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Patrick Butler

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Patrick Butler joined the eSpatial marketing team from 2013 to 2015. With a Masters in Journalism and experience in a variety of organizations, Patrick brought a wealth of commercial knowledge to the eSpatial team.

New feature

Print route maps with turn-by-turn navigation

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Last year, we added route mapping to eSpatial. This allowed users to create routes from existing mapped data, which they could access from a variety of mobile devices. Now you don't even need a device - you can just print out maps complete with a list of directions! Just follow the steps below. Create your route map Click on the print icon in the control panel and select the Print Steps option: This will generate a page in your browser...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/new-print-route-maps-with-turn-by-turn-navigation

MapPoint support for small business

What happens after july 2015?

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With the discontinuation of MapPoint last year, Microsoft announced it would continue to support the product up until July 2015. As the deadline looms, we thought we'd find out if there has been any change to the company's plans. What the MapPoint website is telling us The Microsoft MapPoint Support & FAQS page currently has the same message that it's had since last year. Effectively what we get is a potted history of the product ending with the statement that...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/mappoint-support-for-small-business-what-happens-after-july-2015

Preclearance

Map of airports that have it

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Preclearance allows air passengers to fulfill US customs and security requirements before entering the country. Currently, there are 13 airports outside the US that have preclearance facilities. How does preclearance work? Basically, you present yourself to a US customs post in an airport and go through a process similar to what would happen if you were to be processed upon arrival in the US. it's just like arriving on a domestic flight. What's the advantage? There are a multitude of...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/preclearance-map

How to create a route map

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Create maps with turn-by-turn navigation and share them online. Access your routes on smartphones, iPads and Android tablets. Sample eSpatial route map. Turn-by-turn navigation can be accessed via a variety of devices. 1. Sign up for a free eSpatial trial Get free access to eSpatial Pro (our most popular paid account) for 7 days, upload your spreadsheet data and then start creating optimized routes… 2. Open Routing tool After you’ve uploaded your data to eSpatial and plotted it, click Routing...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/create-route-map

Map Values By Pin Size

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eSpatial now allows you to reveal data value by pin size - the bigger the value, the bigger the pin size on the map. Below is an example of using different-sized pins to reveal volumes. How to map values by pin size 1. Either upload your data to eSpatial in the normal way or open up an existing datatset contained in the eSpatial maps and datasets library. (TIP: If you're just testing out eSpatial, just sign up for a free...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/map-values-by-pin-size

Bubble Map

How to create one in minutes

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This article was last updated July 2019 If you're looking for a way to display your location data in a clear, concise way, you may want to create a bubble map. Bubble maps summarize your data by creating different sized circles that represent the value of your information. For example, the circles in the map below indicate the GDP of each European country. The larger the circle is, the higher the country's GDP. Many sales managers use this type of...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/create-a-bubble-map

Collaborative mapping

Groups and users sharing

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Map Collaberation 2015

This article was last updated June 2015 If you have an eSpatial Team or Enterprise license, you can avail of the Groups & Users functionality, for collaborative mapping. This allows complete control over who sees your Excel datasets and maps - and who can edit them. Step 1: Add a Group Open the map you want to share. Click on the shaded dropdown username button (top right of screen) and select Manage Group & Users. On the next screen, you...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/collaborative-mapping-adding-users-or-groups

How to use filtering on an eSpatial data map

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A powerful feature of eSpatial is its data filtering capability. It allows you to narrow your focus to get to the data you really want to look at. In eSpatial you can filter your table of data in the same way you would in excel. Filtering your data while it is already plotted on a map allows you to create multiple views of the same data that you can share with various colleagues and team members depending on what they...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/filtering-a-data-map

Color By Value On A Heat Map

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When you create an eSpatial heat map, default colors are used - ranging from yellow to red - to highlight levels of data values within a specified region: However, you can easily customize these colors (you can go as wacky as you want!): How to change heat map colors In the Legend window, hover over the heatmap dataset (it's the one with the polygon shape - not the marker - beside it), and select Style & Color: This should open...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/color-by-value-heat-map

Benefits of Radius Maps

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Benefits of Radius Maps eSpatial radius maps can be generated in seconds, producing key new insights. For instance, imagine your center point is your head office and you want to find all your clients within a 10 Mile radius of that office. This is what it might look like as a radius map: Chicago Radius Map How Radius Maps can help you 1. You can focus on a particular area and quickly assess it needs Maybe you run a number of...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/benefits-of-within-distance-radius-maps

Where to find famous Irish pubs mentioned in "The Irish Pub" film

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There's a new documentary coming out soon and the makers have used eSpatial on their website to map some famous Irish Pubs mentioned in the film. Find out more about the film - appropriately called The Irish Pub - here or click on the interactive map below to explore the locations of the pubs covered. Sure if you're in the area, you might want to pop in and have a pint and a chat yourself. Are you a Salesforce User?...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/espatial-puts-famous-irish-pubs-on-film-map

Excel Heat Map

Step-by-step instructions

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An Excel heat map shows different levels of information visualized as graded shades on a map. You can generate two types of Excel heat map using eSpatial: a heat map and a regional heat map. You can follow this article at the same time as making your own excel heat map, either from your data or from our sample data. Just join our free trial below. No credit card needed. Create Your Excel Heat Map Now Heat Map This is a data styling option in...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/how-to-create-an-excel-heat-map

The political power of mapping software

Two case studies

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Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill never mentioned anything about mapping software in his speeches, but he did coin the phrase "All politics is local". Finding power However, you can't leverage local power if you don't know where to find it. And that's where mapping software appears to be gaining ground. Or, at, least, that's what has been suggested by two recent uses of eSpatial in the US political arena. The first occurred late last year when a...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/the-political-power-of-mapping-software-two-case-studies

Mapping an Excel spreadsheet

Step-by step

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This article was last updated June 2017 Create a map from Excel Data for free eSpatial is a mapping software tool which allows you to move data from excel to map. Now you can easily map addresses from excel which will allow you to better visualize your data and spot potential gaps and opportunities for your business. So you've signed up for a free eSpatial trial and now you want to start mapping an Excel spreadsheet? Just follow the steps...

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https://www.espatial.com/articles/mapping-an-excel-spreadsheet-with-espatial-free-or-basic

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