Underlays

Underlays are a great tool when you need to add some structure or context to the background of your map. Kumu supports the following underlays:

Add a grid

grid showcase

You can use the layout-grid property of @settings in the Advanced Editor to add a grid:

@settings {
  layout-grid: on;
}

Once you have the grid turned on, you can customize the distance between gridlines using layout-grid-offset and customize the width of lines using layout-grid-width.

@settings {
  layout-grid: on;
  layout-grid-offset: 20;
  layout-grid-width: 1.5;
}

By default, gridlines will extend infinitely. But, you can use the layout-bounds-xmin, layout-bounds-xmax, layout-bounds-ymin, and layout-bounds-ymax properties to set a stopping point for the gridlines.

@settings {
  layout-grid: on;
  layout-bounds-xmin: 0;
  layout-bounds-ymin: 0;
  layout-grid-ymax: 550;
  layout-grid-xmax: 500;
}

grid with bounds

Finally, you can use the layout-grid-color property to customize the color of gridlines (replace color with any CSS web color or hex color code):

@settings {
  layout-grid-color: color;
}

Add guides

You can use the Advanced Editor to add vertical, circular, or horizontal guidelines. Here's the basic syntax for vertical and horizontal lines:

@settings {
  layout-guides: x(coordinate), y(coordinate);
}

Replace coordinate with any number, indicating the x or y coordinate where you would like the guide to be drawn. x(coordinate) draws a vertical line, and y(coordinate) draws a horizontal line.

To draw circular guidelines, you can choose between two different syntaxes:

@settings {
  layout-guides: circle(radius), circle(x, y, radius);
}

If you're using the circle(radius) syntax, replace radius with any number to draw a circle with that radius. When you're using this syntax, the circle will always be centered at 0, 0.

If you'd like to center your circle somewhere else, for example, an x coordinate of 40 and a y coordinate of 20, you can use the circle(x, y, radius) syntax. Replace x with the center's x coordinate, y with the center's y coordinate, and radius with the circle's radius.

Note: to add more than one guide, just leave a space between the guide declarations. Here's an example that adds two vertical lines, one horizontal line, one circle with radius 100 centered at 0, 0, and one circle with radius 100 centered at 100, 50:

@settings {
  theme: dark;
  layout-guides: x(0) x(100) y(0) circle(100) circle(100, 50, 100);
}

guides example

For additional styling, use the layout-guide-width and layout-guide-color properties to customize the width and color of guides.

Add a radar

default radar

You can use the radar property of @settings in the Advanced Editor to add a radar:

@settings {
  radar: on;
}

The radar will come with a few default rings and axes, which you can easily override using the radar-rings and radar-axes properties. Each comma-separated value in those properties will create and label a new ring or axis:

@settings {
  radar: on;
  radar-rings: INTENT, DESIGN, FEEDBACKS, PARAMETERS;
  radar-axes: BEFORE PROBLEM, FIRST CONCERN, PROBLEM, CRISIS, ADAPT OR RESTORE;
}

systems leverage radar

You can customize your radars extensively, changing the color, font color, the distance between rings, etc. To see a full list of supported properties and learn how they customize the radar, head over to our @settings reference (type "radar" to filter the list).

Add a background image

For full instructions on adding a background image, see our full images guide.

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