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With the recent updates to ArcGIS Online and changes to the landing page website, the link to Explorer Online was omitted. However Explorer Online can be opened directly by going to: http://www.arcgis.com/explorer/?map Just bookmark the link above for easy access.
We recently had a couple of questions in our inbox concerning map tips – the text that is displayed when you hover with your mouse over a feature – and here’s a summary of how they work.
ArcGIS Explorer Online enables you to select sublayers and apply a query filter to a service, letting you choose just want you want and also allowing you to change symbols. In this example we’ll take a look at how we can use these capabilities to create a custom hazard map using the USGS Natural Hazards map service.
We’ll start by opening a new map, and then add the USGS Natural Hazards service by searching using the keyword “hazards” as shown below. Click Add to show it on your map:
latest release of ArcGIS Online, you can now add shapefiles, text files (TXT
and CSV), and GPX files directly to your web map. You can drag data from
your computer onto your map or, with just the click of a button, add it to your
map in the ArcGIS.com
map viewer or ArcGIS
Explorer Online. Once you’ve added your data, you can configure pop-up
windows and change the symbols.
add your data to a web map, the ArcGIS.com map viewer and ArcGIS Explorer
Online automatically add the location information from your file, draw features
for each item, and store the information in the map.
addition to the above-mentioned formats, you can also add Open Geospatial
Consortium, Inc. (OGC), Web Map Service (WMS) layers to the ArcGIS.com map
viewer and ArcGIS Explorer Online. Simply click the Add button and
enter the URL to the service. The ArcGIS.com map viewer also supports the
addition of KML layers.
share your data or saved maps in ArcGIS Online so others can find them and use
them to create their own maps and mashups.
Getting the Most Out of ArcGIS Explorer Online was the title of a live training seminar series presented last week. One of the live seminars was recorded and is now available for viewing for free at Esri’s training site (just click Go To Seminar and login with your Esri Global Account).
During the live seminars viewers had an opportunity to post questions that were answered during the presentation breaks. But as usual, there were too many to answer them all during the live session, so (as promised) here’s a compilation of the questions submitted during the presentation along with answers.
Q. Will Explorer Online work in any browser, or am I limited to Internet Explorer?
Explorer Online will work in any browser on any device that supports Silverlight.
With only a week to go before the start of the Esri International User Conference, we asked Rupert Essinger, a member of the ArcGIS development team who lives a few blocks from the Convention Center in downtown San Diego, to give us some insider tips about San Diego. (These recommendations are Rupert’s alone and are not official recommendations or endorsements from Esri).
Using the free ArcGIS Explorer Online web client, Rupert has made an ArcGIS web map containing his recommended places to go. You can also view this map in presentation mode, so click here to get the tour now! (Note: If you are viewing this blog with a device like the iPad which doesn’t support Silverlight, then click or tap this link to open the map, or this link to view it in presentation mode using the non-Silverlight ArcGIS.com map viewer).
All the ‘map’ links next to the locations mentioned below launch Rupert’s ArcGIS map and take you directly to those locations (through the magic of extent parameters) in the ArcGIS.com map viewer.
You’ll also find all the places mentioned below, and more, on the “A Place Where…in San Diego” map on the official Esri website for the UC. That’s a wiki map created using Flex that lets anyone add their own favorite places and discoveries onto the map too, so feel free to add to it if you have any recommendations to share.
Places to go in the evening
The Gaslamp Quarter (website) (map) along Fifth Avenue between Convention Center to the south and C Street to the north is the entertainment, dining and partying hub of San Diego, and everyone usually heads there first. Check out the famous Victorian commercial buildings. Martha Rodgers has meticulously mapped every establishment in the Gaslamp.
Immediately east of the Gaslamp Quarter is the East Village neighborhood (website) (map) where you’ll find some neighborhood style bars and restaurants with a local crowd that are less hectic than the ones in the Gaslamp. On G Street, try the inexpensive Zanzibar Café, The Neighborhood (with its own secret reservations-only speakeasy inside, called the Noble Experiment), and the popular French bistro Café Chloe. Closer to PETCO park, BASIC is a thin crust pizza place in an airy converted warehouse with a boat-like curved wooden ceiling typical of the industrial buildings in this area.
Top tip for place to go in the evening is the Little Italy neighborhood (website) (map) north of the Convention Center on India Street between Ash to the south and Hawthorn to the north. You can walk there or take a rickshaw, and it also has its own trolley station. This is a quieter, more relaxed alternative to the Gaslamp with some great modern architecture and many restaurants and cafes reflecting the area’s Italian heritage. Some recommended restaurants are Bencotto, Buon Appetito, Sogno Di Vino, the Indigo Grill, and, further south, the Karl Strauss Brewery. To the east of India Street be sure not to miss the amazing bakery/café Extraordinary Desserts where you can take your whole GIS team for a treat in a restored industrial building.
Places to go for breakfast or lunch
Here are some inexpensive places that are close to the Convention Center:
- Brickyard Coffee and Tea is a relaxed neighborhood coffee shop with a large shady European-style patio that doesn’t get crowded. Freshly baked fruit muffins and breakfast burritos, and quiches, wraps etc for lunch. Opens 6am.
- Café 222 has a full, eclectic menu in a quirky modern building by local architect Rob Quigley. Opens 7am.
- The Mission a few blocks east beyond PETCO Park offers beautifully presented food and fresh baked goods in a historic building with an arty urban crowd (awesome cinnamon bread). Opens 7am.
- Panera Bread in Horton Plaza is a reliable choice with free Wi-Fi. Opens 6am weekdays. 7am Sat/Sun.
- Broken Yolk is a large diner on 6th Avenue. Opens 6am.
- Richard Walker’s Pancake House offers huge breakfasts and lunches of pancakes, crepes, waffles, and omelets. Opens 6.30am.
- There’s also Ralphs Supermarket which everyone who attends the UC tends to find eventually for snacks and to-go food and its large deli counter, salad bar, ready-made sandwiches, etc. Open 24 hours.
Places to go on a spare afternoon or day off
You’ll want to spend as much time as you can at the conference but here are two top tips for free time in San Diego.
La Jolla (website) (map) has the most beautiful coastline in San Diego and is your best bet for an afternoon or day at the beach or exploring the coast. La Jolla Shores beach is all-round the nicest beach in the area with excellent swimming, changing rooms, easy parking, harmless leopard sharks (at the south end of the beach on incoming tides), kayak and surf/SUP board rental shops one block away, etc. You can explore the rocky La Jolla Cove with its coastal trail, sea caves, and baby seals at Children’s Beach. You can also browse the shops, galleries and restaurants in trendy upscale La Jolla Village, or visit the excellent Birch Aquarium which is part of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. A little further north the adventurous can find the Knoll at Scripps Coastal Reserve, a hidden gem with awesome views from the top of the 350ft+ sea cliffs (the highest in Southern California) and Torrey Pines State Reserve for hiking and exploring.
Mission Beach (website) (map) is the epicenter of beach culture in San Diego. It’s a peninsula with the ocean and lively boardwalk on one side, and peaceful Mission Bay Park on the other. Charming alleyways with tiny beach houses cross the peninsula. Mission Bay has a great bike/jogging path around the lovely Sail Bay in its northwest corner. Just to the north is the busy Pacific Beach commercial area and Crystal Pier, and just north of there is the quieter Pacific Beach, with its mellow surfing scene. This area is not as swimming friendly as La Jolla Shores because of the heavy shore break. A nice place to eat with a sea view is JRDN restaurant in the strikingly modern Tower 23 Hotel. You can rent sailboats, kayaks, and SUP boards, for use on Mission Bay, at the Mission Bay Sports Center. Belmont Park in the south part of Mission Bay is touristy and not recommended. For the adventurous a lovely long walk is to head north along Mission Beach, go up the steps at the far north end of Pacific Beach, and then walk through the Bird Rock neighborhood with its hidden coastal access paths to Windansea Beach.
How to get to La Jolla and Mission Beach without a car: A yellow cab can work especially if you have a group. Or take bus route 30 which leaves downtown San Diego up to 4 times an hour and goes to Pacific Beach, La Jolla Village, and La Jolla Shores. Alternatively take the Blue line trolley north from downtown or Green line trolley west from Mission Valley to the Old Town Transit Center. At Old Town, bus route 8 goes to Pacific Beach via Mission Beach, bus route 9 goes to Pacific Beach via SeaWorld San Diego, and you can also pick up bus route 30 to Pacific Beach and La Jolla. A $5 day pass is good for all trolleys and bus routes.
Note: shuffle your feet while wading at La Jolla Shores or Mission Bay to avoid treading on a sting ray. They are common in the summer.
Have a great time at the conference!
Check out Mark Romero’s article on how to map neighborhood issues using ArcGIS Explorer Online and the citizen requests feature template. The article just appeared in the latest edition of ArcWatch.
For more information on how this is done see the About feature templates help topic.
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In a previous post we covered editable features (notes) in the ArcGIS.com map viewer. These work in a very similar way in Explorer Online, though the implementation is slightly different. The most important thing to remember is that these are part of the common webmap foundation, so it does not make a difference whether you choose the map viewer or Explorer Online to add these to your maps. They can be used in both applications, in custom apps, embedded in a website, etc.
Notes work in a very similar fashion across both apps, but Explorer Online has some additional capabilities that are unique, and the one we’ll highlight here is creating custom feature templates.
We’ll start Explorer Online and begin with a new map. Open the map contents
And you’ll see Map Notes already available in your map:
Click Add Features and you’ll see the same feature templates as in the ArcGIS.com map viewer. Working with these is very straightforward and similar to what we’ve covered in our previous post, though you’ll notice some differences in the implementation details between the map viewer and Explorer Online. But these differences are small enough that we’ll skip covering how to edit, change symbols, and add photos and links in this post, and focus on a unique feature of Explorer Online – the ability to create custom feature templates.
You can change the properties of any feature, and save your changes as a new feature template that can be used again and again. Below we’ve used the default Freehand Line feature
to add a highlight around Building Q on the Esri Redlands campus.
Because the line is thin and green and blends into the basemap, we’d like to make some changes to its appearance. Using the symbol options we can choose a different line style (we’ve chosen a dashed line), a different color (we went with bright red), and adjust the line thickness.
These changes make for a much more obvious highlight on our map.
When you change symbol properties you’ll see a button that enables you to take any changes you have made and create a new feature template.
Click Create Feature Template and choose a name and the default tool that will be used for adding a feature of this type. We changed the name to Highlight Line, and left the tool Freehand, as this allows us to scribble freely around areas we want to highlight.
Click OK you’ll see the new feature template in the layer’s template gallery, shown below:
And we can use this to add other features based on this template to our map:
Once we save the map, even these custom features are part of the webmap, and so can be used in other places. Below is the same map shown above, but opened using the ArcGIS.com map viewer. It can also be used in a custom application or embedded in a website, and also viewed using ArcGIS for iOS. How cool is that?