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Mike Little
Plotting client locations on a map?
on Mar 9, 2017 at 6:15:27 pm

Hi! I have been asked to create a map of the United States and drop pins on all of our clients. Infographic style. Here is a very rough proof of concept I did in After Effects in 5 minutes:

https://vimeo.com/kaig/review/207671239/3064b97c13

The problem is, we have thousands of clients. Even if I only picked a couple of hundred, this is going to be a mess to do manually.

Have you encountered any software (or widget) that I could upload coordinate data to that might be able to pull this off?

Thanks!


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Plotting client locations on a map?
on Mar 9, 2017 at 6:59:27 pm

This might be helpful, depending on exactly what you want to do:

http://aescripts.com/geolayers/

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Mike Little
Re: Plotting client locations on a map?
on Mar 9, 2017 at 7:08:40 pm

Thanks! Yes, I have been looking at the demo for that product. It is a little hard to use and REALLY wants you to use a photorealistic map from Bing. Less "infographic-ish" than I was shooting for. Though, it could be my lack of self confidence in my After Effects skills that are speaking.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Plotting client locations on a map?
on Mar 12, 2017 at 8:05:10 pm

There are a number of "looks" which you can get from the plugin, only one of which is the satellite view. There are several you can use which run the gamut from a flat looking Google type map, to much more stylized versions. It takes a bit of under the hood work, but take a look at the video tutorials, and there's one which shows several of the choices.

http://aescripts.com/geolayers/

Look at Feature Styles, which lets you customize colors feature by feature, and then go through the other tutorials way at the bottom of the page, particularly Stamen Mapstack, which lets you choose a wide variety of stylized looks which are anything but Bing satellite maps. I had to spend a couple of hours walking my way through the tutorials until the light went on. I came upon a look that's a combination road map and topo map. Worked fine for me. Your mileage may vary, but it's not by any means a one button click plugin.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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