Maps, Locations, and Regions

Brightspot provides standard features for working with maps—a useful tool for graphically showing specific locations or general regions.

Locations

A location is a latitude-longitude coordinate on a map. For example, 40.6892, -74.0445 is the location for the Statue of Liberty. A marker is a symbol pointing to a location on a map. Markers are typically an inverted teardrop, and give readers a quick indication of where a store or place of interest is located.

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You can use any graphic as a marker; if you want to use a customized marker, contact your Brightspot developer to add it.

When you create an item for the first time, the location field in the Content Edit Form displays the continental United States with a marker in the center.

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To move the marker to a specific location:

  1. Drag the marker to its approximate final location.
  2. Click + to zoom in, and pan the map so that the marker is in the center.
  3. Repeat steps 1–2 until the marker is in the final location and the zoom is appropriate for your intended audience.
  4. In the Publish widget, click Save Draft or Save.
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Regions

A region is a shaded area on a map. Brightspot provides two drawing tools for regions: circles and polygons.

When you create an item for the first time, the region field in the Content Edit Form displays the continental United States along with the following toolbar.

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Adding a Region

  1. Click + to zoom in, and pan the map so that the portion of the map to be included in the region is visible.
  2. To draw a circular region, do the following:
    1. On the toolbar, click the circle.
    2. Click on the map where the circle is centered, and drag the mouse until the circle reaches the required size.
  3. To draw a polygonal region, do the following:
    1. On the toolbar, click the polygon.
    2. Click on the map to place a vertex for the polygon. Repeat to add additional vertices.
    3. Click on the first point to close the polygon.
  4. Repeat steps 2–3 to add additional regions.
  5. In the Publish widget, click Save Draft or Save.
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Editing a Region

  1. Click + to zoom in, and pan the map so that the region is visible.
  2. On the toolbar, click the edit region button.
  3. Click the shape you want to edit, and modify it as described in Adding a Region.
  4. Click Save next to the edit region button in the toolbar.
  5. In the Publish widget, click Save.

Deleting a Region

  1. Click + to zoom in, and pan the map so that the region is visible.
  2. On the toolbar, click the delete region button.
  3. Click the regions you want to delete. Brightspot removes the regions from the map.
  4. Click Save next to the delete region button in the toolbar.
  5. In the Publish widget, click Save.