New Features Available

We’re introducing another batch of new features that will surely empower you to make mapping even simpler!

Radial Heat Map

Radial Heat 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.

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 data sets 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:

japan-local

… to this:

japan-english

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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2015 Mapline Voyage

We came, we saw, and  yes, we so conquered 2015 with flying colors! Thanks to all of you, our valued Mapline customers and users, because you made another mapping year with us truly awesome!

2016 is just around the corner – yup, another meaningful year peeking at a distance. But for now, we thought it would be nice to reflect back on some of the best accomplishments of Mapline for the past 365 days.

2015 Mapline Voyage

Here are some of the ways you made the difference in mapping with us:

These will not be possible without your continuous feedback and allowing us to help you achieve your mapping goals. What’s in store for Mapline in 2016? We can only expect better victories ahead for all of us. And we can’t wait for all that we have in store for this year. So bring it on, 2016!

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Mapline Adds 4 Million Retail Locations to Its Maps

We are pleased to announce that Mapline will now be providing external data. The people have asked, and we have answered!

That’s right. Competitive data is now available in Mapline. There are thousands of data sets now available, the data ranging from retail stores to gas stations. Now you can build a map from excel and then add external data. Compare your data with the local data of the area!

Competitive Data—Why is it needed?

Data, data, data. Businesses and organizations thrive on the accumulation, comparison, and evaluation of data. People track and record just about everything that happens in a company, trying to improve processes and gain insights. How does one cog of the business affect another cog? How does a particular advertisement fare across various geographic regions? How does a particular product sell at the various stores? Analyzing and making decisions off of data is becoming a crucial aspect of running (and growing) business.

But sometimes, working with your own, internal data doesn’t paint the whole picture. Sometimes, external data is needed. Where are your competitors? Where are the gas stations? Fast food stations?

External data is just that; data from other sources that you yourself didn’t collect. It’s taking your data and putting it side-by-side with your competitor’s data. Or retail locations.

Having the whole picture is oftentimes crucial to figuring out what is going on in your little corner.

What would you do if you realized that your locations within 10 miles of a Walmart had 10% higher sales? What if there were 50 fast food stores in a potential site for your new restaurant? Would that deter you?

No man is an island, and no business decision should be made independent of the environment. The best decisions are oftentimes the most informed decisions. In Mapline, you can make those informed decisions.

Check out the full list of available external data sets!

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