SubTel Cable Map Tutorial: Share Tool

SubTel Forum Blog
September 12, 2019

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Welcome to this tutorial on how to use the Submarine Cables of the World Interactive Map. My name is Kieran Clark, Lead Analyst at SubTel Forum, and by the end of this tutorial, you will have learned how to share specific regions or map elements using the Share Tool via email, instant message or social media.

Basic Sharing

Click the Share Tool icon  to open it.

Copy the short link under Share a link to this app and paste it into your email, instant message service or social media platform.

Open the SubTel Cable Map Share Tool.

You can also use the provided buttons to post the current map view to your Facebook, Twitter, or Google accounts, or in an email.

Advanced Sharing

Click Link Options to easily define URL parameters included in the short link. This allows you to customize the map you want to share by adding additional parameters to the URL.

Link Options

“Current map extent” is used by default and simply shares the map exactly as you are viewing it on your screen.

“Click the map to define the center of the map with zoom level” causes a point icon to show under the option when it is checked.

Click the icon then click where you want the map to center when shared.

A point marker will be added on the map, and the URL in the link preview will be updated accordingly based on the map zoom level.

“Click the map to define the center of the map with map scale” causes a point icon to show under the option when it is checked.

Click the icon then click where you want the map to center in the app.

A point marker will be added on the map, and the URL in the link preview will be updated accordingly based on the map scale.

The “Query a feature and zoom to it” option allows you to choose a layer, a field, and a value from the drop-down menus to query a feature and zoom to it.

This option is great for sharing a specific cable system or group of systems.

For this video, we will choose the “In Service Systems” layer, the “Name” field towards the top of the menu and the “AAE-1” value.

Query Feature option

These options will provide a link that highlights and zooms the map to the AAE-1 submarine cable.

The “Add a marker on the map” option allows you to add a marker in the shared map. Fill in the WKID value (which should be left on default), Pop-up title to name your marker, Symbol URL should you have a custom marker you would like to use, and Label to provide an on-map label for your marker.

For this example, we will leave the WKID value on default, use a pop-up title of Northern Transpacific and a Label of North Transpac. We will not be using a Symbol URL.

Add Map Marker option

This option is useful for easily drawing attention to a section of the map you want to highlight.

Share!

When you are finished setting your sharing options, click the back arrow to return to the main panel. The short link should be updated to reflect the URL change made in the step above.

All you have to do from here is copy and paste your link or click one of the share buttons for Email or social media.

See You Next Time!

This concludes the tutorial on how to use the Share Tool to share specific regions or map elements via email, instant message or social media. I hope you found this useful and encourage you to make use of this tool to learn more about the submarine cable industry.

If you have any questions or comments, let me know at kclark@subtelforum.com. I’m always looking for feedback on how to improve this map.

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I’ll see you next time to talk about more exciting features!