This article may quote data or refer to features or workflows no longer applicable to the current version of eSpatial, which is updated every 6-8 weeks. Please refer to our help section for more up to date information
1. Stronger visualization, with the addition of basemaps
– Enhance presentations with a choice of four basemaps: Map, Terrain, Satelite or Hybrid
– Add more impact to your mapped data
– Cut out distractions like place names or terrains, if unimportant
– Literally see the lay of the land: useful when planning building projects and doing budgets for transport and infrastructure
– How to access basemaps in eSpatial:
Click on Basemap at the bottom of the legend menu and then pick the basemap that best fits your mapped data:
2. Place a temporary point for instant analysis and assessment (Pro and Team only)
This new feature, which works in reports, allows users to place a point on a map with a mouse click or by entering an address location. This can generate a radius map (Within Distance) or a list of nearby points (Nearest).
It can assist in: market planning, sales dispatch, disaster response, insurance assessment, etc.
– How to place a temporary point in eSpatial:
Click on the point icon in the menu bar. This will attach a pointer icon to your mouse arrow, which you can place anywhere on a map.
Alternatively, click once on the point icon and then click the search icon . Then enter an address,
hit return and the address location will be temporary plotted on the map.
– Using Nearest and Within Distance –
Now comes the interesting bit! Once you’ve plotted your point, you can start to analyze and explore the surrounding area. There are two ways to do this: by clicking on Nearest or Within Distance in the information box that you open when you click a map point (as in the above image) .
Clicking Nearest opens up the filtering window (bottom right of the report interface). You can now enter a specific number of items that you want to find nearest that map-point. For instance, let’s assume the temporary point you placed represents an airport. If your data contains hotel addresses, then if you input the number “10”, then a list of the the nearest 10 hotels will be generated in the Results (bottom of the screen) window of eSpatial.
Within Distance generates a radius map within a a defined distance. For instance, imagine you want to find out how many hotels are within 20 miles of an airport. Just click Within Distance in the information box and enter the distance (like you would enter the number in Nearest) in the filter box. You’ll get a result similar to this:
3. On-the-ground perspective with integration of Google Streetview
If you’re familiar with Google Streetview, you can now go direct to this from eSpatial. Just click on the “Pegman” icon in the information box, and you’ll be taken to Streetview in a tabbed window – so you can click between it and eSpatial.
We hope existing users enjoy the new update to eSpatial. As with our policy of continuing development, more new features will be added in the next update, 6-8 weeks form now.
If you haven’t used eSpatial before, the features outlined here can be accessed when you sign up for free.