Traffic Map: Overlay Google Traffic on your maps

If you are a paid user, ZeeMaps allows you to create a traffic map with real-time overlay of Google traffic information. This means you can access all the functionality you need in one place and makes plotting your or your team’s routes even easier.

(To get up to speed with using Google Maps on your computer, phone or tablet, read this useful support article).

Traffic Map Setting

To access this feature, go to ‘Map’ then ‘Settings’ in your map menu. Select ‘Map Display’ from the tabs on the left-hand side of the page. Check the box that says ‘Overlay real-time traffic’ and save changes.

Overlay real-time traffic
Overlay real-time traffic

Real-time traffic information

Your map will now show real-time traffic as a colored overlay. Green represents a normal speed of traffic, yellow represents slower than normal traffic, red indicates congestion, and dark red indicates stop and go traffic. You will also see construction works, accidents and road closures marked on the map. As you can see, central London is not moving very quickly…

Central London traffic map shows heavy traffic
Central London traffic map

Once you have checked the ‘Overlay real-time traffic’ box and saved changes, as above, you can easily switch the traffic information on and off by clicking on the car icon on the top right-hand side of your map.

Traffic Map: Toggle Switch
Traffic Map: Toggle Switch
Car icon
Car icon

The easiest way to plot locations

A lot of companies use ZeeMaps to plot locations for their staff members on a daily basis – pizza delivery companies and glass repair companies are just two examples. Our users requested this traffic management add-on, so we added the feature. We really do listen to your comments and feedback! We want to ensure that ZeeMaps is as user-friendly as possible and has all the functionality users need.

Now, a pizza delivery company can mark locations for each driver and check the traffic along the way. They can find an alternative route to avoid heavy traffic, and give customers a realistic delivery time slot.

OneDrive Spreadsheets: Map Location Data

ZeeMaps allows you to create interactive maps from location data stored in Microsoft’s OneDrive spreadsheets. ZeeMaps can periodically update the map as the spreadsheet changes.

You upload and attach your OneDrive spreadsheet to a map only once, then the map can be automatically kept updated as your spreadsheet changes. This way, you do not have to worry about making changes to both your spreadsheet and your map.

In order for this to work, make sure that you do not:

  1. Change the name or location of the spreadsheet
  2. Change the columns of your spreadsheet.

If you make any of the above two changes to your spreadsheet, then you must delete all data from your map and re-upload and attach your spreadsheet.

Attach a OneDrive Spreadsheet to a map

To attach a OneDrive spreadsheet to a map, first create a map on ZeeMaps. Use the Additions -> Add (Upload) Multiple Markers menu item on your map, and then select the Cloud Drive Spreadsheet Option.

Upload Data from OneDrive Spreadsheet to a a map
Upload Data from OneDrive Spreadsheet to a a map

In the Cloud Drives drop-down, select the Microsoft OneDrive option for the Provider control, and hit the Fetch My Spreadsheets button.

Select OneDrive Provider
Select OneDrive Provider

At this point, a window should be activated that asks you to sign-in to your Microsoft OneDrive account and give ZeeMaps access. Once you’ve granted access, you should see a list of your spreadsheets and be able to select the spreadsheet that you want to upload to the map. From here on, follow the steps for uploading a spreadsheet to a map.

If you want your spreadsheet changes to be automatically reflected on your map, make sure that you check the option for “Regularly update from Cloud Spreadsheet” in Step 2 of the confirmation process for the upload:

Periodically Update Map from OneDrive Spreadsheet changes
Periodically Update Map from OneDrive Spreadsheet changes

From then on, the map should be automatically updated when your spreadsheet changes.

To see what spreadsheets are attached to your map, use the View -> Cloud Drive Sheets menu item on your map.

Add users to your enterprise account

When you set up an Enterprise account with ZeeMaps, you can add additional users to the account at relatively low cost: the first 9 additional users are free and then subsequent blocks of 10 users are charged the same rate as the original plan.

To add users to your account, use the Add Users tab in your account page. Specify the additional users’ email addresses and hit “Save Changes”.

Add Users to Enterprise Account
Add Users to Enterprise Account

If a user with the additional email already exists in ZeeMaps, that account will be added to your Enterprise account, and the user will have the same privileges as any other Enterprise account. If a user does not exist with that email, ZeeMaps will create a new user and send a notification through email about the account details.

You can remove any of the added users using the Remove Users tab in your account page. When you remove users from your account, their account is only removed from your Enterprise plan — otherwise their account stays open with ZeeMaps.

We’ve also made it easier to transfer maps from one account to another.

To transfer maps to another account, go to your My Maps page and the Maps Owned section. Select the maps that you want to transfer and then hit the Transfer button on the menu bar. ZeeMaps will ask you to enter the email address of the new owner (twice to ensure correctness). Enter the email address of the new owner and hit Transfer.

When doing the transfer, the new account must already exist in ZeeMaps.

Transfer Maps to a different account
Transfer Maps to a different account

 

Enable street view on your maps

Paid subscribers can enable street view on their maps.

Use the Map -> Settings menu to get to the Map Settings page.

Map Settings menu
Map Settings Menu item

Once on the settings page, go to the tab for Map Display and then check the box that says “Enable street view on map” and hit submit.

 

Enable Street View
Enable Street View on your map

 

You need to be a paid subscriber for the street view to be enabled on your maps.

For example, here’s a sample map with Street View enabled: