The Live Map may be utilized with 5 different layers (Simple, Standard, Satellite, Dark Map, Nautical Charts) that can help you have a better and more objective view of the world based on your preference.
In this article, we will learn more about this through the following:
How to change the Map Type?
You can hover over the Map Icon on the Live Map and choose one of the Map Type options as shown on the pop up.
Different types of Map
There are several available Map Types to alter how the Live Map is displayed on your screen. You can select the Map Type of your preference from the following options:
The cleaner version of typical Google Maps. Includes land routes and roads on the land areas and basic terrain visualisation.
The upgraded version of Simple Map with more detailed terrain visualisation.
This type of map provides a visualisation using images of Earth collected by imaging satellites.
- Dark Map
A map that displays everything in dark blue colours, for better visualisation of features, such as Past Track, vessel icons, and playback. The dark blue corresponds to land, while the lighter blue corresponds to sea.
- Nautical Charts (available with Professional Plus plan)
A unique map type that offers a detailed, global view of navigable waters. Ideal for course-plotting and determining waypoints.
Nautical Charts Icons Explained
- Available with the Professional Plus Plan
With the Nautical Charts, you can see highly detailed charts of navigable waters, with bathymetry, landmarks and sea hazards. Here is a list of the icons you will find explained for you easier use of the map:
Land area and coastline
Special marks (international and US symbols)
Buoy and beacon topmarks
Safe water marks (international and US symbols)