The Orbitist mapping application allows users to explore content in a way unlike any other. If you've found your way to this tutorial, then you've already begun thinking of ways to make your business, organization, or enterprise more interactive. Let us be your guide as we teach you the basics of Orbitist. Then, you'll be able to pioneer your own mapping projects with confidence.

This lesson will show users how to create an Orbitist map and add points to this map.

CREATING A NEW MAP

1. Sign into your Orbitist account by clicking the "SIGN IN" button in the top right of the homepage. 

2. Once you're in your account, click on the blue "My Maps" button in the right right of the screen.

3. To design your first map, click on the peach-colored "+New Map" button in the top left of the screen. You will be directed to the "Create Map" page. 

4. Assign a name to your map in order to recall it later, and choose a map style from the "Map Styles" tab. You may also enter a map description and a map image. The image and description will pop up automatically when a user is first directed to your map. When you complete this step, click on the blue "Save" button at the bottom of the page.

5. After saving, you will be directed to your gallery. If you've created multiple maps, you can easily distinguish them by their unique titles. To develop your map, click on the map title you entered at the beginning of this tutorial. You can also accomplish this by clicking on the "Work on map" button underneath the map number. 

6. After clicking on your map title (or that "Work on map" button mentioned earlier), you will be directed to a page that allows you to create your first point. Click on the blue "Add Point" button on the left side of the screen that has a little arrow pointing to it.

7. This action will direct you to the Point Creation screen. Here, you can enter information about a specific point or location. You may create as many points as your plan permits, and each point is a new opportunity to interact with your audience. At Orbitist, we've integrated a multitude of features that will help you enchant your users with beautiful maps. 

ADDING A POINT

1. Create a title
The text that you enter in the title box will serve as a headline for your post. In other words, it's the first thing that users will see when they click on a certain point. Make sure the title accurately pertains to the information you're about to enter into the rest of the point.

2. Enter a location
You can enter the location of your point in three ways, so choose the option that is easiest for you. The first option is to enter the geocode address of the point. A geocode address is the same as a normal street address, so enter it as you normally would. After you enter the address, click on your enter button to assign the point. The second option is to use the map directly. You can click and hold the map to drag your view around, and you can zoom in using the slider on the left side of the map. In order to assign the location of the point, you may click and drag the red marker on your screen. You may also simply click once to change the location of the marker. This change in location will automatically assign a geocode address to the area if you haven't done so already. The third option is to enter the latitude and longitude for the desired point. After you enter the coordinates, click on your enter button to change the location of the point. 

3. Write a description
Underneath the "Body" tab, you can enter a textual description for your point. This description will appear directly below the title and pictures. You may choose from a variety of paragraph formats by clicking the drop-down box in the top left of the section. You also have the option to assign different styles to each individual line. For text, you can use classic formatting options (bold, underline, italics) and lists (bulleted, numbered) by selecting the corresponding buttons at the top of the text box. You can also insert linked text by highlighting the text you want to hyperlink and clicking the link button on the right. If you dislike these formatting options, you can always click the button below the text box to switch to a plain text editor. 

4. Upload images
When you click on the "Multimedia" tab, you have the option to add up to five images for every point you create. This is perfect for showing off multiple locations, angles, or features of your point. Clicking on the "Choose File" button will allow you to browse your computer for the picture you're looking to post. Orbitist supports multiple image files (.png, .jpg, .jpeg) as long as they are under 6MB in size. Once you have selected a picture for your point, you can click on the blue"Upload" button to make it appear on the point. You can rearrange the order of the pictures by clicking and dragging them once they have been uploaded. You can also enter a title for your picture in the "Title" field, which allows for easy attribution or a brief caption. This title will appear when users click on the image. 

5. Embed media
Underneath the "Images" field, you will find the option to embed media. If you would like to incorporate media into your point, all you need to do is enter the URL (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ey3WkHyd87g) in the Embed field. Orbitist supports media from YouTube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, and Twitter. The media will appear in a clickable form beneath the point description and above the link buttons you've created. 

6. Enter links
If you continue scrolling down the page, you will find a "Links" field. Even if you choose not to include hyperlinked texts, you can still insert links in your post. Here, you have the option to create links that will appear as clickable buttons within the point. To create a link button, insert the name of the link (e.g. Orbitist Homepage) and the URL that you wish to enter (e.g. http://www.orbitist.com). This will create an aesthetically pleasing link button which will appear below the point description.

7. Select a marker
By default, the point you've created will appear on the map as a blue dot. In the marker section, you have the opportunity to customize the shape of the default dot using an array of icons that indicate different types of locations. These shapes can be seen below:

After selecting and saving your desired icon, your new shape will take the place of the default blue dot. Below is an example of how custom markers appear on Orbitist maps. (Note: This example is a screenshot.)

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8. Confirm your point
By now, you've created a quality point. The final step is to ensure that this point is on the correct map. The current map will appear in the Map field at the bottom of the page. If the information is correct, click on the blue "Save" button. Congratulations, you've created the first point on your new Orbitist map! Repeat the second half of this tutorial until you have a map full of interactive points for your users to explore. 

Be sure to follow Orbitist for future tutorials and updates. The application has tons of features, and we'll help you learn how to use them to make your content even better.

If you have any questions, e-mail support@orbitist.com.