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Symbol Markers

A symbol marker is a small image, usually an icon, like an arrow, dot, or star, but you can use any image in a symbol marker. Below is an example of a symbol marker that uses a flag icon as its image. The flag's normal appearance is semi-transparent, but when you mouse over a flag, it becomes opaque and a tooltip displays.

A symbol marker will have an animated effect if the selected symbol is different from the normal symbol. Using the two symbol images below, the book marker will appear to open when you mouse over it.

You can use jpeg, gif, or png files as symbols. A symbol marker has two images associated with it as shown in the figure below. One image is for the marker’s normal appearance and the other is for its selected appearance.

Working with Symbol Markers

To create a symbol marker you first upload images for the symbol's normal and selected appearances then create a symbol marker using the two images.

How to upload symbols to use for markers
  • Choose New > Resource > Symbol from the Tour Builder menu
  • On the Add Symbol screen:
    • Type a symbol name
    • Click Choose File
    • Select the symbol file from your computer
    • Click Open on the dialog
    • Click Load

Once you upload a symbol into your account it will be available in the symbol dropdown lists on the Edit Marker screen. Remember that to use a symbol as a marker you have to create a marker that uses your new symbol.

How to create a symbol marker
  • Choose New > Resource > Marker from the Tour Builder menu
  • On the Edit Marker screen:
    • Choose a marker name
    • Choose Symbol from the Marker Type dropdown
    • Choose a normal symbol from the Normal Symbol dropdown
    • Choose a selected symbol from the Selected Symbol dropdown

Your new marker is now ready to use for a hotspot. It will appear in the Marker dropdown the next time you go to the Edit Hotspot Content screen.

How to see all the symbols in your account
  • Choose Library > Symbols in the Tour Builder menu
How to edit a symbol image
  • Choose Library > Symbols in the Tour Builder menu
  • On the Symbol Library screen:
    • Click the name of the symbol whose image you want to edit
How to replace a symbol image
  • Choose Library > Symbols in the Tour Builder menu
  • On the Symbol Library screen:
    • Click the name of the symbol whose image you want to replace
    • Upload a new image

When you replace a symbol image, all markers that use that symbol will be updated automatically.

How to create a symbol marker that does not change appearance

Choose the same symbol from the Normal Symbol and Selected Symbol dropdowns, or choose No Symbol from the Selected Symbol dropdown on the Edit Marker screen.

How to create a symbol marker that only appears when the hotspot is selected

If you don’t want to clutter your map with symbols, but you want a symbol to appear when the mouse moves over a hotspot, choose No Symbol from the Normal Symbol dropdown on the Edit Marker screen.

To learn more, see Working with Markers.

Tips and Techniques

  • To use symbol images that contain transparent areas, upload gif or png image files. Jpeg images do not support transparency. Only one color in a gif image can be transparent. For best results, use png images for your symbols.
  • You can upload any size symbol images. Whatever size image you upload is the size the symbol marker will be when placed on a map.