Map Viewer Beta Tips & Tricks

Blog Post created by ZMatheson-esristaff Employee on Aug 3, 2020

With the recent update to the Map Viewer Beta, there is no end to the number of exciting new features to explore. Layer groups, layer blending, & cluster labeling are all highlights of the latest release, but the Map Viewer Beta also includes a number of lesser known features not available in the Classic Viewer.  This blog post will highlight just a few of these unsung features that have been added over the past year.


Reverse Geocode


Map Viewer Beta introduces the capability  to right click on the map and determine the address & coordinates for that location.  Simply right click on the map, click on ‘What’s Here?’ and a pop-up will display the information.





A related enhancement is the addition of the location tool to the viewer. In Map Viewer Classic, location was grouped with the Measure tool and provided Latitude and Longitude when panning over, or clicking on, the map. In Map Viewer Beta, it is a standalone tool that allows you to view and convert coordinates in a number of different formats at once. It includes support for the highly requested MGRS and USNG coordinate systems, as well those of the current basemap. The viewer will also remember what coordinates were used last time, so you don't have to reset them each time you open a map. The location tool can be accessed from the right panel in the viewer.



Field Statistics


When working with fields in Map Viewer Beta, either directly within the attribute table, or when adding/replacing a field for styling, pop-ups, filtering or labeling, you are now able to to quickly view information about that field before deciding to use it.


In this example, I have a large point layer of geographic names in Canada that I want to filter down a bit to display. After clicking Filter > Add Expression, and replacing the default field, I can click on the information button by the ‘Category’ attribute and quickly determine that it is a string field with 350,715 records (and no empty records). You can also see a count for the Top 10 values in that field. In this example ‘Water Feature’ is the most common category, so I might decide to exclude all the water features from my map if they are not relevant.



In this second example, I have census tracts of Halifax that I want to symbolize. When adding or replacing a field to style, you have access to the same information about all of the fields. This time, you can see that the 'CT Population 2016' field is a Small Integer field and also access some basic statistics about the field. 



Print Layouts & File Formats


Map Viewer Beta also provides some new printing options through the JSAPI 4x Print Widget. By default, you are now able to choose from a variety of different layout options or adjust the size of your output manually. In addition, there are now multiple output formats to choose from. Printing will also honor map rotation in the Map Viewer Beta, allowing you to print your map in exactly the format you need.



Open Existing Maps


Map Viewer Beta allows you to quickly access and open all of your existing web maps without leaving the App! By clicking on 'Open existing map', you can access webmaps from your own content, organization, and all of ArcGIS Online. 




Dock Pop-ups


Map Viewer Beta introduces the ability to dock pop-ups out of the way and will remember your preference the next time you open a map. 




Collapse Panels


Finally, Map Viewer Beta also allows you to easily collapse the side panels, providing a full screen viewing effect. Simply click on the 'Collapse' button at the very bottom of both the right and left toolbars. Your preference will be remembered the next time you open a map. 



These are just a few of the many improvements you'll find in Map Viewer Beta. As you explore, be sure to check out our space on GeoNet to provide feedback and find more information.