Using Advanced Mode

Last Updated: Apr 29, 2016 11:54AM PDT

BatchGeo Pro customers subscribe to the very best tool for gaining visual insights from their data. We now include Advanced Mode for all users in a BatchGeo Pro subscription. The suite of tools available in Advanced Mode help you get more utility and understanding from the underlying map data.

Advanced Mode includes:

  • Data View: a spreadsheet-like view of your data, which you can sort, select, and copy
  • Geographic selectors: bounding box and point-and-radius visual selection
  • Distance measurement: determine the miles or kilometers between points on your map
  • Heat Map: visualize the density of locations with this classic graphical overlay
You can see more of all these tools in our announcement blog post and video.

Turn on/off Advanced Mode

You’ll find the Advanced Mode option under your BatchGeo Pro menu by clicking your email address in the upper right corner of any map. If Advanced Mode is checked (default), it is already on. If you would like to disable Advanced Mode, click to uncheck the option in the menu.

How do I enable heat maps?

While viewing a map and with Advanced Mode enabled, right-click (Ctrl+click on Mac) to bring up the Advanced Mode context menu.

Click the Heat View option to turn on the heat map layer. Your map markers will no longer be visible or clickable.

To disable Heat View, follow the same steps to un-check the option from the context menu.

How do I use Data View?

While viewing a map and with Advanced Mode enabled, right-click (Ctrl+click on Mac) to bring up the Advanced Mode context menu.

Click the Data View option to display the tabular, spreadsheet-like view of your data.

You can change the size of this view by moving your mouse over the bar between the map and data view, then click and drag up or down when the arrow changes to a resize cursor.

By default, your data is sorted alphabetically (or smallest to biggest) by the first column in your spreadsheet. To change the sort order, click the column heading. Click again to reverse the sort order. A third click will remove sorting and return to the default order.

Click a row in your data view to display the info box for that item's marker.

To disable Data View, right-click (Ctrl+click on Mac) to bring up the Advanced Mode context menu, then un-check the option.

How do I select data from my map?

To select multiple rows in succession, click and drag from the first to the last row you want to select. Alternatively, you can click the first then hold shift while clicking the last.

To select individual rows, hold Ctrl (Cmd on Mac) and click the rows you want to select. You can use this same method to unselect specific rows. For example, if you’ve selected a large succession of rows, and want to remove one or more, just hold the selection key (Ctrl or Cmd on Mac) and click an already-selected row.

You can copy selected rows as you normally would, using Ctrl+C (Cmd+C on Mac). The tabular data can then be pasted back into your spreadsheet.

How do I use the Advanced Mode drawing tools?

Perhaps the most exciting features within Advanced Mode are the visual selection tools, which work in tandem with Data View. You can select rows that correspond to locations within a bounding box or radius.

Use a Bounding Box Select
Click the rectangular icon in the upper left, among the other drawing tools. Next, click and hold at one corner of your bounding box (i.e., the upper left). Keeping your mouse down, drag to the opposite corner (i.e., the lower right) to complete your box. As you drag, BatchGeo displays the width and height of the box in kilometers or miles.

You can change the units by clicking the scale in the lower right corner of the map.

Use a Radius Select
Click the circle icon in the upper left, among the other drawing tools. Next, click and hold at the point you want as the center of your radius select. Keeping your mouse down, drag in any direction to expand your circle. As you drag, BatchGeo displays the radius of the circle in kilometers or miles. You can change the units by clicking the scale in the lower right corner of the map.

Use the Distance Measurement Tool
While not a method of selecting data, the Distance Measurement tool is still very useful. Click the tiny ruler icon in the upper left, among the other drawing tools. Next, click and hold on “point A” of the distance you’re looking to measure. As you drag the mouse to “point B,” BatchGeo displays the distance in kilometers or miles.

As with the other drawing tools, you can change the units by clicking the scale in the lower right corner of the map.

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