What’s New in 2020
2020 has been an interesting year for everyone. At CartoVista, it allowed us to put a renewed focus on development and innovation. This year, not only did we work on introducing killer new features for GIS professionals and map creators, but we also decided it was time to increase our efforts toward giving more power to end-users. This makes our 2020 update of CartoVista one of the most comprehensive releases yet. Here is a list of our new features that were developed this year:
- Territory Manager
- User Onboarding
- Online Editing
- Server Layer Views
- Composite Variable Scoring
- Grid Layers
Many of today’s businesses need to organize their distribution channels and sales routes into manageable territories for their staff or points of sale. CartoVista’s new territory management module allows end-users to more easily develop territories with intuitive functionality. At a high level, the Territory Manager enables any organization to:
- Manage their sales territories
- Create them based on drive time or distance
- Explore the market potential of areas
- Analyze distances between points of sale, leads, competitors, and other relevant objects for your business
- Export data for additional analysis with other tools
- This exciting new module opens CartoVista up to the retail & franchise sectors and business consultants looking to provide their clients with valuable location intelligence.
Helping new users become familiar with a map is very important to keep engagement high and encourage repeat use. Suppose you want your visitors to hit the ground running when introducing them to a new map, or want to quickly refresh their memory on the purpose and functionality of your maps. In that case, CartoVista now offers standard user onboarding. Now, when a user first opens a map, you can help them along with the following features:
- On-screen step-by-step guidance the first time they open your map
- Introductory dialogue box that explains your map’s purpose
- Quick showcase of viewer tools and thematic dropdown menus
- Ability to quit the onboarding process at any time
- Easy access to onboarding whenever they would like a refresher
You can now build interactive onboarding and make more of your participants successful with useful tips and tricks that reduce their reliance on map creators. This self-serve approach is a welcome feature that many CartoVista users will be happy to see.
Often, staff or clients need to make changes to a map to share information across the organization. Up to now, editing a map in CartoVista was relegated to map creators or back-end databases to change the content. However, that is now all changing with our new online editing feature! You can now give your end-users the power to contribute to your maps by adding points, lines or polygons that help with the sharing of information. The online editor allows you to do all of the following:
- Enter an address to drop a new point on the map
- Update attributes for a given point or polygon
- Save new data points to the map for sharing with the organization
This new feature is great for companies and organizations that continually need to update points and polygons frequently. No longer does a map need to go back for publication. The entire team can now collaborate on the life and evolution of your maps as the landscape changes.
Server Layer Views
Filtering GIS data is often required to ensure that only authorized individuals can access information that may be useful to them. How can a single GIS dataset be used while controlling access? It is often necessary to grant access rights to the data according to defined geographical areas: sales area, counties, departments etc.
To simplify this process, all you need to do now is add a column in your data that contains the list of geographic areas of reference. Then simply join these geographic areas to the GIS layer of interest, and give each user access to the areas they are entitled to.
When the map is opened, it will be centred on the geographical area associated with these defined access rights and only the GIS and attribute data to which the user has access rights will appear on the map.
Composite Variable Scoring
Would you like to give your end-users more power to conduct complex geospatial analysis when interacting with your maps? Do they require a way to combine variables and weigh each of their values to understand their business problem better? Performing relevant geographic analyses often requires analyzing a combination of several factors. You may want to compare the population with income and age, or target specific socio-professional categories while excluding a population that is too young, for example.
Our new composite variable scoring feature makes it easy to combine several variables to create a score that is then visible very clearly on a thematic map. You can now attribute a weight to each variable, apply a positive or negative effect, and refine the territorial analyses directly in CartoVista.
Finally, for our power users who want to combine information-rich raster imagery and overlay them with relevant vectorial data, we have a treat for you!
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