The Map & Data Box – An Instructional Blog

When new business map users of MapBusinessOnline first open up the tool, they notice a light blue box off to the left called Map & Data (M&D).  You’ll see that Map & Data shows a list of Map Layers with checkboxes.  Map & Data is a critically important tool to MapBusinessOnline users. M&D allows MapBusinessOnline users to do the following:

  • Turn off and on the various data layers you plan to use in your business map. Check on and off your imported business datasets or included administrative districts, and even your background map
  • Control the transparency of shaded geographic layers, territories, and areas of interest
  • Tweak the boundary color and thickness options, turn off internal boundaries
  • Adjust the labeling of geographic layers and imported business data layers
  • Choose from a variety of background base map layers – Streets, Satellite, and Topographic layers
  • Filter the map view by state or groups of states
  • Control sales territory options for transparency and overlap
  • Choose the zip code format your map will apply moving forward
  • Apply Calculated Data Columns, used to combine like demographic categories
  • Misc. map adjustments like – Legend updates, Map Title, Miles vs. KMs

Where Did it Go?

Map & Data can be turned off easily by clicking the ‘X” in the upper right-hand corner. To turn it back on find the blue arrow tab on the Left side and middle of your map screen and click it open.

Map&Data

Map & Data opened up

Map & Data Editing Access

MapBusinessOnline users access layer editing functions in Map & Data by either clicking the Edit Gear on the M&D tool bar, or by hovering over a given layer and clicking the Edit Gear that pops up. By using the overall M&D toolbar and clicking its Edit Gear the user opens a panel view with background options and the Filter by State tool, the Map Title control, the Map Legend control, and the Delete Draw Layer control. The user can also convert miles to kilometers here.

From this high level control panel access individual layer controls by choosing the “Map & Data” tab along the top. Place your cursor in the light blue areas to edit specific geographic layers like ZIP codes. The geographic layer must be checked on to enable layer editing.

You could forgo the selection of the overall toolbar for Map &Data and instead hover over any geographic or imported dataset until the Edit Gear pops up. Click that edit Gear and enter the editing functions for the dataset you choose.

Either way, once you are in the data layer of choice, you can select which Tab to edit – General or Labels, they are noted in vertical text along the right side.

The General Tab enables map layer outline adjustments for thickness and color. It also presents transparency controls. You can also color code your layer objects here – such as counties. General also offers the Calculated Data Columns option for combining demographic data layers.

The Labels Tab enables the ability to manage layer labels.  We define the various layer labels like this:

  • Auto label – That’s the state, zip code or county name label.
  • Custom label – That’s the label that pops up when you hover over a state, zip code or county
  • Territory label – That’s labels associated with territories based on state, zip code or county

On of the coolest things you can do in MapBusinessOnline is append data to a label. Try it. Add demographic data or data you imported to a label. It’s a great way to present key data to your map viewers.

Territory Options

When you click the Map & Data overall toolbar Edit Gear you’ll also see Territory Options in the panel control view. Here you can set territory transparency and turn on the intersection or overlap tool. The ability to allow and identify territory overlap is extremely helpful in a sales territory mapping program. And you’ll see that you can control the color of the overlap by clicking into the associated color box.

ZIP Code Setup

Also noted included in the Edit Panel view tabs, all the way to the right, is the Zip Code tab. Click here to reset the origin and capabilities of your ZIP code layer.

MapBusinessOnline comes with Census ZCTA ZIPs turned on. For greater flexibility in generating ZIP code territories try USPS ZIP codes with fillers. This will allow your territories blend in with national park areas. You’ll see explanations of the various zip code layer options listed there as well. An interactive ZIP code map like MapBusinessOnline is a great way to display and analyze business details.

Experiment

Jump right in to MapBusinessOnline and create  some maps using various aspects of the Map & Data box controls as well as the Master Toolbar. This is a great way to learn how MapBusinessOnline can help you use business mapping software to support your business.

Please access MapBusinessOnline via the downloadable Map App: https://www.mapbusinessonline.com/Apps.aspx

The Map App install is fast and easy. The App is a cloud-based service, once you’ve logged-in you’ll have access to all of your previously saved maps and data. The Map App is a better user experience and provides access to more features than the Web App. The Flash-based Web App is still available through this link https://www.mapbusinessonline.com/Map.aspx  until December 15, 2020.

The Map App includes the new Map Viewer app for non-subscriber map sharing.

Find out why over 25,000 business users log into www.MapBusinessOnline.com

Contact: Geoffrey Ives geoffives@spatialteq.com (800) 425-9035, (207) 939-6866

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