Build your First Map with CMaps Analytics Designer

By August 13, 2014CMaps Analytics Designer

Learn CMaps Analytics Designer in 4 Minutes

Step 1: Create Your New Map View

Click “New” to create a new map


Name your View


Step 2: Create Your First Map Layer



Name your Layer

Step 3: Add Data to your Layer for Testing

Click on the Data Tab

Select Copy/Paste from Excel from the Select Data Source dropdown



Open an Excel file containing data with the following columns.

Step 4: Prepare your Data

Location– Can be addresses or Latitude/Longitude formatted as comma separated (latitude,longitude). This is preferred over addresses to ensure the best performance.
Valid Example (prefered): 34.4353,-122.3242
Valid Example: 1333 Camino Del Rio S
Valid Example: 92108
Invalid Example: Walmart, San Deigo

Value– Numeric value that represents a measure or performance metric. The value will can be used to control sizing, coloring, and other visual attributes in your map.

Label– The label controls contents that are displayed when clicking on a point, region, or any other visual asset on the map (based on the layer type).

Copy and Paste Data from Google Docs

Open your spreadsheet and Copy from the spreadsheet and paste into the Paste TSV text box


Note: This copy paste feature will NOT upload your data, but rather embed the data locally into the map.

Step 5: Configure Dynamic Alerts


Go to the Alerts Tab

Select Chrorpleth / Heatmap


Set your colors


Step 6: Save your Layer



Click Save to commit your layer changes and see the results in your map preview


This is an important step before viewing your results. You must always save your layers prior to previewing your map

Step 7: Save and Export your Map


Save and Export your map in one of 2 formats

HTML File Export

  • Save locally as your map project for future edits.
  • Send to your colleagues for review,
  • Share the code for embedding CMaps Analytics

XML Configuration File Export

  • Used as a project file that can be imported back into CMaps Designer
  • Used as a configuration file / template file for your maps app.

 Ready to take this example further?

Add more visualization features to your CMaps View

Visit the next tutorial in this series where you will transform these locations into a drillable aggregate view.


DEVELOPERS: Embed and Connecting Data to your CMaps View

Learn how to take the exported HTML or XML file and feed the map view dynamic data from your app.