BatchGeo Mobile 2.0

Announcing the latest release of our mobile app specific to iOS users, BatchGeo Mobile 2.0. This release is free to all existing BatchGeo Mobile App users, or $9.99 for new users. Note this release has been optimized for iOS7 and will not support older versions of iOS. To update simply open your App Store App and click update, or wait for update to be applied automatically (usually happens overnight.)

Customizing BatchGeo Map & Markers

You can now customize your marker colors and shapes! Just check under Set Options -> Advanced Options. Here you can select the colors used for your markers (7 possible for free version, 10 for Pro) and select from one of 3 different marker shapes.

Additionally you can select from 5 new map style types to more closely match the style of your website and give your map a little extra pop.

View Super Bowl Team Rankings By Appearances in a full screen map

BatchGeo Browser Support

In order to keep moving BatchGeo forward as browser technologies evolve, we occasionally will have to drop support for older browsers. We have recently dropped support for Internet Explorer 7, this is in alignment with Google’s official support policy:

Google Maps Supported Browsers

We understand not all organizations can keep up with the latest browser releases, so we will always strive to maintain backwards compatibility as long as possible. However we recommend for the best BatchGeo experience using the latest browser versions available.

Internet Explorer users: You should ensure your browser is not running in “Compatibility Mode” as this will cause problems even in newer browsers. To disable compatibility mode:

  1. Click on the “Tools” menu and select the “Compatibility View Settings” option. This will open a window where you can customize the compatibility view feature.
  2. Remove the check in the check box next to “Display all websites using Compatibility View” to turn off the feature.

Hide address data on your map

A new feature is available that will allow you to hide address information for those who wish to not reveal exact addresses. Underneath Validate & Set Options -> Advanced Options you will find an option “Hide map addresses / Limit zoom in”

This will work just as expected. Addresses will be used to place markers on map, but the addresses will not be revealed in the interface. Additionally the map will not zoom in to the point where exact locations could be determined.

We do not randomize address coordinates when sending data to the client, so technically exact location data is still available in the underlying code. For this reason we do not recommend using this to distribute highly sensitive data. However for the average person it will be very difficult to extract coordinates.

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New Feature: Change Group By on the Fly

You can now change the map rendering on the fly by switching the group by column. The feature is accessible by hovering over the legend label.

View Map of Top 100 Websites Worldwide in a full screen map

This will be quite useful for users who have a number of columns that could be used for map rendering. It really helps when doing geographical analysis work.

Web Developer Jobs at BatchGeo

BatchGeo, the worlds fastest mapping tool, is looking for web developers. Preferably full stack developers who have a keen eye for design. Strong JavaScript, and at least one server side language a must.

We’re located near Portland, Oregon, a terrific place to live and work, but you don’t need to be here, we think working remote is great too.

Show us your apps, sites, code, UI, designs, github account, etc. If you like to hack, we’d love to hear from you.

jobs@batchgeo.com

Google changes geocoding quotas

In the last couple of months Google has made changes to the Google Maps API that will effect users of the free version of BatchGeo. Google has previously allowed for up to 2500 geocodes from a single user in a day. It now appears that after 200 geocodes in a row they severely delay subsequent geocodes.

Previously this was just seen in beta version of the API, but starting 3/19/13 this change is being forced in production.

Unfortunately its not clear at this time if this is a bug or an actual change to the quotas. We have logged the issue with Google and will hopefully hear back an answer on it soon.

This does not effect your ability to create maps using BatchGeo Pro (which uses a licensed version of the Google Maps API with different quotas), nor does it effect maps with less than 200 markers. You can create larger than 200 marker maps but it will take a long, long time. Sorry for the inconvenience but it is a situation out of our control.

UPDATE: As a result of these changes from Google we have reduced the number of markers supported in our free version to 250.

What is BatchGeo?

Watch our video above and learn all about how BatchGeo can help you get a better understanding of your data.

Announcing BatchGeo Mobile for iOS

We’ve always supported iPhone and iPad clients using a mobile web solution, but today we have released a native app for iOS clients. BatchGeo Mobile uses the MapKit framework just like your built-in Google Maps app, so its silky smooth and responsive to touch gestures. Find out more by visiting our mobile app page, or head straight over to the iTunes App Store.

Street View for BatchGeo Pro

We are proud to announce a new feature for our BatchGeo Pro users: Google Maps Street View integration. Now if locations on your map are of individual addresses and there is street view coverage in the area, you will be shown a photo of the location upon clicking the markers. See an example below: