Maps

Revision as of 13:32, 18 April 2011 by Colin Overton (talk) (UI)

Introduction

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.

MapSample.png

Video demonstration

For a tutorial, try watching our Map Videos

UI

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 in the XLCubed menu. MapButton.png

Colours

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 the column could contain specific colours, using named colours or Html syntax such as #ff0000. This allows you maximum flexibility to drive the colour using any criteria you choose.

All of these options are configured in the map properties screen. Right click the map to bring up the screen.