In 2020 we introduced CDXZipStream Version 5 that supported HERE Technologies API’s for geocoding and routing as covered in the following article. We also described in a blog article on how to create free API keys using the portal https://developer.here.com. These API keys allow up to 250,000 requests per month which is a significant benefit when compared to Bing Maps.
If you’ve previously set up API key at developer.here.com your key is still active and you can access the portal with credentials previously set. But new users are being directed to a different portal at https://platform.here.com. While you can still set up a key without a credit card, these keys are restricted to 1000 requests per day. Adding a credit card to the HERE account will allow you 30,000 geocoding requests and 30,000 routing requests per month. Additional requests have very attractive pricing <$.75 per1000 requests or less as described at the following web page.
You can set up a free API key using the following instructions. A sample screen shot of the web page used to create the REST API key required for CDXZipStream is shown above. Keys are entered into CDXZioStream in the same fashion as described in our original blog article. Make sure to restrict the domains or IP4 addresses the key can be used on.
You can access the HERE features in CDXZipStream if you have purchased in the last year or if you have an active data maintenance subscription. You will need to download and install the latest CDXZipStream demo and reactivate your software using the "Account" button in the CDXZipStream Excel menu. If you don't reactivate you will not have access to the new features. This will not affect the number of computers that you can install CDXZipStream on.
CDXZipStream customers without an active data maintenance plan will be able to try out the new Here functions but will be limited in the number of requests they can make during a single excel session. Your online account at cdxtech.com can be used to purchase a maintenance plan and get full access.
We've previously covered how to install CDXZipStream and use automated database updates in the following blog article
. But there are circumstances where Excel is blocked from accessing our servers by either your network security software or anti-virus. Many companies take a better safe than sorry approach to possible intrusive application behavior. So what should you do in this case?
All Zip Code updates can be manually downloaded in your online account
. After logging in with username and password the website will display "Account Settings". Click on the CDXZipStream menu down arrow and then choose "Download Data Files". This menu is shown shown in the image below. Then simply click on the database you wish to retrieve and save it in a location you will remember.
Once the database is saved click on the CDXZipStream "Account" button in Excel then choose "Update Manually". Following this, select the file you downloaded and press "Open". The database update will proceed followed by a message indicating success.
You can use this process to keep a history of updates. For instance, should you wish to go to an demographic data set simply update with a previously saved file.