Monthly Archives: August 2013

Scale: Kilometers or Miles?

Quick update: When you activate the Scale in Step 1 of the Map Editor you can now choose between Kilometers and Miles. You will find the option under “Additional Display Options“. So everyone who’s a fan of the Metric System can use Kilometers while users from the United States have the option to switch to Miles.

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Free Scale and Size for the Overview Map

Starting today you can modify the “Overview Map” in terms of size and zoom level. As you know, you can add a “Map within the Map (Overview Map)” within Step 1 of the editor. Previously, you could enable or disable the Overview Map but not make any changes in regard to size and zoom level. Below you find a Map with and without an Overview Map (standard design).

Main Map without the Overview Map:

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Main Map with the Overview Map

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You will note that the Overview Map gives you orientation in regard to the area of the Main Map. If you look at the very first Map you might wonder what coastline you’re looking at (not everyone is well traveled and realizes right away that it’s the Atlantic Coast of Brasil). The “Overview Map” (second screenshot) helps the viewer in that regard.

Now, within the navigation of Step 1 (right hand side) you will find the new option and settings as follows:

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As you can see you can change the Size and the Zoom Level (currently “medium” and “6“).

Now, when those settings are changed you will note that the “Overview Map” will also change. The follwing shows an “Overview Map” size “large” and zoom level “9“.

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So, depending on the topic an content of the Main Map you might want an Overview Map (or not) and if so, you might want to adjust the size and zoom level. It really depends on your personal taste and information you want to display. Remember, the Overview Map can be moved around in Step 2 of the editor.

Latitudes and Longitudes and additional Circles of Latitude

We are happy to offer you a new feature: Latitudes and Longitudes and additional Circles of Latitude can now be added and customized in Step 1 of the Map Editor. So when you create a new Map you can now show each of those layers individually or as a group. Each layer can then be customized in regard to size and color. Here’s a screenshot showing the new option (it’s in Step 1 in the right navigation panel all the way to the bottom):

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And here’s a sample Map of Africa where some of the Circles of Latitude layers are activated. As you can see they have different colors, opacity and sizes, too. You can adjust them individually by using the color and size options. (Click to enlarge).

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Enjoy the new feature! 😉