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

Data types

The 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 Adobe Illustrator. Feature services are the most useful and common type of layer for use in 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 Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. 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:
    • 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 file format (.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.
    • Shapefiles—Esri vector data storage format for storing the location, shape, and attributes of geographic features.
    • KML/KMZ—You can add uncompressed .kml files or compressed .kmz files. 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 on a specific address, name, or category of location types.

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

Add layers

To add a layer, complete the following steps:

Note:

The mapboard won't update with projection information from added content. To apply a projection from your content, start by importing the mapboard from the content instead, or explicitly set the projection in the Current Map Settings window.

  1. Click Add Content and choose Add Layers.
  2. In the ArcGIS Libraries list, choose from the data categories. Optionally type a keyword in the search box to refine the results.
    Note:

    You can sort the results by relevance, most recently modified, most viewed, highest rated, or title. Click the arrow button to change the display order.

  3. Alternatively, if you know the URL for the layer, click ArcGIS Online URL and provide the item URL.
  4. Click the Add button Add for the layer item you want to add.
  5. Click Close after adding a layer or layers to the map.

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.

Add a map

To add a web map, complete the following steps:

Note:

The mapboard won't update with projection information from added content. To apply a projection from your content, start by importing the mapboard from the content instead, or explicitly set the projection in the Current Map Settings window.

  1. Click Add Content and choose Overwrite from Map.
    Caution:

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

  2. In the ArcGIS Libraries list, choose from the data categories. Optionally type a keyword in the search box to refine the results.
  3. Alternatively, if you know the URL to the web map, click ArcGIS Online URL and provide the URL.
  4. Click the Add button Add to load the map.
  5. Click Close.

Find and add places

To add places, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Compilation window, click Add Content and choose Add Places.
  2. In the Add Places window, enter a place name, address, or category 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 and 627 Orange Street, Redlands, CA are valid examples.

    Note:

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

    Add Places window

    Tip:

    As you type in the search box, you are presented with a list of suggested places that match.

    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.

  3. Hover over the place to examine where on the map the point will be placed.
  4. 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.

  5. Alternatively, you can add all the listed results by clicking Add all.
  6. Click Close after adding places to the map.

Add a layer from a file

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

Note:

The mapboard won't update with projection information from added content. To apply a projection from your content, start by importing the mapboard from the content instead, or explicitly set the projection in the Current Map Settings window.

  1. Click Add Content and choose Add Layer from File.

    You can add the following file types:

    • Comma separated values file (.csv)
    • Text file (.txt)
    • GPS exchange format file (.gpx)
    • Shapefile (as a compressed zipped file [.zip])
      • 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.
    • KML/KMZ (XML-based file format)
      • For the KML file format, some layers might take longer to download than others.
    Note:

    • There is a 10MB file size limit.
    • Ensure that the number of records in shapefile, CSV, and TXT file formats does not exceed 1,000 for Complimentary users and 4,000 for Plus and ArcGIS named users; otherwise, an error will be generated.
    • CSV and TXT file formats support a number of field configurations to geocode addresses and places.

  2. Browse to and select the file and click Open to add it to the map as a layer.