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Welcome to the CDXZipStream December 2013 Newsletter
We have a new template that automatically geocodes
(gets latitude and longitude) for a list of addresses, and sorts these
locations based on their distance from a target location.
Using geocoded data is more accurate than ZIP code-based analysis.
We also show you a very useful Excel command called "Text
to Columns" that can quickly parse ZIP code strings from
CDXZipStream into separate worksheet cells.
Here's our latest blog articles:
- Using Flash Fill in Excel 2013 to Parse and
- Setting the MapPoint Version by Region or Year
Sort by Distance in a New Free Template
We now offer a
free template that will both geocode (determine the latitude and
longitude) of a list of addresses, and then sort those addresses
based on their distance from a target location. All
CDXZipStream free templates can be downloaded from our links page.
template can be used for a wide variety of applications, such as
identifying the closest customers to a store location, the
closest patients to a hospital, or the closest delivery points to a
uses latitude and longitude to calculate distances, and results are
very accurate. In cases where accuracy is less important, you
can also use our free Radius Analysis template which calculates
distances based on the ZIP code centroid location. Since ZIP
codes in some parts of the United States can span very large areas,
we recommend using the geocoded results from this newest template to
reduce error in critical analyses.
requires use of the CDXZipStream MapPoint version or higher, as well
as separate purchase and installation of Microsoft MapPoint.
You can evaluate the template using both free trial versions of
CDXZipStream and MapPoint. Please see this offer from our recommended
reseller if your need a purchasing source for MapPoint.
and Sort by Distance template is an abbreviated version of our Bulk
Radius Analysis template. The Bulk Radius Analysis template
will also create customized reports showing the closest locations for
multiple targets. For more information, please refer to the
article Store Locator and Bulk Radius Analysis in
"Text to Columns" Command to Parse CDXZipStream Data
There are a
couple of functions in CDXZipStream, CDXFindZip and CDXZipList,
that return a list of ZIP codes as a text string to a single
cell in Excel. The ZIP codes are all separated by a vertical
bar called a pipe delimiter that looks like this: "|"
. For cases where you need to parse these ZIP codes into their
own individual cells, you can use the Excel command "Text to
Columns'. Here's how it works:
First, select the list of cells you need to
parse. Copy and paste these cells as values, to remove the
underlying CDXZipStream formulas. If you haven't done this
before, please refer to the more detailed directions here.
In Excel 2007
and higher, from the Data tab click on the Text to Columns icon in
the Data Tools group. (In Excel 2003, select Data from the control
bar, then Text to Columns.) In the first dialog box choose
Delimited, and press Next. In the next dialog box, select Other
under Delimiters and in the adjoining text box fill in the pipe
delimiter character "|". Press Finish, and the result
should look like this:
You may need to format the
destination cells as ZIP codes to see leading zeros; go to the Format
Cells Number tab and under the Special category select the ZIP code
type. If parsed data exceeds the number of columns available in
the worksheet, you will receive a warning message before parsing
proceeds. For more information about the Text to Columns
command, please see this Microsoft
U.S. data feeds were updated as of December 12. There
were 32,468 changes made to the U.S. database this month. Most
of these changes were a result of a technical change in processing
the data that caused some changes to the order of the Area Code data.
For example, if a record had Area Code 845/914, it might now be
914/845. The data is still the same, but the order has changed.
If you would like to update your database to reflect these
changes, click on the "License Information and Software
Updates" icon on the CDXZipStream toolbar, and select "Data
Updates" to login to your account.
We hope you
find the information here helpful for you and your organization.
Please contact us with your feedback and suggestions by
replying to this email.
Team at CDX Technologies
Geocode and Sort by Distance in a New Free Template
Using the "Text to Columns" Command to Parse