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The fact is, it doesn't matter what you think. You shouldn't disable scroll wheel zoom just because it's better for you because you are not your typical user. For those using Google Maps embedded into your page, users are going to have have some pre-conceived expectations of how it should behave - i.e. they expect it to behave like Google Maps in its normal ...


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You are probably asking this because your into implementing it as a developer. The API of the most used map, Google Maps, call these needles for "markers". I'd guess this is the most technically correct word to use. Reference: Google Maps API Markers However I guess your target audience isn't developers and in there daily life call the needles "Pins". And ...


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There's quite a bit of research on cartography on the web, but most of it is not recent. The Commission on Maps and The Internet has published two books on the topic. While I haven't used the material personally, it might be of some use to you.


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I recently worked on an app that had a feature that allowed the user to search or browse for clinics nearby. One thing I got from the tests is that the map view works great mainly for visually displaying (quickly) what is nearby the user. They can process that much faster via the map/pin UI. However, if the user is looking for more information or browsing, ...


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Default Location: The app can ask the user to narrow down a default location, or this could perhaps be queried from the device being used. For example, in the absence of GPS or GEO IP I may have previously specified that I am in "Seattle, WA", or just "Washington", but maybe just "United States". This would allow you to zoom in onto a specific location. ...


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You can restrict the map in a tricky way. When user goes out of the target area, the map shows in some way it's no more useful for them. This could be fading out effect, blurring and desatiration, etc., see the picture below: Another option is to create tension while dragging out of the target area. Compare this to the last slide signifier in the sliding ...


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If these things are strongly correlated in users' minds to geographic locations, then I would certainly try to work "location" or "point" into the name. If these are reports of incidents or conditions, and only weakly correlated to geography, you might call them "issues", "reports", "incidents", etc. All the examples you gave seem to fall more into the ...


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The obvious answer is to render the elephants standing on the turtle's back, but there are other options. Having the map snap back to fit to the edge on zoom out could be confusing, as the user will expect the zoom at the edge to behave in the same way as zoom in the middle. You could however make the map slowly drift back to fill the empty space. A ...


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I think the main problem with the current design is the visual separation between the textual search option and the geolocation option. You are giving the user a choice between these two search methods but not presenting them together in the same place. The text search option is displayed prominently at the top and is easy to recognise but the geolocation ...


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Googles implementation is nice - the icons are actually a see through window of what will happen when pressed. The satellite image in the Earth box shows the actual satellite image of that square. When clicking Earth, the icon turns into a Map icon, showing the map in that square. http://www.fastcodesign.com/3027177/behind-google-maps-new-design Further ...


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Established convention for scroll wheel map zooming is a strong argument. But... I have bad personal experience with scroll wheel map zooming, too. The problem is map zooming occurs instead of needed content scrolling. The app displays bus route on the map and trip details on the right panel. The map doesn't provide rich interaction, I'd say it is rather ...


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Pros: Your design would be intuitive if it had manual search built in. Here is one very typical use case: I am searching for things around a location that I will be at later. I'm not familiar with what the location looks like on a map. I don't know what part of town it is in, but I know the cross streets. Cons: more coding hours. Verdict: Build the ...


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As Franchesca suggested, you could fill the empty space with an empty pattern or you could tile the map... thus creating an infinite continuous 2D space where when you reach one end, you end up at the other, which is similar to what happens on a surface of a sphere. I do not suggest snapping the point of view back into the area of the mapped world, as ...


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There is no such pattern. Special difficulty is in touchscreen, because in other case you can show hide icon on hover. I suppose clicking on pin shows some popover with information about pin — so to solve the problem add there "Hide pin" button/link. Also don't forget to add on map control panel button with text similar to "Restore hidden pins (XX)" (XX is ...


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I recommend muting the map by greying it out and reducing the amount of information it displays beyond France. If the navigation is suddenly disabled for a user exploring the map beyond France, there is a chance the user will interpret it as a bug and close the application. Furthermore, what happens for the user who loads the map in another country? Is ...


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"Markers" is probably the best technical term. "Pins" is probably the most common word in a non-technical, colloquial sense. I tend to agree with @Benny in the sense that you should use what is most familiar to your users - however I don't think that that vast of a majority of users call it a "pin" as opposed to "marker". But I'm just speculating, so go ...


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Firstly with Google Maps there are two routes to a location search box browse map If an location information is always displayed same place regardless of the route used to find it this is a UX win in terms of Consistency heuristic. Secondly note that in Google maps the linear menu changes. This means that a radial menu would alter. And thus any ...


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Show my location. See the top answer to this question: "Your" vs "My" in user interfaces When users tell the program what to do, use 'my' (e.g. show my location). When the program asks the user, use 'your' (e.g. do you want to share your location?).


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What about calling them Points of interest? This is descriptive to your user, doesn't have a positive or negative connotation and is clear on what it means. Using markers or pins is a good way to describe the icon, but what you want to describe is the actual location. For this reason I would advise calling them:"points of interest", "locations" (as ...


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You need to prioritize your requirements and place appropriate buttons on the map. You can place the buttons near any of the four corners(with some margin ofcourse) An example would be: Place the 'my-location' button on the map. this is so that the user can quickly return to his current location. For me, even though it takes some space, it is something ...


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Click based method As you mentioned in your question, the first way is to drop a pointer on click. The click option is well used by Google maps, a click and drag moves the map around and a double click zooms in. This means that there are issues with overloading the click event with too many functions and that can lead to problems. For example, the user ...


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The flaw you described is covered by Nielsen Heuristic "Visibility of System status" The system should always keep users informed about what is going on, through appropriate feedback within reasonable time. Your internal system state has the new address, but the user still see's the old address until "much later". It is critical that the internal ...


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+1 one for a good UX question! Trust that the user is doing what he wants to do and skip all "are you sure" dialoges. Instead - make sure the user notices that he has moved the pin a long way from the original place and make it easy for the user to reset the position if he finds out that it's wrong. This way of designing stuff is, amongst others, ...


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Do you know why the users are moving the pin? Is it by accident or because their first drop was not correct? If it's accidental then you have a usability problem where the user is doing something they don't intend to do. If that is the case, change your interaction so the UI isn't so touchy. If they are moving the pin because they didn't "mean" to ...


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I believe you are approaching this with a premise that all users are aware of all the functionality which is associated with Google maps and would know how to use it and an updated design would perhaps confuse them. While that might be true for specific users, it might not be the case with all users. My recommendation would be to do some usability testing ...


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Update: I rewrote my answer after thinking more. I'm not exactly sure that combining the two is a great choice. You can differentiate tags and and a search string with a common differentiator -- a hash before a tag tells your system to treat that term as a tag instead of a search string -- but mashing the two may needlessly make your system more ...


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Will the geo data for all users be pulled in a batch every 5 minutes? If so you could probably do away with the (potentially confusing) changing avatars, and simply put something on the top or bottom of the screen advising the user of the time since the last refresh - You might even give the user the ability to 'force' a refresh of the data. If you were ...


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... without any click-action. If the pin does not currently have any click-action then you could include a close icon on the pin itself and give it a click-action (click to close): However, this does go against convention a bit, as users often expect to click the pin to get more information. Although with a big red cross maybe this message is made ...


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It is a question of the usability. If you use zoom in / out buttons, you must think about the location of the buttons. If you're using small buttons, it will be hard to tap a button or maybe you tap on the map itself and do something you won't to do. It would be helpful to see your existing UI where you implement the map. If you already have a lot ...


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A circle with the user's current location at the center. It places no constraint on the user's choice of direction. Most likely your application is screen based and thus for restrained by some type of square display. The best aspect ratio obviously depends on the device and screen real estate and how it is used and navigated.



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