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Make Your Own Maps

Use Mappic's free web-based tools to
  • Distribute your own map content
  • Promote your place or business
  • Share your knowledge of an area with others
  • Help build the Mappic database of places
GPS-enable any map, drawing or photograph!

Overview

Uploading, GPS-enabling and distributing your maps with Mappic is easy. Our tools guide you through the process: you can take all the time you need to make sure your maps look and work the way you want.

Once you're finished, it's a one-click process to publish your map. Usually within minutes, it will become publicly available on the mappic.com website and in our mobile phone apps.

Distribute your map by linking to it on the web or by email, or include QR-codes in promotional materials or advertisements.

Give new life to your maps!
  • Ski resorts
  • Parks and recreation areas
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • College and corporate campuses
  • Malls, shopping centers
  • Airports
  • Neighborhoods
  • Amusement parks and zoos
  • Tourist areas

How it Works

If you haven't created a Mappic account yet, you'll need to do that first. Sign up here. Then log in to get started.

Step 1

Create a Map

Once you've logged in, you'll see a large button on your home page that looks like this. Click it!

Create Map

On the Create New Map page, you'll be asked for to describe the map you want to create. Give it a name, and provide a description. Be sure to describe your map accurately to help other users find it.

Describe Map

When you're done, click Create Map Button to continue. If there are any errors, you'll be asked to correct them.

Step 2

Upload Images and Define Transforms

After you've created a new map, you will be able to upload map images and define the map transformation.

What is a map transform?

A map transform is a set of control points that align a map image to geographic coordinates.

Once you've placed control points on several features that are visible both in your map image and a reference image (for example, a satellite photo or street map), Mappic's algorithms can compute the spot in your image that corresponds to any geographic location.

Once the Map Transform Editor tool is loaded, it will prompt you to name and describe the view you're about to create. If your map will only have one view, you can simply name it Overview and leave the description blank.

If your map will have multiple views, the first one you upload should be the primary view - either the most commonly used view, or a summary of all the views.

Tip

A Mappic map can contain more than one map image. Each image is known as a view.

Map views show different perspectives of the same area - for example, front and back sides of a mountain, different levels of a building, or different concourses at an airport.

Next, click Upload Image Button to choose an image file from your computer to use for the first map view.

Note: currently only JPEG images are supported by the Map Transform Editor. If necessary, follow the instructions to convert PDF maps to JPEG images.

Once the image uploads, you will see a side-by-side view, with a satellite map on the left side and your image on the right side. Use your mouse to zoom and pan the satellite image until it shows the area where your map is located (in this case, the Atlanta airport).

Then use the Mesh Tool Mesh Tool and click on a feature in the satellite map that is also visible in your map image. A corresponding point will be drawn on your map image. Click and drag this point to place it on the same feature.

Transform for Atlanta Airport

Once you have created and aligned several points, the Transform Editor will start guessing where features should be. In this example, note that the cursor is over the center of Concourse B on the satellite map. A corresponding cursor (the blue crosshair) is already positioned in the correct location on the map image. When the two cursors indicate the features are already aligned, you don't need to create a new point there.

Tip

Start by creating points that align the corners or edges of your map image, and then add points in the center as necessary. This will help the tool to predict where new new points should go, which will help you minimize the number of points you need to create.

Tip

If you are creating a transform for a ski trail map, start by using the Ski Lift Tool Ski Lift Tool to align ski lifts between the satellite image and your trail map.

Start at the bottom of the lift in the satellite view, and click several points along the way up. Then drag these points to the correct location on the trail map.

By starting this way, the Transform Tool will be able to help you align trails, which are often hard to see in the satellite map.

Continue adding points until the blue crosshair is aligned correctly for any feature you point to. The number of points required will depend on the complexity of the map.

If you want to change or remove points or lines, select the Delete Tool Delete Tool and click on the feature you want to delete

Be sure to save your progress periodically, or use the Autosave feature to save automatically every few minutes.

See some examples of how to use the Transform Editor.

Step 3

Finalize and Publish

Once you've finished aligning features in your primary view, you can create additional views and upload associated map images using the New View Tool New View Tool. For each additional view, use the process from Step 2 to create the map transform.

For each view, you'll also need to draw a boundary using the View Boundary Tool View Boundary Tool. The view boundary is a polygon that should be drawn to include the main geographic area visible from that particular map view.

Note: Your map transform (enclosed by a green boundary polygon) must be large enough to include the entire view boundary (yellow polygon) that you draw. If it isn't, you can simply create additional control points to expand the green polygon until it does include the entire view boundary.

Why two boundaries?

When you have finished creating your map transform and drawn a view boundary, you will see both a green and yellow polygon. What's the difference?

  • The green polygon is generated automatically to include all of the control points in your map transform.
  • The yellow polygon is drawn by you to define explicitly which areas are part of this map view. It must lie completely inside the green polygon (to ensure that you've provided enough control points to cover the entire view area).

You may choose to define control points that cover a larger geographic area than the map image is intended to show. For example, on a ski trail map, areas surrounding or behind the mountain may be visible; you might want to include these areas in your map transform, even though the map is primarily intended to show trails on the mountain. By drawing your view boundary to include only the main skiing area, you're indicating what the "useful" part of the map is.

View boundaries are especially useful on maps with more than one view. For example, on an airport map you may have a different view for each terminal/concourse, even though each view might also show parts of the nearby terminals. By including the entire view in your map transform, your location will show up correctly no matter which terminal map you are viewing. But your view boundary should be drawn only to include the map area unique to that view.

For maps with only a single view, it's not uncommon to simply draw the view boundary just inside the green polygon.

All done? Click Check For Errors Button to check for errors. If any errors are found, the tool will tell you how to correct them.

Save your map to ensure all of your changes have been saved.

When you're happy with your map, publish it! Our algorithms will then go to work analyzing, converting, and transforming your map. When that process is complete, it will become available to Mappic users on the web and in our apps.

Publish Map