Quick Start Guide
Quick Start
Maps
Creating a Map
Using the Map Wizard
Publishing a Map
Deleting a Map
The Map Screen
Reading the map
Shading
Visible Area
Style
Borders
Labels
Background
Colours
Data Sets
Uploading
Format
Summary Formats
Area
District
Sector
Record Level
Sharing
Deleting
Level Conversion
Mapping PayPal Data
Postcodes

If you are in a hurry and want to learn how to create a map quickly then this section is for you.

View the sample data
View the sample data

On the home page, select the sample data. Click on the map summary that says 'At post code sector level'.

Choose the first style
Choose the first style

Click on the first coloured sample template. This will take you to the map screen.

You are now on the map screen
You are now on the map screen

This contains all options for customising a map.

The menu bar on the left has tabs for changing the visible area, shading, style, borders and labels.

Choose the area
Choose the area

Locate London on the map and click on it.

Each time you click on it, the map will zoom in.

Just above the map you will see the area currently being viewed. Stop clicking on the map when the London appears at the end of the area path.

Clip the selected area
Clip the selected area

Above the map and below its title, there is a checkbox called 'Clip to selected area'. If you tick this checkbox then the map will only show data for the selected area.

Toggle the background map
Toggle the background map

Below the map is a checkbox called 'Background Map'. Deselect this checkbox and the background map image is hidden.

Select it again and the map is shown.

Change the Labels

Click on the 'Labels' tab.

Change the Labels

Label Options will appear.

Change the Labels

Reduce the visibility of the Postcode District labels by setting the visibility slider to 10%.

Click on the 'Display' dropdown of 'Postal Area' and select 'Code'.

Update the map

Change the Labels

You will notice that the Postal Areas now show a code such as SW instead of the longer label 'London (SW)', or HG instead of Harrogate.

Change the Borders
Change the Borders

Click on the 'Borders' tab.

Border Options will appear.

Change the Borders

Increase the visibility of the Postcode Area border by setting the visibility slider to 50%.

Set the thickness to 3

Change the Borders

Update the map

Save the map

Click on the Title at the top

Save the map

You can now edit the title

Save the map

type 'My First Map' over the existing selection.

Save the map

Hit return or click away from the title.

Save the map
Save the map

Click the save button

The map will now be available in the Maps screen (under 'Your Maps'). If you click on the thumbnail on that screen then you will return to the Map screen with the exact settings that you have just saved.

Change the Shading
Change the Shading

Click the Shading button

Change the Shading

Change the number of segments to 10.

Change 'Segment Size' to 'Enter a value' then type 100 in the text box.

Make the low colour a darker shade of green.

Set the legend position to be inside the map.

Change the Shading

Update the map

Notice how the legend is now inside the map and the segments are all a nice round number of 100 in size.

Export the map
Export the map

Click on 'Export Image' in the top left corner menu'

Choose either to open the image or save to disk.

This image is a higher resolution than the one in the map screen. Therefore we recommend using export rather than right clicking and copying the image direct from the map screen.

Now try uploading your own data

Now that you know how to create and customise a map, why not create one based on your own data. Please see our section on data format before you create a file to upload.