Starting today, it is available to all users the possibility of generating both Spatial Index and Point Aggregation tilesets on their own data tables directly from the Data Explorer UI. This feature complements the existing workflow, with the possibility of generating tilesets of large datasets based on spatial index (H3 and quadbin) and points, by defining aggregations on the interested features. The platform detects automatically if the table is based on spatial indexes or points and provides the new options in the “Create Tileset” wizard.
October 11, 2022
We have just added a new exciting component to Builder. The new Date Filter allows you to reduce the size of a data source by selecting a specific time range from a date or timestamp column in your data.
It is available for dynamically tiled data sources, which basically means tables bigger than 30MB and Custom SQL queries. Find more information about data source sizes here.
When dealing with temporal series it is very common to find overlapping points, repeated geometries or spatial indexes… which make the analysis and visualization of the data cumbersome and difficult to visualize. This new component lets the user select a specific time range to filter their data, making all these problems easier to work around.
This new filter actually pushes down a SQL filter, which reduces the amount of data processed and transferred, while the Time-Series widget allows filtering the data when it has already been loaded in the browser. They can play very well together, using the filter to pre-select a time range to work with, and the Time-Series widget for finer client-side filtering, visualizing the series, animations, etc
As an Editor, you can decide whether or not to include the Date selector in the public map. This allows deeper data exploration for viewer and public users.
October 6, 2022
We have released in beta a new domain-specific module in the Analytics Toolbox for BigQuery to solve advanced geospatial analysis for the CPG / FMCG sector, starting with customer segmentation. We now offer a set of procedures that allow users in that industry to solve this use-case end-to-end, from the generation of trade areas to running multiple segmentation scenarios of merchants based on a customisable set of spatial features. In this recent blogpost we showcase how to use these analytical routines with a specific example.
September 19, 2022
Now users can include custom icons as markers for point data in Builder maps.This feature includes two differents ways of selecting an icon:
- Using one from our preset collection; based on the well-known Maki icon library, which is designed for cartography purposes;
- Uploading a custom icon in .png or .svg formats.
Different markers can also be defined by the values of a categorical column, and can even be rotated based on a numeric value; which enables different use-cases such as rotating an arrow based on azimuth for telecommunication antennas or the wind direction in weather maps.
September 16, 2022
We have released a few changes in how we cache API requests in the CDN that will produce a significant improvement in the overall performance of the platform; specifically applying to Builder maps and applications developed using our APIs. Learn more about such changes in our documentation for developers at api-docs.carto.com; each end-point in Maps API and SQL API now contains a reference about our caching strategies.
In Builder, users have new a couple of new features:
- “Refresh data source”: to make sure users get non-cached versions of the data. Note that with this option your map will be skipping the CDN and getting the data each time from your data warehouse.
- “Refresh data source every X”: to allow the user to control the update frequency of the data displayed on public maps.
September 15, 2022
We have improved the layout in the Settings section in the CARTO Workspace; providing a better way to organize different areas by topic and providing a smoother interface for explaining the different Settings options for your CARTO account.