All the Digimap Roam interfaces are due to change this August, with the provisional date set to Tuesday the 13th. There are three specific changes that all existing users of any of the Roam interfaces need to know:
- The Search button has moved
- The Print button has moved
- Saving and Opening as well as Importing and Exporting your maps and annotations has changed
- Other Enhancements
To search for your chosen location you now click on the Search button found above the map on the right-hand side.
Once you have clicked the Search button a new window will open allowing you to do a simple search for a place name or postcode, or a more advanced search using coordinates on either the British National Grid as a grid reference or Eastings and Northings, or as Latitude and Longitude values.
To make a PDF, PNG or JPG print file of your map you now click on the Print button which can be found above the map on the left-hand side.
Opening and Saving Maps and Annotations
Don’t panic! All your saved maps and annotations from the previous version of Roam will all still be available. To open existing maps or annotations click on the Open button and then My Maps… Once you have clicked on the button a new window will open that allows you to access all the maps and annotations you have saved in any of the Roam interfaces. Annotations are now saved as part of your Map!
In this window you can choose your map and also delete ones you no longer need. If you made a map in a different Roam, opening it will take you to the location and the equivalent zoom level. If it had Annotations, these will be drawn on the new map.
The Open button also allows you to import annotations from a file saved on your computer. Click on the Annotations from file… option to open a window where you can specify the file you want to upload.
When using the service you can click on the blue question mark icon for help on how to use this feature.
When it comes to saving your maps and annotations you now just click on the Save button and again pick the My Maps… option. This will open the Save My Map window where you save both the map and any annotations that are on it.
In a similar way to importing annotations, to Export them to a file you click the Save button and then choose the Annotations to file… In the window that opens select the format of the file you want to save and give it a name; clicking Export will then download the file to your web browser’s usual location.
There are several other changes to the interface that make it easier to use some features of Roam that you may have missed in the past, see this previous blog post for more information:
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the new interface:
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