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As you may have heard, ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud version 2 is now available to download from our website. 


The latest update includes features like the ArcGIS Pro - Adobe Illustrator integration and fixes for issues reported by the user community. We highly recommend staying current with the latest updates to make the most of your experienceIf you have never installed the extension before and are doing this for the first time simply download and launch the installer appropriate for your operating system from link above and follow install wizard to setup your Maps for Adobe.


This blog is useful to those that have previously installed Maps for Adobe and are ready to update to the latest.


      First, check what version is installed: 

      You may have already updated using the Maps for Adobe in-app update notification. To confirm, in Adobe Illustrator       or Adobe Photoshop, you can find the version information in one of two places described in the steps below.  


      Bottom right corner of the Sign in dialog 

Or i
n the Mapboard OR Compilation panel under the panel menu (burger button) > Help 


If your version is 2.0.0 or greater then you are all set!!  Enjoy the latest features.  


     If not, following steps will guide you to update to the latest. Before updating, quit any open instances of Illustrator and      Photoshop. 


     Checking install state in My Exchange:

     The latest versions are only available on the Maps for Adobe website, so its not possible to update using Adobe       Exchange.  

  1. Ensure that the extension is not set up to sync via Adobe Exchange - Sign into your Adobe Exchange account. 
  2. Browse to My Exchange, locate the listing for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe in your My Exchange
    1. If not listed or not installed, Skip the next few steps and go directly to "Updating via in-app notification".
    2. If listed and installed, click “Uninstall”  
      Note: This action will uninstall the extension from your machine, and you will receive a notification in your Creative Cloud desktop app. 
  3. Once you uninstall from My exchange, download the appropriate installer from the Maps for Adobe product page.  
  4. Start the installation and follow on-screen instructions
    Note: If you are not an administrator on your local Windows machine, you can install the extension just for yourself. 
  5. Open Illustrator and re-check the version number. 
    If your version is 2.0.0 or greater then you are all set!!  Enjoy the latest features. 


      Updating via in-app upgrade notification:   

       Follow these steps if you currently have an older version of the extension currently installed. 

  1. Open the extension in Illustrator or Photoshop and sign in using your usual method.   
  2. In the Mapboard window an update notification should immediately pop up. If it does not, expand the Panel menu, choose :Check for updates". 
  3. Use the upgrade button and follow the on-screen instructions to upgrade to the latest. 
  4. Open Illustrator and re-check the version number.
    If your version is 2.0.0 or greater then you are all set!!  Enjoy the latest features. 


If you experience any issues with the extension after updating, reach out to us here on Geonet or contact Esri Technical Support 


Thank you & stay safe.  



Maps for Adobe team 



ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud v 2.0 is now available! Download now 


Read more to find out about improvements available with this update.


New features:

Integration with ArcGIS Pro Adobe Illustrator Exchange (AIX) file - With the 2.5 release of ArcGIS Pro introduced a new export format, AIX, that works with the Maps for Adobe extension in IllustratorWhen you open an AIX file in Illustrator, vector and raster map content from the AIX file are converted by the extension into editable, layered artwork for an improved editing experience. Once opened in Illustrator, the file can be used for graphic design or map finishing workflows and accessed across other Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Upgrade to ArcGIS Pro 2.5.1 and this version 2.0 of Maps for Adobe to get the best experience with this workflow.



Join Lines – This new process allows you to join segmented paths in linear geographic features like roads and railroads to improve the disjointed appearance which can sometimes occur with this type of data.



Redesigned interface for Processes – A new Processes interface allows you to configure and run your favorite processes from directly within the same interface. Use it to run automated processes like Replace Symbols on a map downloaded from the extension or automatically when you sync a new map.



Redesigned interface for Add Layers – A new interface for discovering layers and maps to import and add in the extension allows you to easily filter and search using your most important ArcGIS Libraries.



Import projection from input file - As a Plus or ArcGIS Online user, when you import a shapefile that uses a projection other than Web Mercator, you can choose whether to honor the projection in the shapefile or use the default.


In addition to these new features this update also addresses usability improvements and fixes for issue including:

- Layer with HeatMap renderer not drawing consistently and dropping off when synced (BUG-000125598)

- Blank Sign-in window when starting the extension"


We encourage you download this update and utilize these new capabilities. Please continue the conversations on our forums or contact Esri Technical Support if you encounter any issues. 


Thank you and stay safe. 


ArcGIS Maps for Adobe team

The ArcGIS community has long requested the ability to bring maps from ArcGIS Pro into Adobe Illustrator. The ArcGIS Maps for Adobe team has been collaborating with the ArcGIS Pro team to design a supporting workflow.


At ArcGIS Pro 2.5, you can now export a map or layout from ArcGIS Pro to an Adobe Illustrator Exchange (AIX) file format. Then you can use this AIX file with ArcGIS Maps for Adobe 2.0 (beta) version available here to convert a map into layered artwork for use in Illustrator. Once you convert the map, you can style and manipulate the resulting artwork with the graphic editing tools in Illustrator. 


ArcGIS Maps for Adobe 2.0 (Beta) is now available so you can evaluate this new integration and provide us feedback. Please see the requirements below to sign up for the beta program. 



- An existing account or ability to create an account with Esri's Early Adopter Community

- Adobe Illustrator CC v23.1 (or later)

- ArcGIS Pro 2.5 (or later)


Stay tuned!

We recently released a patch for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe CC v 1.5 that fixes an issue with ArcGIS Online enterprise logins. If you've experienced issues signing in with an enterprise login provided to you by your company or university, then we recommend upgrading to v1.5.1 to install this patch. The update is available now on the Esri website and on Adobe Exchange.


Note: You can find the Maps for Adobe version number at the bottom of the sign-in and help windows. (To open the help window, click the menu button  and choose Help.)


This patch addresses the following issues:


- Extension doesn't load after signing in with an ArcGIS Online enterprise login

- Mapboards window appears blank after signing in

- Supported versions of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop aren't detected during installation



Thank you. 

Maps for Adobe CC team. 

A new version of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud (v1.3.2) is now live on adobeexchange. This version contains fixes for 2 issues 

- Introduced with Illustrator v23.0.1 on Mac OS, the extensions drop downs and control labels do not display correctly.

- Projection of shapefiles did not function as expected.

These are resolved in the latest update. Please upgarde your extension and continue to email any questions or feedback to 

Quick update. We have had some reports of an issue randomly occurring on a few user machines after upgrading to v1.3.0 of the extension. When this occurs the Mapboard and Compilation panels remain blank and don’t display any controls or the map. It could occur with either Illustrator or Photoshop on both Mac and PC’s. We have narrowed down the source of this issue to the given apps ‘Preferences’. We already have a fix for this which will be posted in the next update. In the meanwhile, to continue working with the extension if you encounter this, we suggest to manually restore the preferences on the app that the issue appears on.


Following links describe steps to restore preferences in related apps.

Illustrator CC:

Photoshop CC:


We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your patience while we roll out the update. If you continue to see an issue with the display of panels after restoring preferences please contact and we will be happy to work with you to investigate further.


Thank you.

Maps for Adobe Team.