Configure your ArcGIS Online organization

Web maps and layers hosted in yourArcGIS Online organization can be made to appear in the Compilation window. Adding your own categories and web maps is accomplished by configuring groups within your ArcGIS Online organization. Ask your GIS administrator for help if necessary.

Add ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud tags

The ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension has been designed so that you can choose which of your online-hosted data is searchable. This way, you can ensure that the data that you have optimized for consumption in the extension is easy to find and add to your maps. The following is a set of instructions for how to set up your geographic content (web maps, images, and feature service layers).

Plan your folder structure

The first step in setting up your web maps and feature service layers to be searchable in the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension is to plan the type of data folder structure you want to have. Every organization has its own preferences for how its GIS data folders are to be structured. Yours may prefer to organize by data type (points, lines, polygons) or by data location (for example, by continent, state or province, county, and so on.). Image 1 shows a few examples of the many possibilities of GIS data file saving structures.

File structure possibilities
Image 1—A few examples of the many possibilities of how an individual or organization can set up their personal GIS data file saving structure.

To have an efficiently organized data filing structure for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud that aligns with your GIS file saving structure, make sure that you plan your data filing structure before continuing with the next steps.

Create a group

Once you've planned your data filing structure and have some layers and web maps that you want to be able to search for via the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension, you can begin creating groups. These groups are analogous to the subcategories in Image 1. It may seem counterintuitive at first, so it is very important to note that the groups you create will be the subfolders of your main data categories. For example, if you were setting up your data for the extension based on the Real Estate category in Image 1, you could create two groups: Commercial and Residential. The steps outlined below demonstrate how data would be structured under DesignMaps > Data Type, where DesignMaps is a category and each data type represents subcategories such as Hydrography, Landuse, Cultural Points, or Transportation. To create a group for a subcategory in your ArcGIS Online account, you would first complete the following steps:

  1. Verify that you are signed in and have privileges to create groups.
  2. Click the Groups tab at the top of your account page.
  3. Select Create Group.

Name your group the name of the subcategory (subfolder), in this case, you would first create a group called Cultural Points (See Image 2).

Tag your group with the required M4CC tag

Adding a tag called M4CC to a group in your organization is the minimum requirement to enable your organizational content to appear in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud dialogs. To do this, add a tag to your group and call it M4CC.

M4CC tags

Save your changes and share any web map or layers to this group so that it is visible directly from the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension.

The following are best practices to follow while sharing content to a group for access within ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud:

  • Adjust the web map extent to cover the full extent of the data. When browsing web maps, only web maps that have an extent that intersects with the current mapboard are displayed.
  • In the item details page, enter a name, summary, description, and tags. In particular, include a thumbnail and summary.

See the topic on map design consideration for other options.

Create categories

The following steps demonstrate how to create an additional folder structure to match your categories as shown in Image 2. These steps are optional and may be used only if you intend to match or create any additional folder structure.

Edit the group item and add a new tag that begins with M4CC followed by a pipe (|), then followed by the name for a main category folder. In this case, Design Maps.

Item details page
Image 2—The image above illustrates how to create a subcategory called Cultural Points that exists in a main category called Design Maps. To do this, the group name is called Cultural Points, and it is tagged with an M4CC|DesignMaps tag.

There should be no spaces surrounding the pipe.

It is recommended that you do not use the name of the group in the tag when defining this folder structure, as that may result in redundancy in the structure created.

Do not add more than one tag with M4CC to a group. Depending on the number and order of subcategory or folder pipes (|) set in each tag, adding more than one will cause items in that group to appear in multiple locations in the web maps dialog box, which may cause confusion.

Locate your data in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud

Now your data is ready to locate on the extension. Sign in to the organizational account where you created the groups. Then, when it is time to add content to your map, you will find your data in your organization location in the DesignMaps drop-down list (see Image 3). All of your groups are nested as per the tags that you set up. Image 4 shows the Cultural Points, Hydrography, Landuse, and Transportation groups as subfolders under DesignMaps, since each group was tagged with M4CC|DesignMaps.

Adding layers after setup
Image 3—When adding layers from your organization, the DesignMaps folder expands to show groups nested based on the tags set up for the data.
How to set up
Image 4—Diagram showing how to set up online content to be searchable in the ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension.