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Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

Robert Mayer09-02-2017 04:39

  • 1.  Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 04:29
    Who is the new map provider that is being tested?


  • 2.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 05:11
    Mapbox

    https://www.quora.com/Why-did-Uber-switch-back-to-Google-Map-from-MapBox

    https://stackshare.io/stackups/google-maps-vs-mapbox-vs-openstreetmap

    https://www.reddit.com/r/webdev/comments/4vnnw1/mapbox_or_google_maps/

    When was the last time somebody ask "Do you integrate with Mapbox"?  
    People are so involved with google that is seems silly to switch, just to have a fancy view option.



  • 3.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-19-2017 16:33
    I do not like MapBox. Please go back to google maps. I have lost all my addresses.


  • 4.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-19-2017 17:27
    Hi Jackie, I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with your addresses. MapBox is the new location vendor for Quick Base so it would not be possible to revert to Google Maps. However, our Customer Care team would be happy to assist to see why your addresses aren't working. You can reach them by opening a case online, by clicking _Help _from within Quick Base, then clicking _Manage Support Cases _ > _+ New Support Case_.


  • 5.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 05:59
    Did Quick Base ask us - the paying customers - if we wanted to change from the defacto worldwide mapping standard? 
    NO.

    Questionable decision!


  • 6.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 15:41
    Hi Robert. Can you say more about what you're concerned about with this change? E.g. How do you use the current Address field? How will switching from Google impact your apps?


  • 7.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 16:32
    I use third part addins utilizing Google Maps.
    And I don't want to invest time understanding a new platform that does not seems to provide any significant advantages.


  • 8.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 03-29-2018 12:06
    Whats even worse is that mapbox doesnt even support my country - So quickbase decides its convenient to just change without even checking support for their users.  Not happy about this at all actually


  • 9.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 15:17
    So, as part of our workflow, we review customer leads (all businesses and nonprofits) by clicking on the address, which brings up Google Maps.  We have instant access to streetview, business reviews, website, etc.  Does this mean that we will no longer have access to this?


  • 10.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 17:01
    The made the internal patch last night.

    https://quickbasestatus.statuscast.com/#!/incident/119156



  • 11.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 17:27
    But I don't believe it's live yet.  That is just for their internal testing.


  • 12.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 18:16


  • 13.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 18:29
    Not sure what that picture means. They are still Beta testing.


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  • 15.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 20:27
    Hi, I just wanted to clarify that we've been extensively testing MapBox and last night's patch released the feature to our live environment, but in a disabled state. This enables us to do a final round of testing. We'll be enabling it for everyone in the next release, on 09/17.


  • 16.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 20:34
    Hi Brian, thank you for responding.  Yes, we are aware that this is just for testing now; the issue here is that there is going to be a major, seemingly random change.  I'm sure QB has a good reason for it, but this has implications from those of us who just "point and click" without code to those who utilize more complex codes/scripts.

    Again, per my questions above, how will this update affect us if we rely on the quick link to Google Maps for our daily workflow?

    As noted in this thread, there are concerns on how this drastic change will affect users who are tapped into Google for things other than just looking at the map.

    I appreciate your insight.


  • 17.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 20:37
    Thanks Brian! We appreciate the insight.


  • 18.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 20:38
    I was able to test and it allayed my fears greatly when I saw that the address link still links off exactly the same to the familiar google maps, so I don't think that anything is lost on this change.  

    Plus there are improvements for the mobile interface for integration with the device's default Maps app and also auto fill of the current location of the device into the address input fields.


  • 19.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 21:22
    Hi Caitlyn, per QuickBaseCoach's comment above, links that open Google Maps in these places will continue to do so after the change. This is because those are simple links and don't establish a connected between QB and GMaps:
    • On the mobile QB site, when looking at a form that includes an address field, we offer a Locate button. Rather than display the map in the QB app itself, the Locate button opens the default mapping app on the mobile device.
    • When you are on a form and click the link for an address, a new tab opens showing the location in Google Maps.
    • When clicking on a pin for a map report, a Get Directions link opens Google Maps in a new tab with the destination set with the pin�s location.


  • 20.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 08-31-2017 22:28


  • 21.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-01-2017 13:19
    Awesome, thank you for the reassurance, all!


  • 22.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-01-2017 15:13
    In follow up, does anyone know if this update will allow map reports for mobile users, with multiple pins?


  • 23.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-02-2017 22:46
    Hi Caitlyn, yes the update should still allow mobile users to view map reports that include multiple pins. Looks like it's working with GMaps today, have you been having trouble with it?


  • 24.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-02-2017 04:39
    thanks for the updates


  • 25.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-19-2017 15:57
    This new map service does not work for our company at all. We use the quick google box for roof shading analysis (we are a solar company). The satellite view for new mapbox is not as good as google. Now we have to take an extra step and click on the link to use google map. 

    I will have to figure out how to input a customer google box since nobody in my company likes the new mapbox.... :(


  • 26.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-19-2017 17:01
    You can pull a Google Map image by creating a text formula field like so:
    "<img src= " & "https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/staticmap?" & "center=" & URLEncode([Address) & "&zoom=" & [zoom] & "&size=" & [width] & "x" & [height] & "&maptype=" & [type] & "&format=" & [format] & "&markers=color:" &[pin color] & "%7Clabel:" & [pin label] & "%7C" & URLEncode([Address]) & ">" 
    In this case, I have all the parameters set up as fields on the record ("zoom", "maptype", etc.)--but you could hard-code those into the formula. Sounds like you want "satellite" as the maptype and a high zoom--I tested with 20 and it's pretty close to the roof.

    "Address" is just a default Address field.

    More info on the Google Maps API here: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/static-maps/intro">https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/static-maps/intro">https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/static-maps/intro


  • 27.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 09-19-2017 17:23
    very interesting. I will test it out. thank you!


  • 28.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 11-01-2017 21:13
    it worked! I also embedded the street view image. 
    But is it possible to embed the Google Map Javascript API with just embedded this into a Text-Formula field?


    here is the documentation: https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/javascript/examples/aerial-simple

    "<!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      <head>
        "<meta name=""viewport" "content=""initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">
        "<meta charset="utf-8">"
        "<title>45� imagery</title>"
        "<style>
          #map {
            height: 100%;
          }
          /* Optional: Makes the sample page fill the window. */
          html, body {
            height: 100%;
            margin: 0;
            padding: 0;
          }
        </style>
      </head>
      <body>
        <div id="map"></div>
        <script>
          function initMap() {
            var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map'), {
              center: {lat: 36.964, lng: -122.015},
              zoom: 18,
              mapTypeId: 'satellite'
            });
            map.setTilt(45);
          }
        </script>
        <script async defer
        src="https://maps.googleapis.com/maps/api/js?key=YOUR_API_KEY&callback=initMap">;
        </script>
      </body>
    </html>


  • 29.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 10-09-2017 03:33
    Our company has had nothing but issues with the mapping since the changeover...

    Suburbs no longer populate in the field, instead it populates with the city.

    For our billing, suburbs are vital but it seems its a no go. 

    After speaking with our customer rep, we now have 2 work with a 3rd party to HOPEFULLY get up and running again.... NOT HAPPY WITH THIS CHANGE 


  • 30.  RE: Who is the new map provider that is being tested?

    Posted 07-27-2019 09:54
    Hi Damien

    Sorry to reply to such an old topic - but just wondering if you ever got a solution to

    "Suburbs no longer populate in the field, instead it populates with the city."  

    We are new to Quickbase and were surprised to find this is still an issue (at least in Australia it is).  The address displays the suburb name but when it populates into the sub-fields it only populates the city name, not the suburb name :(

    Cheers :)