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Small improvements in map editor

Hi, just asking if this would be possible to do in the map editor:
• autosave the pitch and the heading when we switch from a location to another one, because for now only the coordinates are saved (we have to click the save button every time which is time consuming). If we click on a place to add a pin then click on another place to add another pin, the first pin will have the coordinates saved but not the pitch or the heading.
• add a higher length limit for the map description, I often get limited by it while some official maps have a longer description than the allowed limit.
• add a pin counter to know how many location we currently have, similar to the polygon counter.

This should be very quick to do and improve the experience. Thanks.

Also I was thinking about making new map icons (the mountains, trees etc) and suggest them to you, would you be interested? If yes, what did you use to create the icons? Illustrator?


  • I also suggest a "Save as" feature for maps, so you can edit one of your maps and make another one from it. There was several times I wished this existed.
  • Thanks for great suggestions!

    Regarding new icons for the map editor. You're more than welcome to send me an e-mail Mapper, and we can take it from there. Awesome that you want to help out.

    Magnus (
  • I saw that there was no snow (white) ground option for icons. That would be my suggestion.
  • I'll contact you next week and get some icons to see if they're matching your expectations then. I already have quite a few ideas already to enlarge the choices.

    I also forgot another small thing about the map editor: enabling the scale and the satellite / relief pictures on the map. It will be really useful to know the distances when placing points and the satellite picture can help detecting outdated places on the map (road missing etc). Note: default view should stay the classic road map, and satellite / relief would be enabled by asmall menu in a corner. Example:

    Thanks for following up.

  • That's exactly what I wanted to suggest, satellite and terrain view. That would be so useful for creating certain kinds of maps. For example, creating certain mountain range maps or maps without any habitations included. Right now, the only choice is to go onto the actual Google Maps and try to look from there, but it's too tedious if that can be implemented into the map maker view. I also wanted to suggest that the exact number of locations a map has be shown on the map, instead of the 1,000+, 10K+, 50K+, 100K+, 250K+, 500K+, 1M+, etc. numbers, or at least add more numbers then. If the full numbers aren't shown because of the tidiness of the UI, which I suspect it is, then maybe you can add them to be shown on the mouse-over of the numbers. This can be both useful to know the number of locations a map you want to play has, or for you to know the number of locations your map has without using these very useful third-party tools like GeoCountr (
  • Also, if it could be possible, then probably one of the most useful things that could be implemented into the map maker would be some kinds of checkboxes that photospheres not be shown and/or included into the maps we are making. They are all around and can easily get into your map even if it's a "pin" one, not to talk about polygonal maps.
  • And what I mean by photospheres is anything that's not been made by Google, including custom streetview.
  • @Magnus I sent you an email with some icon examples I made today. Thanks for reading.
  • I'd also like to see the pyramids under "Landscape" for historical monument/desert type maps.

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