When you visit a map through your SmartPhone, you should see an “Add” button on the header bar for your map:
Press the Add button and you’ll get a form to enter your marker information, i.e., name, location, description and color.
To use the current location, press the button titled “Use Current Location”.
If you do not have the location address, and do not wish to use the current location, ZeeMaps allows you to search for locations. Just fill the name field and hit submit. For example, to search for McDonalds I entered “McDonalds” in the name field, entered my description, picked a marker color, and hit Submit.
ZeeMaps lists a few McDonalds, but none of them are close to our location (Sunnyvale, CA):
So, change the search from “McDonalds” to “McDonalds, Sunnyvale, CA”. Now it lists McDonalds in Sunnyvale, CA, and you can select one to add to the map.
Later, if you want to delete that marker, click on it to get its details, including a “Delete” button.
Suppose you want to add different colored markers, based on a certain column in your spreadsheet, e.g., to distinguish Hospitals and Clinics.
Add a column called “Category” to your spreadsheet, and then enter values such as “Hospital” and “Clinic” in the relevant cells.
ZeeMaps will automatically assign a different color to each category.
If you want to specify the color yourself, then before you upload the spreadsheet, add a legend using the Map -> Legend menu item. Specify the legend values “Hospital” and “Clinic” for the appropriate colors.
The matching is case-sensitive, so make sure that your legend values and category values are exactly the same.
To delete a legend value, empty the legend value in the Map -> Legend dialog and hit submit.
If you want to color markers differently, but not necessarily have a legend, then you can also use color names like blue, green, yellow, etc., in your spreadsheet cells. For a complete list of colors, see the menu item Map -> Marker Icons on your map.
ZeeMaps enforces an upload limit for uploading geographical location data through spreadsheets. The upload limit is such that after a spreadsheet upload, the number of entries on your map cannot exceed your upload limit.
Until recently, our Basic (free) plan allowed up to 500 entries to be uploaded per map. Starting today, due to increased operational costs, the upload limit for Basic plan will be set to 100.
This limit does not apply if your data already contains location information (latitude, longitude), or if you add markers one by one (e.g., through crowd source).
Please let us know if you need some time to adjust to this change.
Sometimes map markers (pins) can get cluttered on the map if they are too close to each other. Other times markers can overlap, causing just the top one to be visible.
We’ve added the ability to “Displace Markers”, that allows you to un-clutter close or overlapping markers.
To displace a marker, click on the marker to show the information bubble. Then, click on the first icon to the right bottom of the information bubble. (You must be admin, or have added the marker, to see the icons on the right bottom of the information bubble.)
A small window with the buttons “Done” and “Cancel” will appear, and you’ll be able to drag-and-drop the marker to a displaced location. A thin black pointer will point to the original location of the marker, so you know the actual geo-position.
After dragging-and-dropping the marker to a displaced location, if you click on the “Done” button, the marker will be displaced both in the interactive version of the map, and the static images. If you click on the “Cancel” button, the marker will be re-positioned at its original location.
In the above map, we had two overlapping markers. We displaced the top one, to get the following map: