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Tool Mastery | Report Map

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Report Map.pngThis article is part of the Tool Mastery Series, a compilation of Knowledge Base contributions to introduce diverse working examples for Designer Tools. Here we’ll delve into how to create a basic Report Map as well as advanced use cases for the tool on our way to mastering the Alteryx Designer:  

 

Let's start with the basics of how to create a report map in Alteryx.  To start off, ensure that the layers you want to show in your map have a spatial object field. This can be checked by placing a select tool and confirming that there is a column of type 'SpatialObj.' 

 

Step 1:  Connect your layers to the report map tool

By default, the layers will be identified by a number.  To make configuration easier, label the strings (as in below image) with meaningful names.

                                       

         Best Practice - Layers Identified with meaningful names                                              Default - Layers identified with a number 

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Step 2:  Configure Basic Settings

Map Size: Specify the size of the output map that will be created

Resolution:  For faster processing lower the resolution

Background Color:  Select a color if you would like to use a solid color instead of a background map

Reference Base Map:  Select from available options.  For information on how to create your own customized base map click here

Expand Extent:  Specify minimum zoom extent or  % increase/decrease from zoom extent.  Note that zoom is determined by configuring which layer(s) to scope the map to in step 4. 

 

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Step 3: Configure Data Tab

Configure each layer to identify the spatial object to display in the map.  In this step, add additional layers from files by clicking the ‘+’ sign. Identify layers to group on (for more on grouping in maps see here) and also specify which field (if any) to label or theme on.  

 

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Step 4:  Layers Tab

Add each layer individually and be sure to add as the correct type of layer. For example, if you specified a point layer as the spatial field in step 3, make sure you add the layer as a points layer.  Add layers by clicking the ‘+’ sign at the top left of the configuration.

 

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Configure the style for each layer.  Rename the layer if desired by typing in ‘Layer Name.'  In the attached example, the polygon layer was renamed to the thematic field so the legend could be read easily. Use this interface to configure whether or not you want the layer to show in legend and also whether or not you want to scope the map to the layer using the ‘zoom to layer setting.'   Also adjust layer order using the up and down arrows in the top of the layers configuration tab.  If using TomTom basemap (available with the spatial package), the option to rearrange, disable, or re-stylize basemap data such as roads and water features is available from the layers tab.

 

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If you have selected a field to group by or label in step 3, the appropriate options will show up here.

 

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Theme:  Configure your tile method and color settings. For more on creating thematic maps see here.  For thematic color configuration see here, and to add additional color palettes see here 

Label: Configure label settings here.  In the sample, an outline color was added to give the text the halo look. For More information on multi -field  labeling see here.  

 

 

Step 5:  Legend Tab

In this section, configure legend position and display settings. The legend can be overlaid on the map by selecting 'separate field' in the position drop down and utilizing an overlay tool to specify the position of the desired overlay as in the attached example.

 

Here is our finished product

 

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 Now that we have the basics down, let's get into an overview of all the other articles we have available on mapping... 

 

Create an Indexed Map

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Heat Map vs Thematic Map           

                                                     

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Mapping Adding an Inset Map

 

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How to Create an Individual Value Thematic Map

 

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Map Tool - Trade Radius Dotted Lines

 

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 Adding a Reference Map

 

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Extracting Base Map Spatial Data

 

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How Do I Choose My Own Colors When I Theme In The Map Tool?

 

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Adding Custom Spatial Layers to Alteryx Base Maps

 

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By now, you should have expert-level proficiency with the Report Map Tool! If you can think of a use case we left out, feel free to use the comments section below! Consider yourself a Tool Master already? Let us know at community@alteryx.com if you’d like your creative tool uses to be featured in the Tool Mastery Series.

 

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Asteroid
Hi , whenever I am clicking on "Bi-Variate Spider Map Creation" I am getting the below error "You do not have sufficient privileges for this resource or its parent to perform this action. Click your browser's Back button to continue. " Can you please provide the access so that I can refer the example
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Hi @rajvivan11 ,

 

Unfortunately that one was archived. Please shoot me a message containing your email address and I can email you the workflow.  I'll also update the post. 

 

Thanks

Asteroid
Thanks for your reply. Truly appreciate your quick response.This
is my email Address
rajeev.pandey11@gmail.com
Meteoroid

Hello

I need to save the workflow result as a .tab file or a .mif file. and I need this coloured. Right now mu result only shows the outline of polygon without any colour filled in. Please let me know how can I achieve this?

 

Thanks,

Anujna