Magic Maps 2 is a tool for creating beautiful, informative maps. It includes a rich feature set and is much easier to use than high-end GIS packages. Here are some things you might do with Magic Maps:

• Color states or countries using data from a CSV file

• Create a custom map of sales territories

• Export a movie file showing how data have changed over time

• Mash up Shapefiles, GeoTIFF files, and custom points into a single map document

• Convert ArcGIS Shapefiles to KML

Maps created with Magic Maps have a signature, high-quality look because the program is built from the ground up using Apple's Core Graphics technology. Map layers can be managed similar to layers in Photoshop: simply drag to rearrange, check a box to add a drop shadow, use the slider to change opacity. Choose custom colors, point shapes, and line widths to create the look you want.

Magic Maps lets you choose and customize the map projection. Show the whole world with a Winkel Tripel projection, or reduce distortion with an equal area or conformal projection. If you want to create crisp-looking maps without the fuss of traditional GIS, or if you have a lot of geographic data you'd like to explore visually, Magic Maps is the tool for you.

Core features
• Layer-based map presentation
• Multiple data fields per layer
• Timelines of data totals and averages
• Click an entity to see its associated data
• Select multiple entities with a selection box
• "Top 100" list for any data field
• Click "Play" to watch any map evolve over time
• Multi-touch zooming and panning

Flexible data import
• Import data from CSV, KML, or Shapefiles
• Copy-paste data directly from a spreadsheet
• Support for UTF-8, Unicode, Latin-1, and Windows text encodings

Versatile map export
• For print or presentations: Export vectorized PDF
• For the web: Export PNG or SVG
• For spreadsheets: Export CSV data
• For YouTube: Export QuickTime movies
• For Google Earth: Export KML

Add custom points
• Point-and-click to add a point
• Manually enter decimal degrees or Degrees-Minutes-Seconds
• Geocoding of worldwide addresses and place names
• Batch CSV import

Add custom layers
• Import KML
• Import ESRI Shapefiles
• Import GeoTIFF
• Link data to custom layers

Fully customizable appearance
• Use the Paint tool to color a simple map
• Choose colors to represent text categories or numeric ranges
• Move labels by clicking and dragging
• Leading lines connect labels to their source
• Customize any fonts, colors, and sizes
• Choose one of six shapes to represent points
• Choose solid lines or one of four dash patterns
• Optional drop shadows on shapes
• Adjustable movie playback speed

Built-in math functions
• Compute year-over-year change
• Sum multiple variables together
• Divide one variable by another
• Scale by powers of 10
• Compute rolling average
• Compute weighted average
• Interpolate missing years

Professional map projections
• Albers Equal Area
• Lambert Conformal Conic
• Mercator
• Plate Carée
• Winkel Tripel
• Customize central meridian and standard parallels

Basic GIS functionality
• Count points within an area
• Aggregate point data within an area
• Draw a radius of a specified distance around points
• Compute distance to nearest point on another layer
• Perform simple queries using Smart Layers
• Area and length computations

Built-in geographic templates
• Countries of the world
• U.S. states, counties, metro areas
• Canadian provinces, Mexican states, and a combined North America template
• Australian states and territories
• Link data against FIPS codes or state/country name

What's new in Magic Maps 2
• Popover text fields for defining custom data ranges
• Include map legend on exported images
• Export QuickTime movies as high-def 1080p
• Higher-res physical earth template
• New "Earth at Night" template

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What’s New

Version 2.2.5

June 2020 Update

• Fix an issue where Alaska and Hawaii were sometimes incorrectly positioned in US templates

Ratings and Reviews

geographer ,

The One and Only.

Magic Maps 2 is an extraordinary bargain in an area where the Macintosh OS is woefully difficient. That is in the area of mapping, cartography, Geographic Information Systems, and displaying spatial distributions. Whether the suject is a socioeconomic issue such as the distribution of wealth and poverty, regional illiteracy, or the geography of a disease, good maps showing good data are vital for sound analysis and policy.

Magic Maps 2 is an easy to use application that can display data through an area shading process, using know boundaries such as states, counties, urban placed, census tracts, and even census block groups. No other application on a Mac can do this for anything less than hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

I am impressed! I am a retired university professor who taught mapping classes for over three decades, so I think that my opinion is informed.

Map Maper 2 does not do many things, but what it does do, it does exceptionally well. If you want to create your own maps using the free boundary files created by the U.S. Census Bureau, this application is made for you. It imports many commonly used file structures and displays them flawlessly. It imports thematic (subject) data to polygons and points (such as cities) and export the finished products in a variety of common formats. Its exported pdf files can be edited in vector graphics programs such as Canvas 6 for the Mac.

The developer also offers a statistics analysis program that allows users to visualize and better understand their data before mapping it.

A great program at a great price!

Gradenko ,

Went to subscription...

Oh well, fun's over with this one. I was looking forward MM2, and would have happily paid for the upgrade, but I won't use subscription software.

Second star because it does have a generous 1 year trial. I like Miller's products, but not enough to get on the subscription treadmill for them.

Developer Response ,

Hi Gradenko, thank you for being a customer, and for taking time to register your concerns. I understand your trepidation about subscription software - I prefer owning software myself! But after several years offering perpetual licenses, I have found that it is not a sustainable business model. So the choice for me was between exiting the market or offering future updates to the software via subscription.

I have tried to offer flexible and convenient subscription terms; if you change your mind and would like to use the software just for a few months, I have set out an affordable quarterly option which you can cancel whenever you like. In the meantime, the original Magic Maps will continue to be supported on macOS 10.8 - 10.14.

In the future, I hope you will keep an open mind about supporting independent software developers who switch to subscription licensing. I believe this model will enable me, and other Mac developers in my position, to offer a steady stream of substantial updates that benefits our customers as well as the overall Mac software ecosystem.


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