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XLCubed Maps are an optional extension which allow plotting geographic data directly in Excel and publishing to the XLCubed Web server.

You can plot the data locations, and optionally set the colour and size of the plotted points to show values.


Video demonstration

For a tutorial, try watching our Map Videos


XLCubed expects your data to be arranged in a particular way to create maps. The columns should contain the following.

Column Description
Map Name Title of the map, a map will be created for each different name.
Location Name Title of the data point, shown when you hover over the point
Latitude Latitude of the point.
Longitude Longitude of the point.
Colour (optional) Defines the colour of the point plotted, can be a number or text. If no column is selected then all points will be the same colour. See Colours
Size (optional) Defines the size of the point, this must be a number. If no column is selected then all points will be the same size

To create a Map from Excel simply highlight the relevant data and click the Map button MapButton.png in the XLCubed menu.


This column can contain numbers or text, and there are three ways the values could drive the colour.

Firstly, if you have numbers the colours can be from a colour gradient. E.g. Red-Green shading.

Secondly, you can categorise the point. For example with stores the colour column could contain the store type. Each store type would then be plotted a particular colour.

Finally you can name colours, using named colours or Html syntax such as #ff0000.

These options are configured in the map properties screen.