Draw on map

Draw on map


During Assignment 2, we created a map which shows the offices from Spotzi. This map was created by geocoding an address list. It is also possible to draw these offices (point features) by clicking on the map as well. To do this we are going to create an empty layer as explained in Add layers to your map. When you create a layer from scratch you can choose what kind of data you want to add. In this case we are going to add a point feature to the map.

Draw Map - Add Points or Pins

The next window gives you the possibility to draw a point. You can manually navigate to a certain spot. You can also use the address bar in the top of the map to fill in an address. When we put in the address of the Dutch office (Veilingdeef 35 Bergen op  Zoom) it will take us right there.

Draw Map - Add Points

Now we simply click on the spot we want to draw our point and confirm this in the window on the left.

We can easily add all kinds of information to this point. This will be covered in the ‘Edit data on a map’ part of this manual. Do you want to change the color or other styling options? This will be covered in the styling section of the training.

We can also visualize the building outlines of the office. To achieve this, we need to create a new empty layer. Unfortunately, we cannot add this to the current layer, because a dataset can only contain one type of geometry.

To do this click the ‘Add layer/group +’ button, which is located underneath the layer name(s) in your map.

There are 3 different layers to add to your data:

  1. Empty layer (used to draw custom points, polygons or lines)
  2. Layer based on your datasets
  3. Layer from an external source (WMS, WFS, WCS or other URL)

In this case we will choose the first option. The other options will be discussed in the Add Layers part the training.

After we have created this new table, we select the polygon option in the menu to draw our building outlines.

Draw Map - Add Points or Areas

Now we can start drawing the outlines by clicking the map. After clicking the second time, a line appears. When you add more clicks on the map, a polygon will appear. The more clicks you make, the more intricate the polygon becomes.

Draw Map - Polygon Map

Just like the points we can also add all kinds of information to this polygon (area). This will be covered in the ‘Edit data on a map’ part of this manual. Do you want to change the fill color, border width or other styling options? This will be covered in the styling section of the training.