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==Starting the Editoreditor==
Begin at []. Choose the correct part of the world from the [[#Top Bar|top bar]].
[[File:Wme login splash screenWME SplashLogin.png|thumb|Wme login splash screenWME SplashLogin.png]]
Either log in or choose practice Mode.
===Practice Modemode===
From the splash screen, click "practice mode". You can try out most of the features of the Waze Map Editor. WME chat will not be available. You cannot respond to map Update Requests. The edit count will not go up, and you will not be able to save.
 ==Map Editor Layouteditor layout=={{NeedImage|The main screen has changed a little and these images need to be updated. See the message at the top of the page for more information.}}
There are five main areas of the Map Editor:
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# [[#Top Bar|Top Bar]]# [[#Map Editor Tool BarToolbar|Toolbar]]
# [[#Left Pane|Left Pane]]
# [[#Map Display Area|Map display area]]
# [[#Bottom Bar|Bottom Bar]]</div>
[[File:wme whole window blankMap_editor_2018_arrows.jpgpng|700px]]===Top Bar===* The very top-right corner of the window has two important drop-down menus:** Language: The language you want the editor interface to display** Where in the World: Select whether you are editing in Israel, US & Canada, or the rest of the World===Map Editor Tool Bar===
[[File:wme_top_toolbar.png|700px]]<br />
===Map editor toolbar=== [[File:WME Top Bar 2018.png | 700px]] At the top of the Waze Map Editor you will see the main tool bartoolbar. It includes the primary control buttons for the editor.====Map Editor mode====The furthest left drop down menu is for Map Editor mode; choices are Default Mode or Event Mode. Default Mode is the mode to select for editing the map. Event Mode is for upcoming major traffic events such as parades or large construction closures and is explained [[Real_time_closures#Major_Traffic_Events_.28MTEs.29|here]].
====Search box====
[[File:wme31 757 mohawk columbus oh search resultsWME SearchBar 2018.jpgpng|left|300px|border]]In the wide search box, you can enter an address, city, state, country, landmark, point of interest, or a combination of those. After hitting Enter or clicking the Find button, you will either be taken to the only result or be given a list of matches (maximum of six) from which to select.
For example, entering "757 Mohawk St, Columbus, OH" (''image on the left'') will center the map and drop a search marker directly on that address.
[[File:wme31 main st newyork search resultsWME NewYork Search 2018.jpgpng|right|border]]However, searching for "main st, new york" (''image on the right'') is less specific and therefore, will give you a list of matches from which to select. The maximum number of results for this list will be six items.
{{further|Map comment}}
Editors can now place comments to other editors directly in WME. Use this button to add an area or point comment.
[[File:AddMapCommentWME MapComment 2018.png|left|border]] Hover over this button to choose the point [[File:PointWME MapCommentPoint 2018.png|border]] or area [[File:AreaWME MapCommentArea 2018.png|border]] button to add the comment. Use the to add information about the comment.
===={{anchor|Draw Menu}}Draw places menu====
[[File:DrawPlaceWME placemenu 2018.jpgpng|left]] Hover over this button to show place categories. Hover over the place category you want, then choose the point [[File:PointWme placepoint 2018.png]] or area [[File:AreaWme placearea 2018.png]] button to add the place. Use the [[##Left_Pane_when_a_Place_is_selected|left pane]] to change information about the place. For an area place, use [[#Geometry|geometry]] nodes of the place to change its shape. For an area place or a point place, set the [[Places#Area_placement|stop pointEntry-Exit Point]] using the menu. [[File:wme_place_stop_pointWme entry-exit point 2018.png]]NOTE: At this point in time we can only set one Entry Point for a given place. A future update may allow more than one Entry Point to be entered.
====Draw segments menu====
Hover over this button [[File:DrawRoadsWme roadsmenu 2018.jpgpng]] to choose between road types: * Road* [[Road_types#Walking_Trails|leftPedestrian path]] * Roundabout* Camera* [[Junction box]] (can only be created by editors of rank {{rank|JB}} and above) View this [[Edits_to_avoid#Red_roads_.C2.A0.C2.A0|<span style="color:red"><big>page</big></span>]] on how to not create red roads (errors exist in segment). [[File:Wme singlesegment 2018.png|border|81x81px]][[File:Wme ped-path 2018.png|border|135x135px]][[File:Wme roundabout 2018.png|border|134x134px]][[File:Wme camera 2018.png|border|113x113px]][[File:Wme_junctionbox_2018.png|border|157x157px]]  {{clear}} [[Shortcut keys]]: {{key press|<code>I</code>}}, {{key press|O}} or {{key press|OJ}} Hover over this button to choose between a single segment and a roundabout. * {{key press|<code>I</code>}} (a straight segment)- [[Map_Editing_Quick-start_Guide#Create_a_Road|Road]]. Click on the map to start, . Click to add a geometry point. Double click to end.* Pedestrian path. Click on the map to start. Click to add a geometry nodepoint. Double click to end.
* {{key press|O}} (a circle)- [[Map_Editing_Quick-start_Guide#Create_a_roundabout|Roundabout]]. Click on the map at the center of the roundabout. Drag a circle of the correct size. Click to end the roundabout.
* Camera<!--related: Cameras#From_The_Map_Editor --> - . Click on the map where the camera is to be located. See [[#(Speed)_Cameras|Speed Cameras]] for editing instructions.*{{key press|J}} Junction box. Click on the map to start. Click to add vertices for the box. Double click to end. After creation, the shape of a junction box cannot be adjusted.
See the [[Map_Editing_Quick-start_Guide|Editing Manual Quick Start Guide]] for more information.
====Save Buttonbutton====[[File:wme_button_saveMap save 2018.pngPNG|left]] [[File:wme_button_save_pending_redMap save action 2018.pngPNG]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Ctrl|S}}
The Save button serves two purposes: 1) it displays the current number of changes pending to be saved, and 2) when clicked, it saves all the current changes you have made.
As you make changes, the counter in the Save button increases. The number Pending changes are shown in the icon is shown to red as a warning that many unsaved changes may be difficult to save if there blue superscript box. Note saving frequently is a single error among most strongly encouraged since one mistake will prevent all the changesothers from saving. (This counter is the number of changes you've made which can be undone, NOT the number of edits you get credit for.)
When the save button is clicked (or the shortcut key used)is clicked, the editor saves then Waze checks all of the current changes you have made. This process is pending edits with a little more complex than this sounds, but that is what it doesregression checker. In order to save properly, your browser receives messages back from If there are no problems the Waze server edits are saved and will appear in the event of any errorsapp after the next tile update. If there is are problems, then you will get an error when saving, message and may be taken to the editor problem segment or place. If there are multiple problems you will try just get an error message. You might have to give undo edits till you a detailed have removed the error message if you can't find it and a suggestion to fix it. The map view will typically try This is why it is recommended to show the error area highlighted in a bright circlenot have too many pending edits when you save as you start.
''Once the save operation completes successfully, you cannot Undo previous changes with the Undo button.''
====Undo Buttonbutton====[[File:wme_button_undoMap undo 2018.pngPNG|left]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Ctrl|Z}}
The Undo button will undo '''the most recent unsaved''' successive previous changes change with each click.
{{mbox|type=important|text=IMPORTANT: Once the Save button is clicked and the save operation is complete, the Undo button has no affect on previous changes.}}
====Redo Buttonbutton====[[File:wme_button_redoMap redo 2018.pngPNG|left]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Ctrl|Shift|Z}}
The Redo button will re-apply any changes which have been recently the most recent save that was undone with the Undo buttoneach click.
====Delete button====
[[File:wme_button_deleteMap trash 2018.pngPNG|left]] Shortcut key: '''Delete {{key press|Del}}'''
The Delete (trashcan) button will delete, or trash, any currently selected objects. If you have multiple objects selected, you will be prompted to confirm the multiple deletion. The only object you can currently multi-select is segments.
==== Layers ====
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[[File:wme_layers_expanded.png|right|border]][[File:layers.png]] Hover or click to show the layers available for display on the main map. When the box next to the layer name is checked, then that layer is active and being displayed. There is a default [[Keyboard shortcuts|shortcut key]] defined for each layer, and to make it easy to remember, with two exceptions: The shortcut is {{key press|shift|{{color|X|lightgray}}}} (first letter of the layer name). The two exceptions are the satellite/aerial imagery, which uses the letter {{key press|<code>I</code>}} as the shortcut key for '''I'''magery, and Places which uses the letter {{key press|L}} because it was previously called '''L'''andmarks.
===== Refresh or Reload Layers =====[[File:ReloadWme-layer-list-2018.PNG|right|border|180px]][[File:Wme-layers-2018.pngPNG|border]] The small curved arrow at Hover over or click the top right of three stacked papers to show the Layers list will reload all layers (excluding Satellite Imageryavailable for display on the main map. When the box next to the layer name is checked, Citiesthen that layer is active and being displayed. There is a default [[Keyboard shortcuts|shortcut key]] defined for each layer, and GPS layersto make it easy to remember, with two exceptions: The shortcut is {{key press|shift|{{color|X|lightgray}}}} (first letter of the layer name) in . The two exceptions are the current view without reloading satellite/aerial imagery, which uses the whole page. This is a great way to see changes recently made by another editor in letter {{key press|<code>I</code>}} as the area without losing shortcut key for '''I'''magery, and Places which uses the Chat historyletter {{key press|L}} because it was previously called '''L'''andmarks.
===== Reorder =====There are expanded options for the layers as well. As shown at the bottom of this section.[[Filefile:ReorderWme-layer-list-Layersexpand-2018.pngPNG|leftright|border|180px]]The six small dots to the left of a layer selector box is a drag handle which enables those layers to be reordered changing the visibility of one layer above another. Only a few layers can be reordered. PLEASE NOTE: The layer order is reversed so layers at the bottom of the list appear above layers higher up in the list. Therefore Satellite Imagery will always appear below all other layers.
===== Satellite Imagery imagery =====
[[File:Aerial_skinny.png|260px]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|<code>I</code>}}
===== Cities =====
[[File:cities_skinnyWme-cities-2018.pngPNG|260px]] Shortcut key: {{key press|shift|C}}
City boundaries as defined by segments assigned to that city are shown in different colors. This layer is helpful in finding segments which are set to the wrong city. Until an area is heavily edited an updated, some city boundaries are likely to be overlapping or appear to be unassociated with any segments.
===== Roads =====
[[File:Road_segments_skinnyWme-roads-2018.pngPNG|260px]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|R}}
Roads are all of the streets, alleys, highways, and freeways which make up the drivable street system in Waze. Depending on the [[#Zoom Control|zoom level]], some street types are not displayed so that the map is not too cluttered.
===== {{anchor|GPS points}}GPS tracks =====
[[File:Gps_tracks_straight_skinnyWme-gps-points-2018.pngPNG|260px]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|G}}
This layer will show tracks from Waze users as they drive with Waze running. Waze records and plots the GPS coordinate of drivers. This layer is useful for relatively accurate placement of new or moved roads when aerial photography is not yet updated. GPS tracks appear in the map editor as colored arrows. The direction of travel for a GPS point determines its color, so that all drivers going the same direction will show their points in the same color. This makes it easier to determine errant GPS tracks, or where a road on the map doesn't follow the actual path of vehicles. [[File:AzimuthColours.jpg|right|100px]]
===== Area Managers managers (AM) =====[[File:Wme3 Wme-area -managers layer skinny-2018.pngPNG|260px]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|A}}
The Area Managers layer shows overlapping colored, named rectangles. These areas represent the areas those users have Area Manager permissions. This layer allows you to identify a user you may wish to send a PM in the forums about a specific issue you noticed in their area, but do not have rights to fix.
===== Places =====
[[File:Places_skinnyWme-places-2018.jpgPNG|260px]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|L}}
[[Places]] are also known as POIs (Points of Interest). These can really be just about anything, but tend to be things like parks, gas stations, cemeteries, transit stations, etc. There are two types of Places: Area and Point. Point Places are for most small business, shops, etc. Area Places are for large stores, malls, parks, etc.
===== Map Problems problems =====
[[File:Problem_pin_open-low.png|left]][[File:Problem_pin_open-med.png]] [[File:Problem_pin_open-high.png]] [[File:Problem_pin_not-identified.png]] Shortcut key: '''no default'''
===== Update Requests requests =====
[[File:Request_pin_open-low.png|left]][[File:Request_pin_open_conversation-med.png]] [[File:Request_pin_open-high.png]][[File:Request_pin_solved_conversation.png]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|U}}
===== Place updates =====
<div style="float:left;">[[File:wme_placemarker_newWme-place-update-2018-2018.pngPNG]] [[File:wme_placemarker_new_photoWme-place-photo-2018-2018.pngPNG]] [[File:wme_placemarker_updated_detailsWme-place-newdetails-2018.pngPNG]] [[File:wme_placemarker_flaggedWme-z-flagged-2018.pngPNG]] <br/>[[File:PalePinkBalloonWme-request-new-2018.pngPNG]][[File:PalePurpleBalloonWme-z-flagged-2018.pngPNG]][[File:PurpleBalloonWme-newdetails-accept-2018.png]][[File:GreenBalloon.pngPNG]]</div>
Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|P}}
===== Editable areas =====
[[File:Editable_area_skinnyWme-editableareas-2018.pngPNG|260px]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|E}}
Where you can edit is determined primarily by where you have driven. [[Editing rank|Edit rights]] are initially granted within a [[Editing_rank#Rank_comparisons|one-mile radius]] of where you have driven with Waze running. Your editable area is shown in lighter-colored areas surrounded by a black border. Users who are Area Managers will also see their managed areas in a colored highlighted area.
===== Live Users users =====
[[File:wme_live_wazer.png|left]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|V}}
The Live Users layer will display other map editors with the icon above. Editors' locations are shown in real-time.
=====Road Closures=====
<div style="float:left; margin-right: 1ex; margin-bottom: 1ex;">[[File:Closure.PNG]] [[File:Closure_Gray_TwoWay.png ]]</div>The Road Closures layer displays a closure symbol and direction when a closure has been placed, using either a WME Closure or the client's Report > Closure feature. A red circle indicates a currently active closure. A gray circle indicates either a scheduled, but not currently active, WME closure or an app-submitted closure. Black arrows show the closure direction(s).
 =====Road closures=====<div style="float:left; margin-right: 1ex; margin-bottom: 1ex;">[[File:Wme-closure-2018.PNG]] [[File:Wme-closure-2way-2018.PNG ]][[File:Closure_Gray_TwoWay.png ]]</div>The Road Closures layer displays a closure symbol and direction when a closure has been placed, using either a WME Closure or the client's Report > Closure feature. A red circle indicates a currently active closure. A gray circle indicates either a scheduled, but not currently active, WME closure or an app-submitted closure. Black arrows show the closure direction(s). ===Left Panepane===
At the left side of the window, below your username, is an area which is both informational and functional. Different tabs or single panes of information are displayed in this area based on whether an object is selected, the type of object and how many, which enable you to view and edit details of objects.
====Server shortcut and snapshot====
When no objects are selected on the map, the Tabs Area displays user information. The top section greets you by name and is always visible regardless of what is showing or displayed on the map. Map Problems and Update Requests are not considered map objects, so the tabs below your name will display when a Map Problem or Update Request is selected.
=====Me Tabtab=====
Below this information is a graphic inviting you to view the introductory editing videos provided by the Waze team.
 =====Drives Tabtab=====[[File:DrivesTab2Wme-drives-2018.pngPNG|right|border|255px]]
<!-- Copied from FAQ; consider creating a transcludable subpage for both locations -->Drives are journeys or routes that you have driven with the Waze client running. While you drive, Waze monitors your journey (recording details like location, time, speed) and transfers this information to the [[Servers]]. This data is used to validate the existing map (roads, turns, directions) and to learn average journey times. Other Waze users and [[Area Manager]]s can also view the anonymous GPS tracks of many users when editing the map in the [[Waze Map Editor]]. This helps with map accuracy.
Clicking on one of the five visible entries will center the map along that route and will zoom out to try and fit your entire route on the screen. Routes over about 20 miles / 30 kilometers will usually not fit on the map display all at once due to scale limitations. Use the mouse or arrow keys to pan around on the map. Parts of the route that display in red are not currently paved roads. Consider [[Map_Editor_Interface_and_Controls#Zoom_Control|zooming]] into that area to determine if a road should be added.
=====Areas Tab=====
=====Areas tab=====
This shows the entire [[editable area]] -- the area in which you can perform edits. Click on your editable area. The view will be centered on the editable area. If your editable area is spread out, in several sections, it may be centered between areas you can edit.
{{clear}} ====={{anchor|Settings_tab|Imperial|Metric}}Settings Tabtab=====[[File:Just tabs Wme-settings-tab-2018.pngPNG|thumbnail|329px]]<small>This feature was added {{As of|January 2015|lc=y}}</small><br/>
To access user-preference settings in WME, click the "Settings" tab in the left pane. Options include:
* '''Draw new roads as two-way''' - determines whether any new road segments you draw start as two-way or one-way
===={{anchor|Left Pane with segment(s) selected}}One or more segments selected====
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rect 119 15 216 30 [[User:Nzahn1/Map_Editor_Interface_and_Controls#Select_Entire_Street|Select street link]]
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</imagemap>The area above the tabs will show how many segments are selected, and a link to "Select Entire Street". The example graphic to the right shows what the Tabs Area looks like when multiple segments are selected.
{{clear}}=====Select Entire Streetentire street=====[[file:select entire street 2018.png|right]]When you click the link "Select Entire Street," or use the keyboard shortcut {{key press|Ctrl|A}}, the editor will select all segments which match connected to the current segment's with the same primary road name (including , city and , state). Note that the segments are not required to be physically touching each other, and country information. It will also select some selected segments may fall outside the currently current visible area. The "Select Entire Street" link and the multiple segment ID numbers are highlighted in yellow in the image images to the right.[[file:selectentirestreet_segmentID2018.png|right]]
=====Address Boxbox=====
When you click on the Pencil button, or tap shortcut key {{key press|E}}, the address box displays more detail information and allows you to make changes to the country, state (US only), city and segment name. Next is where you can add or remove any alternate street name information. An alternate name, technically referred to as a "linked street," can be used for address searches, while primary name is used in navigation instructions.
If you run into an extreme case where you need to rename the city name on a large number of streets. Review the article [[Smudged city]]. The end of the article includes a link to a special form for converting a mass number of segments using the help of Waze staff in the database.
=====General Tabtab=====
On this tab, you can modify the road type, direction, speed limits, elevation, lock, and special properties including "unpaved" and "tunnel". Further down past a separator line are more general details about the segment(s) which is/are selected.
Details on these tab settings can be found under [[Creating and editing road segments#Road Properties|Road Properties]]
======Add Restrictionsrestrictions======
When you click the button titled '''Add restrictions''', or use the keyboard shortcut {{key press|T}}, WME enters the [[Scheduled Restrictions]] editing interface
======Edit House Numbershouse numbers======
When you click the button titled '''Edit House Numbers''', or use the keyboard shortcut {{key press|H}}, WME enters the [[House Numbers in WME|House Number editing interface]].
*The '''Edit House Numbers''' button isn't available to click when there are changes which need to be saved. The message, "Save your changes to edit house numbers" appears below the button.
=====Closure Tabtab=====
On this tab, senior editors can enable closures in real time. For more information, read the [[Closures#WME_closure_feature|WME Closure Feature]] page.
For the Waze application to be as useful as possible to drivers, it is important to ensure all fields of information are fully and properly completed.{{clear}}
===Map Display Areadisplay area===
All the layers currently selected for display show up in the map display area. The map display areas takes up the majority of the browser window. Any object displayed is selectable and editable, depending on your editing rights in the area you are viewing. Select a street and change its geometry. Select a landmark and change its name. Add a road where one should be, or delete a road which should no longer appear.
====Zoom Controlcontrol====
[[File:Zoom_controller.png|left]] Shortcut key: {{key press|Shift|up}}, {{key press|Shift|down}}
[[File:Show my location.png|left]]. Zooms to the editor's approximate physical location.{{clear}}
===Bottom Barbar===
====Wiki link====
====Selecting multiple segments====
Several road segments may be selected at once in order to change the properties of several segments at one time. There are several ways to select multiple segments.<br>
* One way is to select the first segment, then use {{key press|ctrl|click}} (MAC users:{{Key press|command|click}}) to select additional segments.
* A second way is to use multi-select mode. Use the [[Keyboard shortcuts|shortcut key]] {{Key press|m}} to enter multi-select mode. {{Key press|Click}} each segment to add or subtract it from the current segment grouping. To exit multi-select mode, press {{Key press|m}} again.* To select all segments between two other segments, first select a segment, then use {{key press|alt|click}} (Linux users:{{Key press|ctrl|alt|click}}) to select a second segment. WME The editor will select all add to the selection group the segments in-between the first and second segments, based mostly on the least number of segments and limited to 25 or less segments. This is generally the straightest path street name, but at times may take strange looking routes dues to extra segments in the visually direct pathalso on simple straight lines.
* To select all segments within a box use {{key press|ctrl|shift|click}} (MAC users:{{Key press|command|shift|click}}) and then drag the cursor while holding the mouse button to form a box. When the mouse button is released, all the segments in the box are selected.
* Segments having the same primary name (street, city, state) naming properties can be selected using the "Select entire street" function. See the description in the [[#One or more segments selected|One or more segments selected]] section for more information.