What's New

What's New

September 19, 2022

Custom Markers in Builder

new
builder

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.

improvement
APIs

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.

New interface to manage invitations and requests

September 15, 2022

New layout in Settings section

improvement
workspace

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.

New Settings Layout

improvement
APIs

A couple important fixes have been implemented to our Dynamic Tiling strategies. Dynamic Tiling is the technology CARTO has developed to dynamically generate tiles for medium sized dataset and layers loaded as SQL Queries from your cloud data warehouse.

  • When working with points, many times widgets were not showing data due to our “visual aggregation” strategy when points were very close to each other. We have now removed this type of aggregation, and we are only applying a limit of 200k points per tile to prevent performance issues. If now you encounter widgets not showing data, you just need to zoom in to reduce the number of points per tile.
  • With our previous strategy some polygons or lines that were falling in the intersection of multiple tiles were splitted for visualization purposes, which was making the same data point count multiple times in widgets. We have solved this problem by asking the user to identify a unique id property for the data source at the time of creating widgets.

New interface to manage invitations and requests

improvement
workspace

As part of an active taskforce to improve our sign up and login processes, we have now released an improved interface for Admin users to manage invitations to join the CARTO organization and to manage user requests to join it.

New interface to manage invitations and requests

new
analytics toolbox
builder
workspace

We are very excited to announce that users of Google BigQuery can now geocode their tables with address data and create trade areas around locations based on drive/walk time isolines natively from their data warehouse. These procedures call external location data service providers such as TomTom, HERE and Mapbox. Please check the SQL Reference of our Analytics Toolbox for BigQuery for more details, and also refer to our examples on how to geocode your data and create isolines.

Note that these functionalities are also enabled from the Data Explorer and Builder tools.