Changelog

Tracking updates of the mapchart.net and historicalmapchart.net websites.

Version 3.3.8 - 25 November 2022

Version 3.3.7 - 24 November 2022

  • Fixed some layout issues with the More Maps menu dropdown.

Version 3.3.6 - 22 November 2022

  • Fixed an issue with retrieving a Plus user's email on the Welcome page.
  • World - Wargames map: Added some margin at the left side of the map to make Hawaii's hexagon accessible.
  • World 1880 map: Fixed an issue with the Ottoman Empire borders.

Version 3.3.5 - 15 November 2022

  • Fixed an issue with the border width of counties/districts for isolated states in the US counties and US Congressional districts maps.

Version 3.3.4 - 13 November 2022

  • Added the ability to show/hide the tooltip (with the country's name) when hovering over the map. Find it in Step 1 > Advanced...
  • Fixed the tooltip's positioning.

Version 3.3.3 - 1 November 2022

  • World 1914 map: fixed a typo in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan's name.
  • Minor UI improvements.

Version 3.3.2 - 30 October 2022

  • Fixed an issue with the width of borders in Ukraine and Romania maps.

Version 3.3.1 - 29 October 2022

  • Fixed an issue with the pattern color pickers not working.

Version 3.3.0 - 28 October 2022

⚡️ Big performance improvements! NEW!

  • You should see a big improvement to the zoom mode's smoothness. Zooming in/out and moving the map around should feel a lot more snappier and responsive, even on the largest maps.
    Example before/after of zooming in/out a fully colored World Wargames map ⬇️
  • There is now no limit to zooming in.
  • Added a couple of zoom settings (inverting X/Y axis).
  • Added a tutorial with all the available zoom options and shortcuts.
  • Added more keyboard shortcuts for zoom mode: + - to zoom in/out, the keyboard arrows to move the map, R to reset, and Esc to stop zooming.
  • Zoom Mode is now available on all maps.
  • When hitting Preview Map, the map is not blurry now and loads a bit faster. This works on Chrome-like browsers and Firefox.

Version 3.2.4 - 21 October 2022

  • Fixed an issue with thick borders randomly appearing when isolating countries on the World Subdivisions map.

Version 3.2.3 - 20 October 2022

  • Minor performance improvements to loading of map pages.

Version 3.2.2 - 18 October 2022

  • Added a few transparent background options in the Background color picker.
  • Minor accessibility and performance improvements.

Version 3.2.1 - 17 October 2022

  • Minor performance improvements.

Version 3.2.0 - 14 October 2022

  • As a Plus user, you can now generate a unique, shareable link 🌎 for your saved map. NEW!
    How to share a link to your map ⬇️ GIF showing how to use the Share button to create a shareable link for your saved map settings.
  • Anyone with the link (Plus user or not) can then use it to instantly load your map's settings and continue editing it or just check it out.
    Using a shared link to load a map ⬇️ GIF showing how to use the Share button to create a shareable link for your saved map settings.
  • Creating a link to share:

    This only works for maps that you have already saved to My Maps:

    1. While editing your map, hit the Share button at the left edge of the map.
    2. A link will be generated and this map configuration will be made publicly available. 🌎
    3. Copy the link and send it to anyone you want.
  • Using a link to load a map:

    Anyone with the link can use it to load the map configuration you shared. When they visit it, the map settings will be instantly loaded on the map.

  • See it in action: try opening any of the below shared map links (all shared by me!):
  • Fixed an issue where changing the color of all countries of a color group would sometimes fail.
  • World Subdivisions and Europe-Detailed maps: renamed West Bosnia subdivision to Canton 10 in Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇦.

Version 3.1.2 - 13 October 2022

  • Hearts of Iron IV map: added Saint Pierre and Miquelon and Socotra. Fixed issues with the outline of Stalinabad and Nigeria.
  • World Subdivisions and Americas-Detailed maps: renamed Vargas subdivision to La Guaira in Venezuela 🇻🇪.
  • World Subdivisions map: swapped the names of Napo and Tungurahua in Ecuador 🇪🇨.

Version 3.1.1 - 9 October 2022

  • [Plus] Adapted the legend font picker dialog to the dark theme.
  • Removed Isle of Man from the Europe map for consistency purposes.
  • Fixed an issue with Stalinabad province on the updated Hearts of Iron IV map.

Version 3.1.0 - 6 October 2022

  • ⚡️ Performance improvement: editing the map with basic actions like coloring or showing/hiding elements should now be much faster. This improvement should be most felt when working with maps with many countries/subdivisions. Undoing/redoing should also feel much snappier.
  • Example before/after of editing a fully colored US Counties map ⬇️
    Before the performance improvements of 3.1.0
    After the performance improvements of 3.1.0
  • [Plus] Fixed an issue where, when loading a map from the My Maps page, the Save As button remained disabled and greyed out.
  • Fixed an issue with the Virginian peninsula missing on the updated Hearts of Iron IV map.

Version 3.0.5 - 5 October 2022

  • Updated the Hearts of Iron IV map to the latest patch (1.12 "By Blood Alone").
  • It now has around 99 new states, compared to the previous map.
  • Check which states have changed ⬇️ The states added or with changed borders for the updated HoI IV map
  • Fixed an issue with Türkiye map's province names being on by default.

Version 3.0.4 - 5 October 2022

  • Renamed St. Helena to Saint Helena on all maps.
  • Fixed issues with some of the Hearts of Iron IV and EU IV province names.
  • Fixed multiple subdivision names with accented characters (like Goiás, Curaçao, Diyarbakır, etc.)

Version 3.0.3 - 3 October 2022

  • You can now customize what holding the Control button and moving over the map does. You can set it to:
    • Color countries/states (the default).
    • Hide countries/states.
    • Do nothing.
    Holding Control + Shift will do the opposite action (removing color of countries, showing countries again, or doing nothing).
  • See it in action ⬇️ Preview of the new advanced setting to change the behavior of the Control shortcut
  • Use these shortcuts to color or customize your maps even more quickly.
  • Find this in the Advanced... settings dialog.
  • The setting you choose is also saved to your browser's preferences, so you don't have to change it every time. The same also happens now for the Shift + click shortcut.

Version 3.0.2 - 30 September 2022

  • Makeover of the Canada 🇨🇦 census divisions map! The map is now on a more suitable map projection and doesn't look squishy any more. Check out the updated Canada census divisions map!
  • Fixes and improvements to maps:
    • World Subdivisions and Asia Detailed maps: renamed Nepal 🇳🇵 provinces Province No.5 and Province No.2 to Lumbini Pradesh and Madhesh Pradesh.
    • Cold War World map: fixed an issue with Solomon Islands not displayed on the map for years 1978 to 2016.
    • Cold War World map: removed a redundant version of Yugoslavia for year 1992.
    • Europe: the "Created with mapchart.net" tag is now displayed at the bottom left corner of the map.

Version 3.0.1 - 29 September 2022

  • [Plus] Fixed an issue with loading a saved map straight from the My Maps page.
  • Updated all references of Turkey across the website to Türkiye 🇹🇷.
  • Updates to maps:
    • World Subdivisions and Europe Detailed maps: updated Iceland's 🇮🇸 and Latvia's 🇱🇻 subdivisions. The maps now display Iceland's 8 regions and Latvia's 43 state cities and municipalities. You may need to update your saved maps.
  • Fixes and improvements to maps:
    • Hearts of Iron IV: fixed around 40 typos in province names.
    • World with microstates: Montenegro 🇲🇪 is not shown as a circle any more, but with its real border outline.

Version 3.0.0 - 25 September 2022

  • Announcing MapChart Plus! It's a brand new, premium version of the website and the mobile apps that gets you:
    • 👤   Your own MapChart Plus account.
    • 🗺   My Maps: save all maps you make to your account. No need to use text files any more!
    • 🎨   My Palette: save your favourite colors and patterns to your account and find them quickly.
    • 🚫   No ads.
    • 🌙   A dark theme for the whole website.
    • 🖌   5 extra map themes, to better customize your maps.
    • 📲   The Premium Max version (costing 9.99$) of the mobile app (iOS or Android).
  • You can join MapChart Plus via the Plus page.
  • Relevant blog post.
  • [Beta] The beta program is now over. Users that participated in it 1 year of MapChart Plus for free, as a reward for their invaluable feedback. Thanks again!
  • Various UI improvements.

Version 2.17.1 - 6 September 2022

  • Fixed an issue with previewing the Romania map.

Version 2.17.0 - 5 September 2022

  • New map! A complete map of Romania's 🇷🇴 subdivisions (counties, communes, cities, and municipalities) is now available! You can also use the sliders in More Options to make counties colourable or transparent.
  • Fixes and improvements to maps:
    • Westeros: added again the option to change the color of city labels in Advanced.
    • World Subdivisions and Asia Detailed: renamed Dəvəçi_AZ to Şabran_AZ.
    • Europa Universalis IV: split Slesvig province to Slesvig and Fyn.
    • Europa Universalis IV: fixed name of Cabo Verde.
    • Europe: fixed borders between Wales and England when the "Split the UK" option is activated.
  • Minor UI improvements.
  • [Beta] Adapted Historical MapChart pages to the dark theme.

Version 2.16.5 - 28 August 2022

  • In the color pickers, when you input your custom hex color, you will now be able to check a preview of it, before selecting. Pressing Enter to select your custom color will now work too.
  • The "too many legend entries" warning will now automatically go away as you remove legend entries from the map.
  • Various UI improvements.
  • [Beta] You can now use your account on the Historical MapChart website as well.
  • [Beta] Fixed handling errors when changing e-mail.
  • [Beta] Added GIFs explaining the My Maps save/load process.

Version 2.16.4 - 16 August 2022

  • Map fixes:
    • World subdivisions: Added missing New Ireland province to Papua New Guinea.
    • USA Congressional Districts: positioning of some state abbreviation labels.
    • USA Counties: minor border fix in MA.
    • Europa Universalis IV: fixed name of Vlaanderen province.
    • Renamed references of Kiev to Kyiv in all maps.

Version 2.16.3 - 12 August 2022

  • Small UI changes for map pages.
  • [Beta] Added user and subscription information to Account page.

Version 2.16.2 - 7 August 2022

  • Improvements and fixes for the Europa Universalis IV provinces map:
    • You can now color all wastelands (impassables) with a single click, to speed-up map-making. Use the Color Wastelands button in the More Options section.
    • Default color of some provinces.
    • Name of the Noquet province.

Version 2.16.1 - 2 August 2022

  • Fixes for the Europa Universalis IV provinces map:
    • Added some bottom padding to the map.
    • Fixed names of Cayman Islands, Irkutsk, Manokwari, Romsdal, Inner Hebrides, and Tokachi.
    • Split the following provinces to be able to color them separately: The Alps, High Atlas, Egyptian Desert, and Zagros.
    • Split Combahee to Combahee and Saluda.
    • Split Noquet to Noquet and La Pointe.

Version 2.16.0 - 1 August 2022

Version 2.15.2 - 28 July 2022

  • USA Congressional Districts: Swapped WV01 with WV02 districts.
  • Fixed a bug with uploading map configs to the World map with microstates page.

Version 2.15.1 - 26 July 2022

  • You can now use the MapChart Configuration Export tool (for Windows and macOS) to export config files for the UK - Elections map as well.
  • Fixes to maps:
    • Hearts of Iron IV map: name of Yarkand subdivision.
    • World Subdivisions/Asia-Detailed: split Papua_ID into three new subdivisions (Central Papua, Highland Papua, and South Papua), valid after 30th June 2022.
    • World Subdivisions/Asia-Detailed: name of Zabaykalsky_Krai_RU subdivision.

Version 2.15.0 - 12 July 2022

  • [Beta] Import configurations: You can now import all the map configurations you have in text files (.txt) to your account. Find it via the My Maps page and the Import from text files section.
  • [Beta] Reordered the columns of the available map configurations tables.
  • [Beta] The map configurations table in My Maps now shows the full name of the page that the map belongs to.
  • World Subdivisions: Fixed Edineț_MD.
  • US Congressional Districts: Fixed borders of Hawaii districts.

Version 2.14.14 - 2 July 2022

Version 2.14.13 - 30 June 2022

  • Fixed issue where, when typing numbers (1 to 9) in the legend title or labels, the selected color would change.

Version 2.14.12 - 29 June 2022

  • Fixed issue with the Background color picker not being able to be set to a color with transparency.

Version 2.14.11 - 28 June 2022

  • Fixed issue with the Add Pattern dialog showing the wrong colors sometimes.
  • [Beta] Fixed issue with the Add Pattern dialog not working via the 'My Palette' page.

Version 2.14.10 - 23 June 2022

  • The US Congressional Districts map has been updated with all the redistricting changes for the upcoming 2022 midterm elections (118th Congress), except for the state of Louisiana, which hasn't approved a map yet. You can find the previous (117th Congress) map, via the Select Congress option on the page. The Excel tools have also been updated.
  • Fixed an issue where when using the Clear All button, the map theme was also set to the Default one. Now, it should preserve your currently preferred map theme and only clear your edits on the map.

Version 2.14.9 - 21 June 2022

  • Added links to the unofficial subreddit and Discord server for MapChart in the page's footer.
  • Fixes and improvements:
    • For maps with state borders and abbreviations (US Counties, US Congressional Districts, EU NUTS maps, US electoral cartogram):
      • State borders now have the same color as the subdivision borders.
      • State abbreviations now have the same color as the subdivision labels (if any).
      This makes these maps more legible when using non-default Map Themes.
    • Fixed some inconsistencies when isolating a state in the US counties map.
    • Better handling of custom colors. If you manually enter an invalid color, you will see an appropriate error message. Also, if you are selecting a custom color, the legend box in Step 2 will be updated as well.
    • The More Maps menu on the navigation bar is now wider and with a 3 column layout.
    • Fixed issue with the color picker getting cut off when opening it from the Add Pattern dialog.
    • World Subdivisions: name of Örebro subdivision.
    • World Subdivisions/Europe Detailed: Fixed labels and errors in Moldavia and Romania:
      • Romania labels: Timiș, Caraș-Severin, Mehedinți, Sălaj, Maramureș, Bistrița-Năsăud, Mureș, Brașov, Argeș, Dâmbovița, Buzău, Brăila, Ialomița, Constanța, Galați, Bacău, Neamț, Iași and Botoșani.
      • Moldova labels: Ocnița, Dondușeni, Edineț, Rîșcani, Bălți, Fălești, Florești, Telenești, Călărași, Șoldănești, Strășeni, Chișinău, Hîncești, Cimișlia, Căușeni and Ștefan Vodă.
      • Merged Cainari district into Căușeni.
      • Renamed Bender to Slobozia.
      • Changed some of Transistria's districts to group as OT (other, autonomous, unrecognized) instead of MD (Moldova).
  • [Beta] In the color picker, right-clicking on a color from the palette will now show options to Add or Remove it to/from My Palette.
  • [Beta] When loading a config from My Maps, if there is an error, an error dialog will appear with diagnostics info.
  • [Beta] When saving a config to My Maps, you can now hit Enter/Return in the dialog to save.

Version 2.14.8 - 12 June 2022

  • Fixes and improvements:
    • Entering an invalid color when selecting a custom color now shows an error message.
    • World - Advanced: fixed behavior of zoom mode when changing map projection.
    • US hex cartogram: electoral votes count is now updated properly when a configuration is restored or using the random color Script.
    • Tamriel: removed a switch that did nothing from More Options section.
    • US Counties: better UI behavior when isolating a state.
    • Italy: fixed default color of Agrigento district.
    • UK: fixed label of Kincardineshire.
    • UK (historic): fixed Norfolk not being hidden when hiding all of Great Britain.
  • [Beta] Fixed color of rows in Load dialog and My Maps table.
  • [Beta] Fixed export functionality of My Maps.
  • [Beta] Fixed color of random color Script dropdown.

Version 2.14.7 - 10 June 2022

  • The beta program is now under way! The 50 selected users are already reporting bugs for the new, experimental features. These will also be tracked here.
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to remove a row from the legend after changing its color.
  • Fixed names and spellings on the following maps:
    • World Subdivisions and Europe - Detailed: names of Arkhangelsk, Agion Oros, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Lviv, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Luhansk, Sjælland, Örebro.
    • Belgium: names of municipalities of Saint Nicolas and Sint Niklaas.
    • The Caribbean: label of Saint Barthelemy.
    • Netherlands: names of Noardeast-Fryslân and Sudwest-Fryslân.
    • Tamriel: names of Stros M' Kai Archipelago and Helstrom Region, labels of Stros M' Kai and Cheydinhal.
  • Fixed an issue on the map of Italy with the district of Agrigento.
  • [Beta] Fixed styling issues on loading configuration tables and map themes.
  • [Beta] Fixed export button functionality in My Maps page.

Version 2.14.6 - 3 June 2022

  • A new setting for the Make a Map of a Single Country/State and Isolate Multiple Countries/States options: you can now set if the colors and data of other subdivisions should be cleared. Example:
    • On the US counties map, you color some counties in Texas (TX) 🟥 , some in California (CA) 🟦 , and some in Alabama (AL) 🟨 .
    • You isolate the state of Texas (TX) 🟥 .
    • If Clear colors of other counties is checked, the 🟦 and 🟨 colors (from the now hidden CA and AL counties) will be removed (cleared) from the map. This is the default behavior.
    • If Clear colors of other counties is unchecked, the 🟦 and 🟨 colors (from the now hidden CA and AL counties) will not be removed from the map. If you select Show All you will be able to see them again.
  • Fixed: using the random color Script now adds the generated colors in the palette.

Version 2.14.5 - 30 May 2022

  • Fixed issue with some pages not loading in Safari on iPads.
  • Fixed Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province in Asia Detailed and World subdivisions maps. It previously was wrongly labelled as Esfahan.
  • Renamed the "Preferences" button back to "UI".

Version 2.14.0 - 28 May 2022

  • New beta program to test major upcoming features. Find out more in the beta signup page.
  • Map themes! You can now select a pre-defined map theme for all your maps:
    • ⚪️  Default: white background, grey countries
    • ⚫️  Dark: dark background, dark grey countries
    • 🔵  Aqua: light blue background, light grey countries
    Set the map theme you want via the UI section at the left edge of the map.
  • New legend option: you can now split the legend into two columns. Useful for maps with many legend entries. Find it via the Legend Options option in Step 2.
  • New feature: Map Scripts! You can now use Scripts to quickly color or get data from a map. These include:
    • Random color: Randomly colors the whole map.
    • Random color by group: Randomly colors the whole map by group (country or state). Available only on relevant maps.
    • Find uncolored: Scans the map for countries that are uncolored and outputs them as a list.
    • Count: Outputs the total number of elements on the map.
    • Count by group: Outputs the total number of elements on the map by group (country or state). Available only on relevant maps.
    • List: Get a comma-separated list of all countries/states on the map.
    Find the Scripts dialog in the Step 1 > More Options section.
  • New shortcut: You can now use numpad shortcuts (keys 1 to 9) to select a already used color.
  • Fixed an issue with the US Counties map and the state borders.
  • Isolating a state in the US Counties map now zooms in to the state progressively.
  • Added this Changelog page, to track all updates of the website.
  • Fixed an issue with the Europe maps and the location of the islands next to Mallorca.
  • Added a link to the licensing section in the footer.
  • Multiple fixes to the UI of the website:
    • When you use the Clear All option, a info message is shown, stating that you can use the Undo option.
    • Redesign of the various on/off switches.
    • The Edit button is now only shown when in Preview Map mode.
    • Fixed issues with the layout of the More Options section.
    • Fixed issues with the functionality of the More Options section.
    • Added proper placeholders for the Isolate Multiple elements and Color Multiple elements sections.
    • Fixed issues with the Simple UI layout.
    • Renamed the UI button to Preferences, which also contains the map theme switcher.