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Happy Feature-ween: Pin Filtering, Toggling, and Sizing, Updates to Map Printing, and Sharing, and much more.

Boo!
October is now behind us and, in the spirit of Halloween, we have a number treats (in the form of new features) to share.
Dropping a ton of pins on a map can be powerful.  At the same time, it can make a map cluttered and at times unwieldy. To that end, we’ve enabled the concept of pin filtering as well as pin toggling.  Give it a try on your active maps...we think you’ll like it. 
But that’s not all when it comes to pins!  Many of you have asked about resizing pins - requesting the ability to make them bigger or smaller based on a specific use case. Pin size configuration is now live and in the wild allowing you to start small (as low as 50% of the standard pin size) or go big (up to 300% of the standard pin size).


We get a fair number of questions about printing maps. To that end, we’ve added a print button to the manage maps page and map view page. We’ve also hidden some footer information upon print to make things look a bit cleaner.

Map sharing has also been improved. We’ve added…

Map Creation Just Got a Whole Lot Better...and Kittens!

Hello Mappers,

September was another fantastic month in terms of feature development. The majority of our focus over the last 30 days or so was on improving the user experience associated with map creation. The process has been simplified and streamlined through a lot of work on the back-end. There are now fewer steps and error messaging/handling is a heck of a lot better a well. Please give the new map creation wizard a try...we’re pretty sure it will change your life!

Oh, and while you’re at it, feel free to select 1 of the 9 new kitten icons available. So cute!


In other news, we now provide granular visibility into your map views - when each view occurred and the associated IP address in addition to the location of the viewer (nicely visualized on a map of course).


The password reset workflow has also been refactored to make life easier...for you and for us.

What’s next you ask?  That’s entirely up to you. Well, maybe not entirely but we’re all about user centered design and very open …

Password Reset Workflow Refactor

We rolled out a new password reset workflow yesterday.




Why did we spend time on this? 

Sending passwords via email on reset and requiring security Q+A, ... these were normal for 2007 when we started this, but UX and opsec best practices has evolved.Users had been having trouble w/ the existing workflow, which meant user pain and our time to service - more time on support means less time on developing.
What was the approach?

Find a best practice to copy from the wild: Slack.




Nitty Gritty


We looked for the best experience and that was slack, so we copied 90% of what we saw. Magic links are not yet rolled out but are a stones throw if we so desire in the future.One difference between us and slack is that some of our usernames are not emails, so we had to account for that. No longer are secret question and answer requested on register, nor managed on account page. In helping users w/ password issues, users can now head to the forgot page and self serve. Link is only valid for 24 hours. Users…

Edit Maps, Pink Styling, and More Icons? It’s all here!

Hello Mappers,

We’re proud to share that one of your most requested features is now live - the ability to edit existing maps. From the manage page, simply click on the edit map button to be whisked away to a magical place that allows you to change all the settings for your map (and make your wildest dreams come true). That means no need to recreate your maps just to change the map type, advanced criteria, icons, or any other attributes for that matter. We’ve also enabled map cloning from the manage page as a nice to have feature.
Piggybacking on last month’s release of custom map icons, we've added support for JPG and GIF formats (in addition to PNG and SVG).  We've also added to the stock set of icons available through the normal map creation process. Behind the scenes, map security and privacy has also been a focus.

Last but not least, for those that want to add some flair to their maps, we’ve added custom map styles - pink, retro, night, aubergine*, silver, and dark.  Now that…

July Product Update

(We neglected to post this in July)

Hello Mappers,

Hope your summer (or winter for those in the southern hemisphere) is off to a fantastic start. 

Exciting times here at mapalist! We’ve been busy jumping into our admittedly aging code base, rolling out new features, and thinking about what’s on the horizon.

In the last 30 days we’ve made some awesome progress (if we don’t say so ourselves).  Most of the site is now mobile friendly, Unicode/UTF8 support has been added (finally!), and a ton of old code has been refactored to improve things like synchronization between maps and sheets.

A Release Notes page is now available for your viewing pleasure. It offers insight into what’s new as well as a view into what’s next in the queue development.

Got something in mind?  Please give us a shout and share your ideas.

Of course, we’ve also added a new pricing plan that now supports self service changes along with configurable usage alerts. Thank you to our current subscribers for both your support a…

Custom Icons... and other Features of Note

Hello Mappers,

Good things are happening at mapalist and we’re excited to share them with you. Just a few days ago, we released a fun new feature that enables the use of your custom icons on your maps.




Ready to give it a whirl?  Make all your custom icon dreams come true. We hope this long time coming highly requested update is intuitive, but just in case, we added a step by step.
Log in and click on your username (upper right) to visit the account page.Click on the custom map settings tab.If you have an image ready to go, click on the box to upload (we support PNG and SVG formats).If not, visit images.google.com and search for “PNG” or “SVG” followed by the type of image you’re looking for (e.g., “PNG baseball bat”, “SVG windmill”) - from there you can save and upload it.Rinse and repeat for as many images you desire.
In other release related news, we’ve updated the account page with tabs making it easier to navigate. On that same page (on the billing tab), we’ve also added transpare…