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Welcome to the CDXZipStream August 2010 Newsletter

CDXZipStream is now being used across a spectrum of industries in a variety of interesting and imaginative ways. We would like to take the opportunity in this and future newsletters to tell you about how it's being used, enhancements to the software, and how you can best take advantage of its unique capabilities.
Just as important, we hope this provides an opportunity for you, our clients, to communicate back to us about your experience with CDXZipStream, particularly where you see a need for improvement or new features.  Just reply to this email if you'd like to contact us. In the next few months we will also be sharing case studies as a resource to help you explore new ways CDXZipStream can support the needs of your organization.

Of course, if you don't want to continue receiving this newsletter please unsubscribe using the link at the end.  But if you're willing to stick with us for awhile, please read on ...
Route Optimization MapOptimize Driving Routes in CDXZipStream 10.2
We've just released CDXZipStream 10.2 which is compatible with Excel 2010, MapPoint 2010, and Windows 7.  Also included is a new route optimization feature (in the MapPoint and Basic versions) that automatically reorders intermediate stops on a route to minimize travel time between start and end points.

Working in conjunction with Microsoft MapPoint, this feature can provide the optimized order of stops on the route as well as driving directions, route map, time, mileage, and travel cost.  We think you'll be impressed how well its capabilities stack up to much more expensive route optimization software.

This feature is available in the MapPoint and Basic versions of CDXZipStream by selecting "Route Settings" when using the CDXRouteMP function.  For a quick tutorial please see the YouTube video Route Optimization in Excel

You can just download and install the demo to get CDXZipStream 10.2.  As always, this is free and can be used with older versions of Excel, MapPoint, and Windows. If you don't already have the MapPoint or Basic version and would like to use the new route optimization feature, click on the "License Information and Software Updates" icon on the CDXZipStream toolbar, and select "Product Updates" to login to your account and purchase one of these versions.  If you've forgotten your user name or password, please contact us at
Some Guidance on Data Updates
We've been fielding questions recently about how often users should update their databases.  We purposely avoided making CDXZipStream a subscription service in order to allow you to decide how often you need to buy new data.  Here's some information that can help you decide if and when you need to purchase an update:

Our basic and premium data feeds for zip codes are updated with new data every month.  Since zip codes are frequently retired or added by the U.S. Postal Service, this data is most subject to change. Out of about 42,000 zip codes in the U.S., an average of 0.9% of records change per month, and 11.2% of records change per year.  Unemployment data (provided in county, state, and Core Based Statistical Area data feeds) are also added and updated monthly.

All our other data feeds, which are primarily based on U.S. Census Data, are updated less frequently.  Data from the American Community Survey (ACS), which will soon be replacing much of the data from the ten-year census, is updated annually, usually in the last quarter of the following year.  We will be using this newsletter to announce updates to these data feeds as they occur.

If you decide to update your database, click on the "License Information and Software Updates" icon on the CDXZipStream toolbar, and select "Data Updates" to login to your account. If you've forgotten your user name or password, please contact us at  For our clients who have purchased support plans, we send an email notification when monthly updates are available.  For more information please call 1-877-239-8321 or contact us at

One final note: CDXZipStream functions related to driving and mapping use information from Microsoft MapPoint, and are only as good as the MapPoint version installed on your computer. MapPoint is updated every one or two years and the newest 2010 version does contain updated maps with new geographic data.  If you wish to purchase MapPoint North America 2010 we recommend buying at
We hope you find this newsletter useful, and again, please feel free to contact us with your feedback and suggestions by replying to this email.


The Team at CDX Technologies
August 2010
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