Tag: symbols

Speed up your JavaScript development with autocasting


In the 4.5 release of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, autocasting support was expanded to all renderers, symbols, and symbol layers. This means that symbols and renderers can be created programmatically without importing their modules. All you need to do … Continue reading

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Take advantage of the JavaScript symbol playground


The 4.3 release of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript introduced an app called the Symbol Playground. Its purpose is to provide an environment where you can design 2D or 3D symbols with a simple user interface, copy the code used … Continue reading

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ArcGIS Pro Tips: Scale-Based Symbol Sizing


Remember when every map had only one scale? 1:1,000,000, 1:500,000, 1:24,000 – these are some common scales that most cartographers know how to design maps for. However, what happens when your map will be viewed at all the ranges in between … Continue reading

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Using images as custom point symbols


When changing point symbols, you’ll find many different ones to choose from organized in categories. In addition to these symbols, you can use any hosted image as a custom symbol. Using an existing image To use an image as a … Continue reading

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Creating dials and gauges using symbol rotation in web maps


The basics of symbol rotation were covered in a previous post that focused on using rotated symbols to display compass direction, such as the direction a vehicle is traveling, a camera is pointing, or the wind is blowing. In addition to … Continue reading

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Rotating point symbols in web maps


Symbols can be rotated based on a numeric value, useful for showing the direction a camera is pointing, a car is moving, the wind is blowing, and more. The data must have a field containing values that will be used … Continue reading

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Play in the JavaScript symbol playground


Version 3.15 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript introduced a convenient new app called the Symbol Playground to help developers create symbology for visualizing features in web applications. This app helps improve the experience for designing, coding, and ultimately understanding … Continue reading

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Create a “glowing double ring” effect using Change Style


Smart Mapping provides a data-driven approach to symbolizing layers and exploring data. When changing style the choices you see are determined by the nature of your data. Once you have decided the initial form of your features—for example, circles or colors to show population—you … Continue reading

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New shapes point symbolset

With the latest ArcGIS Online update you will find new symbols for points. The Shapes symbolset offers yet more options that you can choose from, and have been specifically designed with canvas basemaps in mind. You will find them among the list of available symbols in the ArcGIS.com map viewer and  Explorer Online:

They provide some vibrant choices for your maps.

For more information see the displaying features help topic.

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Default Geoprocessing Symbology

While preparing for a demonstration showcasing some new Geoprocessing tools, I found a way to have the outputs of a tool to use a different default symbol than what ArcMap assigns the result when added to the map.

To do this, in ArcMap, run the tool to get the result you’re looking for, then open the Symbol Selector (single click on the symbol in the TOC). Next, change the symbology for the output to whichever icon/color you’d like to use, here I created a photo icon.  In the Symbol Selector window, click on Save As…

Next, name the newly created symbol with the same name as the output generated from the tool (ex, Photos).

Now, when you run a tool that outputs to that geometry type and name, it will default the symbology to what you created.  The key is it must be the same name every time.

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