Happy New Year

Welcome to 2015.  We are excited about some great features we plan to roll out in 2015 including custom images, more samples, video tutorials, exporting the map to pdf and image, and the list goes on.  We rolled out some great features in 2014 and added a couple basic tools.

One of ours goals is to make mapping as easy as possible for some great custom maps.

We appreciate all the feedback that was provided.  Also a big kudos to one user who found a lot of bugs!

Keep on mapping!

The EasyMapMaker team.

Happy 1 year anniversary!

A year ago today we launched EasyMapMaker to allow for complex google maps to be made from excel (and spreadsheet) data. It’s been a great year, and we appreciate all the feedback and bugs that we have been notified about so they could be squashed. One of our goals is to be the best, free, and easiest to use map making tool on the internet. We plan to introduce more features and better documentation and tutorials to meet our goal.

Some of great features we have added through the first year:

  • Data exporting
  • nearby filter
  • directions
  • mobile and tablet locator (seeing your location on mobile like devices)
  • kml export
  • css override
  • custom image logo
  • other user requested features.

We also added some basic documentation and added a FAQ for some of the common questions that have been asked.

We always appreciate the feedback.

As usual, keep on mapping,

The EasyMapMaker Team

Map pin labels, mouse overs, css overrides

We just released some great updates and more bug fixes.  One change includes css overrides.  To take advantage of this great feature, add ?css=<encoded_url_to_css_file> to the map url.  Here is an example with a modified description font: http://www.easymapmaker.com/map/58890adb2af63457f31769e607d7501f?css=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.easymapmaker.com%2Fsamples%2Fsample.css

A label can now be added to the map pin.  The default color is the same color as the pin.  Map pin labels help to clearly identify distinct data on the map.  Pin labels can be used to show numbers, zip codes, prices, names, or any other information that needs to stand out right away to allow a map to reveal more information.

Another great feature is showing the title on a pin mouse over.  There were some font changes, which may not be such a good thing in this case.  A ‘big’ bug fix was the unnecessary scrolling for the marker information window that pops up.

A new tool was also added to support url encoding.  Please check out: http://www.easymapmaker.com/tools/url-encoder.html

More updates to come.

As usual, keep on mapping.

The EasyMapMaker Team

 

Store locator, distance filter, and more fixes

We are pleased to announced more great improvements to easymapmaker.com.  Data can now be filtered based on location and distance with up to 999 km or miles from any location.  This allows for any map to be used a store locator (the search box can also be used to find the nearest location).  This is only available on our advanced maps.  To enable this feature, be sure to check the directions check box.  When the map renders, there is a more options image in the top left corner that will allow a left panel to be displayed.  When results are displayed below the page, the distance can be displayed next to the listings and results are sorted in order by distanced.   Another change was made to our filters.  The dynamic feature can be turned off so the list of available items to filter on remains static.  This was how easymapmaker.com was initially designed, but we wanted to also allow excel like filters.

In addition, we made some fixes to issues with Internet Explorer.   There are likely other issues, but we tried to get the low hanging fruit.  Other bug fixes include adding more locations to the edit page.

We have plenty of more great features in the pipeline and plan to offer some tutorials and more information on how to use our service, as well as to make it even easier.  We know this will be a challenge.

The EasyMapMaker Team.

P.S. Get Mapping!

Easier map editing, dynamic filters

As we try to continue to improve our service, we try to fix bugs and add new features in a timely manner.  Unfortunately it was a few months since we got to some great updates and fixes.

Some of the bug fixes include map editing.  Now all the data from the modified spreadsheet can be pasted and the original geo-coded address will automatically map to addresses that have not changed.  This is a great feature to geo-code 250 items at a time and add up to 2,500 item to the map per day.  There were also issues with removing pins from the map and always generating the KML.  Now KML is optional.  In addition there is an option to allow the mouse wheel to resize the map.

The filters, which can be set on the advanced maps, have been modified to be dynamic and the available filters should change based on the available data as other filters are selected.  This will allow filters to behave similar to filters in excel (all on your own custom google map).

Finally, some information pages have been built to help explain some of the features included in our service.  We have some great things planned including easier map management, tutorials, a FAQ, and more great support to map your data easier.

The EasyMapMaker team

Embedded Maps, KML generator (for google earth)

Unfortunately, there were some bug and features we didn’t get to.  Our latest release includes an updated email with KML for Google Earth and embedded map support to host maps on your site.  The map alias feature has improved as well.  After saving the map, an alias can be set for it.  Previously this could only be done in the edit page.  The original url will work, along with the alias.  There was also an issue of not clearing out aliases when maps were removed.  This should be fixed as well.

To embed a map to a webpage, simply put it in an iframe with the your as your map url, set the height and width to some desired values and your map should be sized correctly.

The KML for google earth should get automatically generated from your data.  This allows EasyMapMaker to be a great tool to convert data into KML and you can see the data differently as well.

The EasyMapMaker Team

Map limitations

We were recently made aware that only 250 addresses can be geo-coded (converted into latitude and longitude coordinates) with a reasonable speed at one time with the google free api.  One possible work around for this is to copy the data from the table/text area and refresh the page after geo-coding stops.  Another solution is to go to the edit page and paste the spreadsheet data so another 250 items get added.  Currently maps are limited to 2500 geo-coded addresses per day per user ip address.  We are looking at getting a business license, so these restrictions will go away.  The number of points on a map is limited to 100,000 but most browsers have issues trying to display this many points at one time, so we recommend using clustering.

Enjoy mapping,
The EasyMapMaker Team.

Official Release of our Mapping Solution

We are pleased to announced the official release of the beta version of EasyMapMaker.  Our mapping software allows almost anyone to take spreadsheet or other excel like data and make a custom map.  The software was designed based on potential needs of real estate agents with the ability to filter data based on certain criteria.  Our mapping software allows for the creation of maps on a computer and visibility on other devices such as smart phones and tables.  We plan to improve our documentation, demos, features, map performance, and other things users want.

In addition to mobile maps, we offer clustering, searching, filtering, categorization, detailed descriptions of the markers along with the ability to hide or show data (in our advanced maps solution), on map directions, clustering of dense markers, and the option to show data on the page.  In addition to bug fixes, we have some great plans in the future, such as kml export support, route planning and batch directions, and many other things that should make for some amazing location based displayed.

We hope to offer our free map creation and hosting solution as a great alternative to many of the more expensive offerings.