Add Context, Instructions, logos, and more with Annotations.
When presenting data to colleagues in a meeting or a potential client, making sure they have a clear understanding of what they see is hugely important. Presenting data visually on a map is a huge help, but sometimes you may be presenting data that the viewers have no context for. For example, you have created a map to share a finding, paint a picture, tell a story, from the performance of your sales team to the low hanging opportunities your organization could be winning. It could also be telling the story of your organization from humble beginnings into a global success to impress a client. Annotations simply make it easier for the viewer of the map to understand what you want them to see.
Using Annotations with eSpatial allows you to tell a story with your map by adding context, instructions, or even brand it with your organization’s logo or colors. For example, you can add a paragraph of text explaining the map, the data, or what exactly they are seeing. Additionally, adding instructions for viewers on how to interact with the map, rather than using an additional document can save the viewer the inconvenience of having to ask you what exactly they are supposed to do with the map.
Annotations are easy to edit and allow you to also insert images, video, links to websites or additional material, or even a SlideShare presentation into your map without any complexity, adding your own personality or brand to your map.
Here’s How to Quickly Add Annotations to Your Map
1: Click on the Map Annotations button
Simply click on the add Annotation button on the top of your workspace just to the left of the Address Search bar, then simply click anywhere on the map where you would like to place the annotation.
2: Move, Hide, and Resize Your Annotations
You can change the size of your annotations by hovering your cursor over the annotation. Lock them to a specific part of the map, and edit any map Annotation by hovering over it. You will then be presented with the following options:
- You can move the Annotation by clicking on the Move icon and dragging to a new location.
- You can set the Annotation to be fixed to screen. This means it will stay where it is while you pan around the map.
- You can set the Annotation to be fixed to the location. This means it will move while you pan the map.
- You can delete the Annotation by clicking on the trashcan Icon.
3: Customize Your Annotations
By selecting Edit Annotation, you will be presented with a range of editing options. From here, you can add text, images, embed videos, links, and SlideShares. You can also edit the font and color of your text, as well as the color and transparency of the Annotations Box itself.
By combining these various editing options, you can create unique Annotations that bring your map to life.
Example Uses of Map Annotations
Below are two examples of how Annotations can add to your map. The first shows how findings from your data can be detailed on the map itself. Here annotations are used to add arrows, with additional Annotations containing text and titles.
A map like this can quickly, help viewers understand the data quickly without the need of additional documents:
The second map below uses Annotations to brand and label the map. The Annotations here are used to add an image of a company logo, a short amount of text, and a title to the map itself: