Firefly Basemap

It’s here, it’s here! A beta firefly basemap service! Check it…

Progressive Saturation

At broad scales, the firefly basemap is nearly fully desaturated. As you zoom in, color is gradually restored until street-level imagery is shown in full color.

How to Add a Label Reference Layer

If you’d like a labeled reference layer atop the Firefly basemap tiles, I’ve found the “Human Geography Dark Label” reference layer to be the best. In ArcGIS Online, you can find it by choosing Add then Search for layers.

Give It A Spin

So try out this service and let us know what you think here in the comments. This is a beta version of the Firefly basemap so I’d sure love it if you share how you are using it and what ideas you have. Thanks!

Happy Firefly Mapping, John

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  1. rjmarros says:

    Hey John, This is great work! I have tested out your sample downloads and they are really neat. Just curious, are there any plans to incorporate the polygon theme into the Spatio-Temporal Big Data Store color schemes?

    Thanks, Jason

    • John Nelson says:

      Hi Jason, thanks for the kind words! I do not know about the future plans for the firefly thematic style, specifically the adoption of the glow symbology into other areas of the platform. If you think that would be cool or helpful then this is the place to let us know. This basemap tile set is a beta release, but I’m excited to see how folks use it.

  2. asmartinez83 says:

    Very cool visualization technique. In playing around with it, I’ve had difficulty getting the transparency in the point picture symbols to export properly when added to the legend. Everything looks good in the map and the legend within ArcMap, but the transparency in the legend gets converted to white upon export to an image file. It’s only a problem with the symbols included within the legend (the points on the map look good when exported). Any ideas on resolving this?

    • John Nelson says:

      Hi there; thanks! I followed your process in ArcMap and got the same result. An inserted legend with a transparent PNG is given a white background when the layout is exported as a PDF. I did notice that transparency was supported and the legend looked good when exporting the map as image formats (png, jpg, tif, bmp).
      I hope one of those file types is an acceptable export format for you.

      • asmartinez83 says:

        Thanks for looking into this, but I wasn’t able to get this to work in any of the export format options available. All formats still give the white background in the legend on my computer. I’m working in ArcMap 10.2. Is that possibly the issue?