MapCustomizer.com Launches

I have been meaning to overhaul my site that allows you to plot multiple points on Google maps for a long time now, and I am happy to announce that MapCustomizer.com is the result!

2014-05-25 at 2.23 PM 2x

There are a number of new features that people have been asking for, including:

  • It should continue to work, even if the site is busy. In the old site, when things got busy, it would exceed the quota for geocoding addresses with the Google Maps API. In the new site, the geocoding is restructured so this shouldn’t happen. It is still possible for things to slow down if you are creating a large map (and pasting in lots of addresses), but it won’t slow things down for other users.
  • Edit/delete your own maps You can optionally create an account with the new site, and manage maps that you create. You can edit them after creating them, or delete them. Even if you don’t create an account, you can still edit maps that you create, as long as you are still using the same computer and web browser that you used to create them.

    2014-05-25 at 2.44 PM 2x

  • Numbered location markers A lot of people were asking for this. The list of locations shows numbered markers that correspond to the numbered markers on the map. You can print the map out, and still see which location is which.
    2014-05-25 at 2.30 PM 2x
  • General UI improvements I never put too much effort into making the old site look nice, and it showed :). The new site is a lot nicer, in my humble opinion. This leads into…
  • Full-screen map Once the map is created, it takes up almost the full browser window, leaving a little bit of space for the location list.

If you go to the old homepage, you will be automatically redirected to the new site, or you can just go directly here:

MapCustomizer.com

If you are curious about the technology behind the new site, it is written in Scala using the Play Framework. MongoDB provides the persistence layer, and I am using WebJars with RequireJS, and the relevant sbt-web plugins to build everything. It was a great experience to play with WebJars and sbt-web (I am already proficient in Scala, Play, and MongoDB).

As with the old site, it is supported by ads and Paypal contributions. It operates on a value-for-value model: If you find that the site provides you with a value, please consider paying for that value.

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111 Comments

  1. Jim OHare
    Posted January 11, 2016 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    Hi Patrick,

    Yes, the map is large…probably 2000 or more locations. it used to work fine though. I guess there’s no way to divide it up into smaller maps without starting over and re-doing the whole map?

  2. Posted January 20, 2016 at 3:22 am | Permalink

    Hey, Just one simple question, how do I embed the map i created in the website? Please suggest!

  3. Posted January 22, 2016 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Hi Mayank

    Embedding is not currently supported.

    Hope that helps!

  4. Julie
    Posted January 27, 2016 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for a great application. I sent in a donation recently. So happy this is available for use!

  5. Tyler
    Posted February 16, 2016 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Hi Patrick,
    Im so happy with your site. You have improved it so much since I first started using it. I was wondering if there was any way to import and export info from the maps to Excel. If not would there be some way of having this feature added. I know I could just do it manually but time is short here in the office. Or If we were to set up some sort of funding would that help? Even if it were a low monthly charge. The free benefit is nice but if we had to pay to have a solid program it would be well worth it. Keep up the good work!

  6. mapuser
    Posted February 29, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Hi Rob,

    First of all thanks for the great work
    I am a new user and I have a problem: I worked a long time on my first map with several locations, then saved it before creating my account. And now even though I am using the same computer and browser I can not modify it, just access it. I tried creating an account and adding it as one of my maps, didn’t work either. Is there any solution to this problem?

  7. cheryl
    Posted March 10, 2016 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    The last few weeks I’ve been having troubles saving my map. I get the save pop up window but when I hit save sometimes it works/ sometimes it doesn’t. I make changes alot. I use it to track stores I visit every month Before I visit them I change the color to make sure I don’t miss something. After, I change them to a gray .\

    I was having troubles and after my computer quit working I blamed it on the computer but I’m on a new one & still having troubles saving.

  8. Posted March 20, 2016 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    The most likely reason that the map was not automatically associated with your account when you logged in was that you have Do Not Track enabled in your browser (it is enabled by default in some browsers). My site will obey that request, and will not associate any actions that you take with anything that can be identified to you. (Unless you are logged in to the site, which I interpret as a stronger signal that you, in fact, do want your maps to be saved to your account.)

    If you send me an email (patrick@mapcustomizer.com) including the URL of the map that you created but cannot edit, I can transfer it to your account.

    Hope that helps!

  9. adam meiklejohn
    Posted April 11, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Great site and thanks!!
    Be good if you could change the numbering of the pins, as has been previously mentioned.
    Also is it possible to have a web link to a site in the description text we create… presently i have to copy it and then paste it into a browser.

  10. Posted May 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    Just found your site and created my first map. Is there a way to change the color of the red flags? I looked through the blog posts but could see an answer. We have staff in various regions and I would like to designate the regions by color. Thank you for any guidance.

  11. Posted May 28, 2016 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Hi Sue

    You can change the color of the markers on mapcustomizer.com by adding the locations to the map, and then:

    Hope that helps!

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