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The cartouche is the interface which is used to edit the map.
The cartouche holds different tools that provide information and editing options for the existing map.
To edit the map, click on update map on the upper left corner of the map screen.

Components, layers and tools of the map

Super permalink

You can share your view of the cartouche by creating a link that contains the same view and with the same layers that are currently enabled. Click on the Super Permalink button at the bottom of the map. This option will create an address in the browser address bar. Copy this address and use it later, or send it by e-mail to other mappers.
NOTE: the permalink does not contain information about using normal screen view or full screen view (see Map Control Panel).

Coordinates line

Shows the specific point where the cursor is located by coordinates of longitude and latitude. Clicking the copy icon to the right of the coordinates - will display the line coordinates in a separate window.
To enable the copying:

  • Highlight the line using the mouse.
  • Click on the right mouse button.
  • Select copy.
  • Paste the coordinates wherever you choose.
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Location pane

Shows a general location of the editing area.
Dragging the view box in the location pane will move the map in the main view to the selected location.

Zoom scale

Allows control over the zoom level.
You can also control the zoom by using the scroll button of the mouse (scroll).
You can select a specific area of focus by pressing the Shift key and marking the area with the mouse at the same time.
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Map control panel

This panel allows basic control of the map view.
Zoom +: enlarges the area selected in one notch.
Zoom -: reduces the area selected in one notch.
Previous view: returns the previous viewing point for the zoom and map location.
Next view: performs the inverse operation when using "previous view".
Refresh view: Refresh the map window.
Normal screen view: returns the map window to its original size (after selecting Full screen).
Full screen: Increasing the map view window to the maximum (defined by screen resolution).

View panel

The view panel allows different display capabilities on the map layers operated in accordance with the different types of edits committed on the map. Opening different layers will open different options on the View panel.
Three elements appear regularly in this panel:

Measure distance:

Allows to measure distance over the map.
After selecting Measure Distance from the View panel - click on the map at a certain point. The measurement will start from that point, and every additional click will create a joint point.
Double-click to finish the measurement. While measuring, the distance will be displayed on the view Panel. To exit the measurement tool, press cancel.


Selecting this option will show you a table of all the tracks that you drove and were processed by the cartouche. From the archive table, you can click on the map icon to display each archived route over the map.

Highlight Connectivity:

This tool allows to see if a specific segment is connected to any segments in its surroundings, and the allowed driving directions.
While this option is checked in the view panel, the connections are displayed over the map itself. After checking the Higlight connectivity checkbox in the edit panel, clicking on any segment over the map will also highlight segments around it (if any are connected).
An orange segment means driving is allowed from the orange segment to the segment you chose.
A green segment means driving is allowed from your selected segment to the green segment.

This tool is very useful and important when making map edits, and should be checked whenever you are working on the map.

Edit panel

This panel is a dynamic menu that allows you to update and change the map elements, depending on the elements selected on the map itself (for example - road segments, nodes, map problems and other markings – depending on the active layers).
If no element was selected on the map, the edit panel will show the option Add new feature. Selecting this option will allow you add new elements to the map.

Add road: allows to add a new road to the map.
NOTE: adding a new road by this method is limited by GPS points. You cannot draw a new road in an area where no one drove before.

  1. Make sure that no element was selected on the map.
  2. Click on the add road and than click once at the point of the map where you want to start sketching the road. (note that the mouse cursor will change to black). Every additional click will add a joint to the road's sketch. To finish the sketch just double click at the point you want the new road to end.
  3. The edit panel will automatically show a new table with all the data that is necessary to create the new road. This information includes:
    1. Type of road
    2. City name
    3. Street name
    4. Direction of traffic.
  4. After filling in all the information, confirm by clicking on create new road. You might be required to confirm a new street name, if this street does not exist in our maps yet.
  5. Edit the road shape (if needed) by clicking on edit road geometry on the edit panel.
  6. Connect to new road to the other roads on both of its ends.
  7. Make sure that the direction of the other roads that are now connected to the new road is correct and allows navigation. Check the highlight connectivity in the view panel to make sure that all the road segments are properly connected.

Add landmark:allows to mark important sites on the map (gas stations, museums ,parking lots etc.) to allow navigation to these sites. Marking these sites will allow the program to find those sites just by typing their names and without typing their exact address.
To add a new landmark:

  1. Make sure that no elements are selected on the map.
  2. Click on add landmark
  3. Click the point on the map where you want to start the sketching of site
  4. Every additional click will add a new angle to the geometrical shape. Sketch the entire site.
  5. To end the sketch double click at the last angle point.
  6. The edit panel will automatically show a new table with all the data that is necessary to create the new landmark.
    This information includes :
    1. Type: the type of site you added
    2. Name: the name of the site
    3. English name : the name of the site in English (if relevant)
    4. Details: any additional information about the site that may help other users (entrance to a parking lot, w.c , restaurants etc.)
  7. When you finish entering the details select Create new landmark at the bottom of the panel.

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Layers panel

The layers panel is a tool for controlling layers of information that will be displayed on the map.
Each layer contains relevant information to help view and control the map editing. You can select the layers that you want to display or remove.
You Can choose which layers will appear above the other layers by selecting the layer and dragging the mouse above the other layers.

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Speed cams layer selecting this layer will show on the map speed cameras which were reported by the users. clicking on the camera icon will show the editing option on the “edit panel” editing option: 1.update the speed limit of the specific road. 2.delete the camera if its location is incorrect. Note that you can not add new speed cameras when editing the map. You can add new speed cameras only when marking its location with your cell phone while driving next to it.

Restricted turns layers selecting this layer will display “restricted turn” marks in intersections where there is no option to turn from one road to another. A red arrow will appear next to the sign, starting from the road of origin and pointing to the destination road. (screen shot) The restricted turn icon will be shown wherever its defined that there is no passage between one road segment to the other, and will be shown in every intersections and between all possible turns that are currently restricted. Note that when creating a new intersection, the default is that all turns in that intersection are restricted. The markings of all restrictions will be shown after enabling the first turn in the intersection.