Dear StepMap User,
We thank your for another exciting year… and while it’s not over yet it slowly comes to an end. From the 24th of December to the 2nd of January we will “close our doors” – meaning that you won’t be able to reach us by phone. We do check emails over the holidays occasionally but unless it is an emergency or urgent matter you will not hear from us until 2nd January 2017. Once again we would like to say thank you to all our users. 2016 has been a pretty interesting year, with many ups and downs. We have some big news for you in 2017 but at this point we don’t want to spoil the surprise. Rest assured that we are working hard to make StepMap even better for you in the new year – all your feedback and suggestions and questions were welcome and actually go into our plans for new features of StepMap. Our overall goal and philosophy will always remain to provide a tool that’s easy to use and doesn’t require technical or graphical expert skills. Sometimes that’s challenging because we (and you) obviously also want to have more features and functionality. So while we do strive to hit that perfect balance between “new stuff” and “keep it simple” we understand that we can’t make it perfect for all. However, we hope that you enjoyed StepMap so far. Join us on our journey into our 9th year for 2017. And please, keep the feedback coming, we actually do read all (!) emails.
If you feel like creating one more Map before the holidays – here you go: www.stepmap.com
Or, if you always wanted to create a world Map with your visited countries etc., try this option: www.map-my-world.com
Merry Christmas (or as we say in Germany “Frohe Weihnachten” – now you try saying that…) and a Happy New Year 2017!
Ben, Veit and Ole
You all know how easy it is to create a personalized Map with StepMap but we took it one step further and made it even easier. We have developed an exciting new Tool that allows you to create your own World-Travel-Map. You don’t need to sign up – simply go to http://travelmap.stepmap.com and create your Map for free.
You can then share your Map with friends via Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest. Or you can embed your Map on your website or blog. Also available is the option to download the Map in high resolution as an image file. That way you can also print it and use it in a photo book or a poster or presentation. The high resolution download normally costs US$ 4.99 but the first 50 users who create their Map and use the voucher XMAS2015 can download it for free. So be quick :).
Oh… and because it is Christmas soon I will top that by saying whoever creates a Map and shares it on their Facebook or Twitter page will receive high resolution version of their Map for free. Simply email me at email@example.com once you have created and shared your Map.
Now, get started and create your own World-Travel-Map at http://travelmap.stepmap.com and show the world where you have travelled to (and where you still want to travel to).
Here’s my personal World-Travel-Map (which I will update soon after visiting more countries hopefully!). Click on it to enlarge.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2014. There are a few more days left but as always the past year flew by too fast. As most of you probably know we are a small team from Berlin, Germany. Back in 2009 we launched the German version of StepMap. The Englisch one was launched not too long ago, in January 2013. So really, within a short span it has grown to a substantial size, almost overtaking the German site in terms of “Maps created per day”. We have been overwhelmed (in a positive way) with your feedback. Please continue writing to us – be it with questions, suggestions or ideas on how to improve the Map tool. We really read every single email and take notes of all ideas. Since we do have quite a lot of users from France and Canada we decided to launch a French version of StepMap. It went online today – here it is: www.stepmap.fr is now online. Bonjour!
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and a happy, exciting and great new year 2014.
Merry Christmas – Frohe Weihnachten – Joyeux Noël
From left to right: Ole, Veit, Sebastian, Uwe (thanks for the great time!) and Ben
Dear StepMap User,
Quite often we are asked if and how one can create a Map Key (Map Legend) when using our Map Editor. It’s actually quite easy once you know how it’s done. So here we go.
In Step 3 (where you can add locations, titles, lines and symbols) you start by adding things to the Map, e.g. a city or a symbol or some text. So you would start with a simple Map like this (see below) where you add three locations with three different colour markers (icons).
Then you simply add three more markers (icons) to the Map and move them to one side of the Map (see below). Those you simply name e.g. Capital, Major City, Small Town. Of course, you can replace the cities with anything you want to display on the Map and of course you can use anything you like for the actual Map Key. The basic idea is that you use the same symbols and colours for the same group of elements.
Alternatively, you can use the same symbol for all elements on the Map (see below) but use different colours for the actual text.
It’s a little bit more tricky now. You click anywhere in the Map and write a single letter (e.g. “L” in the screenshot below). For that letter you choose “Text only” and the use the same font colour as the background colour. Then you click next to the green square marker and write (e.g. “Major City”). Remember to choose a black font and transparent background then (or anything that makes sense other than same colour for font and background).
Dear StepMap User,
We have decided to split up Step 1 into two Steps. When we launched StepMap almost 5 years ago Step 1 didn’t have that many features (you couldn’t even zoom in or out). Over time more options have been added so that now there was simply too much to be crammed into the Step 1 right navigation panel. So from now on Step 1 is split up into 1 and 2. It doesn’t make creating Maps more complicated or more time consuming, it makes it simpler.
The new Step 1 now looks like this:
So in Step 1 you can: Zoom in and out, change the Map display (flat, topography 1 & 2), change the color of land and water, crop a country, colorize countries and add national parks. You can also upload your very onw Map image.
The new Step 2 looks like this:
So in Step 2 you can: Add an Overview-Map (with different sizes and zoom levels), add a scale (kilometers or miles), modify additional display options (e.g. borders, lakes, rivers etc.) and add lattitudes and longitudes.
The rest of the Steps remain the same. So in the new Step 3 you will add locations, lines and markers. In Step 4 you can make the Map interactive (adding information to locations) and in Step 5 you simply save the Map.