Points of Interest, or simply POIs, are used to indicate places in the 3D World – as well as convey more information about them. In this tutorial, we’ll learn to place and configure them.
Point or Points?
There are two similar but different tools you can use to create POIs.
- Point of Interest – Create a single marker, before customising it.
- Points of Interest – Configure a template before creating multiple markers in the same style.
Point of Interest (Singular)
Here is the process for creating a single POI.
- Select the POI Tool, the cursor will change to a marker:
- Choose your position and single click on the map to select the location.
- A default style marker will be added to the map and the Properties Window will now appear:
- The Marker ‘tab’ is the default, here you can customise the appearance:
- Use the Tab Switcher in the Windows Bar to switch to the Details Window:
- On the Details tab you can configure the information which appears in the POI’s pop-up window:
Points of Interest (Plural)
The second POI creation option is Points of Interest – with an s.
With this tool, the workflow is opposite. You customise the POI before placing it in the map. This allows you to more quickly create many POIs in the same exact style, eliminating the need to customise each one.
Tasks & an Example
Let’s try a use case for both the Point and Points of Interest tool. Find a city you know well in the map, they try the following tasks:
Task #1: Use the POI Tool (singular) to mark City Hall. Give the marker a custom colour and/or icon. Add some information about your city to the Details window.
Task #2: Open the POIs Tool (plural). Create a unique custom style. Click the map to denote the major parks in your town.
Visit beautiful Rome, Italy in our example;
We took the tutorial a step further and created one layer with a few parks and another with some landmarks. If you’re up to the challenge, why not try to create something similar where you live.
Advanced Task: Create multiple layers, each with a thematic group of markers.