Step 1 – Login to Save your Work
Make sure you sign-in prior to starting your map, otherwise, your progress will not be saved. Use the button with the three lines (A) to open the sign-in menu. If you are new to EQUATOR, use the “Sign Up” button (B) to create an account. If you are already a user, use the “Sign In” button (C) to login.
Step 2 – Search for a Location
Search for your location using the search bar in the upper left corner. Once you have typed in a location, hit enter to bring up a list of search results. Select the location you are interested in viewing from the list. Once you do so, your view will zoom into that place.
Step 3 – Move Around the Map
Zoom into your location of interest using the mouse buttons and scroll wheel. You can zoom in and out using the scroll wheel. If you want to zoom in and out more quickly, hold down the scroll wheel and move the mouse up or down. To rotate the map and view 3D topography, hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse.
Step 4 – Search for Layers
You can use the search box at the top of the list to search for layers or locations. Here, we are searching for a layer with the key word “roads” in it’s description. As you can see, after hitting enter, a number of locations and layers have appeared with this word in the description. Scroll through the list to find the layer of data you are looking for.
Step 5 – Adding Layers to the Map, Downloading Data
Once you click on the layer you are interested in, you will arrive at this screen. All of the information contained in Box A is provided by the data owner. Here we can read a description of the layer, which tells us we are looking at road segments compiled from the Town’s digital record drawings. If we want to return to the search and list of layers, we can click the back arrow in the top left.
Box B shows us information about when the data layer was created, as well as when it was last updated. There are two buttons at the bottom of the panel: “Source” and “Add.” By clicking on “Source”, you will be directed to the page where the layer was sourced from. From there, you have the option to download the data in various formats. If you would like to add this data to the map, simply click on “Add” (you may have to click “Add” twice).
Box C includes a button that allows you to turn the map into HD mode. In HD mode, the data layers will appear more clear and crisp.
The first time you load a layer, it will have a random color assigned to it. Sometimes, the color blends in with the map imagery. You can toggle the imagery (base layer) on and off using the green button shown in Box D. This feature will help you check to see if the layer has loaded. Box D also allows you to change the base layer to different options (e.g. with labels, imagery, no imagery, etc.).
Step 6 – The Layer List
Click on the “Layers” button (A) to bring up the layers menu. From this menu, you can change layer formatting (color, line thickness, etc.), add your own markup, and change the order of layers. If you have loaded multiple layers, you can change the order that layers appear on the map by dragging them above or below other layers in the layer list (B).
If you would like to turn layers on and off, use the eye icon on the right side of the layer name to do so (C).
To format a layer, click on the layer name in the layer list (B)
Step 7 – Layer Formatting
From the layer list, click on the layer name (refer to step 6) to open the layer formatting menu. From this menu, you have two main options: (A) change the color (including transparency) and (B) change the line width. For layers of data that include polygons, you will have the option to adjust the fill color and outline color independently. Click on the color menu (A) and then go to step 8.
Step 8 – Changing Layer Color
You can change the color and transparency of your layer using sliders (A), (B), and (C). If you want to get more precise, you can use specific color codes in HEX, RGB, or HSL (D). Note: if you have added transparency, the option to add a HEX color code will not appear.
Step 9 – Making a Map, Working with Project Folders
Click on the “Projects” button (A) to bring up the projects menu. This is where, when you are logged in, all of your work is saved in folders. Right now, we are working in a project called “New Project.” If you want to create a new folder, click on the “Add Project” button in Box B.
To create and format a map for export, click on the “Add Report” button in Box B.
Step 10 – Create your Own Template
Once you have clicked on “Add Report,” you will arrive on this screen. Here, you have the option to chose a basic, pre-formatted map template (B), or create your own (A)! You can chose from standard page sizes, or customize the dimensions to meet your needs (C).
Select the Blank template (A), and move on to step 11.
Step 11 – Format your Map Template
You can rename your map by double clicking on the name in the upper left corner (A). Change “Blank” to “Hiking Map.” To add your map view to the page, click on “Map View” (B) and click and drag a rectangle across the entire extents of the page. You can add data attribution to the map using the attribution box (C). Similar to the map view, you can click and drag a rectangle across the screen in the location you would like the attribution to appear.
Step 12 – “Paper” Space versus “Map” Space
There are two main spaces to learn about when creating and formatting maps.
Working in paper space allows you to interact with the actual page. When you are working in paper space, you will be able to zoom in an out on the page, change formatting of map elements (north arrow, scale bar, legend, etc.) and work with all of the elements shown in the menu on the right. You can think of paper space as a window layered on top of the map.
When you are working in map space, will be able to interact with the actual map. Once you double click inside the map view, you will have the ability to zoom in and out, rotate, and pan within the map.