Getting Started | Documentation
This documentation is designed to help you customize and install your interactive map. All the maps we sell can be customized by editing the map's mapdata.js file in a text editor like Notepad++.
For most of our maps we offer an online customization tool (US tool, World tool) that creates the mapdata.js file for you. However, you can always edit your maps manually.
The process to edit a map is as follows:
- Download your map as a zip file.
You can do this after using our customization tool, or by going to the map you are interested in and clicking "Download Free Trial".
- Extract your map
If you have not already done so, extract the folder you downloaded. You can do this using software like WinZip, 7-Zip, or the built-in Windows extraction software. If you use Windows 7, you can see this demonstration.
- Test the map
- Go to the folder you extracted and open test.html in a browser.
- You should see the map.
- You can refresh the browser to see changes as you make as you customize the map.
- Customize the map (you can skip this if you customized online)
Open the file mapdata.js with a text editor such as Notepad. DO NOT use Microsoft Word! If you use an editor that highlights syntax (like Notepad++) the beginning of the file will look something like this:
Note: For simplicity, all states/countries/provinces are referred to as states.
Scan through the file to understand its structure. It is organized as follows:
- Main Settings (default settings)
- State Specific Settings (will override any default settings)
- Location Marker Settings (will override any default settings)
Edit a property, save the mapdata.js file, and then verify that your changes were made by opening the test.html file in a browser.
- Install the map
When you have finished customizing the map, click on the following to: