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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 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…

Free to Freemium: The Path (and Impetus)

Hello Map Creators, 

Since 2007, we have provided you the ability to quickly create, view, share, and update an unlimited number of maps at no cost. What was created around a simple use case for a friend’s wedding (see below) turned into a useful solution for a user base of now over 115,000. Huzzah! 

Over the past 12 years, we’ve received donations from happy users that have covered a small portion of our costs. More than anything though, each donation made us smile and reinforced our desire to continue supporting the solution year over year. Thanks to all of you that have kept us motivated! 
This model was sustainable until Google, out of nowhere, announced a new pricing policy for developers (like us) using their mapping services. In the spring of 2018, Google started charging heavily for maps usage - they essentially raised prices by 1400%. 
For a year, we continued to self-fund the solution, but recently reached a point where the model became unsustainable. To that end, we’ve decided …