Another powerful feature of the Threshold Dashboard is the Maps Tab. This tool allows you to create interactive maps around a location of your choice, using the full complement of content that you’ve licensed.
Once you click on the maps tab – if you haven’t yet created a map, you’ll see the following dialog to indicate that there are no maps, or a display of the listing of maps that have been created:
To create a new map, click on the blue “+ Add Map” button in top right of the screen:
This will bring up a dialog box, which allows you to create a new map:
Type in a name for your new map and hit “Save”. Later on, you’ll see your Map featured in the maps list.
Since this is a new map, the system will ask you if you’d like to set an anchor location. For the sake of this demo, click on “Set Anchor”, which will allow you to choose a basic point of reference for your map (normally a hotel). The anchor map will allow you to create a point of interest and build neighborhood locations around that point of interest and see distances in terms of walking and driving proximity from the anchor point.
A collection map is just as the name suggests and will allow you to create a map of locations not focused around a central point of interest.
Depending on the location you are accessing the dashboard from, the system will by default display locations nearby you. This can be fixed by typing in the name of the destination, or if you are accessing the system from your destination then you are fine. If you are traveling, the system will locate the nearest locations to you, so you will need to search for your destination.
For the sake of this demo let’s use Austin, TX. In the dialog box that opens, type in “Austin, TX”, and then select “Search near Austin, TX” since we want to choose restaurants around the Driskill Hotel in Austin.
Since you’re now searching around Austin, you can now just type in “The Driskill”, and this hotel will show up as your top option. Click “use”, to set this hotel as your anchor point.
With an anchor selected, you’ll see The Driskill hotel showing up in your map:
You’re now ready to start adding map locations. In this case, we want to build a customized map of select restaurants around The Driskill. As such, click the Blue “Add” button in the left column. In the dialog that appears, you can interactively add one, or several different locations – or just choose “Add All”, which includes all locations visible in the list. The “Add All” option only allows you to add what is on the first page of results. You could also change Categories, using the Category selector, and add Shopping, Lodging, or other attractions.
As you add locations, you’ll see them appear dynamically in the background. When you’ve finished, simply click “Done” in the upper right-hand corner. You now have access to your map and can explore locations either by clicking on the map pins, or by selecting the list of interactive Thresholds on the left-hand side of the screen.
With your map complete, you now have a variety of options to share it. Using the menu at the top right of the screen, you can easily print it (up to 25 locations can be printed together, nicely formatted). The “Embed” tab will display the web-page code required to “embed” the map into a web page.
You can also share the map directly via link by clicking on the “Share” tab, which brings up the following dialog:
Clicking on “Headline & Description” allows you to title the map – and “Contact Info” allows you to enter your own contact info to also be displayed in the header. By simply copying the displayed link and pasting it into an email, or chat window, the map can easily be shared.
A powerful feature of Threshold Maps is their continued edit-ability. Even after you’ve shared the map, you can change it – revising the title, changing locations, etc. All such changes will be dynamically updated for anyone accessing it.