Group Highlighted Regions by Color

ZeeMaps allows you to highlight geographical areas, e.g., zip codes, counties, cities, states, or geometrical areas like circles, rectangles on your map. You can use such highlighted areas to mark out sales territories, or show service areas on a map. Often, your “region” will comprise of several smaller “geographical” areas. For example, a pizza delivery service might consist of an area composed of several zip codes. Or, a sales territory map might divide the country into several regions comprising of several states each.

Group Highlighted Regions

We’ve added a capability to “group” highlighted areas by color. Use the View > Group Regions menu to combine the borders of your highlighted areas. Once you do this, boundaries will be removed from all contiguous highlighted areas of the same color.

 

combine highlighted regions
Menu item to combine regions

While the highlighted areas are grouped, you cannot add or make changes to existing areas. To do that, un-group the areas, make the changes, and then group the areas again.

Grouping and un-grouping of regions requires an active Enterprise plan subscription.

For example, here’s a map that has several US Zip Codes highlighted grouped together. Following it is a the same map without the grouped highlighted regions.

Interactive Map with several highlighted zip codes grouped together by color

Interactive Map with highlighted zip codes and other areas

Postcode Finder for Australia, Interactive

We’ve added the ability to highlight and find postcodes in Australia. You can highlight postcodes, or find postcodes that are within a specific area on the map.

“Postcodes are used in Australia to sort and send mail to the correct address. All postcodes in Australia have four digits and are placed at the end of the address. Australian postcodes are managed by Australia Post.” from the Wikipedia article on postcodes in Australia.

Highlight Postcodes in Australia

To highlight one more Postcodes in Australia, use the Additions -> Highlight Regions -> Zip (Post) Codes -> Australia Postcodes menu item on your map.

Select Additions -> Highlight Regions -> Zip (Post) Codes -> Australia Postcodes
Menu item to highlight postcodes

In the resulting dialog, enter one or more four digit postcodes separated by commas or spaces. Specify the color for the highlighted area and the boundary and hit Submit.

Highlight Postcode in Australia Dialog
Dialog to highlight a postcode in Australia

For example, here’s a map with postcodes 0872 and 6440 highlighted.

Postcode Finder for Australia

To lookup postcodes that are in a specific area in Australia, use the Additions -> Highlight Regions to define your region. Then, use the menu View -> Lookup Zip (Post) codes menu item and click on your highlighted region. That should show you a list of all the postcodes that fall in the given region.

Postcode Finder for Australis
Postcode Finder for Australia

 

Zip Code Lookup on a Map with ZeeMaps

ZIP codes are a system of postal codes used by the United States Postal Service. ZeeMaps supports Zip Code Lookup, using the View -> Zip Code Lookup menu item on your map.

Zip Code Lookup for Texas

For example, suppose you want to lookup all Zip codes for the state of Texas. Highlight the state of Texas, using the Additions -> Highlight Regions -> States on your map.

Then, once the state of Texas has been highlighted, select the menu item View -> Zip Code Lookup, and click an the highlighted Texas region. You’ll get a list of all Zip Codes in Texas.

Zip Code Lookup result for Texas
Zip Code Lookup for Texas

The same feature can be used to lookup Zip Codes of a particular city, county, or an arbitrary building. You can click on a building to get the Zip Code of the building instead of the area. You are not limited to using pre-defined regions for doing a zip code lookup. Since ZeeMaps allows you to define arbitrary areas like  circles, rectangles, polygons and hand-drawn, you can lookup zip codes for any region on the map.

Unlike the US Postal Service’s Zip Code Lookup service, with ZeeMaps you can easily lookup zip codes for an entire region, instead of having to do it one zip code at a time.

When you click on an highlighted region, the lookup is done for the entire region. If you want to find the zip code for a point within an highlighted region, first click outside the region and then move the zip code locator to the point inside the highlighted region.