The maps control is a data visualization component that provides a graphical representation of geographical data. This control has highly interactive and customizable features such as zooming, panning, selecting, legends, markers, bubbles, and color mapping.
Shape layers provide options to render geographical shapes or custom shapes on maps.
Shapefiles (.shp) and GeoJSON (.json) data can be bound to maps to render any geometric shape.
The default style of a shape can be customized using the color, stroke, and thickness properties.
The maps control allows you to render any custom shape to make it look like building infrastructure, a sports stadium, plane or bus seat arrangements, and more.
Data labels are used to display the names of particular shapes.
Imagery layers provide options to visualize satellite, aerial, street map, or other imagery tiles without using shapefiles.
OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world built by a community of mappers that is free to use under an open license. It allows users to view geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.
Bing Maps is a map of the entire world owned by Microsoft. It supports three types of map views: Aerial, Aerial with Label, and Road.
Categorize shapes by customizing their colors based on the underlying shape values.
Equal color mapping differentiates a shape’s fill color based on its underlying value and color. For example, colors can be applied to states based on their winning political candidates.
Colors can be applied to shapes by comparing their values with desired numeric ranges. For example, colors can be applied to states based on their population density.
Markers allow you to denote a place with symbols or display some message at a specific latitude and longitude on a map.
The marker type can be changed to built-in shapes such as circle, diamond, rectangle, or square to highlight a place.
Markers can be customized by adding images or any custom shapes to highlight a location.
Bubbles are used to add additional information to shapes such as population density, land area, and more. They are rendered with various magnitudes and colors based on the underlying data values of the shapes.
The default color of a bubble and its transparency can be customized using the fill and opacity properties.
The minimum and maximum size of a bubble can be customized to enhance its readability.
A legend is used to provide valuable information for interpreting a map with various colors, shapes, or other identifiers based on the data and application requirements.
The position of a legend can be changed or moved to any place inside the map.
The default size of a legend icon can be customized.
The end user experience is greatly enhanced by a set of user interaction features such as selection, zooming, and panning.
A particular area or shape can be selected or highlighted on user interaction to bring the center of the view over other shapes in a map.
Zooming allows end users to get a closer look at a particular area of interest on a map by pinching the map.
Panning allows end users to move a map around to focus on a specific area and navigate across its regions.