(Note: since version 2.3, map text labels are automatically generated and no longer need to be added manually). For an example of what the final result could look like, see the file ‘map_example.fla’ (shown below). Step 1. Map layer Before inserting your map into the map template (map.fla), it may be easiest to edit it first in a new document. Step 4. Linking the map in StatPlanet Data Editor In StatPlanet_data_editor.xls, first insert the ‘real names’ of your map regions, and then the ‘instance names’ or codes which you used in the map file (map.fla). To change the position and size of the map, move the mouse to the bottom-right of the screen to see the map zoom controls: Once the map is in the right position, right-click and select ‘Copy map coordinates’. In the StatPlanet Data Editor, go to the sheet ‘Map regions’, select the cell below ‘X’. Then paste the coordinates here. This section explains how to create multiple map layers, for example to show changing map boundaries over time, or to include multiple admistrative levels (e.g. a province and a district map) in a single instance of StatPlanet. The first step is to change a setting in the StatPlanet Data Editor, sheet ‘settings’. Under ‘Map options’, set the value of ‘MAP-ND-TR’ to ‘TRUE’ to make map areas with no data transparent. An example of this is a map with two map layers. Map layer 1 contains areas 1a, 1b and 1c, whereas map layer 2 contains areas 2a, 2b and 2c. If an indicator has data only for map layer 1 areas – 1a, 1b and 1c – then map layer 1 becomes visible and map layer 2 will be hidden (because there is no data for areas 2a, 2b and 2c). Similarly, map layer 2 becomes visible and map layer 1 will be hidden when there is only data for areas 2a, 2b and 2c. To create your own map with multiple map layers, all the map areas need to have a unique ID. Subsequently in the StatPlanet Data Editor, each map area requires a separate column (e.g. in the above example, there would be six columns: 1a, 1b, 1c, 2a, 2b and 2c). Each map area also needs a corresponding border with a unique ID. This is required because not just the map area, but also the map border needs to change when changing the map, and the software needs to know which border belongs to which area. An example of a map with two map layers is included in the Create_Flash_Maps folder. The example can be viewed in the folder “Web_2layers_example” (by opening StatPlanet.html in your web browser). If you move the time slider to “2010”, the three western provinces of Kenya (in map layer 1) become merged into one ‘hypothetical’ province (in map layer 2). This was achieved through the following steps: All exported map and graph images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. See also: attribution. Source.