Monthly Archives: May 2016
For the past year or so, I’ve been part of a team at Esri that is developing the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud application. Our goal is that this extension will provide Adobe Creative Cloud users with web maps so that they can download these maps directly into their Adobe design environment from ArcGIS Online. For example, with ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud, a user can sign into their ArcGIS Online account directly from Illustrator, find geographic content that fits their map requirements, and download this content into their Adobe Illustrator file. It is a seamless workflow since cartographers and designers can create a map with spatial data without having to leave Adobe Illustrator. The result is a vector map containing specifications that are set by the user. Designers and cartographers can then leverage Illustrator’s graphic editing power to design their map as they desire.
There are a lot of mapping and GIS organizations and companies who have a GIS analyst or team and a designer or team of designers. These two groups, GIS analysts and graphic designers, often have different priorities during their map-making process, and this application we’ve been developing provides a collaborative tool for analysts and designers to work together in their organization’s map-production workflow. GIS analysts can add their well-prepared and precisely analyzed map data to their organization’s ArcGIS Online account, and designers can easily access this data from Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Allowing designers the opportunity to create their maps in a graphic design tool that they are familiar with greatly improves the map editing workflow efficiency and results. Of course there is the third type of user – the person who is skilled at both GIS and graphic design. The ArcGIS for Adobe Creative Cloud application is a great tool for these users as well.
A lot of static mapping is completed in Adobe Illustrator. In fact, as a cartographer myself, this is how I create most of my static maps, and even some design for interactive mapping. The GIS-export-to-Adobe Illustrator workflow for static mapping is the one I was trained to follow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After I was hired as a cartographer at Kulshan Cartographic Services in Bellingham I discovered that this workflow is also common practice in the professional cartography world. Now that I am at Esri, it is very exciting to be part of a team that is making this process a lot easier and reproducible.
We have been conducting usability testing, and our plan is to have the beta version of ArcGIS for Adobe Creative Cloud released around the same time as our Esri User Conference this June. Visit esri.com/adobecc for more information and to sign up to be notified when the beta version is available.
Public transit (like buses and subways) serves the people of a city by providing access to jobs, education, shopping, healthcare, recreation, and more. Traffic congestion, climate change, and the evolving economy and population of cities has created a greater need … Continue reading
A brand new experience is coming to Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS and we are looking for you to provide us feedback as we launch beta this fall! Sign up on the Operations Dashboard Product Page so you don’t miss what’s … Continue reading
At Esri, we want to ensure that every user has an amazing experience using ArcGIS Online. We aim to deliver not only powerful features, but also continually improve our interfaces for both experienced and new users. We want to pair … Continue reading
Esri has released a significant security update for ArcGIS Server and we recommend our customers apply this patch in a timely manner. Key security patch components are: 1.) Cumulative, containing fixes from the 2016 Update1 Linux security patch (there was … Continue reading
More children live in poverty in Detroit, Michigan, than in any other city in the United States. In the new Fight Child Poverty with Demographic Analysis lesson on the Learn ArcGIS website, you’ll take on the role of a charity … Continue reading
You asked, and we delivered! Many contributors requested that we build more transparency into the Community Maps data processing steps, so that organizations have a better idea of the workflow their data undergoes after they upload it through the Community … Continue reading
Esri is, once again, offering the free GIS data health checks at this year’s User Conference.
In 2011, Esri provided water/wastewater customers an opportunity to see just how clean their data really is. Since then, the Data Health Checks, as they are called, have become a staple service at every User Conference and are now offered across four industries.