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Major improvements in mapping data

Written by Jason on September 19, 2012

We're pleased to introduce a number of new mapping capabilities that dramatically enhance both functionality and "curb appeal". If you ask us, the functionality improvement is as big a jump as from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0.

We'll detail all of the changes in a moment, but to start, let's just take a look at the "before" and "after" screenshots:

Screenshot of an old-style map with markers

Screenshot of a next-generation map with custom markers and clustering

The map enhancements include:

  • Improving the display for large numbers of points with optional clustering (as shown above)
  • Accelerating the drawing speed with large numbers of points by up to 100x (using clustering)
  • Enabling custom icons for each and every single point (we kept it simple above and used different-colored pins)
  • Geolocating and zooming for the user
  • Setting the tooltip message (when a user hovers over a point) separately from the contents of the information window (when a user clicks on a point)
  • Providing style options for the information windows
  • Customizing which user controls are shown (e.g., street view, scale, map vs. satellite)

These enhancements apply to maps that use Latitude/Longitude coordinate pairs as well as those that use street addresses.

Tags: charts, features

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