10 Using the Maps app

10.1 About the Maps app

The Maps App is introduced in release 2.29 and serves as a replacement of the GIS App offering a more intuitive and user-friendly interface.

With the Maps app you can overlay multiple layers and choose among different base maps. You can create thematic maps of areas and points, view facilities based on classifications, and visualize catchment areas for each facility. You can add labels to areas and points, and search and filter using various criteria. You can move points and set locations on the fly. Maps can be saved as favorites and shared with other users and groups, or downloaded as an image.


To use predefined legends in the Maps app, you need to create them first in the Maintenance app.

  • The layer panel on the left side of the workspace shows an overview of the layers for the current map:

    • As layers are added, using the (+) Add layer button, they are arranged and managed in this panel.

    • The basemap is always shown in the panel. The default basemap is OSM Light and is selected by default. OpenStreetMap Detailed, Google Streets and Google Hybrid are also available. You can use these maps as background maps and layers. Switch between them by selecting the desired image.

    • The small arrow button to the right of the layer panel, at the top, allows the panel to be hidden or shown.

  • The File button near the top left allows you to open and save maps:

    • New

      will clear any existing map layers to create a new map.

    • Open

      will display a dialog box with a list of existing maps where they be opened, renamed, shared and deleted. The title of the current map is displayed in the header bar above the File button.

    • Save

      will save any changes to the current map.

    • Save as

      will save the current map with a new name.

    • Rename

      allows you to change the name and/or description of the current map.

    • Translate

      allows you to translate the name and/or description of the current map.

    • Share

      will open a dialog where the current map can be shared with everyone or a group of users.

    • Get link

      will provide a direct link to the current map.

    • Delete

      deletes the current map.

  • The Download button next to the File button allows you to download the current map as a PNG image.
  • The Interpretations button at top right opens an interpretations panel on the right side of the workspace. The button is only clickable if the map is saved.

    • Details shows information about the current map.

    • Interpretations allows you to view, add, edit and share interpretations about the current map.

  • The + and - buttons on the map allow you to zoom in and out of the map respectively. The mouse scroll wheel can also be used for altering the zoom.

  • Zoom to content (bounded magnifying glass symbol) automatically adjusts the zoom level and map center position to put the data on your map in focus.

  • Search (magnifying glass symbol) allows searching for and jumping to a location on the map.

  • The ruler button allows you to find the distance between two locations on the map.

  • To view information for an event, simply click the event.

  • Right-click on the map to display the longitude and latitude of that location.


Basemap layers are represented by layer cards in the layer panel such as:

Along the top of the basemap card from left to right are:

  • The title of the selected basemap

  • An arrow symbol to collapse and expand the basemap card

In the middle of the basemap card is the list of available basemaps. The current basemap is highlighted.

Along the bottom of the basemap card is:

  • An eye symbol for toggling the visibility of the layer

  • A slider for modifying the layer transparency