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! 😉

Crop (cut out) or highlight a country

You have asked for it – now it’s done. If you want to crop (or highlight) a certain country and remove everything else around it, there is now a simple way to do so. In Step 1 of the Editor simply click on “Crop Country” (in the middle of the right navigationl panel) after you have selected a country from the drop down menu above.

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You will see the country with its regional borders (in the screenshot above Germany with “BundeslĂ€nder” (states)). Of course, you can further edit the Map, e.g. change the color of the highlighted country or add additional elements. If you want to you can add another country with the same features (highlighted), see below.

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You can go even further and select sub-regions, e.g. “Bretagne” for France as in the following screenshot. So Step 1 allows you to crop, highlight or colorize regions, countries and sub-regions.

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Undo feature for Step 1 of the Map Editor

Dear StepMap User,

Many of you have asked for it – we listended and developed the new “undo” feature for Step 1 of the Map Editor. From now on you can undo everything that you did in Step 1, from an accidental zoom to a wrong color to other details. As you know Step 1 refers to all the main changes in regard to the Map area (level of detail, colors, zoom level, format, highlighting certain regions etc.) and thus is an essential part of creating and customizing your Map. The new “undo” feature can be found at the very top of the right navigation bar in Step 1. When you haven’t made any changes to the Map the button will appear in a grey color. Once you have made one or more changes it will switch to green. You can click on it to open a drop down menu with all the steps that can be made undone. (Note: We know that the “undo” feature is usefull for Step 2 as well so we are working on that right now).

The “undo” button in Step 1 of the Map Editor (click to enlarge)

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The “undo” button in Step 1 of the Map Editor after you have made changes to the Map (click to enlarge)

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StepMap – the new English version

Dear StepMap User,

roughly 6 weeks ago we launched the new English version of StepMap. Since then we have seen a massive increase in signups and new Maps. We are quite excited to see that the number and type of Maps have gone up by quite a lot. Here are a few examples of Maps by our users – maybe they inspire you to create Maps for similar use cases.

Also, here is an example of an interactive Map (just click on the locations within the Map): http://www.stepmap.com/map/south-africa-travel-route-1230059

Screenshots (static images) of some Maps:

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Of course, everyone has unique ideas and requirements when it comes to a Map. That’s why we focused on those features that let you customize your Map as fast and easy as possible, e.g. by adding your own colours, texts, icons and other content displayed on the Map. Also, for each of the 4 steps within the Map editor we have added a help video that explains the most important features. You will find the videos within the editor, just to the right of the navigation. So if you are stuck or have a question we highly recommend that you check out the step-by-step tutorial videos. There’s also a general tutorial video which guides you through all 4 steps based on a sample Map: http://www.stepmap.com/videotutorial

However, if you still have questions or need help please feel free to contact us directly at info@stepmap.com. Yes, it’s a general Email address but rest assured it will be read the same day – and we reply to all Emails.

We hope you enjoy creating Maps with StepMap!