Places Upgrade

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The Places tool has some new features ready for Beta! This comes with the ability to add multiple layers and boundaries to your map, improved look and feel for both the admin and the participant side and reporting improvements. Detailed below are the new features ready for trial, contact our support team to get these features enabled for your site.

Admin Upgrades

  • Default location for new maps will now be set to the location of the admin browser. If the admin has turned off browser location settings, the map will be set to the capital city of their country. This not only helps admins to find their location more quickly, but is also more sensitive to the context of each user.
  • Admins now have the flexibility to select only the required information, from theShapefile or KML file, that they want to show on the pin. Participants will be able to see that information when clicking a pin on the map. To do this, select ‘Shapefile‘ option (This applies to KML files too) in GIS format, after selecting the Map Style. Upload your shapefile.

Once the file is uploaded it will be visible on the map, click the Properties black button on the map to select the options you would like to be displayed on the pins.

  • New support for the creation of Lines and Points in addition to Polygons. To draw your own shape, first select the “Custom (Draw in eHQ)” option in the GIS formatafter selecting the Map Style.

This will open the option to create a polygon, line or point as shown below:

Drawing polygons is the same as before as in the Places tool. An example of drawing a line is shown below:

For Point shapes drawn in the custom layer, properties can be added. This will enable admins to add data associated with that point in the properties dialog, just like how you can for Shape and KML files. This is not present for lines and polygons drawn in the custom layer. To see the Properties dialog box as shown below first create the Point shape and Save & Close and then open the layer for editing.

  • A “Layer Styles” black button is provided for the options to change the color of the layer, opacity and border line width.
  • You can add multiple polygons, lines and points in the map, each with it’s own settings. Options to hide or delete each of the layer is provided. Click on the Settings icon to edit the layer. Remember to click the Save & Close button for the layer before proceeding to the next layer, OR click Cancel to forgo the changes and move.
  • You can re-order the layers by dragging and dropping, the impacts are shown on the map immediately. Note that the layers are numbered. The number on the layer says which level each layer is on top of the map. So the layer that is marked as “1” is the first layer on the map and subsequent layers are stacked on top.
  • A ‘Search’ field when looking through icon list to make finding appropriate icons easier.
  • Thumbnail previews are provided for the different map styles to make selecting the right map easier.
  • Reporting enhancements. The Places tool report in the Ananlytics > Reportssection has been enhanced to provide new sections on Map Insights, Contribution Summary (the number of pins placed and the user types) and the Contribution Details, including any survey question responses on the pin.
  • In the Map Insights sections, use the image icon to download the map. You will have an option to choose between a jpg and png format for the image.

There is also a filter icon available for filtering on the required pins only.

  • In reports, the pins will now have a unique id, called a ‘Marker Id’ to enable unique identification of a pin. This also means that each pin has a unique URL. To get the URL just click on the pin (which will bring it to focus on the map) and then copy the browser displayed URL to share this unique pin. In the example below the URL is – https:// When a user clicks on the URL, the map will open with marker id pin 45174 in focus.

Participant Upgrades

The participant side interface has a new look as shown and described below:

  • Display of the site logo on the map page to retain client branding throughout the whole site as shown above.
  • Updated interface for displaying your Tool information.
  • Updated interface for adding pins
  • Updated interface for filtering pins
  • New interface that allows users to view all the activity that has happened on the tool.

NOTE – Clicking on the ‘View’ link will show further details of the pin added and brings that pin to the center of the map.

  • When a participant clicks on a pin, it now ‘grows bigger’ to differentiate it from other pins on the map. Participants can also get the unique URL of the pin, same as on the admin side.
  • Improved mobile experience including the updated interface and image upload experience.
  • Improved search function for participants.

Read the detailed article on how the participant side of this tool functions in our article on Understanding the participant view of Places.

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