After creating a map, the map editor is where you will create, edit, and maintain all the maps for your event. They can show anything from a google maps view of your venue, to a ballroom layout with the locations of specific vendors and artists laid out so you and your attendees can find them easily. The map editor is divided into seven sections on the left side of your screen: Information, Background, Booths, Sections, Icons, Pictures, and Texts. Along the top of the map window, there is also a File Menu.
FILE MENU, AND GRIDLINES
These menus stay at the top of the map editor and give you multiple options to help you in the creating and sharing of your maps. In the file menu there are six options: Share, Keyboard shortcuts, Preview map, Print, Previous map version, and Exit.
- Share allows you to copy the direct link of the map as well as ways to share it on multiple social media platforms.
- Keyboard shortcuts opens a list of keyboard shortcuts that you can use to modify your map instead of just using the mouse.
- Preview map opens the map in new window (will not work until your map is live)
- Print allows you to print out your map, with multiple options of what to show.
- Previous map version will reload an older version of the map
- Exit will exit you out of the map editor
You can also create grid lines on your map to make sure things are the right distance from each other and in the correct place on the map.
To place a vertical grid line
- Place your mouse cursor over the ruler on the left side of the screen, click and hold the left mouse button
- Drag to the right onto the map.
- Simply let go of your mouse button to place it.
- To remove a vertical gridline, simply click and hold, and drag it off the left side of the map.
To place a horizontal grid line
- Place your mouse cursor over the ruler on the top of the map
- Click and hold, then drag down.
- To remove a horizontal gridline, click and drag it off the top of the map.
The Information section is where you will put in the basic information for your map. This is where you will make a name and description of the map, and if you want it to have public or private visibility. If you make a map public, it will place a link on your event page to this map. If you mark it as private, it will not place a link to this map on your event page. You will have to give the map link to anyone who needs to be able to see this map.
BACKGROUND & SCALING
The background section is where you will determine what background you want your map to have. It can be a solid color, an uploaded image (for example, a top-down view of the ballroom your main events will take place in, or a google map image. You cannot choose multiple options here. Switching to a different background type will override any previous selection.
- Click on which color you would like, and the background will change to that solid color.
- You can also use the color palette button to create your own color option.
- Click save.
Uploading a Picture
- Click on the upload button.
- Navigate to your photo on your computer, then click open.
- Click save.
Using a Google Map
- Click on the google map section.
- Type in the address to center the map on your location.
- Zoom in or out as needed.
- Click save.
Once you have set your background, you can also choose the scale of the map. You can scale the size of the full image or base it off of a portion of the map that you know is a certain size.
- Under the background size header, choose either the full image or image portion option.
- To scale on the full image, simply type in the width and height of the image, and use the drop down to select pixels, feet, or meters.
Using an Image Portion
- Select the option under the background size section.
- Draw a line on the part of the portion that you know the scale of.
- Enter the length of the line in the background size section, and choose pixels, feet, or meters.
- Click save, and the rest of your map will adjust accordingly.