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Welcome to the Map Editor

Note: Some of the options described are purchasable and may not appear. Contact your Omnitracs sales representative for more information about acquiring additional features.

The Map Editor lets you make changes to the streets and roads so that the map data accurately reflects the roads you want to use. For instance, there may be roads that your equipment can not use, so you do not want your workers directed to use those roads; you can mark these roads disabled in the Map Editor and they will not be used. Disabled streets are indicated by gray boxes on the segment. Any changes you make in the Map Editor are communicated to the worker's devices, so that they have the most up to date street information when getting directions.

When you first open the Map Editor you will see the map in the top right corner of the screen. Below the map is a results area where the streets you select are listed. The right side of the screen has three tabs: a Properties tab that show the name, speed limit, and other attributes of a selected street, an Address Search tab where you can search for an address, and an Edit History tab where you can see the changes that have been made to the map data.

Moving Around on the Map

In order to make changes to the streets in the Map Editor, you need to make sure the map is displaying the proper area. There are several ways you can move to the area you need to work with on the map:

To zoom to a specific area or point, enter the city and state, address, or latitude and longitude in the Search field on the map and choose the proper option from the list that pops up; the map will zoom to that address.

To zoom in or out in the current area, move the zoom bar slider up (zoom in) or down (zoom out). To zoom in on a different area of the map, right click on that area and choose Zoom from the menu that pops up.

To move to a different area on the map, use the compass rose, or click and drag the map to show the area you want to see. To move the map so it is centered on a different point, right click on that point and choose Center from the menu that pops up.

To display service locations on the map, click the arrow button and check Service Locations. The service locations appear as blue bulls-eyes on the map.

To switch the maps to satellite mode, click the arrow button and select Satellite. To change back to street mode, click the arrow button and select Streets.

Hints: If you want to expand the map to fill the entire screen, click the Expand icon; the map fills the entire screen. To shrink the map back to its normal placement in Dispatching, click the Restore icon.
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To fade the map background, slide the blue circle on the Fade bar in the top right corner of the map.
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For more information on navigating and using the map, see Using the Map.

To hide the Results list to allow for more space for the map, hold the cursor over the darker portion of the separator between the Results list and the map. The cursor will change to a hand when it is over the correct area. To restore the panel, click on the darker portion of the bar that appears below the map, at the bottom of the window.

Finding a Street Segment

The Map Editor allows you to perform many functions for changing your maps, including adding, editing, and deleting streets. The first step in editing the map data is to find the street you want to work with.

There are a couple of ways you can find a street; you can enter the address to find the street, or you can select it on the map.

To search for a street using the address, click the Address Search icon on the right side of the window; the Address Search panel opens. Enter the address you are looking for; you must enter at least the city, state, or postal code; to only search for streets currently displayed on the map check Limit to View. To limit the number of results that are displayed, check Max Results and enter the largest number of results you want displayed. To keep previous results in the Results list, instead of replacing them with the results of the new search, check Append Results.
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Click the [Search] button. Street segments that meet your search criteria appear in the Results pane.

To use the map to select a street, right-click on the map and choose Select Street from the menu that pops up. Click on the street segment you want to work with; the street segment turns blue and appears in the Results list. To select multiple street segments, hold down the [Ctrl] key while clicking the street segments. To select a section of segments on the same street, right-click on the street segment and choose Follow by Name from the menu that pops up. All connecting street segments with the same road names will be highlighted and appear in the Results list.

Adding or Changing a Street Segment

Once you have found the street segment you want to change, check the selection box next to it in the Results pane; the street segment is highlighted in green on the map. Click on the Properties icon to open the Properties tab, which displays the properties for that street segment.
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Note: Any changes that you make to the streets affect all users of the maps.

To zoom the map to the selected street segment, so you can see it and work with it more easily, right-click on the selected segment(s) and choose Fit on Map from the menu that pops up. The map zooms to the selected street segment(s).

To change any of the properties for the street segment, click the Edit Street icon; you can now edit the street segment's properties.
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To change one of the listed properties, enter the new information in the proper field, or check/uncheck the box. See Working with a Street's Properties for more information on the properties for a street segment.

To change the shape of the street, such as if a curve is not properly reflected in the map data, click the Change Shape icon. Round points appear on the street segment; click and drag one of the points to change the shape at that point.
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To change the shape in an area of the street segment that does not have a round point, click at that point on the segment and a round point appears. Drag the new point to the desired place.

Hint: When you are changing the shape of a street on the map, you may want to have satellite maps showing. To have satellite map displayed, click the arrow button and choose Satellite in map style.

To delete the selected street segment, click on the Delete Street icon.
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To save the changes you have made to the street segment, click the Save icon.
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To cancel your changes, returning the segment to the last saved properties, click the Cancel icon.
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To make the same change to multiple street segments simultaneously, such as if a road name changed, make sure all the street segments are listed in the Results pane, then check each one, right click on one and select Replace Attributes from the menu that pops up. On the Properties pane, check the attribute you want to change and enter the new information. Click the Save Street icon; all selected street segments are updated.

To add a street, right click on the map and choose Add Street from the menu that pops up. The cursor changes to a circle. Click where you want the new street to start, then click wherever the street curves or turns. Continue clicking a drawing the street until it is completed, then double click the mouse. Enter the properties for the new street, then click the Save Street icon to save the new street segment.

Hint: Make sure the map is zoomed to sufficiently to the proper area so you can see the proper detail level when drawing a street.  When you are changing the shape of a street on the map, you may want to have satellite maps showing. To have satellite map displayed, click the arrow button and choose Satellite in map style.

If commercial vehicles are not allowed on the selected street segment, right-click on the segment and choose Enable Commercial Road Restriction from the menu that pops up. Any equipment that is marked as commercially restricted will not be sent on the commercially restricted street segments. To allow commercial vehicles on segments marked restricted, right-click on the street segment and choose Disable Commercial Restriction from the menu that pops up.

To disable a street so that no traffic is routed on it, right-click on the segment and choose Disable Street from the menu that pops up. Disabled streets have gray blocks on them, indicating they are disabled. To enable a disabled street, right-click on the selected segment and choose Enable Street from the menu that pops up.

Reviewing Changes on the Map

The Edit History page lets you see the changes made to the map data in the selected period of time. Not all map edits are shown in the Edit History, but the most commonly made changes, such as changing a speed limit, disabling a street segment, or changing the commercial road restriction status of a street segment, are listed. To review the map edits, click the Edit History icon to open the Edit History page.
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To choose the dates you want to see map edits for, enter the Start Date and End Date. Enter the start and end date that should be included. To choose a date, click on the date and enter the new date, or click the box next to the date to open a calendar. Click on the date you want to select. If you want to change the month, click the month at the top of the calendar to open a list of months, then click the month you want to select. To change the year, click on the year at the top of the calendar to open a list of years, then click on the year you want to select. To select a previous year, click on the left edge of the calendar.

To limit the number of map edits that are returned at a single time, check Max Results and enter the largest number of edits that should be returned in the box.

Click the [Refresh] button. Map edits that were made in the selected time range are displayed. To zoom the map to the street segment that was changed, click on the edit in the list.

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