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Styler: A new configurable app template for creating 2D and 3D map apps


Design, style, and share Creating and sharing great looking mapping apps just got easier! Just in time for the Developer Summit, there’s a new app template in town called Styler. If you look in the ArcGIS configurable apps gallery you’ll find one for … Continue reading

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Embed a Presentation In Your Website


One of the ways you can share a presentation is to add it to your website or blog. Using Share, ArcGIS Online provides the HTML you need and enables you to set options for the embedded presentation size and links … Continue reading

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An intelligent map checklist

Figure 1: What you see in your MXD’s legend is what appears in your web map.  Avoid cryptic file names, field names and legend labels that report numbers but not context.  The legend in this example uses qualitative phrasing (e.g. “Great Increase”) as well as numeric (e.g. “More than 1.5%) because the audience likely has no idea what constitutes significant increases or decreases.

When you create an intelligent web map or map service, you are sharing something that you hope will stand on its own and be useful to others.  How can you deliver a map that is both attractive and useful for … Continue reading

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Auto-Complete Polygon vs. Production Difference Polygon Tool

One of the most common problems that can occur when working with vector data is maintaining coincidence.

Maintaining coincidence between adjacent polygon features is important when modeling real word information in a GIS. There are a number of tools in ArcGIS 10 for Desktop that allow users to edit and create features that share boundaries, thus helping to eliminate gaps, slivers, and overlaps.

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Major Cities Chiefs & ArcGIS Explorer Online

The Major Cities Chiefs (MCC) is a professional organization of police executives representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada. The organization has recently published two very interesting maps on their website that were made using ArcGIS Explorer Online. Let’s take a closer look and see how they’ve leveraged Explorer Online’s capabilities.

The first map is an embedded map on their Member Cities site. The map enables visitors to navigate to an area of interest and click member city locations to view more information. Locations were obtained from a CSV file and imported onto the Explorer map. The configured pop-up includes a link to each department website:

Clicking the View Detailed Map link under the embeded map opens ArcGIS Explorer Online with a dashboard that includes several gadgets that enable users to learn more about staff composition in each department, population, budget, and crime activity compared to national averages. Just click a location to activate the gadgets:

To learn more about how to make similar maps for use on your website, see the following help topics:

Import CSV data

About configuring pop-up windows

Link to a map (scroll down to view the embedding a map in a website section)

About the map dashboard


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Map Packages

Map packages (.mpk) make it easy to share complete map documents with others. A map package contains a map document (.mxd) and the data referenced by the layers it contains, packaged into one convenient, portable file. Map packages can be used for easy sharing of maps between colleagues in a work group, across departments in an organization, or with any other ArcGIS users via ArcGIS online. Map packages have other uses, too, such as the ability to create an archive of a particular map that contains a snapshot of the current state of the data used in the map.

If you have ArcGIS 10 give packaging a try and here’s a tip:

Before packaging a map, be sure to enter descriptive information about it in the Map Document Properties dialog box. This information is built into the package and is accessible to others when you upload your map package into ArcGIS online. You can access this dialog box by clicking File > Map Document Properties on the main menu. 

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Free webinar: Share Your Maps in Seconds and Create Web Map Applications – No Programming Required

now to attend this webinar on Thursday, March 31, 2011 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Join Kelly Hutchins, product engineer at Esri, and Chelsea West, GIS program analyst at
South Dakota’s Game, Fish, and Parks Wildlife Division, to learn about these tools and resources.

In this free webinar you will learn about

  • Making a map using ArcGIS Online tools and resources
  • Quickly embedding or sharing a map in just a few steps
  • Turning your map into a web mapping application using
  • Customizing the look and feel of templates to meet your needs

You will also learn about new features that have just been released that will help you
enhance the look of your map and make it easier to tell a story or convey
information. These features offer the ability to add pop-up windows, set up
editable layers, and configure time-enabled maps.

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Sharing Your Data by Creating Packages

Packages make it easy to share your data with other geographic information system (GIS) professionals because the work of pulling together the selected data and zipping it into a single, convenient file is done for you automatically. People using ArcGIS® Desktop or the free ArcGIS Explorer desktop client can add your packaged data to their maps or globes easily with a couple of clicks. There’s no manual downloading, file management, or unzipping for them to perform. Symbolization, labeling, and other layer properties are preserved, so your intended users don’t have to do any additional steps to display and use your data.

For more on information on new ways to share your data with the ArcGIS community see this PDF

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Increase Productivity with ArcGIS Seminar Material

As the ArcGIS 10 seminars are wrapping up, I wanted to make sure that everyone knows that the content from the seminars is available online. Some really good information in the PDFs to help you be more productive with ArcGIS 10. You can also watch the ArcGIS 10 seminar on Esri Video.


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Creating and sharing map packages

By Caitlin Scopel, Esri Cartographic Product Engineer

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In our last blog post, we talked about map packages and answered some of your questions about them. Now, you might be ready to use and share map packages. Here is a quick guide to help you get you started. Continue reading

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