Maps can be very productive for both individual and business use. They can guide you to the right location without any need of asking directions or help your customers easily reach your business. If you frequently use maps, then you might like to try these custom maps that are specially customized for your needs.
There are many services that will let you customize a map of any area to make it intuitive. You can add marks, track packages, define routes, add text and much more. To help you create custom maps, we are going to list the best tools for this purpose.
Animaps should be the first choice for creating animated maps free and easily. It has a very simple interface and is easy to work with; anyone with a little bit of map knowledge can easily create a fully animated map. You can easily define routes on the map and add text that will show up when the user hovers the mouse over it.
You do need to register with Animaps using your email or Facebook account to save the maps and share them. The maps can be shared over social media networks and can even be embedded on your website. Map is played as a video to easily understand which way to go and also control the playback for ease.
This is a reliable custom maps service, but you will have to pay for the service to unlock all the features. Click2Map offers thousands of built-in markers to make it easier for you to specify a location according to its nature. You can highlight key places, add routes and add text or even a whole report to specific areas.
Their free account will only let you customize a single map with a limit of ten markers. You can opt for a paid account ($39/month) to get full features with unlimited maps and markers along with the ability to geocode up to 1000 locations per month.
UMapper is another very intuitive custom map tool that offers reliable service for both personal and commercial use. For personal use, you can basically use UMapper for free without any kind of hard restriction (UMapper Logo will be applied), but you will have to opt for the premium version for commercial use and additional features.
UMapper will let you add routes, marks, lines, polygons, circles, pictures, audio, turn-by-turn navigation and text to specific locations. You can save the map locally or in the cloud storage and even embed it on your website. The premium account is charged per map views, costing $0.00025/view.
If you are looking for an extremely simple tool that is also free to use, then GmapGIS is a great choice. Accessing the website will directly lead you to map editing (no other drama), and you can start editing instantly. The navigation is very fast and you can add lines, rectangles, markers, polygons and text, etc. to customize the map.
You can save the map as text or a KML file or get a link to share the map with anyone online. GmapGIS is also capable of measuring distance to any specific area, adding traffic details or finding information such as street address or your Home location.
5. Scribble Maps
Scribble Maps is a very attractive custom map making service that offers most of its features for free. You can do all the common map editing like calculate distance, add lines, edit overlays, draw, add polygons, add marks and text and easily change the color of all the edits.
You can create a map and save/share it without any registration, but registration will let you share maps under your name. The paid version will let you remove the Scribble Maps watermark and provide more security and privacy to your data.
Above are the best free and paid tools for customizing maps. Most of the features are the same, so going for a free tool like Animaps will be a better choice. However, you can always go for paid subscriptions if you think you really need the paid features.