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Create a spider diagram map

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What is Spider Diagram Map in vMAP?

Spider diagrams are a type of visualisation where a series of lines branch out from a single origin point to several destination points. The color, border thickness, and opacity of the links can be customised in the layer settings. For example, this feature can be applied to show which warehouse delivers to which stores, which customers often visit the same store, or show the connections between two different kinds of locations as the screenshot below.

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How do I create a spider diagram map in vMAP?

With the following steps you can create a spider diagram map in vMAP:

Step 1. Select Createspiderlayer from the extras drop-down menu on the top navigation bar of the vMAP main page to open the Create Spider Layer window.

Step 2. On the Create Spider Layer window, fill in the required information using the drop-down lists.

Note: The Source Layer cannot be same with Destination Layer. For data independence and clarity, we recommend that you use different layers for the Source layer (start point), Destination layer (end point), and Result layer (Spider line). The Source Field and Destination Field are the basis to match the start point and end point.

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Step 3.
To proceed to create the spider map, click the Calculate button. The Action List window will pop up at the left corner of the vMAP main page to display the calculation progress. When the process completes, make sure the layer where the data is saved to is activated on the Layer Manager panel to display the spider diagram results on the mapview.

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How do I customise the style for icons (points) and links?

With the following steps you can customise the style for icons and links:
Step 1. To customise the icons and rays, click the colorprofile9 icon on the top right corner of the Layer Manager panel.

Step 2. Select the Layer setting step in the Edit mapview window, then for example, select the UK Spider layer that contains the links by clicking on the name of the layer. On the Layer settings tab, edit the fields as needed, such as color.

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Step 3. To save the changes and view the results on the mapview, click on the Continue button at the bottom right corner of the Edit map window. Make sure the layer where the data is saved to is activated on the Layer Manager panel to see the spider diagram results on the mapview.