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Comparison: Realistic Site Maps vs Basic Site Maps

The image and article explain the differences between a 2D Realistic Site Map and a 2D Basic Site Map. 

Similarities

Both the Realistic and the Basic site maps contain roads, amenities, parking, building numbers and locations. The map will visually distinguish property features such as your clubhouse, pool, leasing office, dog park, and major natural features. Each map also includes attractive design details such as vehicles, a North-oriented compass icon, trees, walking paths, and water features. 

An unlimited number of changes can be made until final approval. Turnaround time is the same for both styles. The files you receive include a JPG image file for the web and a PDF file for print.

Differences

Here's a short summary of how Realistic Site Maps differ from Basic Site Maps:

  • Though it is a two-dimensional image, a Realistic Site Map is designed in a 3D application so that it has much more depth, contrast, vibrant colors, and detail. By contrast, a Basic Site Map is published with an architectural drafting application and consequently has a simple, conventional, and illustrative appearance.
  • A Realistic Site Map is a rendering that we provide in a raster/pixel file format. A Basic Site Map is published in a vector file format so that the resolution of the image features remain clear no matter the level of zoom used in viewing the image.
  • After choosing and designing a style, it isn't possible to convert it to the other style. If it is necessary to change the style, then the map will need to be reproduced in the other style (a conversion fee will apply).
  • A Realistic Site Map is slightly more expensive than the equivalent Basic Site Map. Realistic Site Map pricing can be seen here and Basic Site Map pricing can be seen here.

Details for each map style below: The image at the top of the article contrasts the visual differences in the map styles. Continue reading below to learn more about each map style.

Realistic Site Map

Each Realistic Site Map is designed with a unique three-dimensional appearance to represent the details of your property and clearly highlight all amenities. 

A Realistic Site Map is published in two file formats:

  • 1,280 pixel-width JPG image. The height of the web file is determined by the size of the map. This image is ready for immediate inclusion in your Internet listings, websites, and emails.
  • A PDF file that has a print resolution of 4,000+ pixels, which is ready for immediate inclusion in brochures, advertisements, and office displays. While desktop computer printing is possible, we recommend hiring a professional printer.

The image below is an example of a Realistic Site Map, which is much more complex and rich in detail than a Basic Site Map. Download example web and print files for a 2D Realistic Site Map here

Learn all the details about the design process and requirements in the 2D Realistic Site Maps article.

Poster file: A poster-resolution file is available at no additional cost. Since no property is the same as another, the size of your poster may need adjustment fit the width and height of your specific site map.

Basic Site Map

A Basic Site Map is designed in vector-graphics format, which can be zoomed in very closely without losing crisp edges on the features of the map. The Basic Site Map provides a relatively simple presentation of amenities to guide residents and serve as a showcase for prospects. 

A Basic Site Map image is much smaller in size to an equivalent Realistic Site Map image, so it will load faster onto the device of your website visitors.

A Basic Site Map is published in two file formats:

  • 1,920 pixel-width JPEG image (2K). The height of the web file is determined by the size of the map. This image is ready for immediate inclusion in your Internet listings, websites, and email messages.
  • A vector PDF file that is displayable at any resolution. This file is ready for immediate inclusion in brochures, advertisements, office displays, and desktop computer printing.

The figure below is one example of a Basic Site Map, which isn't as complex as a Realistic Site Map. Download example web and print files for a Basic Site Map here.

Learn all the details about the design process and requirements in the Basic Site Maps article.