You’ve made the perfect map; data layers are customized, map is zoomed to your location, and data points have been added and filter. Now you want to share this wonderful map with others. The icons on the top left of the map will allow you to save and share your maps. All printed maps, tables, and reports will store a copy in your My Saved Work, allowing you to log into your account at any time and download a copy or reopen a saved copy.
Email – this feature will give users to ability to quickly share an interactive map to any user. Selecting the icon will open a window which you can enter an email address or multiple email addresses and a quick message.
The recipient will receive an email with a unique URL. The URL will take them to the exact map that was shared; zoomed to the same location, data layers and/or points added, and any filters placed.
There are some limitations to the Email feature, mainly users cannot email maps with subscription datasets or features overlaid. Luckily, over 80% of the data on PolicyMap can be shared and only a few map features are not sharable.
Print – the print feature allows a user to download a map to save offline. Printed maps can then be used in an electronic document like a Word or PowerPoint file or simply printed out to have a hard copy. Selecting the icon will open a window with some options for your printout.
- Filename – Change the name of the file that is downloaded.
- Text size – Increase the font size of the map title, data description, and legend text.
- Landscape or Portrait – Select to have your map display as a vertical or horizontal map.
- PDF or PNG – Each format offers a different use but all can be used in an electronic document like Word or PowerPoint. PNGs are graphic files which offer more customization options like re-sizing, cropping, or scaling.
- Title- This will allow you to edit the Map Title, or you can remove the Map Title completely from the exported map.
- Include Legend(s) – Remove the legend (or legends) from the exported map.
- Data Layer description – This will allow you to edit the data description, or you can remove the description completely from the exported map.
- Cu out selected location(s) – This will give you the ability to export a map which will only shade in the area of their location; sometimes called “island printing”. Learn more about how Shading works here.
- Add print margins – This will add a 1/2 inch margin around the map area.
After you have selected the Export button, the file will download directly onto your computer through the browser.
Save – saving a map will save the location, data layer, and any point data added. You can customize the name by selecting “change name”, or opt for the default map name. All saved maps will be available to retrieve in My Saved Work.
Embed – Embed Maps are interactive maps that can be placed on a website, allowing your visitors pan and zoom around the map and click onto locations and points to see more information. Embed Maps are delivered as an “iframe code” so the HTML for an embedded map could look like this;
<iframe src=”/embedmap_dyn?lqid=226437″ named=”embeddedmap” scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ frameborder=”0″ width=”1024″ height=”500″ >Click here to interact with map.</iframe>
<div style=”font:13px arial,geneva,helvetica,sans-serif”>Data mapped by <a style=”text-decoration:underline” target=”_blank” href=”/”>PolicyMap</a>, an online GIS mapping tool.</div></div>
And the interactive map would then appear like this on your website (click onto an area on the map or pan around);
If you have the ability to publish on your website, simply add the iframe code generated in PolicyMap, publish, and now you have a fully interactive and informative map.
How to use the Embed Map tool
- Setup the map, just like you would setup to print a map;
- – Use the search bar to zoom to a location
- – Add a data layer and data points
- – Customize the data using the legend; edits ranges, change colors, or filter points
- – Add or remove map boundaries
- Select the Embed icon in the upper right corner
- A window will appear which will give users some options for the map;
- – Set the dimensions to the map area. This should be based on the available area the map will display on
- – Select to include a Map Title. This will display the data layer title and also the “details” button that contains a lengthier description of the data layer
- – Select to include a Legend. For Data Layers, this will show the data provider and ranges for each color. For Data Points, this will display the icon for the dataset as well as any filters or color codes
- Select Embed and the iframe code will appear. Copy the code and paste it onto your website
Finally, the upcoming “download” feature on the Maps page will allow our users to download data displayed on the map into and excel/spreadsheet format.
Tables and 3-Layer Maps offer some options to download data now, with See Values for data layers and See List for data points in Tables and Download Places and Download Points for 3-Layer Maps, respectively.
The ability to Print and Save is universal throughout the PolicyMap tool. Users can print and save Tables, Reports, and 3-Layer Maps. The ability to Email and Embed are unique to the Maps page for now.
To read a full guide on all features on PolicyMap, please look at our Primer available here