I use the new map a lot, and this is one of the things that I really think is better in the old map.
The visual representation of numbers in the old map is much better than the new map because of this. On the other hand, the new map looks a lot cleaner when those circles aren’t spanning entire constellations like in the old map. Maybe a compromise can be found where the circles aren’t spanning entire constellations, but do give a better visual representation of the numbers using logarithmic scale for size and colours of the circles.
The difference is actually there. The lines are vague, but when you have ‘all lines’ you do see all lines. Just the selection’s lines are coloured and much more visible, but the rest is visible as well. You can see the difference in the pictures you provided.
The lines are just vague enough to give an impression the stars are linked. But you’re right, they’re hard to see like this. Maybe they could be made slightly brighter.
I do think it’s good that there is such a contrast between the coloured lines of the selected system (and connected systems) versus all the other lines in the universe. This makes it much easier to see where the lines of the current selection go and keeps the rest of the map clean.
Someone criticizing the new map? Those are all very good points.
Just ditch these circles and make it dots again. They serve no valid purpose except for eyecandy, which a map tool in a war game like EVE does not need. Especially since the rings only appear on very large blobs and turn into dots anyway when you zoom in far enough. And other data indicators are dots in the first place, like the Security Status filter.
Speaking of the SecStat filter. The contrast is terrible in the new map:
I’d like to see more contrast for lines (and stars) in these colours.
These minor things aside, I love the new map. I’ve tried the old map as well, but I can’t get used to that one; it seems the new map is better in almost every way. It’s less laggy, is in a separate resizable window instead of taking the entire screen, can zoom in and out from scale of the universe to the scale of individual planets, can center on a single solar system for turning around instead of having a turning point somewhere far below the universe (making me nauseous when I move it around) and honestly, looks so much better.
Thanks CCP, please keep continuing the development of this new map.
As mentioned above, the contrast is severely lacking.
The data display is not nearly as clearly distinguishable as it is on the old map.
The data display spams the map with huge circles of same size when you zoom out which makes reading data frustratingly inaccurate.
The data display is much less granular, putting vastly different data numbers in the same color as opposed to the old map.
The lines are coloed instead of the dots.
The new map lacks landmark locations.