Feeling lost or confused when it comes to changing your layers? Not to worry! This video walk-through will take you step-by-step around the interface and get you mapping in no time.

So what is the Layer Editor and how does it differ from the Map Editor and other screens in Map Mavin? The key distinction here is that the Layer Editor's main purpose is to help you manipulate an individual layer, whether that be through stylizing, data visualization tools, or adding/removing/editing features. Once you've made your desired changes to a given layer, it is then ready to be added to a map, where multiple layers are stacked together and come together to make a map project. 

To be clear, we have added some functionality, such as editing features, to multiple places in the system (in the case of editing, we've added it to both the Layer Editor panel and the editing function within a map by clicking the "pencil icon" assuming editing privilege is granted to the user in question).  We have certain functionalities in more than one place to ensure that your map-making experience is as intuitive and smooth as possible.

Lastly, please note that the Layer Editor also allows you to dictate editing permissions per individual layer. What exactly do we mean by that? You'll see in the toolbar on the left that you can toggle between varying levels of editing permission; this let's you decide whether users can edit the layer, not edit the layer, or only add new features. 

Update, September 5th, 2018: Some minor but noteworthy changes have been made to accessing editing per layer. Previously, as mentioned above, the pencil icon was used to edit a layer within a map view. This and other features, including zoom to layer extent, have been consolidated into a "hamburger" icon found next to each layer and the pencil has been removed. For more information, please read our update post here . Thanks!

Update, September 27th 2018: In the Layers tab of the Admin panel, layer folders now have drop-down arrow icons beside them that make it easier to tell when they are opened (to view the individual layer files inside them) or closed.

Update, October 22nd 2018: In the Layers tab of the Admin panel, the attribute drop-down is now labeled as "Attribute Columns" rather than "Attributes."