New Feature: Custom Markers!

by alayton at 7:54am

It's taken several weeks to get right, but the single most requested feature is finally ready to be revealed: custom markers! It's taken a lot of trial and error, but I think we've come up with something both easy to use and powerful - the default markers are just an automatically included custom set now, for example.

Marker sets menu

To help you get started, let's walk through an example of how it can be used. To get started, the first thing you need to do make sure you're logged in - otherwise, you can't create or edit any markers. Once you're logged in, open the Marker sets window from the Controls menu in the top right corner of the map.

Marker sets window

In the Marker sets window, you can share, show, hide, or remove sets from you map. If you're allowed to, this is also where you edit them. It will also show you all of the sets you've created and let you easily add them to your map. What we're interested in right now is creating a set, though. To do that, just click the Create set header to expand that box, and it'll show you the form that will create the new set.

Create marker set

The create set form is super simple. The name field is just what the set will be called in the set list and in password prompts. The password is optional, and if it's left blank, it won't be required. If you do set a password, it'll ask people for it when they try to add it. If they're logged in, they won't have to enter it again unless it changes, but logged out users will have to enter it each time they try to load it. Finally, the access options let you specify whether other people can edit your map or not, or if they're prevented from seeing it at all.

Marker edit panel

Once the set is created, it'll show up in Current sets section, and you can click the edit button to start adding your markers. To add a marker, click the New marker button, and then click on the map where you want to create it. Once it's created, setting the name will change what text shows up when you mouse over the marker. The type determines which icon it shows. Finally, the building field sets what thumbnail image is shown when the marker is selected, as well as what loot information is shown, if any exists. Once you've finished making those changes to each marker, click the Save button. Then, when you're done with editing all of the markers, click Save markers. You can then click Finish editing to go back to the normal map.

With all of that done, you now have a map with your own markers on it! To share it with your friends, you can click the Share button in the Marker sets windows, and it'll give you a URL that will load the set for them when they go to it. If you set a password, make sure to give it to them too, because it will ask them for it when they click your Share link.

Hopefully all of this makes some sense to everyone, and more importantly, I hope you'll all enjoy finally being able to share your own maps with friends. There's more stuff planned for this soon; once finished, you'll be able to create paths as well. I've still got a long list of new features and improvements to work on, and I'm looking forward to rolling out more of these updates soon.

Comments

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By drake89 on 2012/08/14 at 12:57am

after hitting edit in current sets all it dose is remove all the default icons and then nothing.... no new marker options... help??? and i have an account...

Edited by drake89 on 2012/08/14
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By Kykapeky on 2012/08/15 at 11:28pm

update the location of helicopter occurrence please

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By Bennyedgehog on 2012/08/16 at 1:17am

Very nice stuff. Our clan is using the map to add spotted tents, player sightings and player contact. Any chance you could add icons for the later two? Maybe a tiny player icon, swords crossing, rifles firing or something?

Thanks.

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By TitanKing on 2012/08/16 at 8:30pm

May I asking for an additional icon "Sniper Rifle"? I need to mark it as Sniper Spot. This is very useful.

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By Limeliz on 2012/08/17 at 8:57am

I added all helicopter crash sites from the map from SouthCoastBeanWars. Feel free to use: http://dayzdb.com/map#set=4594

Edited by Limeliz on 2012/08/17
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By Dude on 2012/08/19 at 4:44am

How a boat got here???? :D

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By crckdns on 2012/08/25 at 8:21am

How to delete a markerset? I mean from the category "my markers" ? there is no button for it.

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By crckdns on 2012/08/30 at 10:51pm

Is there really no option yet to delete a previously created set?

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By calicutin on 2012/09/02 at 9:41am

How about towers? Will you add towers as a marker?

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By Informafield on 2012/09/13 at 4:43pm

Bloody good job. Thanks.

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By halfdead333 on 2012/09/14 at 2:29am

How did a boat get there? umad?

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By MarkoBanV on 2012/09/22 at 7:03am

Great, Nice job guyz

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By atomicgump on 2012/09/25 at 6:46am

How do I change the marker sizes? For example I want to add some medium yield class residential markers. How do I go about this? It seems I can only add small markers.

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By SimoHayhaM40 on 2012/10/17 at 4:11pm

Why can't i place markers on Panthera? It says "Error creating set: Map type has a problem." when i try to create a marker set.

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By Luca120 on 2012/10/19 at 1:28am

Panthera marker sets don't work :(

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By alayton on 2012/10/20 at 5:27pm

Panthera and Takistan marker sets should work now. Probably.

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By TestSubj on 2012/10/28 at 1:23am

I am having trouble having a friend's markers load on my browser. They worked at first, but then, they no longer load up? While it was able to load, I was even able to put markers on the map from my browser that showed up to my friend. What do I need to do to fix this? The problem is on multiple other people's browser as well, and I have verified that the marker set creator does indeed have this set, and that there are markers on it.

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By kilerx on 2012/11/11 at 1:41am

wat du ju do to play dayz

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By theirongiant74 on 2013/01/01 at 1:51am

Can you delete marker sets?

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By BuLwinkL on 2013/02/07 at 11:42pm

I'm wondering if you could change the color of the save button. White on White... very easy to overlook that it's a button.

Thanks for the maps!

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