Have you found yourself creating a map in Google Fusion Tables as of late and suddenly found yourself lost and confused? Did things look different or slightly out of place?
Don’t fret. It’s not you; it’s Google. Really.
If you would like to go back to your comfort zone, select “back to classic look” from the drop-down Help tab. (Actually, do this no matter what. It is the only way for it to display properly in our pre-built plug-in.) If you need any tips on using that tool, please refer to Matt Stiles’ handy, 20-minute webinar or simply follow the documentation here.
The New Look
If you don’t wish to use our plug in (and the lovely legend display that comes with it) and are simply uploading your data for your own reporting and background, here are the main differences in the new version, as far as we can tell:
1. The method of switching from map to table view.
Now, instead of clicking on visualize>map, you simply click on “map of latitude.”
2. There is an easier way to fix a goofy auto-detection of longitude and latitude.
If you have latitude and longitude information in your dataset and it isn’t appearing correctly on your map, follow these steps:
- Return to the table view.
- Hover over the heading for your column that contains your latitudes.
- Click on that little arrow that appears.
- Click on “change.”
- Make sure that ‘Type’ is set as location, that you have the ‘Two Column Location’ option checked and that you identify the correct columns for your latitude and longitude information. Click ‘ok.’
- Do the same thing in the longitude box, just to be safe. (Although it should automatically update there, as well).
- Voila! You just created a map in significantly less time than you could have previously.
What Hasn’t Changed
Either way you decide to go, you will have the same styling options as before, and will follow the same process to upload your data, so follow these instructions for that.