Category: Release Notes

Feature announcement: Enhanced Bulk Uploader is on its way

We’ve been observing how hard sometimes it was for you to work with our bulk uploader. Converting the file using the template that Storemapper supports sometimes could be a daunting task, especially when you receive your locations data in absolutely different format. That certainly takes your time and drives you away from your primary goal – get your locations on the map and as quickly as possible.

We hear you and we are delighted to announce, that new version of bulk upload is on its way and it’s aimed to make your life much easier. We are no longer asking you to add specific columns in the file and follow our format. We still support only .csv , but you can now upload your files with their original format and just map your own columns to Storemapper fields.

We also added the ability of loading split addresses.  Before we asked you to merge them into one column using excel formula.

Uploader wizard will guide you through the whole process, making upload a matter of several clicks.

You’ll still be able to use previous version of bulk upload if you’re an old-school type of person 🙂

Stay tuned and you’ll see a notification in your dashboard once enhanced bulk upload is live.

 

Changes to search autocomplete feature

This week we’re deploying a change to search autocomplete feature – a drop down with address suggestions that appears when you start typing in the search field.

Following Google Maps Platform announcement after analyzing the impact, we found that exactly this feature might potentially bring unexpected costs to our clients and here’s why.

Autocomplete is offered within  Google Places API  and set up in a way that each time you press a key in the search field it sends a request to Google to get a list of predictions. For example: if you type 10012 in the search field it will do 5 calls to Google and if you do a mistake and press backspace at some point , it will also cause a call.  Google says that in average one search does around 8 calls to Places API. They count each of these calls using your Google API Key and if you have a large number of searches on your map you may start paying to Google if you overcome free quota.  You can read detailed explanation on Google APIs usage and billing here .

We’re rolling out a change to optimize it a bit and decrease the number of calls to Google done by user manual searches. Autocomplete feature will now start giving you predictions after specific number of characters typed (at the moment 4), so don’t be surprised if you don’t see predictions straight away and continue typing.

It’s not a silver bullet and just eliminates a number of non-necessary calls, decreasing your Places API usage in half. You may still want to disable Autocomplete completely. You can do this from your account settings – ‘Enable autocomplete on search box’ set to ‘No’

Do not hesitate to contact us at help@storemapper.co in case you have any questions.