To the right side of the map in the Maps Tab, you will find an information box with 5 tabs, each of which provide tools to help you find specific information regarding the map that you are viewing. In the following sections, we will walk through each of these 5 categories and provide an overview of the features and information available to you in each.
The About This Map pane provides a description of the map (if available), the author, who likes the map, and other general information.
More Views of This Map
In addition to the default view of the map, alternate views can be defined and saved. The More Views of This Map section provides a listing of alternate views for the current map. Clicking on the link for one of the views will pan and zoom the map to the settings established for that view.
The About section provides a brief description of the map. This is the same description that was given by the map's creator when the map was made.
The map's keywords provide an alternate description of what the map is about. Providing accurate and descriptive keywords when the map is made really makes it easier for people find your map.
In the overlays section, you will see a list of additional overlays (if any exist) that are attached to this map. Simply check the boxes to the left of those overlays you wish to view. You may also find more information about overlays in our documentation section for the Creator Tab.
You can use this tool to quickly locate items or locations on the map you are viewing.
- Places are any location you can think of on the planet. The key to a successful location search is to provide enough information to uniquely identify a place. You might search for things such as
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DCor even something as simple as
LA. If you decide to do a search with little information (such as the search for
LA, which takes you to Louisiana and not Los Angeles) be aware that the result you get may not be what you had in mind. For best results, be specific! Note: searching for places will take you directly to the most likely result on the map, no results will be listed.
- Look for
- "Look for" searches the current map and all layers attached to the map for items matching your query. Note that substrings are not matched. For instance, if you have an item on your map titled
Monsters!, it will match a search for
- By default, results matching any item on the map or a layer attached to the map will be returned. However, you are able to customize the search results.
- Visible Items
- Filtering by visible items will return only those items appearing in the viewing area of the map. If an item is within the viewing area, but is on a layer that is not currently visible, that item will be omitted from the list of results.
- All items
- This enables the listing of all results regardless of visibility on the map or reported status.
- Below the search dialog you will find a drop-down list that allows you to change the order in which your search results are listed. Changing the order of results does not affect the results themselves, but only the ordering of the results.
- best match - Sorts results with items matching more keywords near the top of the list and items matching fewer keywords near the bottom.
- created (newest) - Items created most recently will appear at the top of the list.
- created (oldest) - Items created the longest ago appear at the top of the list.
- modified (newest) - Items modified most recently appear at the top of the list.
- modified (oldest) - Items not modified recently will appear first, with older items preceding newer ones.
- title (A-Z) - Sort items in alphabetical order.
- title (Z-A) - Sort items in reverse-alphabetical order.
- user (oldest) - Items sorted based on the account creation date of their owner. Items from users with accounts created longer ago listed first.
- user (newest) - Items added by users with most recently created accounts will be listed first.
- layer (newest) - Items placed on the most recently created layer will be listed first.
- layer (oldest) - Items on the oldest layer (layer created longest time ago) will be listed first.
- latitude (northmost) - Items will be sorted in decreasing order as latitudes decrease from 90 to -90.
- latitude (southmost) - Items will be sorted in increasing order as latitudes increase from -90 to 90.
- longitude (westmost) - Items will be sorted in increasing order as longitudes increase from -180 to 180.
- longitude (eastmost) - Items will be sorted in decreasing order as longitudes decrease from 180 to -180.
The comments section allows you to view comments for the map you are currently viewing, or comments for the all of the maps made by the author of the current map.
The timeline provides a quick overview of activity on the map. New map items are listed first, with older items listed after. For each item, the last date it was modified is listed and a link that opens the item on the map is given. Clicking on the link causes the map item to open for viewing.
When the timeline listing becomes quite large, it will automatically become Paged, meaning that the results will show up on Pages, with a fixed number of results per page (50 in this case) and an arrow button to switch between Pages. You may also be able to quickly jump to a page by clicking on its page number (if listed).