AtlasCapture is an advanced data capture tool that can be used to access Master Address Files (MAFs) such as Australia Post's Postal Address File (PAF), the PSMA's Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF) or NZ Posts's Geo PAF.

AtlasCapture enables the user to capture a complete and accurate address from a partial address, even if the postcode is unknown or the address is misspelt. Other features are also available including the ability to return keys and codes associated with an address and user-defined details. This facilitates the simultaneous capturing of addresses, Delivery Identifiers and additional required data.



  • Retrieves full-premise and sub-premise information (e.g. flats, apartments) from a partial address.

  • Captures the correct address where data is incomplete or hard to read.

  • Uses the latest and most powerful cross-matching and pick list technology.

  • List-based functionality allows the user to input from a single-line and navigate through the potential address matches.

  • Powerful gazetteer system enabling the user to manipulate their search criteria to maximise scrutiny of addresses.

  • Sends addresses directly to standard Windows applications such as Word or Excel.

  • Intelligently identifies whatever details are available.

  • When an accurate and complete address cannot be immediately identified it provides a selection of closest matches at both street and premise level.

  • Can be used to accurately capture addresses through web applications.

  • Allows user-defined address formatting.

  • Allows extra data fields to be captured in addition to names and addresses so that all information can be recorded and stored.

  • Allows user to interactively match against multiple MAFs.

  • Address format is defined by the user allowing addresses to comply with existing systems and databases.

  • Includes a Developers Kit for Windows and Unix


  • Saves time by rapidly producing a full and accurate address.

  • Reduces costs and increases efficiency and productivity.

  • Reduces the possibility of fraud by ensuring the validity of customer addresses.

  • Correctly and accurately captures addresses, increasing the accuracy of any database.

  • Improves and maintains corporate image, saves money and reduces the number of postal returns on mailings by verifying all addresses against the Postcode Address File (PAF).

  • Addresses are retrieved from just a few keystrokes, reducing keystrokes by up to 80%.


Australia Post Postal Address File (PAF) Permissions Data

The authoritative address dataset referencing delivery points across Australia can be enhanced with the addition of indicators showing whether a property is currently deliverable, residential and non-residential.

1. Within AtlasCapture, why does a reference to a postcode for lookup in Australia need more information?

The original Postcode based search was founded on a UK postcode which resolves to a smaller result set (around 25 addresses).  As the postcode in Australia can sometimes contain in excess of 10,000 results, this proves impractical.  Instead Hopewiser allows a postcode style lookup by using the 4 digit postcode plus the first three letters of the street, so for example looking up Little Collins St in Melbourne Vic 3000, the user would enter ‘3000lit’
AtlasCapture supports the use of partial postcode lookups. Partial postcodes must be appended by a wildcard character (*) to denote missing characters.


2. Why do I get nothing back from an address lookup?

Check the input parameters for typing errors. These could be in any of the available fields within AtlasCapture which may be adversely affecting the search for an address. Check for things like o (letter oh) instead of 0 (zero) in the cited postcode. It could be that the address doesn't exist according to the PAF dataset being used. Try the 'Free Address Search' facility on our homepage to see if these yield any results.


3. What are the Settings|Preferences|Coder Return PAF House/District options for?

You may have some customers who include 'vanity' elements in their address. These are elements that, although they do not appear on the associated PAF record, can be retained by the software. Setting these 'On' will output only what is on the PAF and drop all vanity data. Setting these 'Off' will carry, for example, 'Holly Cottage' (where this isn't cited on that PAF record) through to the address label you output.


4. Why does the Database Viewer show only a single database field when my file has many?

This implies that you have either selected the wrong type of input file, or that you have selected the Delimited Text File type, and not set the field delimiter correctly.

5. How do I write collected data to a file?

Ensure that the menu item Settings|Use Sendkeys is deselected, detail your output file location/name and output mappings (what you want to output and in what order). Each time you lookup an address and click the Write button, the address captured will be written to the output file as defined.

6. What is SendKeys?

AtlasCapture offers a SendKeys facility which, when set up effectively, sends data to a target application at run time in the desired manner. The target application would typically be a client/prospect enquiry form which invokes the AtlasCapture application when it is time to capture address information within a process. Ensure the menu item Settings|Use SendKeys is selected, and set up exactly how you want each individual data element to be sent to your target window (after opening that window) using the Settings|SendKeys Setup menu command.

7. What do I need to do in the 'Data to Generate' window?

This is where you select the output/generated fields you are looking to include in your output. For example, if you are looking to include an address label (the dimensions of which are specified in the Preferences), you would select the Address Label item by single-clicking, then click Add. You would then get the Address Label items as defined added to the selected window on the right.

8. What do I need to do in the 'Output Mappings' window?

It is here where you must specify what you want to see in your output file, and in what order. Fields from the left hand side of the Output Mappings window are added as required. Selected fields can then be reordered if necessary through the arrows to the side of this window.

9. How do I get a particular format of address label output?

Output label settings can be manipulated through the Settings|Preferences|Label parameters. For example, if you want to fix a company name to output address line 1, and have the town, county, and postcode in the last three lines respectively within a 7 line output address label, you would select the Fixed PAF Organisation option, set the Output Lines value to be 7, and set the Label Format item to Fixed Town.

10. Why is an address I know to exist missing from the PAF?

We receive PAF data monthly, despatching this quarterly to the majority of our client base. Please check that you are utilising the current/last release made to you and update if necessary. It may be that the missing address is a recent addition to the PAF. It could also be that this is a 'new build' that doesn't yet feature on the raw PAF we receive. All such enquiries should be directed to Hopewiser who will forward onto Australia Post for their review.

11. Why am I am not getting a desired field generated and output from my Data To Generate?

It could be that the desired field is dependent on other criteria not being met. For example, if you do not achieve an address match (PCStatus is not 00) for a record, you will not have an output DPS, but you will have an output AddressKey.

12. What if I don't know what a particular output/generated field means?

Output field names and their use and possible outputs are detailed in the appendices of the software's accompanying documentation. The documentation can be retrieved from the Help|Contents menu option.

13. Further Details

For further details on AtlasCapture and how to best utilise the software, please refer to the PDF documentation within the application installation directory. If you have any questions not covered by these documents, please contact Hopewiser technical support department on 1300 126 027 or 03 8610 3300.