Interactive mapping user guidelines: Single map template

For help and information with the InstantAtlas Flash-based mapping software, refer to the Quick Help tips or the more detailed Guidelines for using the InstantAtlas dynamic report. In addition, refer to the Website video tutorials.

Quick Help

The following table provides some quick tips for using the InstantAtlas software for the Single Map Template. The full help file follows.

KeywordHow to...
Overall view Each element (map, table and chart) of the view is related. As you move your mouse over one element, the related parts of other elements are highlighted - click on an area to highlight it; click again to remove it, or right click anywhere and click on 'Clear Selection'.
Topic/ Indicator Click on the 'Select data' button to select a topic and then select an indicator to display.
Notes on data Click on the 'Select data' button to select a topic. Click on the 'page' icon to the left of the indicator to view data notes and sources in a new tab.
View Area Move the mouse cursor over the map or bar graph to see the names of areas and values for the indicator.
View all areas in legend range Click on a coloured legend box to highlight all the area names in the table along with corresponding areas on the map and bars on the chart in the selected legend range; click again to remove it, or right click the mouse and choose 'Clear Selection'.
Overlay and service locations Where available, another boundary can be added to the map view by checking the box to the left of the specific map overlay in the legend box. If service locations are included in the legend then these can be marked on the map (or removed) by checking the box to the left of the service location specified.
Type of legend Click on the ‘pencil’ icon button in the legend box to switch between quantile (events equally distributed between five groups), continuous (areas shaded on a continuous scale from lowest to highest value), equal interval classification (ranges are equal), natural breaks (based on standard deviations from data average), or to increase or decrease the number of ranges (e.g., to 3 ranges - high, medium, low etc.). The colour palette can also be changed using this function, and the order of the legend reversed.
Geography Use this button to select between different geographies, where available – e.g., to swap between Population Health Areas and Local Government Areas. The name of the chosen geography is shown in the legend box. If data for the selected indicator are not available at the chosen geographical level, the map will appear grey. Where this occurs, an explanatory note appears in the box below the data table.
Filter to an area Click on the 'Filter to an area' button to filter to a specific area (e.g., State/ Territory).
Zoom - Area Zoom to a geographic area by clicking the magnifying glass against the area name in the data table box.
Reset - Map selections Remove area selections by right clicking and selecting 'Clear Selection'. Reset the map to full size by clicking on the magnifying glass below the +/- slider bar at the top left-hand-side of the map window (this is the ‘Zoom Full’ button).
Reset - Map filter/ size Remove filter selections by right clicking and selecting 'Clear Filter', and then 'Zoom Full' to reset the map using the magnifying glass below the +/- slider bar at the top left-hand-side of the map window. Alternatively, under 'Filter to an area', select 'Remove Filter', and then 'Zoom Full'.
Table For each area, the table lists the indicator value and the number (of people/ events etc.) for the indicator selected. Click on the Per cent/ Rate/ Age-standardised rate or Number heading at the top of the column to sort the data in ascending/ descending order.
Bar chart and comparison table The bar chart below the map shows all of the areas in the map and data table for the selected geography. The table to the right contains the data for the same indicator for each capital city and rest of state/ territory area: clicking on one of these areas shows it on the bar chart as a horizontal line. This allows a visual comparison between the capital city or rest of state / territory area and each of the component areas.
Add text or shape Right click and select ‘add text’ or ‘add shape’ to annotate or add shapes to the screen. These shapes can be moved to any position on the screen, however, are not included when exporting images.
Export Right click and select 'Export' to export to a .jpeg file for pasting and cropping into your document. Moving the cursor to the top right-hand corner of any box – Map, Data table, etc. – reveals an upward-pointing arrow; click on it to make that element fill the screen and produce a better quality image. Repeat the process and click on the downward-pointing arrow
Link to data The 'Link to data' button will open a window where you can choose to download or save the data in spreadsheet (.xls) format.

Guidelines for using the InstantAtlas dynamic report

Administrators can customise the appearance and functionality of an InstantAtlas report. The layout/colours/functionality described in the sections below may therefore be different in the report you are viewing. © 2010 GeoWise Ltd