Adding Placemarks to Your Maps

In the Editor, placemarks are all the points of interest on your map. Meridian-powered apps use placemarks for turn-by-turn directions and to make those locations more apparent to your visitors.

Once your map has been imported to the Editor, you're ready to add placemarks to it. This article describes the process for adding and editing placemarks.

Add Placemarks

Once you've used the Meridian Editor to add placemarks to your map, your visitors will be able to find those placemarks in your Meridian-powered app by locating them on the map, browsing for them in a list, or by searching for them by name.

Complete these steps to use the Meridian Editor to add a placemark to your map.

  1. In the Meridian Editor sidebar, click MAPS.

  2. Under Maps, click the Placemark button next to the map level where you'd like to add a placemark. The Placemark button is an upside down teardrop shape.

  3. Click and drag and zoom the map until you can easily see the part of the map where you'd like to add a placemark.

  4. Under the + and - zoom buttons, click the Draw a marker button.

  5. Click the map where you'd like to add the placemark.

  6. The placemark is added to the map.

Placemark Types

There are two main placemark types: facilities and points of interest.

Points of interest are unique placemarks that your visitors may want to find.

Facilities are placemarks such as restrooms, water fountains, and ATMs. When your location has more than one type of facility, the Meridian-powered app will direct your visitor toward the closest one.

In the Meridian-powered app, facilities placemarks are listed on the Amenities tab.

Area Placemarks

Most placemarks are located at specific points on a map, but there are times when you may need to mark a larger area on your map. You can do this by drawing a polygon area on your map.

Add an Area Placemark

Complete these steps to draw an area placemark on the map.

  1. Go to the placemark map that has the outdoor area.

  2. Click the Draw a Polygon button.

  3. Using the Draw a Polygon tool, click around the edges of the outdoor area to draw the points of the polygon.

  4. Click the first point to finish drawing the polygon. TIP: Click and drag the polygon points to change its shape.

  5. In the placemark sidebar, edit the placemark details.

  6. Click Save.

Area Placemark Types

While any placemark type can be assigned to an area placemark, there are three placemark types that are specific to area placemarks.

Exclusion Zone: The exclusion zone marks spaces on your map where your Meridian-powered app blue dot shouldn't go. It does this by snapping the blue dot to the edge of the exclusion zone area. It also prevents the blue dot from crossing exclusion zones.

Labels: Labels are Like normal placemarks, except they're displayed in the Meridian-powered app without an icon, but with slightly larger text. They appear at a higher zoom priority than normal placemarks.

Outdoor Area: Marking an area as an outdoor area will cause the Meridian-powered app to use GPS for location, instead of beacons.

Edit Placemarks

Once you've added a placemark to the map, you can customize its name, the type of placemark it is, and other details. You can even add a placemark image.

Complete these steps to customize a placemark and learn more about its customization options.

  1. Go to the map with the placemark you'd like to edit.

  2. Click the placemark you'd like to edit to open the placemark's details sidebar.

  3. In the NAME field, enter a placemark name. Descriptive names are best.

  4. Click the TYPE dropdown menu, and then scroll down to find the correct placemark type. To quickly jump to a placemark type, start typing a search term into the dropdown search field. The placemark types are split into two categories, Facilities and Points of Interest.

  5. If you want an image to show for the placemark, click and drag an image onto the DRAG & DROP OR CLICK area. Alternately, click DRAG & DROP OR CLICK, find an image on your computer, and then click Choose.

The image layout can either be Widescreen or Full Page.

  1. In the DESCRIPTION field, write a description for the placemark. In the DESCRIPTION field, you can make text bold or italic by selecting text, and then clicking the B or I buttons.

  2. In the DESCRIPTION field, to make text a clickable link, select the text you want to make a link, and then click the Insert/Edit Link button. It looks like a chain. In the pop-up window, enter the URL you'd like to use for the link, and then click Insert.

  3. When you're done editing your placemark, click Save.

To preview the placemark, click the Preview button. It looks like an eye.

Add Contact Info

For some placemarks, such as one for a person's office, you may want to include contact information.

The Editor lets you add a phone number, email address, and website URL to a placemark.

The Editor checks for valid email address and URL. Include http:// or https:// at the beginning of your website URL.

For some placemarks, you may want to link to an Editor page or external URL.

To add a link, click the +. Use the LINK field to search for an Editor page or enter a URL.

Make sure you include http:// or https:// at the beginning of your URL.

To add another link, click + again. To delete a link, mouseover the link fields, and then click the red trashcan.

Add Custom Fields and Categories

The custom fields are searchable keywords. Enter text that will help your visitors more easily find your placemarks.

You can use the CATEGORY field to assign searchable labels to placemarks. This also makes it possible to group and filter placemarks by category on the List page type.

Categories can be anything you want. When you start typing a category name, the Editor will search for that category and display any matching categories.

If there are no matching categories, the Editor will ask you if you want to create a new one. Click Edit Categories to see a list of all the categories in the Editor.

A placemark can have up to five categories.

Other Placemark Options

There are other placemark options.

KEYWORDS

In the KEYWORDS field, you can enter search terms you'd like to associate with the page.

Separate search terms by a space.

HINT

This field is no longer used.

UID

Add a unique identifier to the placemark. You can use this field to add a unique ID from an external system so that you can associate placemarks with that unique ID.

The Meridian Editor doesn't check for duplicate UID values.

SHOW ON MAP

Toggles whether to show the placemark on the map or not.

Check the box to show it on the map.

LANDMARK

Toggles whether the placemark is a landmark or not.

Check the box to mark it as a landmark.

LEADS TO MAP

If the placemark is an exit, select the map it leads to.

Preview the Placemark

The preview tab shows you what the placemark detail page will look like in the Meridian-powered app.