Viewing Map

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On this page we will take a look at the map that you see when you are in viewing mode. Viewing map.png

  1. This setting limits which items are displayed on the map. By default, it is set to display all items added in the last ∞ days, which shows every item ever added. Clicking on this button will display the following across the top of the map:

    To select a different date range, just click on the corresponding link.

  2. This setting limits the number of items shown on the map. By default, 50 items are shown. Clicking on the button will display the following across the top of the map:

    To select a different limit, simply click on the corresponding link. Note that the items will still be available for viewing, but will be paged with only the specified number of items shown per page. For more information about paging, you can read about the <a href="#paging">paging controls</a> below.

  3. The 5 arrow buttons in the upper left corner of the map provide a way to pan the map. Clicking on the left area pans the map to the left, clicking the down arrow pans it down, etc. Note that you can also pan the map by clicking on it and dragging it with your mouse also. The button in the center returns the map to a zoomed-out view that shows the whole world on the map. Below the arrow buttons you will see a vertical slider bar for controlling the zoom level you are viewing the map at. To zoom in closer, drag the slider up with your mouse or click on the + button above the slider. To zoom out, drag the slider down with your mouse or click the - button. Note that if your mouse has a scroll wheel, you can achieve the same effect by scrolling the scroll wheel. Scrolling forward zooms in and scrolling backwards zooms out.

  4. Because the MapWith.Us suite of tools is based on the Google Maps API, all of our maps carry the Google logo in the lower left corner. As a side note: the provider of the map imagery is usually credited in the lower right corner of our maps.

  5. This is a clustered map item. Clustering basically takes several map items from the same are and clusters them together. Note that the icon is red. This means that the cluster has items in it that have recently been added to the map. The blue cluster icons work the same way, but contain content that is a little older.

  6. Clicking on this icon will show the following form:
    Filling out the form with the email address(es) of your friend(s) will send an email containing a link to the map and stating that you wanted to share the map with them. Email addresses entered into this form will never be used for any other purpose.

  7. Clicking on this icon will cause the following to be displayed:

    To use the link, simply copy the address and paste it wherever you would like to share the map. This could be a blog entry, an email, or even for sharing over your instant messaging client.

  8. This icon provides a link to an RSS feed for the map. You can use this feed anywhere that supports RSS feeds. If you don't have a use for an RSS feed, you can still click on the link to get a quick overview of what has been added to the map recently.

  9. These are the paging controls that allow you to select which page of items you are looking at. It displays which page you are currently viewing and the total number of pages. To move to the next page, click the arrow on the right and to move to the previous page, click the arrow on the left.

  10. Clicking this icon will print a printer-friendly version of the current map. Be sure to preview before you print, The map will be cropped horizontally so that the information in the pane on the right of the map fits on the paper next to the map.

  11. Occasionally things end up on maps that shouldn't be there. This button is for reporting abuse. Abuse includes: spam, or explicit, derogatory, offensive, or erroneous material. Help us keep the site enjoyable for everybody by reporting abuse when you see it. We take the quality of our users' experience seriously and will do our best to look into your report as quickly as we can.

  12. This is a single map item using an uploaded photo as the icon. For more information about icon settings, look at our documentation on <a href="/help/creator/tools#iconsettings">Title and icon settings</a>

  13. This control changes the opacity of the titles of map items (if the title is being displayed). A lower value makes the title more translucent and a higher value makes it harder to see through. The default level is 75%

  14. This dropdown menu allows you to choose the type of your map. Currently you have 4 choices: Map, Satellite, Hybrid, and Terrain. We will briefly describe each:
    1. Map
      The map type is the default setting. It shows a rather plain view of the earth with labels on countries, states, major cities, roads, etc.
    2. Satellite
      The satellite type of map shows Earth as it appears from outer space. There are not any labels on maps of this type.
    3. Hybrid
      The hybrid map mixes the regular map and the satellite map together by using the satellite imagery but also having labels on countries, states, oceans, etc. much like the standard map does.
    4. Terrain
      The terrain map displays a terrain map based on terrain information. Major cities, countries, and states are labelled on terrain maps, but often don't appear until you zoom in to a closer zoom level.