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Once you've created a mapboard in the Mapboards window, you can compile your map with data.

In the Mapboards window, click the Preview button Preview. The Compilation window appears, with your extent already defined.

Note:

If you don't see the Compilation window, move the Mapboards window; the Compilation window may be behind it.

Dock the Mapboards window with the Compilation window for better control.

Data categories

Before adding data to the Compilation window, become familiar with how the data is organized. Data is organized into categories depending on where it's stored. A user with any level access will always be able to use data from the following categories:

  • Maps for Creative Cloud—This category exposes layers and sample web maps that are well suited for use in the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension. The content in this category consists of content published by Esri, business partners, and the Esri ArcGIS Online community. Some content is public and free for all users, while other content may require additional licensing or consume credits.
  • Living Atlas of the World—You can browse selected map layers from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World including satellite imagery, boundaries, or other environmental data sets. Living Atlas may require an organizational subscription to access it, and it may consume credits. This information appears in the item description.
  • ArcGIS Online—Browse map and image layers from the ArcGIS community and add them to your compiled maps.

Additionally, if you are signed in with an ArcGIS Online account or a Plus account, you may see one or more locations to browse.

  • My Organization—This data comes from your ArcGIS Online organization, and it includes content shared to a tagged M4CC group.
  • My Content—You can choose browse and work with your own published layers and web maps.
  • My Favorites—Items you've marked as favorites.

Data types

The ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension allows the following data types:

  • Web maps—An ArcGIS web map is an interactive display of geographic information. It can be used to tell stories and answer questions. A web map may contain one or more layers using the types of data listed below.
  • Feature services—A map service with feature access enabled. Feature layers allow you to change symbols style, add labels, define queries and sync as vector layers into Illustrator. Feature services are the most useful and common type of layer for use in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Image services—Raster images of pre-rendered map styles (that can't be changed), or in many cases satellite imagery. Image services can be used in both Illustrator or Photoshop. However, as they are raster images, they can not be modified in Illustrator, which makes there use in Photoshop more common.
  • Dynamic map services—A map that is drawn by the server each time you zoom or pan. A dynamic map service does not have a cache of tiles and tends to perform slower than tiled map services.
  • Tiled map services—Supports fast map visualization using a collection of pre-drawn map images, or tiles. These tiles are created and stored on the server after you upload your data.

    These layers are synced into Illustrator and Photoshop as raster images.

  • Local Files—These include:
    • Shapefiles—Esri vector data storage format for storing the location, shape, and attributes of geographic features.
    • CSV, TXT, and GPX—You can add data to your map that is stored in a comma-separated values text file (.csv), a delimited text file (.txt), or GPS exchange format file (.gpx). The location information and features are drawn on the map for each item in the file, and the information is stored in the map as a layer.
    • KML/KMZ—You can add uncompressed .kml or a compressed .kmz files to the extension. KML is an XML-based file format used to represent geographic features. KML allows you to draw points, lines, and polygons on maps and globes and share them with others.
  • Places—You can search and create points of interest on your map based an specific address, a name, or category of location types.

Add layers

To add a layer, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the Add Content button Search and add content.
  2. In the Add Layers window, choose one of the data categories from the menu.

    Optionally type a keyword to further filter the results.

    Note:

    You can sort your results by Relevance, Most Recent, Most Viewed, or Title by clicking the arrows button Arrows button to filter data within Add Layers option..

  3. Click the Add button Add for the layer item you want to add.
  4. Click Close to close the dialog box when all the layers have been added.
Note:

A mapboards projection will not update with projection information from new content being added. To apply a projection from the new content, start with importing the mapboard from this content or explicitly set it in the Current Map Settings window.

Non-drawing layers

There are cases where some layers may not be able to display in the Compilation window. Rather than remove these layers from your map, the layers are kept in the Compilation window but are disabled. Layers that are disabled will be grayed out in the Table of Contents, and an error icon will appear next to each one.

Non-drawing layer error in layer list

If you hover over the icon it will indicate what the issue is with that particular layer. If you resolve the issue that's causing the layer to be disabled, the layer will display in the Compilation window and the error icon will go away. For example, if you get an error saying that the maximum record count for the layer has been exceeded, you can apply a filter to the layer to reduce the number of features being drawn. This will enable the layer and you will see it draw on the map. For a list of common errors with possible cause and solution, see the Troubleshoot topic.

By default, all non-drawing layers appear in the layer list. You can click the Show non-drawing layers button Show non-drawing layers to turn off this feature and hide the disabled layers, if preferred.

Overwrite from map

To add a web map, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the Add content button.
  2. Choose Overwrite from Map from the list of options.
  3. Choose one of the data categories from the menu.

    Optionally type a keyword to further filter the results.

  4. Select the web map you want to work with. If you know the URL to the web map, you can also type or copy and paste that in the URL edit box.
  5. Click Add to load it.
    Note:

    Loading a new web map will remove any existing web maps and layers from your mapboard.

  6. Click OK.
  7. Click Close to close the dialog box when the map has been added.
Note:

A mapboards projection will not update with projection information from new content being added. To apply a projection from the new content, start with importing the mapboard from this content or explicitly set it in the Current Map Settings window.

See Configure your ArcGIS Online organization to learn more about adding content from your organization to the Compilation window.

Add places

To add places, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Compilation window, click the Add Content button.
  2. Choose Add Places from the list of options.
  3. In the Add Places window, enter a place name, a specific address, or category type of location to search for matching locations.

    You can enter a generic name, a specific address, or the latitude-longitude coordinates for a location that you want to add to the map. For example, Coffee, Starbucks, 627 Orange Street, Redlands, CA are valid examples.

    Note:

    Complimentary users will see only the top 50 results for a search.

    Add Places window

    Tip:

    As you enter your search location, you are presented with a list of suggested places that match the words you provide. Choose from this suggested list to get results of all the places that match those words.

    To improve the results of your geosearch, use the full name of a location instead of an acronym. Optionally, you can also use one of the keywords from the Category Filtering topic to search for locations of a certain type.

  4. Hover over the place to examine where on the map the point will be placed.
  5. Click the Add button Add to add the point to a new places layer.
    Tip:

    By default, the name of the new layer is derived from the search text. To give a different layer name, change the name in the Add to Places Layer field. If you want to add multiple points and have them added to the same Places layer, choose the appropriate layer from the Add to Places Layer menu.

  6. Alternatively, you can add all the listed results by clicking Add all.
  7. Click Close to close the dialog box when all points have been added.

Add layer from file

To add a layer from a file, complete the following steps:

  1. Click the Add Content button.
  2. Choose Add Layer from File from the list of options. Use this option to add the following file types:
    • Shapefile (as a compressed zipped file [.zip])
    • Comma separated values file (.csv)
    • Text file (.txt)
    • GPS exchange format file (.gpx)
    • KML/KMZ (XML-based file format)
  3. Click Open to add it to the map as a layer.
    Note:

    • Ensure that all the components related to the shapefile are zipped into a single .zip file. If the .zip file is missing any component of the shapefile, such as the .shp, .shx, or .prj file, an error will be generated.
    • CSV and TXT files support a number of field configurations to geocode addresses and places.
    • Ensure that the number of records in the shapefile, CSV, and TXT files does not exceed 1,000 for Complimentary users and 4,000 for Plus and ArcGIS named users; otherwise, an error will be generated.
    • When adding a KML file, some layers might take longer to download than others.
    • There is a 10MB KML size limit.

Note:

A mapboards projection will not update with projection information from new content being added. To apply a projection from the new content, start with importing the mapboard from this content or explicitly set it in the Current Map Settings window.