Welcome to our Mapping Project!

The Trojan War by Graham Lowden & Dan Walker

Battle of Issus by Katie Marse & Aliya Summers

Battle of Gaugamela by Samantha Jacobi & Nick Yielding

Battle of Gaugamela by Ethan Soefje & Erik Enderlein (make sure to move the timeline forward!)

Battle of Hydaspes by Mike Molway & Reed England

Battle of Asculum by Izzy Buchholz & John D’Angelo

Second Punic War by Skyler Dong & Cameron Dieter

Battle of Cannae by Ellen Moses & Matthew Schlicksup

Battle of Cannae by Carol Dooley & Anthony Cornell

Battle of Cannae by Mark Conway & Jonathan Chamberlin

Battle of Zama by Christine Day & Matt Cessine

Boudica’s Uprising by John Glennan & Ike Makos

Adding numbers to your maps

As we talked about on April 4th, it is possible to overlay numbers on your maps in order to guide the user’s experience more (refer to the Chancellorsville exhibit for an example of this). This is done by plotting a point, and then replacing it with a graphic.

  1. Log-in and open the Neatline Editor for your exhibit.
  2. Create a New Record and give it an appropriate title (e.g. “Number One”).
  3. Click on the new record, and then select the point tool in the map window (the pencil with the plus-sign) and click it once on the map to insert a point (you can move it later if need be).
  4. In the Item Editor, navigate to Styling.
  5. Look for the box entitled Point Graphic. Copy and paste this address into the box: http://warfare.beloitmaps.com/images/1.png
  6. Save.
  7. A black ‘1’ should replace the point on your map, but it will be quite tiny. You can change the size of the graphic by increasing or decreasing the value for Point Radius in the Item Editor.
  8. You can also alter the opacity by changing the value for Graphic Opacity.

I have created two sets of number graphics from 0–9 in both black and white. You can pull them into Neatline by entering the address “http://warfare.beloitmaps.com/images/x.png” in the Point Graphic box, where “x” should be replaced with the number you want to appear (e.g. “http://warfare.beloitmaps.com/images/8.png” will pull in a black 8). If you want white numbers instead, add a “w” before the number (e.g. “http://warfare.beloitmaps.com/images/w8.png” will pull in a white 8).

As we saw on Thursday, you can also use this feature to pull in other external graphics to represent a point, and people had already started exploring the potential of that feature. Just be aware that those graphics will scale with the map view (i.e. the graphics always appear the same size to the viewer, whereas shapes get smaller and bigger depending on the zoom level).

Have fun!

Instructions for uploading your own maps

As I said on the handout, many of you may find it advantageous to use a map you have created yourself or sourced from a book or website, rather than just drawing on Google Maps. The instructions for adding that map to your exhibit are as follows:

  1. Locate (and if necessary digitize) an appropriate map. Larger resolutions are better, since they will permit users to zoom in further on your exhibit. Save the image to your hard drive in either .jpg or .png format (.tiff will NOT work with Neatline).
  2. Log in to Neatline.
  3. At the top-left of the page, click on the tab labelled Items.
  4. Under Items, look over to the top-right, underneath the menu bar, and click on the button that says Add an item.
  5. On the following page, type a name for your map into the box labelled Title. You can fill out the other boxes if you wish, and it may be advisable to fill out Source and Contributor at the very least.
  6. When you have put all the requisite info into the boxes, look at the menu running down the left-hand side of the page, and click on Files.
  7. Now click the button labelled Choose file, and locate the file on your hard drive.
  8. Click the green button labelled Add Item on the bottom-right.
  9. Now navigate your way back to the list of Neatline exhibits by choosing Neatline from the menu at the top of the page.
  10. Locate your exhibit in the list, and click Edit Details (the link appears under the name of your exhibit in the list).
  11. Look for where it says (Optional):Static Image, and click the bubble to its right. The image you uploaded should appear in the list that drops down. Select it.
  12. Click the green button labelled Save Neatline on the bottom-right.
  13. Head over to your exhibit and behold the glory!



This page will serve as the launch-pad for all of your Neatline projects this semester, and provide a central hub for accessing web-based resources and sharing news, issues, and ideas. In the menu on the right are links that will help you find your way with the Neatline software, including a link to our class’ project. Go there to log in and work on your exhibit.

Check this blog for news or updates about the project. If new resources are added or one group has a problem that might affect others, information will be posted here.