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Introducing globe projections
author imageby Dylan Babbs on 9/19/2020  in  Product Updates

Previously, you were limited to viewing your flight data visualizations on a flat mercator projection of the earth. Today, we're happy to announce support for globe projections in FlightMapper.io!

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Flat mercator projection maps work for the majority of geo data visualization use cases, but when working with certain data sets (like flight paths!) at zoomed out levels, harnessing a more realistic projection of the earth's shape works best.

For example, the flight path arcs in the mercator version of FlightMapper.io technically do not show the shortest path between two points on the earth, but rather the shortest path on a mercator projected earth. This can be misleading at some times, as the path between the American west coast and Europe on a mercator map usually crosses over the continental United States on a straight line, when in reality the true shortest path crosses actually crosses near the north pole. On a spherical representation of the earth, these types of changes are visually prevalent.

The globe projection is currently available for all four themes: light, dark, blue, and satellite mode.

To switch your map to the globe projection and take advantage of a 3D spherical earth, go to "Display Settings" in the Editor page.

We hope you enjoy this new feature and like always, please reach out to us at help@flightmapper.io with any questions or issues.

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Introducing data export functionality for your flight data
author imageby Dylan Babbs on 9/18/2020  in  Product Updates

Today, we're excited to launch a highly requested feature for our users: data export and download!

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FlightMapper.io has always been the go-to place to upload and store flight data, but today we are making it easier to work with your data in other tools. Once you have your flight data uploaded and enriched on the platform, you now have the option to download your data as a static file.

You'll be able to take your flight data and use it in other 3rd party tools like Tableau, PowerBI, or Excel.

Initially, two types of data formats will be supported: CSV (comma separated value) and JSON (JavaScript object notation), but expect a few different formats in the future to become available.

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