On October 17, we announced the launch of the new Koordinates interface. Now that you’ve had a chance to have a look around, we thought we’d walk through some of the additional features of the new UI.
So, let’s assume you’ve used our big search bar to find some data that you like — Northland Aerial Photography, Whangarei District 1999-2004, say. You add the layer to see what it looks like. As it happens, it looks rather nice:
But what if you want to see it displayed on an alternative base map? This is easy enough: on the top of your screen, click the ‘Map’ button, and you’ll see a drop-down menu with a range of base layers. You can change your base layer from the default map layer to ‘Hybrid’, ‘Satellite’, ‘Terrain’ or ‘Blank.’ Let’s run with Terrain for now.
Because we’re working with an aerial photography layer, this doesn’t actually make much of a difference. But let’s say you really want to see that base map layer. This, too, is fairly easy to solve.
The first thing to do is go to the top right of your screen and click on the box with the number sitting next to it. From there, you’ll see a drop-down list of all the map layers you’ve added. Click on one of these layers to see a list of additional options — including, right there at the top, a sliding ‘visibility’ scale. Move that to the left, and your chosen map layer will become more transparent, which will in turn allow you to see your base map layer.
If you want to zoom to your map layer, you can do this in one of two ways. First, below the sliding visibility scale, you’ll see a ‘zoom to’ button, which will zoom to the map layer in question. Second, if you look to the top left of the map, you’ll notice a wee magnifying glass — obviously the universal symbol for ‘zoom’. But if you click on it, you’ll also notice a drop down menu. You can use this to either ‘Zoom to World’, which will take you as far out as you can go, or else ‘Zoom to Selected Items’, which again will take you to your chosen map layers.
Finally, if you want to crop your map layer, click on the small square-ish symbol next to ‘x’ in the top right. This will enable you to select a portion of the map layer for download. If there is a cost to download the map layer, you’ll see this displayed under the large ‘Download or Order’ button. As you crop your map layer, this cost will automatically adjust. For example, the entire Northland Regional Council Aerial Photography map layer would cost $92.71 to download; after cropping what we need, this goes down to $1.77.
Easy as that! If you want read more about the UI re-design, check out our post introducing the changes. Watch this space for further explanation of the other tools in the new UI.