July 6, 2019

Cheat Code #19 : Draw and Save Shapes

Cheat Code #19 : Draw and Save Shapes

Break into the top 20 with Cheat Code #19. This awesome shortcut will uplevel your dashboard skills and turn you into a geospatial pro! As you know already, CityDash.ai is the ultimate platform for anonymized and aggregated daily data insights about people presence, activity, and movement for every block and every neighborhood in your city. But did you know that CityDash includes a whole bunch of shortcuts that make it super easy for you to use the dashboard?

Question: How can I draw and save shapes on the map?

Cheat Code # 19: You can use the drawing tools on the left side of the dashboard to draw circles and polygons on the map.

Long Answer: You might recollect that cheat code #21 showed you how to zoom in and view the people density heat maps for block groups in your city. The left panel within the dashboard gives you the tools to draw circles and polygon geometric shapes on the heat map.

Click this icon to draw a polygon on the map
Click this icon to draw a circle on the map

CityDash automatically saves your drawn shapes to your account in the cloud. You can click on the Drawings button in the right panel to browse through and select your saved shapes.

When you click and select an item in the Drawings panel, the dashboard will auto-pan the map and zoom into your selected shape. You can also rename the drawn shapes to add context. For example, if you drew a shape around the downtown blocks that host the farmer's market, you might want to rename the label to ensure that you can easily track the people density and movement statistics for that drawn shape based on fresh and anonymized mobile GPS data.

With data for over 1000 cities worldwide, CityDash.ai sets the standard for geospatial insights for the public sector. The best part is that CityDash.ai is free to sign up. Government agencies, NGOs, and non-profits can explore the platform at no cost for 30 days. At the end of the free trial, you can subscribe to our insights dashboard.

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