General Questions:

Q: What is MapFling?
Q: What is MapFling PRO?
How do MapFling and MapFling PRO compare?
Q: Is there a free trial of MapFling PRO?
Q: How can MapFling help me?
Q: Can I use MapFling on my mobile phone?
Can I use MapFling on my tablet?
Can I use MapFling on my laptop/desktop computer?
Q: How is MapFling different from other services?
Q: Does MapFling cost money?
Q: Can I cancel my MapFling PRO subscription?
What is the refund policy for MapFling PRO?
Do you offer a money-back guarantee for MapFling PRO?

Coverage Area Questions:

Q: For which countries/states/areas can I get maps?
Q: Can I use MapFling if there are no street maps for my area?
Q: How is MapFling related to Google Maps?

Using MapFling Questions:

Q: How do I begin?
Q: How do I share my MapFling map with others?
How do I copy and paste the MapFling Link?
Q: Can I put a MapFling map in a page of my own website?
Do you support iframes or embed tabs?
Q: For how long can I use my MapFling Link? Does it expire?
Q: My MapFling Link didn't work. Why?
Q: Can I create a marker at my current location (GPS)?
Q: Can I enter latitude/longitude (GPS coordinates) directly?
Q: Can I get driving/transport directions with MapFling?
Q: How can I print the map I made with with MapFling?
Q: How can I print the markers I made with with MapFling?
Q: How many markers can I have?
Q: Is there a search function?
Can I search the text in marker labels?
Q: Can I change the marker colors?
Q: Can I change the marker shape?
What marker shapes are available?
Can I get new shapes not yet included in the list?
Q: Can I change the marker labels (A-Z, 0-99)?
Can I use numbers instead of letters for marker labels?
Can I remove the marker labels?
Q: Is there a limit to the map introduction length (MapFling PRO)?
Is there a limit to the marker description length?
Q: Can my map introduction have multiple lines (MapFling PRO)?
Can my marker descriptions have multiple lines?
Can I use line breaks or blank lines in my text?
Q: Can my map introduction have clickable links?
Can my marker descriptions have clickable links?
Q: Can my map have a custom branded logo on top?
Q: Can my map introduction have images/photographs/pictures?
Can my marker descriptions have images/photographs/pictures?
Q: Can I modify/edit/change my own maps?
Can multiple people collaborate on one map?
Q: Can I import/export GIS/GPS data files with MapFling?
Q: What changed recently in MapFling?
Q: Why introduce a paid service MapFling PRO?
Why is the marker count more limited than pre-2020 levels?
Q: How can I control the language of the map?
Can I see geographic names in another language?
Q: Can you add a certain feature to MapFling?

Business/Advertising Questions:

Q: How can I advertise on MapFling?
Q: Can I get an integrated/custom-branded MapFling for my website?

Privacy Questions:

Q: Does MapFling collect my personal information?
Q: Are my maps private?
Can other people see/view my maps?
Q: Can I modify/edit/change my own maps?
Can other people modify/edit/change my maps?
Can multiple people collaborate on one map?

Corporate Information Questions:

Q: Who is MapFling exactly?
Q: Does Google own MapFling?
Q: Who helped make MapFling possible?

General Questions and Answers:
 
Q: What is MapFling?
A: MapFling is a free online service which lets you:
  • bring up a map of nearly anywhere in the world,
  • add one or more markers ("push-pins") to the map, with your own custom descriptions and colors, like this:

  • easily share that marked-up map with anyone, via email, Facebook, Twitter, your blog or website, your favorite chat app—anything!

Each time you create a map, we give you a short MapFling Link (URL) for that map, which you paste into an e-mail, chat message, social media message, blog post, or anywhere. People who click on your MapFling Link will see your map, complete with the markers that you created. Here is a sample MapFling Link:

https://mapfling.com/q2ri25o
To use MapFling, you don't have to log in or provide any personal information whatsoever—try it now!.

You can also get access to a huge range of cool extra features, with MapFling PRO, which is described here.

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Q: What is MapFling PRO?
How do MapFling and MapFling PRO compare?
A: MapFling PRO is our premium subscription that gives you a huge range of extra features for both individial and professional users at an amazingly low price:

  • choose from a wide palette of custom marker shapes, and thousands more shapes you can request from our gallery.
  • add unlimited markers in one map (in the free version, a map can have up to 10 markers).
  • manage, edit, and delete maps that you created in the new MY MAPS screen.
  • edit an existing map without changing its MapFling Link, so your viewers' old links keep working even when you update a map. Also great for collaborating with others on a single map.
  • your maps will show without ads to you and your viewers for as long as you stay PRO.
  • place your custom branded logo at the top of your maps in place of the MapFling logo
  • embed maps in your own web pages (using iframes)
  • write a custom map introduction that shows when your viewers click to see your map.
  • include any number of images and clickable links in your map introduction and marker descriptions.
  • label markers with A-Z or 1-99, or remove marker labels entirely from all markers or all marker shapes not designed for labels.
  • create a marker at your current location (e.g. using your device's GPS), automatically including the nearest street address.
  • control whether or not your maps show with sharing links (e.g. ...) and links to make a new map.
  • you get priority for new feature requests, such as requests to add new marker shapes.
BUY PRO now and begin enjoying all those features immediately!

MapFling PRO is a yearly subscription service that automatically renews each year, and you can cancel at any time. See the current subscription price here.

We are actively adding more features to MapFling PRO so definitely contact us at info@mapfling.com and let us know what other features you are looking for.

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Q: Is there a free trial of MapFling PRO?
A: Yes! Try it right now!

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Q: How can MapFling help me?
A: Throwing a party? Add a MapFling Link to your invite and everyone can see where it's at with a single click!

If you're a real estate agent, blow away your customer with a custom MapFling map showing multiple properties with your customized comments. With MapFling PRO you can add your own custom logo and custom map introduction and your maps appear ad-free to your customers, and you can even include photographs of your properties and links to your website from the map introduction and from the descriptions of individual map markers. Or you can even embed a MapFling map in your own website for the most seamless and professional look.

Got a house or apartment for sale or rent? Include a MapFling Link in your online ads to get an edge over the other listers. With one click, your renters will know where you are.

Customers flying in to visit your office? Impress them with a MapFling map that shows your office, their hotel, and maybe a few of your favorite restaurants too! Label each location with whatever description you want to include ("Excellent sushi here!"). BUY PRO to add your custom branding with a professional ad-free experience for your customers.

Meeting a friend at Central Park? It's a big place: with a MapFling satellite image, you can pinpoint the exact park bench where you'll be waiting for her!

Any time you find yourself sending a paper map old-fashioned-style, or copying a huge awkward Google Maps link that leaves your recipient confused due to the lack of labels, you can fling it instead! They will receive your map instantly, complete with your markers and comments. They will be able to zoom in and out on the map, explore the area, share the map with others, and print if they like.

With MapFling PRO you can even edit maps while keeping the same MapFling Link. Multiple people can collaborate on real estate searches, travel plans, party arrangement, or even scavenger hunts! The possibilities are endless!

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Q: Can I use MapFling on my mobile phone?
Can I use MapFling on my tablet?
Can I use MapFling on my laptop/desktop computer?
A: Yes! MapFling works on both desktop/laptop computers (e.g. Windows, Mac) and also mobile phones and tablets (e.g. iOS, Android). You can even create and fling maps on mobile devices.

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Q: How is MapFling different from other services?
A: Unlike other services, MapFling:
  • Lets you add multiple markers to your maps: each marker can be at an address you type in, or you can just click on the map to add a marker wherever you like. With our free service, add up to 10 markers. With MapFling PRO create unlimited markers in the same map and use multiple marker shapes and custom marker labels and more!

  • Lets you provide custom descriptions for each marker. Say anything you like! Choose your own marker colors. With MapFling PRO you can also provide an overall description for the map and include your own custom logo at the top.

  • Lets you share your map using a short MapFling Link that you can easily and confidently send to others without any fear of it being chopped off or damaged by e-mail, chat, or social media systems. Just try that with a 300-character Google Maps URL!

    We provide easy buttons to send your map to many popular social media sites, email, and to copy to clipboard.

  • Is easy to use: while there are other services for creating annotated maps, many of them force you to create login accounts, and most of them present you with many complex options for technical tasks such as GPS or GIS data import. MapFling is for people who don't know or care what GIS is and just want an easy way to send someone a map!

    Even our advanced MapFling PRO is vastly easier to use than highly technical systems which do the same thing.

  • Lets you both create and view maps on laptop/desktop PCs/Macs as well as mobile phones and tablets (e.g. iOS, Android). Many other map creation services do not work on mobile devices.

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Q: Does MapFling cost money?
A: No! MapFling is a completely free service, supported by the advertising that you see next to the maps.

MapFling PRO gives you a ton of extra features and turns off the ads for both you and those viewing your maps.

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Q: Can I cancel my MapFling PRO subscription?
What is the refund policy for MapFling PRO?
Do you offer a money-back guarantee for MapFling PRO?
A: On your PROFILE page you can cancel renewal of your MapFling PRO account at any time. You will continue to have all the MapFling PRO features until you reach the subscription expiration date shown on the PROFILE page.

We offer a free trial mode (TRY PRO now) that lets you play with many of the MapFling PRO features before you buy.

If you have already puchased MapFling PRO and you have any issue that is due to a bug in our service or a feature that does not behave as we explain on MapFling.com or in this FAQ, we are happy to refund all of your MapFling PRO payment for the most recent year, and we are very liberal and generous about such cases.

Otherwise, if you have actually been subscribed with no issues, there are no refunds.

In particular, we do not offer pro-rata refunds if you decide to stop using the service mid-year. As a practical matter, the cost of MapFling PRO is so minimal that it hardly matters. We have reduced the cost to the bare minimum needed to keep operating our service. Because there are many fixed costs associated with our service, we could not continue to provide service if customers only pay for fractions of years (or, we would have to charge higher prices per week/month, which makes billing very burdensome for us and our customers). We prefer to keep it simple!

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Coverage Area Questions and Answers:
 
Q: For which countries/states/areas can I get maps?
A: The MapFling service is "Powered by Google," meaning that you get full access to the enormous collection of street and satellite maps present in Google Maps.

There are two types of maps:

For most cities in the world, you can get a detailed, traditional street map showing you roads, airports, parks, and other landmarks along with their names. In most of these areas, you can use MapFling to pinpoint any street address that you provide.

But MapFling also has satellite images (photographs taken from planes or space) for many more areas of the world. In many areas, the maps are so detailed that you can zoom in and see individual streets, buildings, statues, ponds, and other landmarks! This is great for creating a detailed map showing where you want to meet someone.

It's easy to switch between the various types of map. Look at the upper-right corner of the map. If you click "Map," you will get the street map. If you click "Satellite," you will get the satellite images. If you check "Labels" under "Satellite," you will get the street map superimposed on top of the satellite image.

When you create a MapFling map, you choose whether to show the street map, the satellite image, or both. When people click on your MapFling Link, they will see the same type of map that you have chosen.

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Q: Can I use MapFling if there are no street maps for my area?
A: Yes! The few areas of the world that do not yet have street maps currently have very detailed satellite images. So you can find the city by typing in its name. Then, click the "Satellite" button at the top right of the map. Now you can zoom in on a precise point in the city and place one or more markers.

You can also just start with the world map at step 1 and zoom in on the map yourself to choose locations for markers, rather than having us find an address for you. To do that, click the GO button and then click the link that says "skip straight to step 2."

One of the big advantages of MapFling is that you can place your own markers by just clicking on the map, even if Google doesn't know the street name or address there.

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Q: How is MapFling related to Google Maps?
A: The MapFling service is "Powered by Google," meaning that you get full access to the enormous collection of street and satellite maps present in Google Maps.

However, MapFling goes beyond the standard Google Maps by allowing you to create multiple markers with your own custom descriptions and making it easy for you to share your annotated map with others using a short MapFling Link.

MapFling Incorporated is not affiliated with Google in any way.

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Using MapFling Questions and Answers:
 
Q: How do I begin?
A: To begin, visit MapFling.com, type an address in the box under step 1, and then click the GO button.

In the address, you should provide at least the city, as in these examples:

new york, ny
san francisco, ca, usa
bonn, germany
bangkok, thailand
However, for most countries, if you provide a specific street address with street numbers and ideally postal codes, like this:
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500
101 main, sf, ca
then we can pinpoint the exact location of your address and mark it on the map for you. That's usually the best way to start.

The few areas of the world for which Google does not yet have street maps have very detailed satellite images. So you can find the city by typing in its name. Then, click the "Satellite" button at the top right of the map. Now you can zoom in on a precise point in the city and place one or more markers.

You can also just start by zooming into the map and clicking/double-tapping where you want your first marker. If you don't see the map yet in step 1, click the link that says "add first marker right on the map."

If you have MapFling PRO, you can also click/tap "Use current location" to create a new marker at your device's current physical location. MapFling will attempt to find a street address for your current location too.

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Q: How do I share my MapFling map with others?
How do I copy and paste the MapFling Link?
A: When you have finished creating your MapFling map and you go on to step 3, our service gives you a MapFling Link, which looks something like this:

https://mapfling.com/q2ri25o
Now your goal is to send that MapFling Link out.

The easiest way is to use one of the convenient sharing buttons we provide in step 3 (Email, Facebook, Twiter, Reddit, Pinterest). These buttons create a new, blank message in the relevant app that already includes your MapFling Link.

If the app you want to use is not on the list, use the button labeled "Copy." When you push that button, we will copy your MapFling Link into your clipboard. Now you can head over to any app (chat app, email app, social media app, document/spreadsheet app, anything) and paste the MapFling Link.

When others read your message, your MapFling Link will look something like this:

https://mapfling.com/q2ri25o
They will be able to click/tap on your MapFling Link. When they do, they will see your MapFling map, complete with the markers and descriptions you created. Try the sample link above!

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Q: Can I put a MapFling map in a page of my own website?
Do you support iframes or embed tabs?
A: Yes! If you are using MapFling PRO, then you can embed your MapFling map right in the middle of a page of your own website, rather than requiring your map viewer to click a MapFling Link that you provide so they can see the map on MapFling.com.

The map will be fully interactive just as if your viewer were looking at it on MapFling.com: your viewer can pan and zoom and explore markers. Your map will be read-only, so your viewer cannot change the map.

You can see an example of embedding here.

Embedded maps like this can create a more seamless experience and allow for cleaner branding too.

Embedding works using the standard web technology known as "iframes." You don't have to understand HTML coding in detail, because MapFling can automatically generate the necessary HTML code for you.

In step 3, where you get your MapFling Link, click "See How" where it says "you can also embed this map into your own web pages." Some HTML code will appear. Copy and paste this HTML code into your own website. The exact steps needed to insert the code in your web page depend on which tool you are using to create your website. Most website design tools have a feature that lets you insert some "raw HTML" at a given point in your page.

Before you copy the code, you can also customize how the embedded map will appear. The code will change as you customize:

  • Width: By default you will get a map that is as wide as your web page (specifically, 100% of the width of the browser tab on desktop, or 100% of the width of the screen on mobile devices). You can choose a different percentage width here. For those who plan to modify the code directly, do not try to use a fixed width in pixels; if you do, your map will not work well when your website is viewed on the incredibly wide range of desktop and mobile devices (tablets, phones) and different browsers.

  • Height: By default you will get a map that is 600 pixels tall. If you would prefer a different map height, change the "Height" value.

  • Border: By default, the map will not have any border around it as it appears on your web page. You can check the box to get a 2-pixel-thick black border. You can choose a variety of other border appearances by modifying the code directly (you'll need to learn a bit about CSS borders).

  • Wheel/Finger Scrolling: By default, if the user scrolls using the mouse wheel or trackpad scroll on desktop, and the mouse pointer happens be over the map, this will scroll your whole web page; it will not zoom the map. If the user wants to zoom the map on desktop, they have to use the +/- buttons or hold down the Control key along with using the mouse or trackpad (and a message pops up informing the user of this). Similarly, on mobile devices, if the user puts down a finger and drags over your map, this will scroll your whole web page; it will not pan the map. If the user wants to pan the map, they have to use two fingers (and a message pops up informing them of this). This default behavior can be a good or a bad thing depending on the layout of your web page. For short web pages, it can be very convenient to allow the user to zoom the map with their mouse wheel or finger. But for longer web pages, the user may be scrolling down your page using the mouse wheel or finger, and then get "caught" on your embedded map. If your web page falls into the shorter category, you can re-enable mouse wheel/trackpad/finger zoom by checking the box.

    You might be wondering about the list of markers and their descriptions that appears alongside the map. Since the marker list scrolls vertically (in the same way that the map pans vertically), the marker list could potentially "catch" a user attempting to scroll down your web page. Various mobile and desktop browsers have a "fix" in place for this. They employ some tricks to guess whether you meant to scroll the marker list, or scroll the whole web page. Different browsers use different tricks. While these measures are not always perfect, they are much better than what MapFling would be able to do instead.

A note on security: while nobody else can modify your MapFling map, it is possible for someone else to embed your map into a page of their website. To do this, all they need to know is your map's MapFling Link (and if they visit a page of your website where the map is embedded, they can figure out your MapFling Link). There is no practical way to prevent this, in the same way that there is no practical way to prevent others from publishing your MapFling Link once they know it. If it is important for you to always assert your authorship of the map, consider identifying yourself in the map introduction text that you enter in step 2. That way, if someone publishes your MapFling Link or embeds your map in their website, the map will still show your identity at the very top above the marker list, so people will know that you created the map. This might be a good place for a copyright notice too.

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Q: For how long can I use my MapFling Link? Does it expire?
A: Here's how it works:
  • When you first create a MapFling map, its MapFling Link is good for 3 months (it may last longer, but you are guaranteed at least 3 months).
  • When someone (including you) looks at your map by clicking on its MapFling Link (or by viewing a MapFling map that is embedded right in a page of your own website), we extend its expiration date to 3 months after that time (again, it may last even longer than that, but 3 months from the last view is your guarantee).
So that means if somebody (including you) looks at your map at least once every 3 months, it will never expire.

If nobody has looked at a particular MapFling map for 3 months, then it might expire, in which case all information in it (map position, markers, descriptions) will be lost.

Might last longer: As mentioned above, your map may actually last longer than 3 months since it was created or last viewed. In practice we try to keep maps alive as long as possible given our available storage, but for you the figure that matters is our guarantee above.

Do not assume maps expire: Do not use MapFling if you require that map to expire at any particular time. There is no way to predict ahead of time how soon it will expire. And, as we mentioned in our answer about privacy, MapFling does not use passwords for map access, so you should never create any map that contains sensitive information that you wouldn't want someone else guessing just as someone might guess at a telephone number. Currently, if you are using the free MapFling service, there is no way to explicity delete a map, again because MapFling keeps things simple by avoiding the use of passwords. If you are using MapFling PRO then you can delete any of your maps at any time.

Note on policy changes: In the unlikely event that we decide to change our policy in a way that might make your old map expire sooner, we will

  • guarantee that your map stays valid for 3 months after the policy change
  • if you are a MapFling PRO customer, notify you by email of the policy change with 3 months advance notice,
  • if you are not a MapFling PRO customer, then when you or anyone views your map, we will show a warning that the expiration policy has changed, along with the new information.

So, as long as you check your email from MapFling (if you have MapFling PRO) or view your maps at least once every 3 months (if you do not have MapFling PRO), you are guaranteed to be notified of the policy change and you can take any steps you need to save your data.

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Q: My MapFling Link didn't work. Why?
A: If you are reading this, it probably means that you clicked on, or typed in, a MapFling Link and you were directed here instead of seeing your map.

There could be several reasons why your MapFling Link might not have worked:

  • It might have expired. If nobody views a MapFling map for 3 months, then it expires and its MapFling Link will no longer work. See this question for more detail.

  • It might have been deleted. If the creator of the map has MapFling PRO, then they could have deleted the map.

  • Mistyped? Although MapFling Links are short, it is still possible to accidentally mistype them or accidentally chop off a letter or two. Currently, all MapFling Links have this form:

    https://mapfling.com/XXXXXXX
    They begin with https://mapfling.com/, followed by 7 letters and numbers (which we've written above as XXXXXX). For example, here is a sample MapFling Link:
    https://mapfling.com/q2ri25o
    Upper and lower case are not significant (you can type the same MapFling Link in upper or lower case and it will work either way). If there's any extra stuff after the 7 letters of the MapFling Link, we will ignore it and the MapFling Link will still work.

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Q: Can I create a marker at my current location (GPS)?
A: Yes! If you have MapFling PRO, you can click/tap "Use current location" in the "Add a new marker at address" box to create a new marker at your device's current physical location. This uses whatever technologies (GPS, WiFi Network maps, IP address geolocation) are available on your phone, tablet, desktop, or laptop.

MapFling will attempt to find a street address for your current location too.

When you click/tap "Use current location" in the "Add a new marker at address" box, we will request your location from your browser, and your browser may request your permission to share that location with us. We use the location only for your new marker, and in general we request location information only when you click/tap the "Use current location" button.

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Q: Can I enter latitude/longitude (GPS coordinates) directly?
A: Yes. In the field where you would normally type a street address to add a new marker, just type the latitude, a comma, and then the longitude. For example,

37.4419, -122.1419
Then just click on whatever place is shown in the resulting list (it might just say 'USA' or something vague like that). You will get a marker at your precise latitude and longitude.

MapFling will even try to find the nearest street address at your specified location (this is called "reverse geocoding") and offer you one or more choices to use in your marker description.

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Q: Can I get driving/transport directions with MapFling?
A: Yes. When you are viewing a completed MapFling map, use the button that you see to the right of your desired marker description to open that location in Google Maps. From Google Maps you can request directions to or from that location.

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Q: How can I print the map I made with with MapFling?
A: MapFling itself doesn't have a specific button for printing, but you can print the map nicely using your web browser. Generally, you will want to fit the map on one printed page, and for that you need a modern browser (not the inferior Internet Explorer 6 browser that comes with Windows XP) that supports a "zoom" function when printing. For example, in the Firefox web browser, before you print, go to "File...Page Setup" and in the "Format and Page Options tab" try different values of "Scale" until it looks right on the printed page (or, if available, try "Shrink to fit Page Width"). In many browsers there is a "File...Print Preview" option that you can use to check your settings before you waste any paper.

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Q: How can I print the markers I made with with MapFling?
A: MapFling itself doesn't have a specific button for printing the map markers, but we are considering adding such a button for maps that have a large number of markers.

In the meantime, here are some hints that may get you close enough if you have a lot of markers:

  • Use your browser's "Text Size" or "Zoom" function to shrink the text size relative to the map. In most browsers, this can be done by holding down "Control" or "Alt" and pressing the keypad "+" or "-" keys, but in some browsers you may find it under "View...Zoom" or "View...Text Size." Then more markers will fit on the same printed map.

  • Use the same hints found in the FAQ item above to print the whole map on one printed page.

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Q: How many markers can I have?
A: In the free version of our service, one map can have up to 10 markers, labeled A-J.

In MapFling PRO, one map can have unlimited markers! You can choose to label the markers using letters or numbers using the Marker labels menu in STEP 2.

To learn more about the transition from pre-2020 MapFling behavior, see this question.

Exactly how unlimited is unlimited? We at MapFling have designed our service to store your markers and marker descriptions in a way that does not have any built-in marker count or marker description length limits that you could ever practically hit (the limits are in the range of gigabytes). However, MapFling does not exist in isolation. It is quite possible that if you create a map with a huge number of markers, and/or with very long marker descriptions, you (or your map viewers) may hit some other limit. The limit may come from your web browser (or your map viewer's web browser). The limit may be specific to the particular web browser (e.g. Chome vs. Safari), or the particular operating system (e.g. Windows vs. macOS vs. Android vs. iOS). In general, we at MapFling cannot control these limits, and these limits change and appear and disappear over time as the browser manufacturers change their products. Similarly, we rely on Google Maps for its mapping services, and while they have no marker count limit we are aware of, it is possible they may add limits to their product in the future. So that means that in the strictest sense, it is not possible for you or us to guarantee that you can create a map of a given large size or whether your map viewers can all view that large map without problems. Practically speaking though, we do know that we have customers who have successfully created and distributed maps with more than 800 markers and have not noticed any problems.

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Q: Is there a search function?
Can I search the text in marker labels?
A: Text search can be useful for large maps with lots of markers.

Although MapFling itself does not have a search function, the search function built into all desktop/laptop web browsers (Control/Command-F on most browsers) and built into most mobile web browsers such as Chrome (typically in the three dots menu) works to find a marker by searching for text in its label. That is true both when you're editing the map and when your viewers are viewing the map. Once the browser finds the text, you can then tap the label and the map will zoom to that label.

If your map viewers might not know this, you could consider adding some text at the top of your map (in the "Public map introduction" field that is part of MapFling PRO) to remind your map viewers that they can use the browser search function if they want.

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Q: Can I change the marker colors?
A: Yes! Just click/tap the icon that appears to the right of your marker description in step 2.

When you create a new marker, we use the last color you chose, so you only have to choose a color once to use it for many markers.

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Q: Can I change the marker shape?
What marker shapes are available?
Can I get new shapes not yet included in the list?
A: Yes! The free version of MapFling just has one marker shape

but in MapFling PRO you can choose from a wide palette of custom marker shapes, such as these:

Just click/tap the icon that appears to the right of your marker description in step 2 to choose a marker shape.

When you create a new marker, we use the last shape you chose, so you only have to choose a shape once to use it for many markers.

Gallery

If your desired shape is not currently shown in the shape menu, you can actually choose from literaly thousands of shapes in our gallery and we can add the shape to MapFling for you.

Currently we have a licensing agreement with the graphics company called Icons8, and our gallery includes their full catalog! So, visit:

https://icons8.com/icons
and choose your desired marker shape by browsing Icons8 or using their handy keyword search.

Remember that marker shapes have to remain legible over a wide variety of possible backgrounds (e.g. blue ocean, green/grey land, with possible text or road lines behind them). So not all icons from Icons8 make reasonable marker shapes. It is best to choose a marker shape that has a large filled area and a thick line border. And ideally, the shape should also have a nice big space for the marker label (e.g. 1-99, A-Z), but we can also take submissions for marker shapes that do not easily accomodate a label.

When you have found the shape you want:

  • click on the shape in Icons8
  • in the Icons8 menu that drops down, click "Embed HTML"
  • select and copy all the code that appears under "Paste this fragment into your HTML"
  • paste that code into an email to us at:
    shapes@mapfling.com
    If you have particular ideas about where the "hot spot" of the shape should be (the part of the marker shape that actually corresponds to the point on the map) you can let us know.
We generally add new marker shapes in batches about every week, so it may take a few days for your marker shape to become available.

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Q: Can I change the marker labels (A-Z, 0-99)?
Can I use numbers instead of letters for marker labels?
Can I remove the marker labels?
A: Yes! In MapFling PRO, using the "Marker labels" menu in STEP 2, you can choose to:
  • label markers A-Z (then markers after the 26th get labeled 1-99, then AA-ZZ, then 100 and up),
  • label markers 1-99 (then markers after the 99th get labeled A-Z, then AA-ZZ, then 100 and up),
  • label markers with numbers 1 and up (no letters),
  • not label markers at all

And if you choose to label markers, you can choose to label:

  • all markers, regardless of shape
  • only markers whose marker shape has a clear, open space for a label (the more pictorial markers remain unlabled).

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Q: Is there a limit to the map introduction length (MapFling PRO)?
Is there a limit to the marker description length?
A: None that we are currently aware of, although it is possible certain versions of certain web browsers may impose limits. See also this question.

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Q: Can my map introduction have multiple lines (MapFling PRO)?
Can my marker descriptions have multiple lines?
Can I use line breaks or blank lines in my text?
A: Yes, the enter/return key works in the boxes for your map introduction and marker descriptions on both laptop/desktop and mobile devices. On some mobile devices, your keyboard might not have an enter/return key, or there may be a configuration option to show the enter/return key on your keyboard. Google the name of your keyboard or device and "keyboard enter key."

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Q: Can my map introduction have clickable links?
Can my marker descriptions have clickable links?
A: Yes! In MapFling PRO, follow this model in your map introduction or in a marker description:

[link=https://myrealestate.com]Visit our website[/link]
and your viewers will see a clickable link like:

Visit our website

that they can click to reach the website https://myrealestate.com.

Breaking that down piece by piece:

  • type [link=
  • type the URL (link) that you want them to reach when they click
  • type ]
  • type the message you want the link to have
  • type [/link]

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Q: Can my map have a custom branded logo on top?
A: Yes! On your PROFILE page you can upload a logo image that will automatically appear on the top of all of your maps instead of the MapFling PRO logo.

If you want to have different logo images appear on different maps, follow the instructions in the next question to add custom images to the map introduction for each map.

If you want to have different logo images appear on different maps and also disable the default MapFling PRO logo, simply upload your own generic logo image on your PROFILE page (it could even be a blank image or a one-pixel image if you do not wish to use that area of the screen at all).

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Q: Can my map introduction have images/photographs/pictures?
Can my marker descriptions have images/photographs/pictures?
A: Yes! In MapFling PRO, follow this model in your map introduction or in a marker description:

[img=https://mywebsite.com/myimage.jpg]
and your viewers will see the image you specified at that point in your text.

Breaking that down piece by piece:

  • type [img=
  • type the URL (link) for your image
  • type ]

If you do not yet have a URL (link) for your image, then upload your image to an image hosting site like tinypic and use the URL/link that the hosting site gives you in MapFling.

MapFling will scale down whatever image you provide (if necessary) so that it fits inside the column where your map introduction or marker description appears. If you have a large number of images in your map and those images are very large, it is best to scale your image down on your server (or on the image hosting site) to roughly 600 pixels wide so that your maps will load more quickly for your viewers.

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Q: Can I modify/edit/change my own maps?
Can multiple people collaborate on one map?
A: See this question in the Privacy section.

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Q: Can I import/export GIS/GPS data files with MapFling?
A: Not currently. We are considering adding an import feature to MapFling PRO. If you are interested in this, definitely let us know at info@mapfling.com what format you want to import, and ideally send us a little sample data, so we can make sure to implement the format you need. There are literally hundreds of different GIS/GPS data formats.

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Q: What changed recently in MapFling?
A: The most recent release of MapFling added MapFling PRO with a huge range of new features.

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Q: Why introduce a paid service MapFling PRO?
Why is the marker count more limited than pre-2020 levels?
A: Some of you may remember that before we released MapFling PRO in 2020, all MapFling maps were free and all maps could have up to 801 markers.

As you may be aware, MapFling relies on Google Maps (specifically the Google Maps API) for map generation services. Even though you can go directly to the Google Maps website and generate a map yourself for free, Google has always charged external websites like ours money to generate maps. We have been paying that cost since the introduction of MapFling in 2006.

In late 2018, Google suddenly instituted a massive price increase (in some uses cases, prices increased by 14x overnight). After this price increase, revenue from our site advertising no longer covered the Google Maps API fees.

When this happened, most free mapping websites on the internet simply shut down or switched to inferior, lower-cost non-Google mapping platforms.

However, we wanted to keep offering the best maps and service to our customers and we wanted to treat customers well by keeping your data intact.

As a result, MapFling operated at a loss for almost 2 years in order to keep service to you active.

In the long term, this is unsustainable. So during those 2 years we spent many engineering resources to create the MapFling PRO subscription as a way to compensate for the missing revenue and make MapFling a sustainable operation.

We limited free maps to 10 markers for two reasons. One reason is that part of the fee Google charges (the "geocode" fee) is per-marker, so this will help reduce our costs. But this change alone is not sufficient to bring MapFling from the red back into the black again. The second reason is to give people an incentive to get MapFling PRO, in addition to the huge list of other features available only in MapFling PRO.

If you appreciate the service we have offered everyone for free since 2006, and the fact that we took a significant loss to continue the service in 2018-2020, please support us by upgrading to MapFling PRO. You will also get great features such as the ability to have unlimited markers and many more.

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Q: How can I control the language of the map?
Can I see geographic names in another language?
A: The language of country, city, ocean, lake, river, and other landmarks shown on the map is determined by your web browser's preferred language, in the same way that the main Google Maps website and other websites on the internet choose which language to show you based on your browser's preferred language. You can set that language in the Settings for your web browser (Google the name of your web browser and "change language settings").

The "Step 1," "Step 2" ... directions that you see from MapFling, as well as all the controls under there and this FAQ, are currently only available in English.

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Q: Can you add a certain feature to MapFling?
A: We always love to hear how people are using MapFling and to hear your suggestions for new features. You can send feature requests to info@mapfling.com and we will implement the features that are most requested.

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Business/Advertising Questions and Answers:
 
Q: How can I advertise on MapFling?
A: Currently, we use Google for our advertising. To place your ad on our website, click here.

If there is a good business case, we might also consider ad exchanges with high-profile sites and quantity advertising deals that do not involve Google. If you are interested in this, contact advertising@mapfling.com.

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Q: Can I get an integrated/custom-branded MapFling for my website?
A: Yes! Imagine having the easy-to-use interface and all the functionality of MapFling integrated directly into your site or online service with your own site's branding. Leap ahead of your competition with technology like this:

  • In your party, invitation, wedding, concert, or social networking site, users can create and share custom maps associated with their identity in your site. Maps can be part of their personal profile or part of messages they send—the only limit is your imagination!

  • Your real estate, classified, sightseeing, tourism/travel, or relocation site can generate and deliver interactive maps of interesting properties or landmarks to your impressed customers, branded with your own corporate image.

  • Your corporate site can welcome customers, business partners, and interview candidates visiting your office with an interactive map of your location and relevant sites in the area such as their hotel, restaurants, and field offices. The maps retain your own corporate look.

  • If you are in charge of deploying or dispatching salespeople, repair crews, drivers, inspectors, or other connected mobile professionals, imagine being able to send them their assignments with a customized, interactive map. Integration with route-finding services (for driving directions) is also a possibility.

There are many ways to profit from integration between MapFling and your service, ranging from a branded, hosted service to code integration with your website's internals. Contact integration@mapfling.com for more information.

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Privacy Questions and Answers:
 
Q: Does MapFling collect my personal information?
A: For the Free MapFling

MapFling does not collect any personal information about you whatsoever. When you visit our site, you immediately use our service without the need to log in, provide your name, email address, or any other information. We then give you a MapFling Link which you share with others by your own means (for example, by emailing the MapFling Link to them).

MapFling has the same information about you as all general sites on the internet, such as your IP address.

MapFling uses cookies to store your preferred marker color so that you can easily make many markers with the same color, and to store the most recent set of edits you made to your map (so you can undo your edits).

MapFling uses Google Ads (Google's AdSense system), and you can click the info button on the ads to read Google's privacy policy.

For MapFling PRO

MapFling PRO is a subscription service that allows you to log in to manage, edit/modify, or delete any map you created at any time.

You log in using your email address and a password that you choose.

No Spam: we send email only for billing issues, price changes, password reminders, and important site policy changes that might affect your maps (such as changes to map expiration time). We send email about new MapFling features if, and only if, you check the box to receive such emails when you create your account, and you can always opt in or out of those feature emails on your PROFILE page. We never sell your email.

During your purchase and while you are using the service, your credit card number is handled using the latest security technology and is never stored on MapFling servers. During your purchase, your web browser passes your credit card number directly to our online payment processor over a secure channel. The only information about your credit card to which MapFling has access is the last four digits of the credit card number, so that we can show it to you for your convenience on your PROFILE page to remind you which card is being used for the yearly subscription renewal.

MapFling PRO also has the ability to create a marker at your current location. When you click/tap "Use current location" in the "Add a new marker at address" box, we will request your location from your browser, and your browser may request your permission to share that location with us. We use the location only for your new marker, and in general we request location information only when you click/tap the "Use current location" button.

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Q: Are my maps private?
Can other people see/view my maps?
A: Once you have created a map, anyone can look at your map if they have (or can guess) your MapFling Link. Although it is not particularly easy to guess a MapFling Link (it's about like guessing someone's telephone number), you must understand that MapFling is designed as an open system for non-secret data. For example, if you guess at a random MapFling Link and type it in, you can look at someone else's map, in the same way that if you dial some random digits on your telephone, you will reach someone else's phone.

The chances of someone guessing a MapFling Link correctly are about 1 in 1 billion, but they are not zero.

None of the information in your map (such as the map position, marker positions, marker descriptions, etc.) is protected from viewing in any way. For example, there is no password to view the map (not even if the creator of the map has MapFling PRO). Do not use MapFling to store any type of sensitive data; we take no responsibility for any exposure of your data to anyone. Furthermore, you are explicitly forbidden from using MapFling for any illegal purpose.

There is one small exception to this. It only applies to MapFling PRO and it only applies to the box in step 2 labeled "Private map name." The text you type there is never shown to any viewers, even if they have the MapFling Link of your map. That text is only shown in your MY MAPS screen to help you find the map in your map list. Only people who have your MapFling username and password will be able to see that text.

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Q: Can I modify/edit/change my own maps?
Can other people modify/edit/change my maps?
Can multiple people collaborate on one map?
A: For the Free MapFling

Nobody, not even you, can modify/edit/change or delete a MapFling map once it has been created. You and others can create other maps starting with the information on your map, but those "customized" maps will have a different MapFling Link from your original map.

For MapFling PRO

You can manage, edit/modify/change, or delete any map you created at any time on your MY MAPS screen. That means you can change the information in one of your maps (such as the map position, marker positions, marker descriptions, etc.) without changing that map's MapFling Link.

This is very useful when you need to change your maps without having to distribute new MapFling Links to your viewers.

It's also useful when multiple people want to collaborate on a single map: in that case, the group of collaborators log into MapFling using the same MapFling PRO email and password (the email address could be that of one of the members of the group, or it could be an email address shared by two or more members of the group: both methods work just fine). In general, and especially in the case of collaboration, it is important to choose a MapFling PRO password that is not the same as any of the collaborators' other passwords for other services such as email or social media. It is good security practice in general to use different passwords on all services/accounts.

When multiple people collaborate on a single map, it is important that only one person is making changes at a given moment. The other users can wait for the current modifier to finish making changes and then they can reload the map to see the latest changes. That way, there is no risk of one collaborator starting with an older version of the map (one without the latest changes), making changes, and saving the map, potentially causing another collaborator's changes to be lost.

As with users of the free MapFling, MapFling PRO users cannot edit/modify or delete maps created by any other MapFling PRO user or by people who used the free MapFling, and nobody can edit/modify or delete your maps.

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Corporate Information Questions and Answers:
 
Q: Who is MapFling exactly?
A: MapFling Incorporated is headquartered in Menlo Park, California, USA. We develop a number of interactive web services. Email us at info@mapfling.com for more information.

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Q: Does Google own MapFling?
A: Nope. Although we use Google's excellent map service, MapFling is in no way affiliated with Google.

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Q: Who helped make MapFling possible?
A: MapFling uses Google's excellent map service.

MapFling also uses an SVG marker image graciously provided by Magicon from the Noun Project under a Creative Commons license.

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