.71. Finally, Mapedit 2.83 corrects a problem at startup in version 2.8, which was briefly available on June 17th.

Mapedit 2.83 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

03/06/03: a high-quality United States imagemap is now available to all registered users for use in their own work. See the new registered users area. You will need your eight-letter registration key to log into this area.

01/15/03: Mapedit 2.71 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.71 correctly supports certain types of PNG images which caused problems for Mapedit 2.7.

9/25/02: Mapedit 2.7 for Windows has been released. Mapedit 2.7 supports zoom-in and zoom-out operations, and provides better support for working with extremely large images.

4/20/02: Mapedit 2.64 for Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP has been released.

5/21/01: Mapedit 2.32 for MacOS and Unix has been released. Version 2.32 for MacOS and Unix correctly supports multiple imagemaps in a single page, and correctly closes the first imagemap when opening a second.

Mapedit 2.32 for the Macintosh is available on our MacOS download page. This is a free upgrade.

Mapedit 2.32 is also available on our Unix/Java download page.

4/20/00: Mapedit 2.63 for Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP has been released. Version 2.63 for Windows 95/98/NT features much improved install and uninstall support and is otherwise unchanged.

Mapedit 2.63 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

4/3/00: Mapedit 2.63 for Linux with glibc 2.1 has been released. Version 2.63 works around an incompatibility between the KDE window manager (kwm) and Mapedit for Linux. This version works properly with KDE in our tests, allowing all menus to be accessed correctly. Since the changes in version 2.63 do not relate to any other issue, we have not released 2.63 for other platforms.

Mapedit 2.63 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

3/23/00: Mapedit 2.62 for Windows 95/98/NT and Linux has been released. This release supports very large images, even when they exceed the limits of the Windows graphics driver. This release also relaxes the URL escaping rules, making it easier to enter javascript: URLs and similar constructs.

10/15/99: Mapedit 2.61 for Linux has been released. This release fixes a problem when saving imported server side imagemaps. It may also fix a rarely seen "half-size image" problem.

10/13/99: Mapedit 2.61 for Windows 95/98/NT has been released. This release fixes a problem when saving imported server side imagemaps.

10/12/99: Mapedit 2.6 for GLIBC Linux has been updated. The updated distribution does not contain an unnecessary file which was causing problems and errors relating to "libc 5" on various Linux distributions. If you downloaded the original Mapedit 2.6, delete the file libwinsock.so from your Mapedit installation directory.

10/5/99: Mapedit 2.6 for Linux is now available. Mapedit 2.6 takes advantage of the Willows TWIN library to provide features identical to the current Windows release! See the download page to get your copy. See the online help for GNU Library Public License compliance information, including links to the source code for our modifications to the TWIN library.

6/22/99: Mapedit 2.59 for Windows 95, 98 and NT is now available. Mapedit 2.59 restores compatibility with PNG-format images, which was inadvertently broken in Mapedit 2.5.

5/14/99: Mapedit 2.58 for Windows 95, 98 and NT is now available. Mapedit 2.58 corrects the problem which caused version 2.57 to crash under Windows NT. We apologize for the difficulty. Mapedit 2.58 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

5/11/99: Mapedit 2.57 for Windows 95, 98 and NT is now available. Mapedit 2.57 handles the color palette more gracefully when Windows is in 256-color mode. These changes will make the program more pleasant to work with. Mapedit 2.57 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

4/12/99: Mapedit 2.56 for Windows 95, 98 and NT is now available. Mapedit 2.56 carefully avoids a rare problem with certain Windows configurations. Users who experienced this problem found that uninstalling Mapedit caused the standard Windows application uninstall program to be overwritten. This problem has been fixed and should not occur in future releases, regardless of the temporary directory setting on your computer. Mapedit 2.56 is available on our download page. This is a free upgrade.

4/9/99: Mapedit 2.55 for Windows 95, 98 and NT is now available. Mapedit 2.55 correctly displays images on computers which are set to display a maximum of 256 colors. This feature was broken in versions 2.5 through 2.54 and is fully repaired in version 2.55. Users who experienced this problem usually reported a black Mapedit window with no image displayed. Mapedit 2.55 also contains other minor corrections. Visit our download page to obtain this free upgrade. Of course, Mapedit and most other programs still look much better in the 16-bit (65,536 colors) and 24-bit "truecolor" modes.

4/1/99: Mapedit 2.54 for Windows 95, 98 and NT is now available. Version 2.54 corrects a bug that prevented Mapedit 2.53 from opening images with relative paths. Since this problem affected most users we corrected it within just a few hours after the release of Mapedit 2.53. We apologize for the problem, which has been corrected. Visit our download page to obtain this free upgrade.

4/1/99: Mapedit 2.53 for Windows 95, 98 and NT is now available. Version 2.53 contains the following changes:

  • "Defeat blue border" always overrides any existing border attribute, if checked
  • Selecting nonprofit or educational registration with the arrow keys no longer causes a loop
  • American Express registration option (both online and offline)
Visit our download page to obtain this free upgrade.

3/15/99: Mapedit 2.52 for Windows 95, 98 and NT has been released. Version 2.52 corrects problems when loading certain GIFs (primarily animated GIFs). The first frame is now shown correctly regardless of what appears later in the file. Also, the incorrect HTML tag <<P>> is no longer prepended to simple HTML documents that do not have any leading tags before the first appearance of text. Visit our download page to obtain this free upgrade.

3/2/99: Mapedit 2.51 for Windows 95, 98 and NT has been released. Version 2.51 restores the proper function of the scrollbars, which were disabled in Mapedit 2.5. Visit our download page to obtain this free upgrade.

2/26/99: Mapedit 2.5 for Windows 95, 98 and NT has been released. Version 2.5 features the following improvements:

  • Better documentation
  • Support for the TITLE attribute (popup text)
  • Easier access to help
Download version 2.5 here.

8/12/98: Version 2.44 added the following improvements:

  • Better handling of HTML comments
  • Allows consecutive comments
  • ASP code does not have to be commented out!
  • ASP code accepted both in statements and inside tag attributes
  • "Tooltips" displayed on the toolbar
  • Doesn't force quoting of HTML attributes; respects your style
  • Fixed problems with importing server-side imagemaps

10/20/97: Mapedit 2.3 for Unix We now have a Java-based version of Mapedit for Unix systems. Please see our Mapedit for Unix page for lots of details.

9/8/97: Mapedit 2.31 for MacOS fixes a bug which prevented the first Mac release from handling complex URLs in <img> tags properly.

9/4/97: Mapedit 2.3 for MacOS is out! We are pleased to offer a Macintosh version for the first time, thanks to Apple's Macintosh Runtime for Java. Please see our Mapedit for the Macintosh page for lots of details.

6/29/97: Mapedit 2.3 for Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95, 98 and NT is out! This upgrade is free to existing customers -- just unlock 2.3 with your current registration key. This version has the following improvements: problems opening some animated GIFs have been taken care of. Javascript programmers can now edit the onMouseOver and onMouseOut attributes of every hotspot. Server-side imagemaps now respect the CERN/NCSA format choice when created from scratch. (Note: most people don't want to make a server-side imagemap at all. Open an existing HTML page directly instead.)

3/18/97: Mapedit 2.26 for Microsoft Windows 3.1, 95, 98 and NT is now available. This version fixes the following bugs: Closing Netscape no longer crashes Mapedit. Mapedit can launch both Netscape and MSIE to access its online registration page. Odd behavior after using the image browse button more than once has been corrected.

9/12/96: Mapedit 2.25 for the X Window System is now available for several Unix flavors. Version 2.25 for X corrects a bug which prevented users from converting server-side maps to client-side maps successfully.