Adding georeferencing is the process of telling our system to match your map with the real geographical location using latitude and longitude coordinates. Think of it as trying to make your bed and aligning your bedspread just right. You want the corners to match and for it to be as smooth as possible. Your map is the blanket and the reference map is the bed.
In Stroly, we call 'mapping points' all the marks used between maps to georeference them.
Left screen: The map you have just uploaded Right screen: The reference map
1. Main map. This indicates the layer of mapping you are working on. This is default.
2. Place. Click here to activate the on the mapping points. The icon will turn orange when selected.
3. Remove. Click here if you wish to delete mapping points.
4. Boundary. An outline of the area depicted will be automatically created based on the edges created by the mapping points. You can use this to manually adjust the boundary limits.
5. Advanced. It provides more information about the structure and layers used during the georeferencing of your map.
6. Test 1. This feature allows testing on which geolocation information to reference will be used when being present in that area while using the map.
7. Test 2. This feature allows testing on how readable are the points among themselves. Remember the 'making the bed' analogy? The ideal result is a straight and square grid shape.
8. Reference map view. Standard map, Electronic Land Survey (for Japan only) and Satellite/Terrain view.
Add the geolocation information
Adding mapping points
1. Place the cursor on the left panel and click on a point you would like to geolocate. A red point will appear on the map.
2. Then, on the map in the right panel, click on the spot that corresponds to the same location you previously selected. Once you have clicked, a numbered marker will appear on both maps.
Congratulations, you have just added your first location point!
At Stroly, we refer to ‘mapping’ as the repetition of steps 3 and 4 to geolocate positions on the map.
The georeferencing or 'mapping' can be a little tricky but it's not that complicated. Let's take a look at some examples that can help.
1. If your map shows streets or roads like a neighborhood, add the mapping points where the streets intersect. The more points you add, the more accurate the mirroring will be.
2. If your map shows a large area with roads like a city or a state, add mapping points along major roads, where they intersect and where they change shape. If there are rivers or lakes, you can also use them. You don't need to be super specific, just make sure the places match as possible.
3. If your map shows a large area with no road references like a country, state or national park, place the mapping points along the general perimeter.
The number of markers will vary depending on the detail or area covered by the map. The more mapping points, the better the reading of the location will be within the area. The minimum amount we recommend is 10 mapping points, but you can add as many as you need.
Don’t forget to save your work!
Once you have added 10+ points or that you need a break, save your work by clicking on ‘Save’, then ‘Save as draft’ in the screen’s upper section.
Once saved, a pop-up indicating ‘You changed have been saved’ will be displayed on the screen.
Adding Landmarks to your map
With Stroly, you have the ability to include interactive pins to your map and help your users discover more information about a place. We call them 'landmark pins', they are fully customizable and can include photos, audio, video, hyperlinks, and even social media content!
Add a new Landmark Pin
1. Select the ‘Landmark’ tab
2. Click on the ‘Place’ icon above the left map panel. Once selected, the icon will turn orange.
4. Once the window 'Landmark information' window appears, you can start filling in the contents.
5. Click on the camera icon to upload pictures.
6. Click on ‘Attach other media’ to select other elements you want to add.
7. Click on ‘Preview’ to check how it will look.
8. When you are done, click on 'Save'.
You can always access your map again to edit your landmark pins. You'll need to publish again after saving. Learn more ▶︎
Once you are done customizing your map, the next step is to publish it.