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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…
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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…

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 …

Now Supporting The New Google Sheets: Upgrade Steps for Legacy Users

Howdy.

Just a quick post to announce we recently launched support for the new Google Sheets -- I think they were previously called Google Spreadsheets, but alas, the new name and UI are more aerodynamic...

MapAList has recently been updated to support the new Google Sheets.

To harness these new features, one must re-authorize MapAList's access to one's Google Docs.  (Note: This is only required for legacy users.)

Take no action and only (the old) Google Spreadsheets will be supported. Follow the steps below, to keep up with the Joneses, and  be able to map from the new Google Sheets, as well as the old format.

Steps:
1) Go to mapalist.com and log in
2) Go to MapAList's Google Auth Page
3) Click "Accept" on the Google page to enable MapAList to use your Google Sheets on your behalf
3.5) 10 push-ups, because if you don't have your health...
4) Try creating your map again
5) Let us know how you fared

What you are doing is switching your account from AuthSub (the …

Allow your Member/User Base to Add Pins to your Map Using Google Forms

As the MapAList user base has grown over the past couple of years, one of the things we’ve noticed is that we have a ton of organizations leveraging our toolset to map their member/user bases.Religious organizations use MapAList to track their congregations; alumni associations use MapAList to track their members; campaigns and non-profits use MapAList to track their supporters/donors…you get the point. The reason I bring this up is because a few of these organizations have gotten smart and realized that they could push the work of updating their maps out to the user based directly using Google Forms.It’s like self check-out at the grocery store – the users love it because they are empowered (and because it’s a novelty to scan those barcodes) and so does the store because it reduces labor.Sounds cool – right?Well, implementing such a solution on your site with MapAList is not terribly difficult.Those folks at Google have made Google Forms easy to design and feed to a Google Spreadsheet…

Concentration/Heat Maps Are Here!

Hello MapAList Faithful - it's been a while!
Our most recent release includes a new map type called "Concentration/Heat Map."

This new map type is great for large data sets with many addresses. It essentially creates a map in which the density of color (red) displayed is higher in areas with more addresses.

The creation process is super simple...just choose "Concentration/Heat Map" in step 4 of the mapping process and you're good to go. Check it out:

The rest should be very straightforward with a result that looks like the map you see below (note that I have about 4000 points in my Google Spreadsheet):


Unfortunately, right now Concentration/Heat Maps don't allow you to see actual points on the map or click on them and get a pop up bubble, but if you have a big data set this might be just what you're looking for.
If you have a large data set, give it a go and see what you think...

A MapAList Milestone - 5000 Users!

Roughly 18 months ago we launched MapAList with no publicity whatsoever. Brian, our founder, head developer, and resident visionary, shared his excitement around the solution with friends and family triggering our user base to slowly begin growing.
Within a few months a handful of publications picked up on the simplicity and utility of MapAList and started to help us spread the word. LifeHacker.com was one of the first and gave us a huge boost. A week or so later The Chicago Tribune, The Orlando Sentinal, and The Baltimore Sun featured MapAList in their "How 2" column and things really started to heat up.

From churches and wine distributors to real estate agents and news organizations, our users were finding creative and unique ways to make the most of MapAList.
International press soon followed with articles in Russian, Indian, and French publications just to name a few. An influx of Brazilian users soon made us aware that we had been featured in Info Exame (a highly-popul…