Tag: User Interface

A new way of looking at Groups


Groups help bring together content—such as maps and apps—with the people who need to view and collaborate on them. Likely, you’ve already created your own groups and are a member of many others. In this post, we’re excited to show … Continue reading

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Introducing a new experience for searching and viewing content in ArcGIS Online


At Esri, we want to ensure that everyone has a fantastic experience using ArcGIS Online. We continually improve ArcGIS Online, delivering powerful features and an easy-to use-design for both novice and experienced users. We’re excited to tell you about a … Continue reading

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Sneak Peek: ArcGIS Online (ArcGIS.com) Maps in Community Analyst

 by Sooria Jeyaraman

I discussed accessing and adding of ArcGIS online maps in Community Analyst in my previous blog. This was very useful in adding maps from ArcGIS Online and for further analysis in Community Analyst. As always, we want to take it a step further and make it even more useful. How do we do it? Continue reading

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Business Search in Community Analyst

 by Sooria Jeyaraman
Community Analyst provides a variety of capabilities to search for businesses, establishments or institutions. You can search for any business type within the application, apply it on the map and use it for further analysis. The two different types of business search mechanisms within Community Analyst are Infogroup and Bing business search. Both search types are available and allow you to choose whichever meets your needs best.
Click on the Explore Community tab and, once the tab opens, you’ll see a search box to the far right in the sub menu. Clicking on the arrow will reveal the the search options. Continue reading

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Display overlay, legends, and streamlining the user experience

One of the properties of a map is a Display Overlay, a handy thing to use when you want to stamp your map with a company logo or some other message like we’ve done below. You can learn more about this and other options under the Setting map properties Help topic.

But in this particular case we used the display overlay for something a little different. We were working on a map for a specific audience, and because of our presentation goals we wanted to hide as much of the Explorer user interface as possible. The goal was to eliminate everything except for the globe showing our data and a legend, and the navigator.

Normally the legend is displayed by right-clicking on a layer in Contents and choosing Legend. But we wanted the legend always visible, and eliminated these clicks completely by capturing it and creating a PNG file to use as the display overlay. We kept a small transparent boundary around our legend PNG so it would be placed out of the corner and slightly onto our map.

To add our legend PNG to the display, we chose File > Map Properties, clicked Display Overlay, and set the options as shown below.

This is how our map looked so far:

But we wanted to streamline our map even further. We did so by hiding the console (by clicking View and unchecking it) and also toggling Auto Hide Menu Bar (checking it on), as shown here:


We also removed the coordinate display along the bottom of our map by going to Tools > Options, and unchecking Positional Text under Map Display:


And here’s our final map, with our legend always visible and our minimal user interface.

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