Monthly Archives: December 2013

StepMap wishes you a merry Christmas!

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
Your StepMap-Team

 

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From left to right: Ole, Veit, Sebastian, Uwe (thanks for the great time!) and Ben

How to create a template for all your Maps

Creating a template has two advantages:

  • You save time when creating new Maps
  • You will have a uniform looking design for all your Maps

To create a template you simply need to create a Map like any other Map – only difference being that you don’t use specific locations, regions or titles but generic placeholders and a general design. To create a template the easiest way would be to adjust all the design and graphic options to your liking (Step 1 and 2 of the tool) and also to add some city name placeholders (Step 3 of the tool). You then save that Map. Afterwards, you copy and paste the link of that Map into “My Profile -> My Templates“. Basically, that’s it. When you create a new Map you will find an option in Step 1 of the tool to load your template and then create a new Map based on that template.

So here’s an example of a Map (that I have created like any other Map) where certain settings are active:

template1

The settings for this Map are:

  • Step 1: Topography 1 is active, colour for land and water are active (light green and light blue)
  • Step 2: Border lines are set to black and thing size 1)
  • Step 3: Four placeholders added for city (big and small), ocean name and country name (each with thier own formatting in terms of color and size)

Now I have copied and pasted the link of that Map to “My Profile -> My Templates” which looks like this:

template2

Now, within the “My Templates” menu you copy and paste the link of your previously made Map as follows:

template3

When creating a new Map you can now choose that template in Step 1 of the Map editor – it looks as follow:

template4

You can then simply create a specific Map (specific itinerary or any other content/date that you want to visualize) based on the chosen template e.g. something like the following Map. As you can see the basic settings for the colours and the placeholders are those from the chosen template (compare to first screenshot above) which have been replaced with sepcific names and places.

template5

Of course, it’s up to you what you decide to put into your template and what the overall design looks like. It can be a lot of sepcific settings, colours and placeholders – or just a simple adjustment. Either way, it will save you a lot of time in the long run if you plan to create many Maps with certain specific design characteristics.