Welcome back to Map Mavin Methods, where we walk you through the endless list of things you can do with our web-based mapping platform! While we always have more to share with our readers than we cover at any given time, this past month has been quite possibly our busiest ever. So many features and tools have been added that I honestly was unsure where to begin for this month’s article! And since we try to highlight one particular function here, I highly, HIGHLY encourage you to head over to www.mapmavin.com to sign up for our free 31 day trial. I know what you’re thinking, “great, one more thing to sign up for”… I often feel the same way. We’ve gone ahead and done away with any need for a credit card number to get started on your trial to make this process as simple as possible. Why? Because we’re confident that once you see Map Mavin you’ll understand why we’re all so excited to share it with the world!
Now with my shameless plug out of the way, let’s jump right into this month’s Map Mavin Methods. For September, we’re highlighting one of the biggest additions to the system to date: the integration of DigitalGlobe’s global imagery basemap. As longtime partners with DigitalGlobe (DG) on the imagery side of our business, we’ve always championed their data as the best out there. Now you can go to your web maps and toggle several DG basemap options with the click of a button. So how do you do it? Here’s how!
Adding DigitalGlobe basemaps to your web maps is no different than toggling on any of the other basemaps available in Map Mavin. To do so, go to a map you’ve made by clicking on the “Eye” icon on the bottom-right corner of a project under the Maps tab in the Admin Panel. Once inside your map, click the basemap button in the bottom-left of the screen (the icon looks like a series of three stacked layers).
From here you’ll notice a wide range of options to choose from. The options Satellite, Satellite with Labels, Recent Satellite and Recent Satellite with Labels are all DigitalGlobe options. You might be wondering, “what’s the difference here?” Satellite and Satellite with Labels will generally be less cloudy or cloud-free but possibly older imagery, whereas Recent Satellite and Recent Satellite with Labels are more recent but may be cloudier. Try out both to see what’s best for your project!
For any other questions or comments regarding Map Mavin, don’t hesitate to reach out to me (Fletcher) directly!