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InstantAtlas Desktop is a set of tools for designing, populating and publishing Dynamic Reports:

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InstantAtlas dynamic reports can be published using either Flash Edition or HTML Edition templates.


To view a stand-alone, Flash Edition dynamic report you need:



To view a stand-alone, HTML Edition dynamic report you need:



To create a stand-alone, dynamic report using InstantAtlas Publisher, Designer and Stylesheet Editor you need:


  • Minimum Windows XP *
  • PC (Pentium 3 equivalent processor with 512 MB of RAM minimum, Pentium 4 2+ GHz equivalent processor with 1GB+ of RAM recommended)
  • Microsoft Excel 2003 or later



Pre-defined views, packed with features including point and area maps, map panning and zooming, dynamic links between charts, tables, maps and legends, hotlinks to external web pages.


A wizard-driven easy-to-use, desktop tool that enables researchers and analysts to embed geography in their chosen Templates.

Designer and Stylesheet Editor

Easy-to-use, desktop tools that enable researchers and analysts to configure, layout and style their InstantAtlas reports which you can share on web sites or distribute on CDs.

Data Managers

Microsoft Office Add-ins that enable researchers to populate InstantAtlas stand-alone, dynamic reports directly from for Excel and Access.

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    The Designer allows you to change the configuration and layout of your InstantAtlas dynamic report.

    • Click and drag your InstantAtlas report components (maps, tables, charts, legend, buttons, logos) to change their positions and resize them
    • Delete unwanted report components
    • Preview changes before applying to reports
    • Change styles for each component and general styles of the report without linking to Style Editor
    • Change report functionality by configuring report components
    • Edit/translate all text that appears in a report
    • Change the palettes used to shade the map
    • Control column widths in data table
    • Add new static images (such as corporate logos or banners)
    • Image scaling can be set individually for each image
    • Add new buttons that will link to external files
    • Add new static text (such as a title for your report)
    • Undo/redo options
    • Return to default design option
    • Link to specific elements in the Style Editor
    • Create designs that can be applied across multiple reports
    • Designer help pages


    Style Editor
    The Style Editor allows you to change the style of your InstantAtlas dynamic report.


    • Change the colours used for the border and background of report components
    • Change the thickness of borders
    • Change colour, font and size of text
    • Create colour gradients for table header fills, button fills, scroll bars etc.
    • Change the colours assigned to each comparison geography
    • Add custom styles
    • Add custom properties
    • Create styles that can be applied across multiple reports
    • Style Editor help pages
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    Data Manager
    The Data Manager is a tool for managing your indicator data (or statistics) and exporting these in the correct format for InstantAtlas reports.

    • Choice of Excel or Access formats to suit user skills
    • Manage geographies and filters
    • Structure your data by theme, indicator and date
    • Manage your data in multiple worksheets (Excel) or related tables (Access)
    • Manage metadata for geographies and indicators
    • Export data as XML files for use with InstantAtlas dynamic reports
    • Export metadata as HTML files for use with InstantAtlas dynamic reports
    • Set your batch publication preferences
    • Error checking to help format your data correctly
    • Multiple data XML files can be merged for multiple geography reports
    • Customise legend breaks, colour schemes and labels per indicator
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    • Series of screens (wizard) allowing you to step forward and backwards through the publishing process
    • User settings are remembered on each screen for the next publishing iteration
    • Lists of recently used map files
    • Upload of digital map files in ESRI shapefile and MapInfo Interchange File formats
    • Upload of XML data files with validation against the InstantAtlas schema
    • Publish subsets of geographic features within a map file
    • Error checking for digital map files and XML data files
    • Publisher help pages accessible from each screen
    • Command line mode for batch publication of InstantAtlas reports
    • Pick different report configurations and predefined or custom colour profiles