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2D Map

The 2D Map plot type can be used to visualize geographic data at any scale, from worldwide to street level. You can overlay data on top of the map as points or as a heatmap.

Required Features and Dimensions

The 2D Map plot type requires a feature that represents longitude mapped to X and a feature that represents latitude mapped to Y. The coordinates must be in the form of Decimal Degrees (DD) — coordinates in other formats must be converted before loading the data set.


To move the 2D map, hold down the left mouse button and drag (desktop) or point at the map and move the control stick (VR). To rotate the map (to expose the Z axis) hold down the right mouse button and drag (desktop) or point away from the map and move the control stick (VR). To zoom in, roll the mouse wheel (desktop) or select the Zoom In / Zoom Out buttons in plot settings (desktop and VR).


In 2D Map mode you can change:

  • Zoom level – Changes zoom level
  • Region Selection – Create a selection on the map and zoom to the area selected
  • Heatmap – Superimpose a heatmap on the plot

If you right-click on the 2D Map plot, you can bring up the Contextual Menu to choose your desired Map Style. This can also be changed from the Maps section of the Preferences window.

Heatmap Options

  • Radius¬†Determines the coverage area of the heatmap visualization. The unit can be set in kilometers (km), miles (mi) or nautical miles (nmi).
  • Intensity¬†Determines the granularity of the heatmap visualization. A higher resolution (intensity) will result in a more detailed representation of the data density but will take longer to generate than a lower resolution.
  • Create Feature – This option creates a new feature and adds it to the dataset. Each record in the newly created feature corresponds to a (0-1) normalized value representing the density of data at the geographical location of a given data point in a heatmap visualization.

Map Provider Attributions

ArcGIS by Esri

Open Street Map
Map tiles by © OpenStreetMap contributors, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.

Stamen Design
Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under ODbL.