Style your map

You can style your map to give it a customized representation. Fill and line color, line width, and customized style groups are just some of the ways you can style your maps. You can specify drawing order and cards, which provide a pop-up description of your creation, to give your map a finished appearance.

Select a map and a layer from the map where you want to style your map features. The layer contains features you previously added that are ready for styling.

Styles
Figure 1. Styles

Style your polygons

Polygon features are lines closed up to describe an area. The area and the circumference line can have different colors and the line width can be adjusted (also to zero, which means no lines is drawn). A Label text can optionally be drawn at the center of the polygon, or shifted from the center by an offset.

Polygon Styles
Figure 2. Polygon Styles

Style your lines

Line features connect two or more locations with a collection of connected straight lines.
You can control color as well as the Cap style how the line ends and the Join style which defines how two line segments connect to each other.

Line Styles
Figure 3. Line Styles

Style your points

Points features are just at one single location on the map. This location can be highlighted by a Marker like a circle or square, an Icon image as well as a Label text coming from the feature properties. The text and icon can be shifted relative to the markers position to appear on top of or next to the marker.

Point Styles
Figure 4. Point Styles

Note

Individual points inside of lines or polygons cannot be deleted. The entire feature with all the points must be deleted to remove any points.

Drawing order

The order of the list of layers on your map also defines the order in which they are drawn on top of each other. Think about a number of transparent sheets placed one on top of another on top of the underlying map. You can change this order by dragging layers up or down in this list.

Drawing-order
Figure 5. Drawing-order

Spatial functions

Spatial functions are measurements that you can implement on your lines and polygons. If you turn them on, you will be able to see for each line, the length of the line, and for each polygon, the size of the area's surface on the map. Once you switch it on and you pick the metrics that are most meaningful to you (e.g., kilometers or miles), the measurements are added as a property to your lines and polygons. If you click on them, you will see the measured length/area-size, but you can now also use them to provide conditional styling.

Spatial functions
Figure 6. Spatial functions

Clustering

There is a new way of clustering points on the map. If you have a lot of points on your map, they overlap each other, especially if you zoom out. Turning on point clustering automatically groups all overlapping points into one bigger circle on the map, with a number in the circle to indicate how many points are grouped in that circle.

Interactive cards

The map can show interactive cards that allows viewers to see more of the data of a feature they select. The Cards list allows re-ordering of the properties, while all entries below the line will stay hidden. The first line becomes the title of the card.

Card description
Figure 7. Card description
Card properties
Figure 8. Card properties

Conditional styles

Features can have more than one style, which means that you can change the look of a feature based on it's properties or have one feature drawn multiple times and get an overlay effect. This is one of the more powerful styling features, as it enables your data to influence the look of the map.

When you select Add a new style a selection dialog first asks you for the group of features this style should apply to. To narrow down the group from all features in your dataset you need to define one (or multiple) conditions on properties which features must meet to be considered part of the group.

Style group rule
Figure 9. Style group rule

Tip

It is helpful to first get an overview of the data properties by looking at the data in the table view. You can also quickly define a new rule for a selected feature by clicking on the paint roller icon of the value in the form.

Quick style rule

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