Edit features in scenes

You can create, update, and delete data in scenes with features layers that are enabled for editing. Make edits to attributes and use interactive handles to modify geometry, such as moving, reshaping, rotating, or resizing. When a scene has a layer or layers that are editable, the Edit button Edit displays on the Designer toolbar.

When you update a feature or create features, the edits are saved to the feature service. Saving edits does not require you to save the scene. Also, you can define permissions so that a layer is public and users do not need to sign in to your organization to save edits.

Tip:
When updating or creating features, use the Snapping option for more control and precision when editing.

Edit a feature

To edit an existing feature, do the following:

  1. On the Designer toolbar, click Edit Edit to open the Edit pane.
  2. Under Edit features, click the Click feature to edit button Edit features to start editing.
  3. Click the feature in the scene you want to edit.

    The feature is highlighted with interactive handles, and a new pane under Edit appears, allowing you to edit the attributes of the selected feature.

  4. Edit the text or numeric attribute values.
    1. Click the attribute field.
    2. Change the text or numeric value.
    3. Continue to change additional attribute values.
  5. Edit the geometry to reshape, resize, rotate, or move.

    For points, do any of the following:

    1. Move the point feature horizontally and vertically with the interactive handles.

      This is available when z-values are allowed in the feature service.

    2. Rotate the point feature with the interactive handles.

      This is available when there is a rotation attribute value in the feature service.

    For lines and polygons, do any of the following:

    1. Use the interactive handles to resize, rotate, or move the feature horizontally and vertically.
    2. Click the feature again to move individual vertices to reshape the feature. You can also click vertices in the middle of a segment to add vertices. This allows you to further reshape the feature by dragging vertices.
    3. Click again to use the interactive handles.
  6. Click Update to save the changes to the attributes and geometry to the service.
  7. Click Cancel at any time to return to the starting Edit pane.
  8. Click Delete to remove the feature from the service.
  9. When you are finished editing data, click Edit Edit or click another tool on the Designer toolbar to close the Editing pane.
Note:

The published layer configuration determines the available editing options. For example, you can only move features vertically when z-values are allowed in the published feature service.

Create features

To create features, do the following:

  1. On the Designer toolbar, click Edit Edit to open the Edit pane.
  2. Under Create features, choose a feature template to add new features to the layer.
  3. Click in the scene to create features.
    1. For points, click a location in the scene to add a point.
    2. For lines, click a location in the scene to start drawing a line. Drag the line and click to add points. Double-click or press Enter to complete the line.
    3. For polygons, click a location in the scene to start drawing a polygon and click to add points. To finish the polygon, click the first vertex, double-click, or press Enter.
  4. After the feature is created, edit the geometry to move, reshape, resize, or rotate.

    For points, do any of the following:

    1. Move the point feature horizontally and vertically with the interactive handles.

      This is available when z-values are allowed in the feature service.

    2. Rotate the point feature with the interactive handles.

      This is available when there is a rotation attribute value in the feature service.

    For lines and polygons, do any of the following:

    1. Use the interactive handles to resize, rotate, or move the feature horizontally and vertically.
    2. Click the feature again to move individual vertices to reshape the feature. You can also click vertices in the middle of a segment to add vertices. This allows you to further reshape the feature by dragging vertices.
    3. Click again to use the interactive handles.
  5. Fill in the attribute fields.
  6. Click in the scene again to create more features of the chosen feature template.
  7. When you are finished creating features, click Add to save the new features to the feature service.

    The Add button displays the number of features that are created before saving.

    Tip:

    You can create multiple features, one after the other, by clicking outside of the interactive handles of the previous feature.

  8. Click Cancel at any time to return to the starting Edit pane.
  9. When you are finished editing data, click Edit Edit or click another tool on the Designer toolbar to close the Editing pane.

Snapping

You can define snapping options to other feature layers under Snapping Snapping. in the Edit pane.

To enable snapping, do the following:

  1. Click the expand button Expand to expand Snapping Snapping..
  2. Click the Enable snapping toggle key to enabling snapping in your scene.
  3. Under Snapping layers, click the expand button Expand to expand the snapping layers available.
  4. Click the layers to snap to while updating and creating features.

Tip:

When you are editing lines and polygons, orange guides automatically display on edges and vertices indicating snapping options, such as parallel and perpendicular snapping.