Maps in designer mainly consist of two categories, maps using location names, and maps using latitude/longitude data. Just like grid controls, Maps require a table named range for plotting data on geographic representation of regions, countries, or states.
With this group of maps, your data can consist of location names following the international standards for naming convention. You can visualize a numeric data corresponding to each location.
To create a map, go to the user interface designer and add a Map output control. Next, click on the map to configure it, and select the table named range that contains our data from that field.
Map Type is where you can select the style of your map. From this list, the first 4 are the maps that can take the region names. Next, you need to select map region from the map name field. You can expand and collapse these options by pressing the plus and minus signs. The active option will be highlighted.
The data column containing the area names can be selected under the Label Field.
The target values to be displayed against the area names will be coming from the Value Field data. For example, Standard maps and Tile maps will show color-coded values, Cartogram maps will show value based on circle diameter, and Continuous Cartogram maps will distort area shapes based on value.
Standard Map: The most common map type in data visualization, a standard map shades the map area to display quantitative values.
Cartogram: A cartogram map uses circles or squares of varying sizes to show regions in accordance with a quantitative value associated to them. This map type is best used to highlight the values of outlier regions, instead of their actual size.
Continuous Cartogram: A continuous cartogram plots the selected measure on a map by scaling the land borders depending on the selected data field.
Tile Map: Tile map uses circles, hexagons, or squares instead of the actual land borders to depict the regions. This view is quite useful for showing small regions that are otherwise difficult to read on a regular map.