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Overview

The UWP Map control is a powerful data visualization component that displays statistical information for a geographical area. It has highly interactive and customizable features such as zooming, panning, selecting, legends, markers, bubbles, and color mapping. Using the Map control,you can render various maps, such as sales, political-boundary, weather, electoral, and route maps.


Shape layers

Render geographical shapes or custom shapes in UWP Map.

UWP Map rendered with input data.

Data

Bind shapefiles (.shp) and GeoJSON (.json) data to maps to render any geometric shape.

UWP Map showing a customized shape layer.

Customization

Customize the default style of a shape using the color, stroke, and thickness properties.

UWP Map showing bus seat arrangement using custom shape data.

Custom shapes

Render any custom shape to represent building infrastructure, a sports stadium, plane or bus seat arrangements, and more.

UWP Map showing sublayers over a main layer.

Sublayer

Load multiple shape files in a single map view. For example, add a sublayer over a main shape layer to view geographic features such as rivers, valleys, and cities in a map of a country.


Imagery layers

Built-in support for external imagery services, such as Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap, is used to visualize satellite, aerial, and street maps, and other imagery tiles, without using shapefiles. Apart from Bing Maps and OpenStreetMap, you can also render maps from other map providers such as Google Maps and TomTom.

UWP Map shows OpenStreetMap support using imagery services.

OpenStreetMap (OSM)

OpenStreetMap (OSM) is a map of the world built by a community of mapmakers that is free to use under an open license. It allows users to view geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

UWP Map showing Bing Maps support using imagery services.

Bing Maps

Bing Maps, owned by Microsoft, is a map of the entire world. It supports three types of map views: Aerial, Aerial with Labels, and Road.


Data labels

Easily annotate UWP Map shapes with labels to improve the readability of a particular shape’s name.

UWP Map showing a customized data label.

Label customization

Customize the look and feel of default labels using font style, size, and color properties.

UWP Map showing trimmed overlapping data labels.

Smart label alignments

Align labels smartly within shape boundaries and trim or hide them to avoid labels overlapping.


Heat map

Produce a heat map by customizing shape colors based on the underlying shape value.

UWP Map showing shape color applied by equal color mapping support.

Equal color mapping

Equal color mapping differentiates a shape’s fill color based on its underlying value and color. For example, apply colors to states based on their winning political candidates.

UWP Map showing shape color applied by range color mapping support.

Range color mapping

Apply colors to shapes by comparing their values with desired numeric ranges. For example, apply colors to states based on their population density.


Maps markers

Markers allow you to denote a place with symbols, like pins, or display a message at specific coordinates on a map.

UWP Map showing different types of map markers.

Marker types

Set the marker type to built-in shapes such as circles, diamonds, rectangles, or squares to highlight a place.

Maps for UWP showing marker pins using custom map marker support to indicate a location.

Custom markers

Customize markers by adding images or any custom shape to highlight a location.


Map bubbles

Bubbles are used to add 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.

UWP Map showing color-customized bubbles.

Color customization

Customize the default color of a bubble and its transparency using the fill and opacity properties.

UWP Map showing size-customized bubbles.

Size customization

Customize the minimum and maximum size of a bubble to enhance its readability.


Map legend

Legends provide valuable information for interpreting maps by using colors, shapes, or other identifiers based on data.

UWP Map showing customized legend position.

Legend position

Move a legend to any position inside a map.

UWP Map showing customized legend icons.

Icon customization

The default size of a legend icon can be customized.


User interactions

Interactive features such as selecting, zooming, and panning greatly enhance user experience.

UWP Map showing selection functionality while tapping shapes.

Selection

Select or highlight an area or shape in order to center the view over that area on a map.

UWP Map showing zooming and panning functionality.

Zooming and panning

Zooming allows users to get a closer look at a particular area, and panning allows users to move a map around to focus on a specific area.

UWP Map showing drill-down functionality while tapping a world map.

Drilling down

Drill down in a map to display different shape data located on another layer. For example, you can drill down to a continent in a world map to show the continent separately on another layer.

UWP Map tooltip showing informaton about tapped elements.

Tooltip

The tooltip control displays a pop-up with additional information about the shapes, markers, and bubbles when the end user taps the map elements.


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