TUTORIALS

What is Pinmaps.net?

Pinmaps.net is a custom Google map creator to pin multiple locations.
Once you understand the basics of how the system works it is a breeze to use the service.

What is "My Maps" section

The 'My Maps' section is private and can only be viewed by you and the people whom you share your maps with. This is where you can create maps and pins.

How does it work?

Before you can get the most benefit out of the service is important to understand the definition of the two main entities: Maps and Map Points.
They have a one-to-many relationship: a map can contain many map points.
The map is a container for your map points (pins)
A map is a large area such as a city, a state, or a country.
A map point is a location on the map such as an address, or a landmark that is physically represented by an icon or marker.
All the controls you need to create, edit, and delete maps and map points are located on the tool bar that is right above the map and on the map itself.

What is the map toolbar?

Located right above the map the toolbar contains the buttons to interact with the map. Some of the tool bar controls are hidden and visible upon user interaction with the map and the tool bar changes the backround color based on these intereactions.
 

TUTORIALS

 

How to create a map

Before you can add map points the you need to create a map first.

  • Click the link 'Create Map' on the tool bar.
  • Enter a Name for your map.
  • Set the Map Type. (Map, Satellite, Hybrid or Terrain)
  • Click the Save button.

informationThe number of maps you can create depends on your pricing plan.

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The "Fit To Bounds" option will center and zoom the map optimally so that all overlays are visible at once glance.
 

How to edit a map

You can edit your map only when the background color of the tool bar is gray.

  • Click the link 'Edit Map' on the tool bar.
  • Change the map's Name and other Settings if you need to.
  • Click the Save button.
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Click the 'Refresh Map' button on the map to see the 'Edit Map' link on the tool bar
 

How to delete a map

Deleting a map will also delete all the pins, notes, and any other data that is related to the map.

  • Click the Refresh Map' button on the map to enter map mode if needed.
  • Click the link 'Delete Map' on the tool bar.
  • Click the Yes button on the confirmation pop up window.
  • After you click the yes button you cannot undo the operation.
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Be very cautious because once a map is deleted it cannot be recuperated
 

How to bulk add map points (data file format 1) The address field is in more than one column

Before you upload your data file make sure you read the information below.

  • Click the 'Bulk Add' link on the tool bar.
  • Select the options you want on the Bulk Add Map Points window.

informationAny property coming from the spreadsheet will override a selected setting on the form.

  • Click the 'Select File' button.
  • Last Click the 'Import' button.
  • Do not close the window until you get the done message. The data import process can take more than a minute to complete.

informationThe number of pins you can add per map depends on your pricing plan.

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IMPORTANT:
The column names of the data file need to follow the conventions. The column names are case sensitive.
Make sure your data file have the requered columns.
The column names are case sensitive; otherwise the process will fail.

The address column is required in combination with one of the other three columns: city, postal code or state.
Column Name:
  • address . It will be used to geocode the location
  • city Any City in the world
  • state Field used in the few Countries that have States
  • country Any Country in the world
  • postal_code Field used in the Countries that have Postal Codes
  • name Optional. Minimum 3 characters or name will not be used. If name is not available address will be used instead
  • latitude Optional. Used for geocoding if available
  • longitude Optional. Used for geocoding if available
  • zoom Optional. A mumber between 6 and 20
  • type Optional. A value such as: ROADMAP, SATELLITE, HYBRID, TERRAIN
  • icon Optional. A number that will reference what icon will be use for the pin
  • information Optional. It will displayed on the info window (infobubble)
  • website Optional. An external link related to the map point
  • label Optional. A short text (25 chars max) that will be displayed under the pin
  • label_visible Optional. TRUE or FALSE. Turn the label's visibility on or off

Resources:
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The Geocoding service may not very accurate in some Countries
 

How to bulk add map points (data file format 2) The address field is in one column

Before you upload your data file make sure you read the information below.

  • Click the 'Bulk Add' link on the tool bar.
  • Select the options you want on the Bulk Add Map Points window.

informationAny property coming from the spreadsheet will override a selected setting on the form.

  • Click the 'Select File' button.
  • Last Click the 'Import' button.
  • Do not close the window until you get the done message. The data import process can take more than a minute to complete.

informationThe number of pins you can add per map depends on your pricing plan.

tip
IMPORTANT:
The column names of the data file need to follow the conventions. The column names are case sensitive.
Make sure your data file have the requered column.
The column names are case sensitive; otherwise the process will fail.

The address column should have the city, postal code, or state if available. All in one column.
Column Name:
  • address . It will be used to geocode the location
  • name Optional. Minimum 3 characters or name will not be used. If name is not available address will be used instead
  • latitude Optional. Used for geocoding if available
  • longitude Optional. Used for geocoding if available
  • zoom Optional. A mumber between 6 and 20
  • type Optional. A value such as: ROADMAP, SATELLITE, HYBRID, TERRAIN
  • icon Optional. A number that will reference what icon will be use for the pin
  • information Optional. It will displayed on the info window (infobubble)
  • website Optional. An external link related to the map point
  • label Optional. A short text (25 chars max) that will be displayed under the pin
  • label_visible Optional. TRUE or FALSE. Turn the label's visibility on or off

Resources:
tip
The Geocoding service may not very accurate in some Countries
 

How to add a map point

After you have created a map, your are ready to add map points to it.
You can add a map point by three different ways:

  1. Using the mouse
  2. Searching by address
  3. Searching by latitude/longitude
1. Searching the map using the mouse:
  • Drag the map with your mouse and zoom to the location using the Zoom Navigation Control or the Drag Zoom control.
  • Then click the 'Add Pin' link and then click anywhere on the map (this will be the center of your map.)
  • Click the 'Quick Save' link or the 'Save Map Point' link for advanced options on the message bubble.
  • Customize your settings on the 'Add Map Point' pop up window.
  • Click the Save button.
2. Searching the map by Address:
  • Click the link 'Search by Address'.
  • Type in the address you want to search.
  • Click the link 'Save Map Point' on the (Info Window) bubble box.
  • Customize your settings on the 'Add Map Point' pop up window.
  • Click the Save button.
3. Searching the map by Latitude/Longitude:
  • Click the link 'Show Search by Lat Lng'.
  • If you know the Lat/Lng of the map point you are searching type them in the text boxes.
  • Click the link 'Save Map Point' on bubble message.
  • Customize your settings on the 'Add Map Point' pop up window.
  • Click the Save button.

informationThe number of pins you can add per map depends on your pricing plan.

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You can only add pins clicking on the map once you click the 'Add Pin' on the tool bar. You have about 10 seconds to click the map.
 

How to edit a map point

You can edit a map point any time you want.
You can edit a map point by two different ways:

  1. On 'My Maps' page
  2. On the 'Settings' -> 'Map Points' page
1. Edit a map point on My Maps page:
  • Select a map point from the list box on the right.
  • Drag de icon or marker to it's new location.
  • Click the link 'Edit Map Point' on the tool bar.
  • Change the settings you want on the 'Edit Map Point' pop up window.
  • Click the Save button.
2. Edit a map point on the Settings -> Map Points page:
  • Go to 'Settings'.
  • Click the 'Map Points' link on the left menu.
  • Click the 'Edit Map' link.
  • Change the settings you want on the 'Edit Map Point' pop up window.
  • Click the Save button.
  • You can also use the 'Quick Edit' function to change some settings.

informationMap Points can only edited by the map owner or the pin owner.

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After you drag the icon to its new location make sure you click the 'Save' button on the 'Edit Map Point' pop up window.
 

How to delete a map point

You can delete a map point any time you want.
You can delete a map point by two different ways:

  1. On 'My Maps' page
  2. On the 'Dashboard' -> 'Map Points' page
1. Delete a map point on My Maps page:
  • Select a map point from the list box on the right.
  • Click the link 'Delete Map Point' on the tool bar.
  • Click the Yes button on the confirmation pop up window.
2. Delete a map point on the Settings -> Map Points page:
  • Go to 'Settings'
  • Click the 'Map Points' link on the left menu.
  • Click the 'Delete' link.
  • Click the OK button on the confirmation pop up window.

informationMap Points can only deleted by the map owner or the pin owner.

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Once you have removed an icon from the map the operation cannot be undo.

DRAWING TOOLS

You can add shapes to the map to designate points, lines, areas, or collections of objects. these objects are also called overlays. Overlays are tied to latitude/longitude coordinates, so they move when you drag or zoom the map.

informationThe number of overlays you can add to your map depends on your pricing plan.

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When you add, edit or delete overlays from the map always remember to click the save button if you want them to stick next time you load the map.
There are several types of overlays such as: Polylines, Polygons, Rectangles and Circles.
 

1. Polylines:

A Polyline is a linear overlay of connected line segments on the map. To draw a line on your map, use a polyline. The Polyline shape defines a linear overlay of connected line segments on the map.

Add Polylines

  • polyline

  • Select the polyline shape from the 'Drawing Tools' located on the left top side of the map.
  • Select a color from the "color palette".
  • Click on the map where you want to start to draw the polyline and double click the last dot where you want to end the polyline.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Edit Polylines

  • Click anywhere on an existing polyline and drag one of the dots to a new location.
  • If you want to change the color, select a color from the "color palette".
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Delete Polylines

  • Click anywhere on an existing polyline.
  • Click the Delete button on the tool bar.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.
 

2. Polygons:

A Polygon represents an area enclosed by a closed path. Polygon objects are similar to Polyline objects in that they consist of a series of coordinates in an ordered sequence. Polygons are drawn with a stroke and a fill.

Add Polygons

  • polyline

  • Select the polygon shape from the 'Drawing Tools' located on the left top side of the map.
  • Select a color from the "color palette".
  • Click on the map where you want to start to draw the polygon and double click the last dot where you want to end the polygon. If you have at least three dots then the last dot will automatically close the loop. You can also close the loop clicking on the first dot.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Edit Polygons

  • Click anywhere insde an existing polygon and drag any dot to a new location.
  • If you want to change the color, select a color from the "color palette".
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Delete Polygons

  • Click anywhere insde an existing polygone.
  • Click the Delete button on the tool bar.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.
 

3. Rectangles:

A Rectangle is similar to a Polygon in that you can define custom colors, weights, and opacities for the edge of the rectangle. Unlike a Polygon, you do not define paths for a Rectangle. Instead, a rectangle has a bounds property which defines its shape.

Add Rectangles

  • polyline

  • Select the rectangle shape from the 'Drawing Tools' located on the left top side of the map.
  • Select a color from the "color palette".
  • Click anywhere on the map where you want to start to draw the rectangle. Click again where you want to end the rectangle.
  • You can drag any dot in order to increase or decrease the size of the rectangle.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Edit Rectangles

  • Click anywhere insde an existing rectangle and drag any dot to a new location.
  • If you want to change the color, select a color from the "color palette".
  • You can drag any dot in order to increase or decrease the size of the rectangle.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Delete Rectangles

  • Click anywhere insde an existing rectangle.
  • Click the Delete button on the tool bar.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.
 

4. Circles:

Unlike a Polygon, you do not define paths for a Circle. Instead, a circle has two additional properties which define its shape: center specifies the Lat\Lng of the center of the circle. And the radius specifies the radius of the circle, in meters.

Add Circles

  • polyline

  • Select the circle shape from the 'Drawing Tools' located on the left top side of the map.
  • Select a color from the "color palette".
  • Click anywhere on the map where you want to start to draw the circle. Click again where you want to end the circle.
  • You can drag any outer dot in order to increase or decrease the size of the circle.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Edit Circles

  • Click anywhere insde an existing circle and drag the dot in the center to a new location.
  • If you want to change the color, select a color from the "color palette".
  • You can drag any outer dot in order to increase or decrease the size of the circle.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

Delete Circles

  • Click anywhere insde an existing circle.
  • Click the Delete button on the tool bar.
  • Click the Save button on the tool bar.

How to Add Map Snapshots

Snapshots preserve a particular map view so you can go back to it at a later time. Snapshots are useful speacially when you have a map with lots of pins and want to save a view of an specific map region.
Before you can add map snapshots the you need to create a map first and add pins to it.

  • Click the link 'Add' next to the camera icon.
  • Enter a Name for the snapshot.
  • Set the Map Type. (Map, Satellite, Hybrid or Terrain)
  • Click the Save button.
  • Click the link 'View Snapshots' in order to select a snapshot from the list or go back to the default map view.
  • You can also set the current map view as the default view. No Snapshot will be saved and "Fit To Bounds" will be turn "Off".

informationThe number of map snapshots you can add depends on your pricing plan.

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Drag the map with your mouse to select the area such as a Country or City where you want to take the map snapshot.
 

How to edit and delete map snapshots

From 'My Maps' page.

  • Click the View Snapshots link located underneath the map dropdown list.
  • click the 'Delete' icon.

From your 'Dashboard' -> 'Map Snapshots' page.

  • Click the three white bar top menu located at the top right of mymaps page.
  • Select 'Map Snapshots' from the menu list.
  • Click the Delete link next to the Map Snapshot you want to remove.
  • If you need edit the name of the snapshot click the 'Quick Edit' link.
  • Enter a new a name.
  • Click the 'Update' link.

informationSnapshots can only be deleted by the map owner.

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Once you have removed a snapshot the operation cannot be undo.
 

Enable or disable pin (markers) clusters

Markers clusters are very useful to group several map pins into one icon.
Loading time will also improve specially when you have lots of map pins
and the map will look cleaner.

  • Click the blue 'cluster' icon located on top right side of the map point list panel.
  • Switch the On/Off slider to group or ungroup several nearby map pins.
  • Click the Save button.

Other settings:

  • Grid Size: The grid size of a cluster in pixels. The grid is a square. The default value is 60.
  • Max Zoom: The maximum zoom level at which clustering is enabled or null if clustering is to be enabled at all zoom levels. The default value is 21.
  • Average Center: Whether the position of a cluster marker should be the average position of all markers in the cluster. If set to false, the cluster marker is positioned at the location of the first marker added to the cluster. The default value is false.
  • Minimum Cluster Size: The minimum number of markers needed in a cluster before the markers are hidden and a cluster marker appears. The default value is 2.
  • Zoom On Click: Whether to zoom the map when a cluster marker is clicked. You may want to set this to false if you have installed a handler for the click event and it deals with zooming on its own. The default value is true.

informationThis functionality is not available on the free version.

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Markers "cluster" functionality is very useful to manage large amounts of markers.