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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 the Living Atlas galleries. You can also add local data available to you in the format of shapefiles to the Compilation window.


You can use static maps created by ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud using the content hosted by Esri in printed or digital reports and presentations for colleagues, subsidiaries, and customers. A static map includes screen captures, a printed or plotted map, a map used in digital files (.ai, .pdf, .tiff, and so on), a map used in a PowerPoint presentation, or any other static rendering of a map.