New Release! Convert Any Image Into an Interactive Map

Today we are excited to announce possibly the most important functionality release to date – UMapper now supports Custom Maps! That means that you can upload any image file to UMapper and convert it into an interactive map (examples below) within minutes. Watch the video below (or on YouTube) to see is how it works:

Get this video from YouTube or create your first Custom Map.

Custom maps can also be used in GeoDart games and Map Wiki’s. Similar to standard maps, custom maps can be tracked with UMapper Map Analytics, indexed by search engines and embedded pretty much anywhere on the internet.

As you can imagine, this functionality can be applied to a large number of uses. Below are several examples.

Post War Map of the World
Bring static old maps to life. Roll over countries to see descriptions.

Panorama of San Francisco
Convert your high-resolution photographs into interactive applications. Roll over the yellow tower in the middle to see how objects can be annotated.

Web Trend Map
Annotate complex charts with clickable overlays. Select the pink star above amazon to see overlay marker in action.

Hubble Telescope Photographs
Explore space photographs and search for terrestrial life.

As always, we are very curious to hear from you. Let us know if you have any comments or functionality suggestions.

29 thoughts on “New Release! Convert Any Image Into an Interactive Map

  1. Very cool application! Lots of possibilities!!

    I didn’t see you yesterday, but I did see Antoine Toffa. Let me know when you’re up to meet!

  2. I belong to a network of about 100 people all over the world. We’re a web based university and I’d like to put every person’s address on a map that we could all use when traveling to know where other associates live. Is there any way to do this using your application or do you have any suggestions on how I could do this? Ideally, I’d upload a spreadsheet of names and addresses and they could be added onto a world map. Thanks.

  3. This is great! Of course, it can be used for any type of image – not just a map – so I just tried it with a painting!

    However, the example you have here above does not show a marker, just a rollover of a region. Is that possible?

    Beth Harris
    (Director of Digital Learning, Museum of Modern Art)

  4. Hi – Actually, I have been playing with this more – and figured out how to mark a region (duh), but having significant problems editing an annotation once its created. Also, wish I didn’t have to click on the marker to see the entire note.

    Wondering if you are working on the bugs – since this is a cool tool.


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  10. I like the idea of converting images to interactive maps but it simply does not work for most of my jpgs. After uploading a custom map image, a jpg file, the app indicates it uploaded successfully and then specifies that it is converting the image. After a short while the screen refreshes but the image is not added to the list of maps. Frustrating. It does work as advertised with simple jpgs that came directly from my digital camera. But it does not work with jpgs that have been edited in Photoshop (and saved as jpgs), nor does it work with jpgs that have been exported from ESRI’s ArcMap program. Does UMapper only understand a certain type of jpg image?

  11. Michael, thanks for your comment. Our technical team confirmed that there is an issues with some JPGs. We are not sure to what is causing the issue but we are looking at it.

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  13. Thanks for this fantastic tool. I got a million of new ideas when I first tried it. Question: Will it ever be possible to embedd youtube-(vimeo- etc.)videos in custom maps?

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  21. Convert Any Image Into an Interactive Map – NOT WORKINg

    I’ve copied the error:
    Fatal error: Uncaught exception ‘Zend_Session_Exception’ with message ‘Zend_Session::start() – /var/www/zend/library/Zend/Session.php(Line:438): Error #2 session_start() [function.session-start]: open(/var/www/data/sessions/sess_903096dd49f33439d79e731d00ad5778, O_RDWR) failed: No space left on device (28) Array /var/www/zend/library/Zend/Session.php(Line:442): Error #2 session_write_close() [function.session-write-close]: open(/var/www/data/sessions/sess_903096dd49f33439d79e731d00ad5778, O_RDWR) failed: No space left on device (28) Array /var/www/zend/library/Zend/Session.php(Line:442): Error #2 session_write_close() [function.session-write-close]: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/var/www/data/sessions) Array’ in /var/www/zend/library/Zend/Session.php:444 Stack trace: #0 /var/www/httpdocs/system/lib/Afc/Session.php(76): Zen in /var/www/zend/library/Zend/Session.php on line 444
    Custom Map Limit Exceeded

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