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New Roll Out: All About Mapping Performance and Sharing Enhancements

Improved Mapping Performance

There’s mapping and there’s Mapline mapping. The difference? Performance! We believe that with better mapping performance comes better results and faster analysis. So we are proud to announce that for the new roll out, our users will be able to have faster mapping experience. Try it out now and speed up your data analysis!

Sharing Enhancements

Another equally important roll out is the enhancement in map sharing option.

First, users to whom the maps that are shared with edit permissions can no longer delete a map. Instead, the owner of the map or the administrator can just un-share the map with them. When a user is trying to delete a map, a message prompt will appear:

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Second, when sharing a map with a user’s dataset, a message prompt will appear asking the owner of the map if the datasets should be shared as well:

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Third, a shared map can only be duplicated when it is shared to someone with edit permission.

Be Mapline Ready!

In the 2nd quarter of 2017, with Mapline giving you the best mapping experience and the best value for money, don’t be just mapping ready. Be Mapline ready!

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New Updates

What a great way to start the year! As we stay true to our commitment to make mapping simple, we’ve rolled out another set of updates to make your mapping experience simpler while making it more fun! You asked and we listened. Now, it’s time for you to sit back and watch how these new updates can help you with your mapping:

Dot Density

This new addition reveals where locations are clustered. Many users have been asking for this feature because this is especially useful when mapping locations or phenomena that change dramatically over an area.

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Ability to Save Column Widths on Spreadsheet Page

You can now slide the ruler of the columns in any way you want and it will be saved. When maps are shared, those whom the maps have been shared with will also see the saved column widths of the spreadsheet.

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Ability to Delete Selected Rows from a Dataset

We’ve made it easier to delete locations from your datasets. Now you don’t need to click the locations one by one to delete them. Just click the rows that you want to delete, click the “Selected rows” on the drop down arrow of “Delete” button and bam! Your locations will be deleted all at once.

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Added Support for Degree Formatted Coordinates

Mapline can now support decimal and degree coordinates.

Miscellaneous Bug Fixes

There are a few bugs that we captured and fixed. We thank you all for your feedback and queries. If not for them, we would not be able to make these updates successful.

Let us know if you have more suggestions. We are open to feedback. What else would you like to be simpler to accomplish while mapping with us?

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New Features – Radius Mapping and Replace Dataset

Check Out the New Features to Our Online Mapping Software

Mapline is already the simplest mapping software on the planet, and now we’re introducing another batch of new features that will surely empower you to make mapping even simpler! Find out about how you can draw a radius circle on a map as well as how to replace a dataset with new spreadsheet data.

Creating a Radius Map

Radial Heat Mapping: Create a Radial Map

There are now 2 ways to create a radial heat map. To heat map:

  • Areas around pins – this allows you to quickly identify pins that are clustered together. This is the best heat mapping option to use if you want to understand accounts with large numbers of sales or customers.
  • Overlapping radius areas – this new type of heat map option enables you to identify areas with high density. This is highly recommended if you are looking for the right location for a new business, or if you want to know the high risk areas when planning for disaster management and recovery.

Find more information about viewing a radius circle on a map as a helpful heat map.

Replace DataSet

Replace Data Set

This new feature allows you to remove the dataset and replace it with a new spreadsheet data. This is usually used in situations where you are frequently changing the datasets of your maps. There are 2 ways to replace your dataset.

First Option:

  1. Open your map.
  2. Click the drop down arrow beside the dataset.
  3. Choose “Edit Data” link.
  4. Click “Replace” tab located on top of the page.
  5. Copy your new spreadsheet data and paste it to the box provided.
  6. Click “Continue.”

Second Option:

  1. Click “My DataSets.”
  2. Check the box beside the data set that you want to replace.
  3. Click “Replace” tab located on top of the page.
  4. Copy your new spreadsheet data and paste it to the box provided.
  5. Click “Continue.”

Now that’s making mapping even simpler! They are now available to use. Go ahead, try them and see where your new mapping experience will take you.

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New Feature: English Names for Foreign Territory Boundaries

So you want to map territories in a foreign country. Using a mapping software, you were so excited to start creating one. In minutes, you have your map ready – only to find out that you can’t understand the names of the territory boundaries because what’s showing is the local names and characters instead of the English names. How frustrating!

Mapline is excited to announce a new enhancement that will make mapping more convenient and at the same time giving you less headache when it comes to reading territory names. We now bring you a feature where you can choose how to view your map – with Multilingual names or with English names!

For example, when mapping Japan territories, your map would look from this:

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… to this:

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How to Use The New Feature

When creating a map, your map labels will appear in English by default. Easily choose from the top right corner the following selections:

  • Original (English)
  • Original (Multilingual)
  • Bright

The new feature will enhance not only the readability of your map. More than that, it will help speed up map analysis and data understanding. Try using the new feature now!

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Mapline Makes a Difference: The New Jersey Mock Election

We’ve been having some fun behind the scenes at Mapline this election season. We’ve teamed up with the New Jersey Center for Civic Education and the New Jersey Social Studies Supervisors Association to power maps for their mock election for students.

How the Mock Election Works

The mock election covers the presidential race, as well as New Jersey congressional seats and two “yes or no” issue questions: whether the state’s gasoline tax should be raised 23 cents per gallon to fund repairs and improvements to New Jersey’s roads and transportation infrastructure and whether term limits should be imposed for members of Congress.

Educators simply determine their Congressional District and download the appropriate ballot for their students, who are then able to cast their votes either on paper or electronically. Voting opened October 10, and all results must be submitted by October 25.

Mapping the Results

After the votes are in, our Mapline team will power maps that will plot a variety of different data for students and educators. A total of 77 maps will be available as PDF downloads representing combinations of 4 overarching variables: candidate, issue, grade level and political region. Mapline’s territory heat map overlays will color code territories in order to differentiate voting patterns.

In addition to the PDF maps, Mapline is also providing 4 aggregated maps to be embedded in the site that students and teachers can manipulate. These live, interactive maps will represent voting results across all grades by Congressional District. A map will be dedicated to each candidate and issue variable.

Students and teachers can zoom in and out on these maps and can perform searches for specific cities or addresses to narrow down the data.

Increasing Civic Awareness

Students from grades 5-12 from more than 300 school districts in New Jersey are expected to participate in the mock election, generating a wealth of data on student political opinion. It’s a fantastic educational opportunity for teachers to show students firsthand how democracy works and to lead them in analyzing voting patterns across districts.

We’re honored to be a part of such an endeavor, and can’t wait to see the results come in! Check out other ways Mapline can be used in the classroom and beyond.

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