In many of my previous posts, I reference our developmental platform and using it to create your own projects verses full service development. I have gone over the many benefits of subscribing to the Map Plotter and the general functions, but have not gone further into the specifics of how it operates. In this post, I would like to share in further depth how the Wayfinding Pro Map Plotter works, and how to use it.
The Map Plotter subscription gives access to the development side through the Plotter, and also the web administration through the account manager. After subscribing, new wayfinding projects are created through the account manager. Through the web account you also edit buildings and floors (delete or rename), Share or transfer your projects with other users, and manage your profile. The web account manager is to be thought of as the admin of all of your projects. The Plotter is just the tool that enables you to create them.
The Map Plotter is where the majority of the development takes place. After loading your maps, this is where you categorize locations, join floors, test routes, customize the application, set waypoints and location / route attributes, set intersections, define path attributes, set department information and prioritize path weights.
Path Weights: The plotter automatically assigns a low weight to each path. The weight is what dictates the priority of the path. The paths with lower assigned numbers are taken first in directions. This enables you to give directions to the quickest and most convenient path ways.
Location, Route and Path Attributes: This tool enables a user to select specific indicators of paths, routes and locations such as line color, weight and border. This helps define and customize the actual lines of the pathways.
Departments: Assigning departments and setting information allow the plotter to provide this information to the front end user interface. Within the plotter you can also maintain this info and change when the location of offices change or staff members change.
Categorizing Locations: Destinations can be tagged as Points of Interest. There is a library of icons accessible through the plotter that can be used to label destinations as POI. This includes restroom icons, handicapped accessible icons, cafeteria, and many others.
This is a very small example of what the Plotter and Web account admin are used for. Upon subscription, users receive manuals that extensively explain the operation of both. Using these tools, you can create your own wayfinding projects from the ground up. This is an amazing tool for resellers.