iPhoto '09 introduced the ability to add maps to your book pages. Every theme has at least one map page and the Travel theme offers multiple possibilities for putting maps in your book.

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Using Maps

Using Maps

If your photos contain geographic information (e.g., are geo-tagged) then iPhoto automatically includes the places from those photos on the maps it creates. You can also add places manually with the map options box.

  • Use the Zoom controls at the top of the Map options box to change the scale of your map.
  • Add a title for your map in the Title box (Legoland in this example)
  • Add new places by clicking the + button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Edit place names by clicking on the old ones and typing new placenames (this won't change their location).
  • Reorder the destinations as desired by dragging.
  • Show or hide the lines between destinations by clicking the Show lines box.

Your map might look like this:

  • You can drag the map from side to side to center it where you wish.

Further edit your map by control-clicking the map to see the contextual pop-up menu:


  • Control click on a spot and choose Add Place from the pop-up to add a place right in that spot without dealing with Google Maps or geotags.
  • The Show Lines option is the same as in the Maps options box and controls whether your destinations are connected with arrows.
  • Return to Starting Place creates an arrow between the last destination and the first
  • Change Line Style changes from curvy lines with arrowheads to straight lines with no arrows:
  • Show Title makes the title appear and disappear ("Legoland" in this example)
  • Show Place Marker Text displays and hides the place names (but leaves the dots-- to remove the dots, remove the place from the Maps options box)
  • Show Region Text controls the display of Country and Region names (like Denmark in this example)
  • Show Compass controls the display of the little compass (shown in the top right corner)
  • Include Texture & Shadows controls, well, the use of texture and shadows. Here's the same map with no texture or shadows:
  • Center Map on Places adjusts the map so that all the places are visible in the center of the page
  • Reset Map returns to the default information contained in the photos (and if there is none, erases everything you had and starts you with a new, blank map)

Tips (and comments)

  • OK, now explain to me why only the mainland of Denmark is green (iPhoto's color for highlighting marked countries). The islands of Fyn and Zeeland (where Copenhagen is) are also part of Denmark. Even if iPhoto considered them different regions, they should have been marked green since I've got place markers on both islands. Looks like a bug to me.
  • Every time you choose a new map layout, or even drag a new photo to an existing map layout, iPhoto resets any map on that page. There are two strategies for dealing with this. First, add location information to your photos instead of entering it manually in each map. That way you can experiment with different layouts without having to enter in the place information a million times.
    Second, set up the map page (choosing the photos and layout) before you make manual adjustments to your map (like adding new locations or dragging to center).
    Write Apple and complain!


Page last modified on February 20, 2009, at 02:00 PM EST