Did you know French Remarkable Trees Map?

Today, we interviewed one of our clients, Alain CHONE, from the A.R.B.R.E.S. association, who created a map of French remarkable trees with the Click2Map editor.

In order to share with us his Click2Map experience, we questioned him about the association and its goals, but also about his daily use of the editor and the different feedbacks regarding his map.

Remarkable Trees MapDiscover this map by clicking here or by copying/pasting the following link in your current browser : http://www.click2map.com/v2/sachone/Carte-association-ARBRES.

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Create Your ‘Store Locator’ Map (1/3)

Thanks to a ‘store locator’, your users will find your selling points near to them, actual and trusted information on them (addresses, telephone numbers, opening hours, photos, …), and a precise itinerary.

The ‘store locator’ improves the visibility of your shops in search engines. Today, studies prove that 64 % of internauts ‘google’ shops before moving. They search information to spot a product before buying it or quite simply locate the shops near to them and create an itinerary.

You will find below an example of a restaurant-pizzeria locator map. Click on a point and a tooltip will be displayed with contact information.

How to create this kind of map with personalized markers and publish it on your website? Let’s see the different steps.

  • 1st Step: Create your Map
  • 2nd Step: Constitute your Groups
  • 3rd Step: Set Down your Markers
  • 4th Step: Publish your Map
  • 5th Step: It is time to Customize!

So, today we will focus on the first couple of steps to help you to create your own “store locator” map with Click2Map.

First, open the editor and create your account.

 

1/ Create your Map

The easiest step is to create your map, “Add” command in the main menu.

Then, you have to title it and, if needed, put a small description of that map.

Tips and Tricks: you can center the map on the area of your choice. Thereby, when the user opens his map, it is centered on the country, region, whatever you want.

 

2/ Constitute your Groups

When your company gathers a chain of stores, that’s simpler to organize your points of interest in different groups.

The choice is yours for your groups: shops type, state, country … Everything is possible! For example, the map above is divided by states.

You can also attribute a different defaut icon for your markers to each group.

To start your map right now, click here.

Google Earth: API abandonned!

android-google-earth-01Google will put an end to its Google Earth API (also Google Earth Plug-in and its JavaScript API) on December 12, 2015.

It was mostly used by developers to embed 3D maps in a webpage for example or to display them in other applications.

Google hasn’t annouced an alternative solution for now. But as it said, the 3D is in its blood, we can hope for a new application in the future:

Google Earth has a proud legacy, which continues with the new Google Earth for Android, powered by a brand new renderer. 3D is in our blood, and while we can’t announce anything just now, we look forward to sharing more exciting product news in the future.

Some developers had already stopped to use Google Earth API. Indeed, the percentage of Chrome users for the Google Earth plugin dropped from 9.1% in September 2013 to 0.1% in October 2014.

Even if there are no consequences for the Click2Map editor, we are looking for an alternative solution for some custom mapping project in the future. Cesium has Click2Map team’s attention. To be continued…

(More info here)

6 Frequently Asked Questions about Click2Map map publication

map-click2mapWhen it comes to publishing maps, the Click2Map team sometimes receives questions about the ins and outs of the publication process.

Here are the answers to 6 frequently asked questions about the publication of Click2Map maps.

  • Can I print my maps with Click2Map?

Click2Map does not offer printing capabilities in its current version. But, you can use your systems’ screen capture utiltiy to create an image from the desired map area before printing it.

  • Are there any licencing restrictions with regards to use any of my maps?

There are no licensing issues as far as Click2Map is concerned. Our maps however use the Google Maps API and map backgrounds, so the restrictions applicable to Google Maps also apply to maps generated with Click2Map (Read more here).

  • How do you prevent others from copying my maps?

As long as you don’t publish your maps, they’re protected. As soon as you publish a map, it can potentially be shared and accessed by anyone who knows its address. This means that others may be able to consult your maps if you’ve previously shared them or published them.
But, they don’t have the possibility to duplicate them or to access your map’s database.

  • I need to apply a transparent background to my map’s widget. How do I proceed?

The transparent color is not available directly in the publication options. It’s necessary to edit the ‘widget.html’ file and modify the properties of the #body section with the following computer code:

#body {
background-color: transparent;
}

  • Clustering option doesn’t work when I download my map from Click2Map. Why?

Clustering only works with maps hosted on our servers – clusters are managed directly by our servers. (More info on our map hosting solution)

  • After exporting my map, I need to consult it locally. Is that possible?

If you do not have access to a server and want to consult your map locally, you need to uncompress the downloaded Zip archive in a local folder and open the file named map.html or widget.html in Firefox.
For some reason, other web browsers prevent local execution of Javascript, resulting in the map not showing properly or not showing at all.

If you need further information, please contact us at support@click2map.com, we’ll be happy to help you.

Highlight a press article with lines and polygons in Click2Map Editor

Following an article published in the French newspaper Le Figaro (the 10 most expensive shopping streets across the world), we created the map below to highlight this press article with Click2Map.

From the first to the last shopping streets quoted, we’ve drawn lines or polygons with the editor.


You definitely wonder how to draw lines and polygons with Click2Map? Follow these different steps.

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How to organize your points into different categories?

Today, we’ll show you how to create groups and subgroups for your map with the Click2Map editor. Groups can be useful to organize markers into different categories, for example.

1/ Use the Group > New Group button from the main toolbar. Choose the parameters for your group:

Add a new group

  • Specify a Name for your group
  • Choose a default icon for all the markers in this group. You can choose one from the Click2Map gallery or add your own.
  • Add a small description if you wish
  • Modify the publication options if you want to open the group or hide markers when visitors first open your map.

Tips: you can perform bulk operations to move existing markers into a group in one operation.

2/ If you want to organize your groups, use the Group > Reorder groups… command from the main toolbar. Use the different buttons to find the order you need for your map. You can click on the Title column header to reorder all items in alphabetical order.

Reorder groups