Hot-Spots Guide - Style

 

Changing the name of a Hot-Spots layer 

 

Video Guide

Step One

Style a Hot-Spots layer - To style your own data, select Open an existing project and then My Data, before clicking on the layer you wish to style. 

Step Two

Select the layer name panel - Within the layer editor panel select Layer Name and click with you mouse to expand the panel. 

Step Three

Change the layer name - To change the layer name type an appropriate name for the layer into the Name text box. A tip is to ensure it is short, unique to the layer and descriptive. You are now ready to use the layer. 

Changing the colour of Hot-Spots 

 

Video Guide

Step One

Style a Hot-Spot layer - To style your own data, Open an existing project and then select My Data, click on the layer you wish to style.       

Step Two

Choose a column

Within the layer editor panel select Design and Build, from here you can control how the HotSpots are displayed. Expand the Colour selection panel.     

Choose a column from the Data Based Styling dropdown which will be used to classify the records in your layer. All of the columns in your layer will be available.       

When you have selected the column of data, the map will automatically update to reflect the change made to the layer.       

Step Three

Select a fill colour - To change the colour of your Hot-Spots based on a column within your data, click in the coloured box next to Fill and select the required colour from the palette. The Hot-Spots will automatically update. 

Step Four

Change the fill transparency - You can change the level of transparency of your Hot-Spot fill colour by clicking and dragging the bar underneath Fill Transparency. If you want your Hot-Spots to be very transparent, so that you can see features underneath the Hot-Spots, drag the bar towards the High end of the bar. To make your Hot-Spots more opaque, drag the bar towards the Low end. 

Step Five

Change the border colour - You can change the colour of the border of your Hot-Spots by clicking in the coloured box next to Border and selecting the required colour from the palette. 

Step Six

Change the border transparency - You can change the transparency of the border colour of your Hot-Spots in the same way as the Fill colour, by clicking and dragging the bar underneath Border Transparency. If you want your Hot-Spot borders to be very transparent so that you can see features underneath the Hot-Spots drag the bar towards the High end of the bar. To make your Hot-Spot borders more opaque drag the bar towards the Low end. 

Step Seven

Modify Advanced Options to change colours - You can make changes to the way in which the data based styling is displaying the data through Advanced Options. You can assign specific colours by clicking on the colour next to each value. 

Step Eight

Modify Advanced Options to change number values

For numeric columns, you can also change the number of classes the data is split into, and the method by which the data is assigned to each class:

Equal Value Ranges – Your data is grouped into same sized range values. Equal Value range maps are easy to interpret and are good for visualising uniform distribution and continuous data. It is not an appropriate classification method where the data is clustered around only a few values.      

Equal Class Counts – Your data is grouped so each will contain an equal category which will have the same number of records.       

Custom Ranges – You will be able to set the range values of each class. This can be useful if you wish to round numbers e.g. 5000 – 10,000 or map the data according to specific KPIs. 

Step Nine

Apply Bivariate Mapping 

If you tick the Bivariate option in the Colour section, you can choose a second column to compare to the first. If the Bivariate option is ticked, the Advanced Options shows the classes as pre-defined, though it does allow you to change the colours assigned to each class.      

In the example below, the yellow areas on the map will indicate where the value for ‘Purchases’ is above average and the ‘Sales’ value is below average. The red areas will indicate where the value for ‘Purchases’ is below average and the ‘Sales’ value is above average, and so on. 

Changing the label of Hot-Spots 

 

Video Guide

Step One

Switch on Hot-Spot Layer labels - To switch on your Hot-Spot layer labels, Open an existing project and then select My Data, click on the label icon which can be found to the left of your Hot-Spots layer name. The HotSpot labels will then be displayed.       

Step Two

Style a Hot-Spot layer - To style your layer, open the layer editor by clicking on the name of the Hot-Spot layer that you want to change. 

Step Three

Select the label panel - Within the layer editor panel select Design and Build, from here you can control how the Hot-Spots are displayed, expand the Label selection panel. 

Step Four

Change the label and font - To change the label to another column from your data, select the required column from the Label dropdown list, and to change the Font select the required font from the Font dropdown list. 

Step Five

Change the label colour and size - You can change the colour of the label by clicking in the coloured box next to Foreground and selecting a colour from the palette. To change the size of the labels, click and drag the Size bar until it shows the required size or type in a size in the number box. 

Step Six

Use advanced options to change labels - You can make changes to the way in which the labels are displayed through Advanced Options. To change the position of the label select one of the options in the Position dropdown box. There are several other options for styling your label which can be ticked or unticked as required. 

Step Seven

Add additional labels - You can add additional labels by opening the Additional Labels section and selecting a data column from the dropdown list. The additional labels will appear on the map automatically. To add further additional labels, press the + button. 

Changing the visibility level of Hot-Spots 

 

Video Guide

Step One

Style a Hot-Spots layer - To style your own data, Open an existing project and then select My Data, click on the HotSpot layer you wish to style. 

Step Two

Select the visibility panel - Within the layer editor panel select Design and Build, from here you can control how the HotSpots are displayed. Expand the Visibility section to control the zoom level at which your HotSpots are displayed. 

Step Three

Select visibility level - Initially all layers are set to the visibility level World which means that the Hot-Spots in your layer will be visible regardless of the zoom level. To change the maximum visibility level click and drag the slider or type a value between 1 and 20 in the number box. A value of 20 means that the layer will be visible at all levels and a value of 1 means that the layer will only be displayed at very zoomed in levels.      

After changing the visibility level you may find that your Hot-Spots are no longer visible on the map. To display your Hot-Spots again, you will need to click on the Zoom tool which can be found above the map and zoom into the level that you have setup for your layer.