Posted on June 5th, 2018

Map Mavin Methods – June 2018 – Uploading Paper Maps!

We are nearing the end of the finish line for the release of our completely overhauled new Map Mavin system and could not be more excited! With that release will come a myriad of changes, including a wide variety of additional features, a drastically simplified user interface, and tremendous enhancements to overall performance. Without jumping the gun here, we’d love to give you a sneak peak of the new system’s front end in full effect while also teaching you a useful (and fun!) way to take advantage of all that Map Mavin has to offer in this Map Mavin Methods.

We’ve touched on our improved speeds with vector data and with satellite imagery, but did you know that those apply to all forms of images? It’s easy to forget that there are far more options available to you as a user in regards to uploading than just layers of roads or regular satellite imagery. Faster raster load times means, of course, faster raster load times for all compatible raster data! This means that Map Mavin is ready and waiting for your charts and paper maps!

This month’s video shows you just how quick and easy it is to use paper maps and charts in the Map Mavin system.

Before uploading your paper maps to Map Mavin, you’ll want to make sure they are georeferenced. For those of you who aren’t familiar the term, georeferencing is the process of assigning real-world coordinates (i.e. X and Y coordinates) to each pixel of a raster. It might sound complicated, but really it’s simply taking a photo, map or chart and pegging it to coordinates so a system such as Map Mavin knows where to place it on a map and retain its accuracy. If you haven’t yet georeferenced your potential paper map or chart upload, I’ll mention two great tutorials on how to do so with ArcGIS and QGIS (a free open-source alternative to ArcGIS) respectively below:

Georeferencing tutorial for ArcGIS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHtxbpboDro

Georeferencing tutorial for QGIS: https://www.qgistutorials.com/en/docs/georeferencing_basics.html

Once you’ve gotten the georeferencing taken care of, you’re nearly all the way there! Simply upload the file up to your Map Mavin account in the admin panel and add it to any of your maps!

If you’ve got more questions about how Map Mavin can help you with your web-based projects and mapping needs, don’t hesitate to reach out! Be sure to stay tuned to our newsletter for the latest on our forthcoming major Map Mavin release.

Fletcher Berryman
Cloud Tamer
(970) 710-0909
fletcher@apollomapping.com

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