Bubble Layer

A Bubble Layer displays symbols (circles, other shapes or symbols from an URL) and optionally labels at an GeoAnalytics Map. Size and color can be controlled by measures, labels and pop-up information by expressions. The position can be specified either as location ids (common names such as country codes, state codes, city names, postal codes etc) or latitude, longitude values.

Dimensions / Measures

PropertyUseDescription
Dimensionrequired The dimension represents an identity of the the point. It can also be used as the Location ID.
Latitude / IDdefault: The Latitude of the point (WGS 84) or the Location ID.
Longitudedefault: The Longitude of the point (WGS 84)
Size Valuedefault: A numeric measure that controls size, by default the size is auto scaled between the lowest and highest value
Color Valuedefault: A measure that controls color, a value is linearly mapped to a continuous color scale or hashed to a categorized color scale

Layer Options

PropertyUseDescription
Map IDdefault:<the most recent map of the sheet> Specify this value when there is more than one map on a sheet to tell which map to display the layer on. See Map Id in Map Settings of the Map to get the right one.
Max no. of Objectsdefault:1000 To display more than a thousand object increase this value. There will be a warning if there are more objects to display.
In Resolution Limitdefault:0 The map will not be displayed when zoomed further in than this value. Check "Map.Debug.Show debug info" to see current resolution. The resolution is defined as meters per pixel, i.e. the number of meters each pixel covers.
Out Resolution Limitdefault:99999999 The map will not be displayed when zoomed further out than this value. Check "Map.Debug.Show debug info" to see current resolution. The resolution is defined as meters per pixel, i.e. the number of meters each pixel covers.
Restrict Drill Downdefault: When the dimension is a drill down group it is possible to restrict the layer to be active only for a single level or multiple levels. This makes it easy to create different layers that are active in the different levels of the drill down. The top level is number 0. Multiple levels can be specified separated with comma. This property is ignored if the dimension is not a drill down group.
Include in Auto Zoomdefault:Yes Determines if the layer should be included when calculating area to zoom to when automatically zooming to selections.
Draw Orderdefault:Checked Defines how the layer should be drawn compared to other layers, which ones should be drawn on top of each other.
Draw Order Categorydefault:<Layer specific> The layers are by default drawn after the base map and the base map labels in the order Geodata Layers, Area Layers, Heatmap Layers, Line Layers, Bubble Layers. To make this layer draw in another category, adjust this value. This property is only visible when "Draw Order" is set to "Custom".
Draw Order Adjustmentdefault:0 Increasing this value makes the layer draw later, i.e. be more visible in the category. Allowed values are in the range -10 to 10. If you want the layer to be on top of other layers in the same category increase this value, if you want it to be overdrawn by other layers in the category decrease it. This property is only visible when "Draw Order" is set to "Custom".

Location Options

Location information is either specified as longitude, latitude pairs, as identities that are looked up in an external service or as sense geometries. When the term "Location ID" is used below it means it can be a sense geometry or an identity looked up else where. When it starts with a "[" it is assumed to be a geometry in a string ([long,lat] is a point, [[long1,lat1],[long2,lat2],...] is a line, [[[long1,lat1],[long2,lat2],...]] is a multi-line or a polygon with multiple rings, [[[[long1,lat1],[long2,lat2],...]]] is a multi-polygon but also accepted as a multi-line). The external service can be something as simple as a geometry file or a more complex server based service. The server based services provide a syntax for specifying more information on identities to minimize false hits. For instance containing areas and types of features can be specified. The following is the city Hamburg in Germany:
Hamburg,DE
and this is Hamburg in Sweden:
Hamburg,SE
If you actually wanted the first order administrative area in Germany named Hamburg you also need to specify a type:
Hamburg:AADM1,DE
You can also specify multiple areas when needed. For instance in USA there are many Hamburg. To get the one in Arkansas specify:
Hamburg,AR,US
See Location Service Specification for more information on syntax to use. When there are unresolved names a warning is displayed in the upper left corner of the map.
PropertyUseDescription
Location Servicedefault:different for different types of geometries URL to the location service. Either a server based service or a file as specified in "Location Service Type". An expression is accepted which makes it possible to change source dynamically. This can be used for switching file in different drill down levels for instance. Note that when a file is loaded, it is always loaded via the GeoAnalytics server (as a proxy) to avoid javascript restrictions on cross-origin loading.
Location Service Typedefault:Geometry service The type of service used for location ID lookup.
Source Key Attributeoptional The attribute in a geometry file to use as the location ID. This field is only visible when a file based geometry service is selected.
Advanced Locationdefault:false The advanced location toggle controls whether to use Advanced Loction, in essence whether to use Location ID Suffix or to use Country and Type.
Countrydefault:any The Country dropdown can be used to narrow down a lookup of a location id. Using Country is a simplified way of using Location ID Suffix (see below).
Typedefault:any The Type dropdown can be used to narrow down a lookup of a location id. Using Country is a simplified way of using Location ID Suffix (see below).
Location ID Suffixdefault: The specified string is appended to all IDs. This is a convenient way to specify more information to server based location services such as country code or type. The alternative is to use an expression in the measure that appends extra information. With the following suffix all items are specified to be cities in Sweden:
:P*,SE
See Location Service Specification for more information on syntax to use.
Manual Remapdefault: This provides an easy fix for incorrect location IDs. To change them to something else use a syntax like:
"value1":"remapped value1", "value2":"remapped value2", ...
Geometry Attributedefault:the_geom The name of the attribute that contains the geometry (without name space). This field is only visible when Location Service Type is GML/WFS.
Reverse Coordinatesdefault:unchecked Coordinates are expected in order latitude, longitude or Y, X. Check when coordinates comes in the other order. This field is only visible when Location Service Type is GML/WFS.

Appearance: Legend

PropertyUseDescription
Size Legend Autodefault:Checked Controls if visibility of the parts in the left side of the legend should be in Auto or Custom.
Show Sizesdefault:Checked Turn on/off the bubbles that shows min and max size. This option is only visible when "Size legend" is Custom.
Show Size Min/Max Valuesdefault:Checked Turn on/off the text labels for min and max value. This option is only visible when "Size legend" is Custom.
Show Size Titledefault:Checked Turn on/off the label at the left side of the legend. This option is only visible when "Size legend" is Custom.
Color Legend Autodefault:Checked Controls if visibility of the parts in the right side of the legend should be in Auto or Custom.
Show Colorsdefault:Checked Turn on/off the color bar. This option is only visible when "Color legend" is Custom.
Show Color Min/Max Valuesdefault:Checked Turn on/off the text labels for color values. This option is only visible when "Color legend" is Custom.
Show Color Titledefault:Checked Turn on/off the label at the right side of the legend. This option is only visible when "Color legend" is Custom.

Appearance: Shape and Size

PropertyUseDescription
Shapedefault:Bubbles The shape of the symbols. Supports various shapes as alternatives to bubbles, such as triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons and bars. Also custom symbols (png, gif, jpg, svg etc) from URLs are supported. Note that the behavior of bars is a bit different from the other shapes in that it grows only upwards. Possible values are:
  • Bubbles - Filled circles
  • Triangles - Filled triangles
  • Squares - Filled squares
  • Pentagons - Filled pentagons
  • Hexagons - Filled hexagons
  • Bars - Filled rectangles, anchored at the point and size controlls only height
  • Symbols - Any symbol from an URL can be specified in the Symbol URL expression field.
Min Radius/Widthdefault:5 The minimum size of bubbles in pixels. The lowest value will be mapped to this size. This property is not available if Shape is Bars or Symbols.
Max Radius/Widthdefault:20 The maximum size of bubbles in pixels. The highest value will be mapped to this size. This property is not available if Shape is Bars or Symbols.
Widthdefault:10 The width of each bar in pixels. This property is only available if Shape is Bars.
Min Heightdefault:0 The minimum height of bars in pixels. The lowest value will be mapped to this height. This property is only available if Shape is Bars.
Max Heightdefault:20 The maximum size of bubbles in pixels. The highest value will be mapped to this size. This property is only available if Shape is Bars.
Min Radius Valuedefault:Auto The value in the data that is mapped to the smallest bubbles, i.e. bubbles with size "Min Radius". When set to Auto this value is set to the lowest value in the selection. This has the effect that the bubble size might change for a particular point when the selection changes. If this is not the desired behavior, specify a value here.
Max Radius Valuedefault:Auto The value in the data that is mapped to the largest bubbles, i.e. bubbles with size "Max Radius". When set to Auto this value is set to the highest value in the selection. This has the effect that the bubble size might change for a particular point when the selection changes. If this is not the desired behavior, specify a value here.
Image URLdefault: The URL of the symbol image to use. Supports at least the formats png, gif, jpg and svg (browser dependent). Note that the field is an expression and that the URL should be enclosed in single quotes. Also note that the image must be accessible to the GeoAnalytics server which means that it will need to be on the Internet (if you are not hosting your own GeoAnalytics server). This property is only available if Shape is Symbols.
Scaledefault:1.0 The scale of the symbol image, where 1.0 represents the original image size, 0.5 half and 2.0 double the size. Note that the field is an expression so different symbols can therefore have different scales.
Rotationdefault:0 The rotation, in degrees, of the symbol image. Note that the field is an expression so different symbols can therefore have different rotations.

Appearance: Colors

PropertyUseDescription
Colorsdefault:Auto In Auto the colors are mapped to values based on if there is a color measure and its type. The second measure after the location controls color. When set to Custom more options are displayed, see below.
Colors Drop Downdefault:By Measure Choose between "Single Color" "By Dimension", "By Measure" and "By Expression". "By Measure" is only displayed when there is a color measure. "By Expression" requires for technical reasons that there is at least one measure. Additional options are displayed for the particular choices.
Transparencydefault:0 A slider that controls transparency of objects from no transparency to invisible.
Outline Colordefault:#aaaaaa Determines outline color of features. If the field is empty the default value is used. All valid CSS colors can be used.

Appearance: Label

PropertyUseDescription
Show Labeldefault:unchecked When checked, the label defined by the expression is displayed at each object.
Labeldefault: An expression that is displayed as a label next to each object. Only visible when "Show Label" is checked.
Out Resolution Limitdefault:99999999 The label will not be displayed when zoomed further out than this value. Check "Map.Debug.Show debug info" to see current resolution. The resolution is defined as meters per pixel, i.e. the number of meters each pixel covers. Only visible when "Show Label" is checked.
Positiondefault:Below The position of the label compared to the bubble. Available values are Below, Above and Centered.

Appearance: Info Bubble

PropertyUseDescription
Show Info Bubbledefault:Checked When checked, a pop-up is displayed when hovering above the object.
Autodefault:Checked When set to Auto, the dimension and measures are displayed in the pop-up. When Custom, an expression defines what should be displayed. HTML tags can be used for formatting. For instance assuming there is a field [City Name]:
'This is <strong>' & [City Name] &'</strong>'
It is also possible to use javascript in the Info Bubbles. Simply add
'<script>SOME JAVASCRIPT</script>'
to the expression. Only visible when "Show Info Bubble" is checked.
Format Numbersdefault:Checked When checked, numeric values are rounded and displayed with suffixes such as k, M, G etc. Only visible when "Show Info Bubble" is checked.
Auto-Format Numbersdefault:Checked When Checked all numbers are formatted. When Unchecked, it is possible to specify which numbers should be formatted. Specify 1 for first number, 2 for second etc. Separate with comma. This option is only available when "Format Numbers" is checked.

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