The map editor is where you'll build the basic structure of your map.
In the upper left of your map editor, you can find the top toolbar. First, you'll see a menu icon , which you can use to access project settings. Next to that icon, you'll see the project name, followed by two dropdown menus.
The first dropdown menu allows you to create new maps and navigate to different maps within your project. The second dropdown menu allows you to create new views and apply different views to the current map.
In the bottom right corner of your map editor, you'll see a toolbar with several icons that let you take useful actions within your project.
- The magic wand brings up a wizard that allows you to search for tools, actions, and how-to videos
- The wrench is shortcut to your field settings
- The block gives you access to social network analysis metrics and community detection
- The chat bubble lets you raise an issue or leave a comment about the map
- The table brings up Kumu's Table tool
- The ellipsis brings up a useful menu for importing/exporting your data and presenting your map online or in print
Under the top toolbar, you'll see the side panel. When you first open your map, or when you click on the background of your map, this side panel will show the Map Overview, where you can add general information about your map to help your readers understand it.
Tip: use Markdown to help you style text in the side panel, and add images and videos.
When you select an individual element, connection, or loop on the map, the side panel will show that item's profile.
Inside the profile, you can add and edit information about the selected item. You can also use the icons in the bottom right of the profile to:
- Pin an element in a fixed position
- Change connection direction
- Add delay markings
- Activate focus
- Decorate the item
- Delete the item
If you select multiple elements, connections, or loops, the side panel will show the Multiple selections tool, which allows you to add information or change information across all the selected items in just one step. It's a big time-saver!
Finally, the side panel is also home to Kumu's Metrics tool. To learn more, check out the full guide on metrics.
You can show and hide the side panel by pressing
Tab on your keyboard or by clicking the three gray dots to the right of the panel:
The star of the show, of course, is the map's canvas, where all of your elements, connections, and loops are displayed. To add new items to the map, click the green button at the bottom of the canvas. For more guidance on building your map, check out our First Steps guide.
By default, your canvas will have a search bar in the upper left, a zoom toolbar in the upper right, and a settings icon under the zoom toolbar. If you have added a legend to your map, it will appear in the lower left of your map's canvas by default.
Click on the search bar to search across the current map or across all maps. After you click on the search bar, you can also click on the rocket icon to bring up the selector builder, which is useful when you want to select multiple items based on the information in their profiles. Use the zoom toolbar (or scroll up and down with your mouse/touchpad) to change your zoom level, and click the settings icon to access Kumu's view editors.
If you ever want to remove or reposition the search bar, zoom toolbar, settings icon, or legend, check out our guide on controls.