The editor give you a couple of options for the initial location of the map. From the Location tab, at the top choose either Address or Custom.
- Address - Simply enter an address and the map will automatically find the correct coordinates.
- Custom - This option gives you the ability to position the map precisely. Drag and zoom the map to find the desired location, then click Get Current Location/Zoom. At this point the editor will remember the location and you can freely pan and zoom the map to edit it.
The Google Maps API gives you complete control of how the map will look like. You can change the color or visibility of every feature that you see on the map. However this comes at a slight cost - it might take some playing around with the settings to find the right feature you're looking to style.
When you open the Style tab, at the top you will see a Style Group select. The hierarchy looks something like this:
Group / Feature / Element
Different features of the map are organized into broad groups. For example the Landscape group contains Man Made, Natural and other features.
Each feature can have some of the following elements:
- Geometry Fill
- Geometry Stroke
- Text Fill
- Text Stroke
With the hierarchy explained, now a few words of the controls.
- Visibility: Different groups/features/elements can be disabled from the switch next to their title. This will completely remove them from the map.
- Color: Enter a hex code in the input field, or click the box next to it to open the color picker.
- Reset: When you click the Reset button on the right of the color picker preview box, the control will reset to its default value, which is blank.
Each time you change a setting, the map will almost instantly update!