Custom Styles make Sassafras Maps Dynamic and Fun


Map Styles - Watercolor

By default, Sassafras’ dynamic campus computer availability maps make use of a free and open source mapping tool called OpenStreetMaps. If you prefer to use Google Maps, you can enter your API Key in KeyReporter Map Settings. The standard view using OpenStreetMaps looks a lot like Google Maps, but you can also apply additional map styles via “tile servers.” The image above is from a style called “Stamen Watercolor,” which can be found along with other examples on this OpenStreetMap Wiki page.

Map Styles - Default

This is what a default, out-of-the-box map looks like from OpenStreetMaps. Below are a number of examples of filter overlays developed by independent developers.

Map Styles - White

Map Styles - Alt

Map Styles - Black

Map Styles - BW

Styles can be used to permanently change the look and feel of your maps in KeyReporter, or you might just use them on special occasions to mark holidays or major events on campus. The maps listed on the wiki above were created by various developers, and you should reach out to them for permission to use them in any official capacity. To try any of these out, simply copy the url from the “Tiles URL” column listed in the page above, and then paste it into the Tile Layer URL field in the Maps subsection of the Settings page in KeyReporter, remove any dollar signs (“$”) from the pasted url, and then click Save. That’s it!
KR Map Settings
Lastly, while we’re on the subject of lab location maps, if you’d like to overlay a Sassafras availability layer onto another map you already have, you can use our kml feed to do just that. Instructions can be found in our Modo Campus integration blog post, or feel free to reach out to us directly for more information.
Training and implementation specialist by day, user experience designer by night, Jason helps users learn the ropes of Sassafras, while mining their difficulties for ways to improve the product. As his father once told him: “Join me, and I will complete your training. With our combined strength, we can end this destructive conflict and bring order to the galaxy!”

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