How to Do In-Depth Map Customization


In-depth maps have a vast array of applications that range from travel-related industries to site assessments and tracking trends. Whatever your purpose for wanting to create a custom map, there are easy tools to allow you to use an almost infinite number of data sets to customize a map to your needs.


Data points allow you to use the sophisticated data analytic tools and features of Maps have far beyond telling us how to get from point A to point B. They can tell us how to avoid traffic, navigate through or around certain areas, and enable us to learn more about a geographic region. They also make stunning visuals, and in a quick-moving society where we want all our information quick and easy to digest as possible, map visuals are a vital tool.

Creating custom maps is easier than ever with the wide selection of tools available. If you want to customize maps with multiple data sets for any given area, cloud-based software like gives you a range of options to use your own data to create highly customized maps.

Determine the Type of Map You Want to Create

Maps most commonly used can be divided into four main categories. These are:

1.      Roadmap—Explicitly designed for motorist showing the roads in a geographic area

2.      Satellite—Most commonly displays Google Earth satellite images

3.      Terrain—These maps are often called a topographic map and consist of a map displaying all relevant terrain information

4.      Hybrid—Hybrid maps display a mixture of any of the above types of maps as one image

When using a Google Maps based platform, hybrids can also contain street-view and 3-D maps. Within these classifications, there are numerous subcategories you can use to define further the type of map you are creating.

Determining the purpose of your custom map will help you decide which type of map you want to create. For most customized maps, a hybrid is the best solution, allowing the creator to include whatever information they want to display.

Tools for Customization

When you start your customization, you will be given the option to upload your own data sets for incorporation into the map you create. Once you have uploaded your data, you can use a wealth of tools to create a map that generates an easy visualization of the information you want to convey.

Maptive gives you all the tools you need to create the type of map you need, and the cloud-based platform does the work for you in allowing you to chose customization options from a point-and-click menu.

·        Base Map—Choose the base map you want, and then add the layers you need all within the base map. You can use satellite views, topographical maps, or customized drawings to establish your base.

·        Custom Images—You can use the drawing tool within the platform to upload custom images and incorporate them anywhere on your map. Photos can help make the map a powerful visual aid to tell a story.

·        Map Positions and Zoom Levels—Arrange specific views and zoom levels in a way that emphasizes your data organization and emphasis the exact geographic location you need.

·        Choose or Design Markers—You have the option of choosing markers from an extensive library, or you can upload your own. Label them as needed to represent the data sets you decide on. Bubble markers can be used to identify and draw attention to trends that you want to emphasize.

·        Pie Charts—Dense clusters of markers can make a map confusing, so Maptive offers the option of expanding more complex data into a pie chart.

·        Drawing Tool—An elaborate, yet easy to use drawing tool, lets you customize any part of the map you are creating. You will also find a polyline, rectangle, polygon, and circle tool, enabling you to work within a specific area of the map you have created.

Maptive also uses an application programming interface (API) that that allows for automatic or real-time updates to your map. Depending on the purpose of your map and the data sets you are incorporating, keeping your creation updated allows it to remain relevant for as long as needed.

The innovative lasso tool allows users to draw a lasso around various geographic locations to retrieve or edit data related to that location. The lasso tool can also be used for route optimization or to export only that particular subset of data. There is also a filter tool that gives you the capacity to segment and views multiple levels of data, allowing you to see as much or as little of the data as you want while you work.






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