Check out label authoring and more with the map viewer beta update

Blog Post created by KGerrow-esristaff Employee on Feb 7, 2020

Map Viewer Beta was updated on February 7th to include a few new exciting features. 


To start off with, let's talk about labels. You can now author labels in Map Viewer Beta, just like you could in the classic map viewer but there a bunch of new capabilities available that I know many of you have been asking for. I would encourage everyone to read Jennifer Bell' blog that outlines the new functionality, displays it with some great gifs and will inspire you to start using the new labeling capabilities.


New Labels in ArcGIS Online's Map Viewer Beta: Make your maps shine 


The following ideas were implemented with this update in regards to labels:


In addition to More Fonts, Label Rotation and Label Offsets


Next, I'll outline a small but useful functionality addition. In the initial release, new capabilities to search for attributes by typing in text or sorting based on name, field type or order in table were available when selecting an attribute for smart mapping. This same experience is now available when selecting attributes for filters and labels, making it easier to find that field you are looking for among data sets with many attributes. Find your needle in the haystack!


Instead of having to set sharing privileges from web maps at the item page, you can now use the share button on the left panel to modify sharing settings of maps.



Lastly, I'd like to mention some feedback we have received and are currently iterating through designs about the layout of Map Viewer Beta. As with any change, it's always a bit hard to know where that darn button you want is. For this reason we are now defaulting to open the map viewer beta with the far right and left panels open to see the corresponding words to easily identify what tools you want to use. While opening the panels by default, we are conscious of the amount of map real estate that can be taken up with panels open on the left and right. There are collapse buttons on the bottom corner of each side which you can use to reduce the amount of space the panels use, once you are familiar with button locations.Map Viewer Beta will remember your collapse preference the next time you open your map, enabling you to either see the labels associated with the buttons or not.



We are still conscious of feedback about moving all the way from the left side of the map to select a layer, then all the way to the right side of the map to style the layer. Our design team is hard at work to optimize this so it is efficient to use, but you can also see what tools you are working with. Please keep the discussion going on Geonet, drop by the ArcGIS Online area at the upcoming Federal Conference and Developer Summit.


Thanks for everyone's participation so far and keep your eyes open for more updates coming, including support for more layer types, like Map Image Layers.


Kelly and the ArcGIS Online Team