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Compilation window

Begin your map compilation in the ArcGIS Maps: Compilation window. Use this window to do the following:

  • Preview your map's size at the scale it will appear in Illustrator or Photoshop after sync.
  • Add content such as web maps, layers, and data.
  • Synchronize the map to Illustrator or Photoshop.

The Compilation window is a WYSIWYG display. It displays map content at the scale of the active mapboard. Web maps and map layers can be authored to display different levels of detail of geographic features at different scales to improve the map's usability. For example, a high level of detail of road features will generally not be displayed at county- or state-level scales but will be present at city- or block-level map scales. The Compilation window allows you to pan the map and examine the level of detail for all added content. The scale of a mapboard can be modified in the Mapboards window to refine the level of detail required. Because the Compilation window is always synced to show the state of the active mapboard, changes made to the mapboard will refresh the content of the Compilation window and generate a new preview.

You can also search and add content from a variety of sources. Using the Add Content button, you can add web maps and map layers available in your organization, ArcGIS Online, and Living Atlas galleries. You can also add local data to the Compilation window.


If you use public data in your maps, review this summary of permitted use and data attribution requirements. For complete details, see the master agreement and full terms of use.