Map Channels v6 Tutorial

Contents

1. Introduction to Version 6

2. Dashboard

3. Create New Map

4. Map Settings

5. Places Editor

6. Places Import

1. Introduction to Version 6

Version 6 of Map Channels (v6) is a web-based tool to create maps which can be embedded onto your website. This version is built upon previous versions but does not include all features that were included in v4 and v5. Version 4 and version 5 will continue to be available. Version 6 is curently at the beta development stage. Please contact us to report bugs or request a feature.

v6 combines the settings for maps and feeds into one page (in v5 these were separate). This makes managing map projects easier. Some v5 settings are not included to simplify the process of setting up a map.

The major new feature of v6 is an 'expanded view' which incorporates an interface similar to the Dual Maps project. Expanded view is available as a link in the info window for the selected place, or by clicking a place listing twice in the sidebar index. The expanded view can display an information panel, two synced maps (with birds eye view imagery) and street view imagery. Each panel can be maximized or hidden as required.

2. Dashboard

The dashboard page lists all maps you have created together with links to the map management pages for each map.

3. Create New Map

Click the 'Create Map' button in the main menu or the dashboard to create a new v6 map.

You only need to specify a few initial options to create a new map. Once the map has been created the full range of settings are available to customize your map.

Important: to create a new version 6 map you need to first obtain a Google Maps API Key and enter it in your User Profile. API keys are free and allow up to 25,000 map views per day.

4. Map Settings

The map settings page displays a preview of the map and panels containing all the available map settings. An index lists each settings panel name.

The 'embed' panel contains details of how to add the map to your website or blog.

5. Places Editor

If your map is editable then you can used the place editor to add, edit and delete places for your map.

After you have completed your edits click the 'publish' button to upload the changes to the cloud location at data.mapchannels.com where your published map data is stored.

6. Places Import

The Places Import page lets you add a batch of new places to your map. Places to import should be in a tab-sepoarated value (TSV) format. TSV is available as an export format for most spreadsheet applications such as MS Excel or Google Spreadsheets. The standard columns headings are :

name The Place Name or Title. HTML not allowed.
address A full or partial address which can include street address, city, region, postcode and coutnry
description The place description. HTML is allowed.
link a link URL (should start with http:// or https://)
image an image URL (should start with http:// or https://)
points latitude and logitude values separated by a comma
lat latitude
lng longitude
y latitude
x longitude

If the points or lat,lng fields are not set then the import tool will attempt to geocode the supplied address and store the result in the 'points' field.

Geocoding results are displayed on a map and in a list. Up to 50 listings can be geocoded per import task.






 

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