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XingdongZhang
Esri Contributor

The ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud plugin enables data-driven mapping directly inside the graphic design apps, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. This integration fosters creativity and collaboration for creating compelling map visuals by supporting maps authored with ArcGIS Pro (via AIX export) and allowing access to content shared in ArcGIS and Living Atlas of the World.

A new update of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud, version 3.2 (July 2022) is now available. This update includes highly in-demand capabilities to support map design workflows with both ArcGIS and Adobe's graphic design apps, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Below are the key highlights of the new version

 

  • Improved artwork cropping

With this new update, the artwork is now cropped more closely to the edges of the artboard in Illustrator when you open AIX files exported from ArcGIS Pro 3.0 or when you sync the map using the default mapping profile (available to ArcGIS organizational accounts). The capability reduces the overall AIX processing time and the file size as well. 

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ArcGIS Pro includes visual effects for layers and features, such as blending modes When you apply a blend mode in ArcGIS Pro that's also available in Adobe Illustrator, it's preserved in the exported AIX. Both layer blending mode and feature blend mode are supported in ArcGIS Maps for Adobe.

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GeoJSON is an open standard geospatial data interchange format that represents simple geographic features and their nonspatial attributes. You can now use GeoJSON files to create an extent in the Mapboards window and to add layers in the Compilation window.

 

You can now save your portal URLs to streamline signing in with ArcGIS Enterprise accounts. The Account window has also been updated to provide more information, including your account type, username, and portal URL.

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  • Support Apple silicon M1 

We are excited to announce that ArcGIS Maps for Adobe now supports Illustrator running natively on a Mac computer powered by the Apple silicon M1 chip.

 

  • Fixed issues

We've been working hard at fixing the issues you reported to us. Here's a list of issues we fixed in the latest version 3.2.

  • Labels with 'Centered curved' label placement display differently in Adobe Illustrator as opposed to in ArcGIS Pro. (BUG-000140155)
  • SVG shape markers appear as white squares when AIX opened in Adobe Illustrator (BUG-000146150)
  • AIX files exported from ArcGIS Pro do not display properly in Adobe Illustrator (BUG-000145439)
  • Character marker symbols can result in slow performance opening AIXs (BUG-000136756)
  • Stacked labels do not display correctly after converting AIX to Illustrator
  • Some map sync actions stuck at 10%
  • Refresh button in Add / Import content dialogs to quickly pull new content
  • Some PLUS Users are not able to log in and reactivate an expired account
  • Artwork appearance applied to objects lower in draw stack due to naming conflicts

 

NOTE: This update doesn't support Adobe Illustrator 2021 (v25.3) and earlier or Photoshop 2020. Please do not update if you need to continue using these earlier versions. Instead, we recommend that you continue using version 3.1.0. Learn more about the supported versions for your operating system. 

For more information about the product, please visit our help. Please continue the conversations on our forums or contact Esri Technical Support if you encounter any issues. You can also post ideas on the ArcGIS Ideas site to help the team make our application better. 

 

Thank you,

Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud team.

 

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XingdongZhang
Esri Contributor

A new update (v3.1.1) for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is now available! This update includes a fix for the issue of AIX files not opening with the latest Illustrator updates version 26.3.1 [BUG-000149457]. It also includes the support for Illustrator on Apple silicon M1 in native mode.  

NOTE: This update doesn't support Adobe Illustrator 2021 (v25.3) and earlier or Photoshop 2020. Please do not update if you need to continue using these earlier versions. Instead, you are recommended to continue using version 3.1.0. Learn more about the supported versions for your operating system.

Steps for installation:

  1. Close Illustrator & Photoshop.
  2. Use the Creative Cloud Desktop app to update Illustrator or Photoshop to a supported version.
  3. Download the update from Esri product website.
  4. Double click the downloaded setup file (.exe) for Windows and (.pkg) for macOS. Follow instructions on the installer to complete the setup.
  5. Note: If you install Illustrator or Photoshop after installing the plugin update, uninstall and reinstall ArcGIS Maps for Adobe to ensure proper functioning.

For more information about the product, please visit help. Please continue the conversations on our forums or contact Esri Technical Support if you encounter any issues. You can also post ideas on the ArcGIS Ideas site to help the team make our application better. 

 

Thank you.

Maps for Adobe team.

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XingdongZhang
Esri Contributor

Hello, Maps for Adobe Community,

Earlier today, we found a compatibility issue with Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 3.1 release on Illustrator v26.3.1, which goes public today. We are currently investigating the issue and working toward a resolution for it. To avoid disruption to your map-making work here is what you can do: 

  • If possible, Maps for Adobe users are recommended not upgrade to Illustrator version v26.3.1
  • If upgraded and need to work with ArcGIS Maps for Adobe, then you will need to revert to a previous version (26.2.1) or install the long-term supported version (25.4.5) using the steps outlined here and then reinstall ArcGIS Maps for Adobe afterward to continue work. 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Xingdong

Maps for Adobe Team

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XingdongZhang
Esri Contributor

Good news for macOS users who are on Illustrator 2021! Adobe backported a fix made for the compatibility issue to its latest long-term support version Illustrator 2021 (v25.4.5), which is now available on the Adobe Creative Cloud desktop application for download. If you choose to update your Illustrator to version 25.4.5, please remember to reinstall ArcGIS Maps for Adobe afterward. You can download the latest version of the application from here. 

For more information about the supported environment, please refer to https://doc.arcgis.com/en/maps-for-adobecc/install/requirements.htm.

Xingdong

Maps for Adobe Team

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SarahBell
Esri Contributor

Announcing the winners of the second ArcGIS Maps for Adobe cartography competition

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MadhuraPhaterpekar
Esri Contributor

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud v 3.1 introduces compatibility with the latest Adobe apps and more

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Anna_Breton
Esri Contributor

 

In the latest ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 3.0 release, one of the major features is ArcGIS Enterprise support. Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud: Version 3.0 supports ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 and later. 

 

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ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is an extension for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop that allows cartographers and graphic designers to design data-driven maps and layers from ArcGIS. Signing in with your ArcGIS organizational account allows access to all the extension's content and advanced features, based on the privileges associated with your assigned user type (ViewerEditorCreator, or GIS Professional).

With the new ArcGIS Enterprise experience, an ArcGIS Enterprise administrator can configure your Maps for Adobe experience (content and service settings) to meet your organization’s requirements. With this new enhancement, GIS administrators can enable cartographers and extend the reach of GIS to their greater organization.

Although there are many ways to configure your ArcGIS Enterprise portal, there are a few key areas that will primarily impact your Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud workflows. These areas include: 

Let’s take a closer look at each of these areas.  

 Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is directly impacted by many ArcGIS Enterprise portal services including printing, geocoding, geometric calculations, and routing services. To have these functionalities fully operational in your Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud environment, you must ensure these settings are properly configured in your ArcGIS Enterprise portal. 

Affected functionalities include applying a custom projection, geocoding points or plotting data from local files, and use of the Visualize Route functionality. The table below shows customizable ArcGIS Enterprise portal services and their functionalities within the extension. More information regarding configuring your utilities can also be found here. 

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Within the ArcGIS Enterprise portal, you’ll also be able to configure layers to highlight specific content. In the Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension, this can determine which layers the users of your ArcGIS Enterprise portal are able to add and utilize. You can choose to show content only shared to a specific group or display all content within your organization. You can also configure subscriber and premium content from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World to make this ArcGIS Online collection available within your ArcGIS Enterprise portal.  

Another key configuration to note is your ArcGIS Enterprise organization’s basemap gallery. The basemaps from your gallery are present throughout your extension workflows, in both the Mapboard and Compilation windows. One example of utilizing this configuration could be to only display custom basemaps to your ArcGIS Enterprise Organization’s users. In the example below you can see the difference between configuring the Default ArcGIS Enterprise basemap gallery, and a custom gallery called "EnterpriseBasemapTest". 

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Finally, Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud supports ArcGIS Enterprise instances that are deployed to a disconnected environment.  For a summary list of what you can expect with a disconnected environment and related configuration recommendations, see the ArcGIS Enterprise help topic Configure a disconnected deployment. When one of the services listed above is not available or accessible, you'll get an applicable message in the extension that informs you of this limitation. 

For more information regarding Enterprise Support, please see our documentation page 

Thank you,

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud team.

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MadhuraPhaterpekar
Esri Contributor

A new update (v 3.0.1) for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is now available! This update is applicable to customers using Windows OS only. At this time, macOS customers are recommended to continue using plugin version 3.0.0. Learn more about the supported versions for your operating system.

This update includes fixes to support plugins use with the latest versions of Illustrator and Photoshop apps in a Windows operating system & a fix to address a ‘Timeout error’ when syncing layers with the new default mapping profile. For additional information about the new features introduced with version 3 check out this blog or watch this video.

 

Steps for Windows install:

  1. Close Illustrator & Photoshop
  2. Using the Creative Cloud Desktop app, update the Illustrator and/ or Photoshop versions to a supported version
  3. Download the plugin update from the product website.
  4. Double click the downloaded setup file (.msi) and follow instructions on the installer to finish the set up.
    Note: If Illustrator and/ or Photoshop are updated after installing the plugin updates then uninstall and reinstall ArcGIS Maps for Adobe to ensure proper functioning.

ArcGIS Enterprise administrators are advised to refer to this knowledgebase article to update their ArcGIS Enterprise to work with this update.

 

For macOS, Illustrator version 25.2.3 continues to remain the latest supported version to continue using the plugin. A dependency issue with a more recent Illustrator version for macOS causes the map sync process to fail. Teams at Adobe and Esri are working together for a resolution toward this. For further assistance please contact Adobe and Esri technical support with information about the operating system version, Adobe apps versions and plugins version.

 

Thank you.

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud team.

 

Edited September 17,2021 - Article was updated to include a reference to knowledgebase for supporting ArcGIS Enterprise scenarios.

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MadhuraPhaterpekar
Esri Contributor

Introducing support for ArcGIS Enterprise & vector tiles layers for use in plugin.

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MadhuraPhaterpekar
Esri Contributor

Illustrator version 25.2.3 and ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud version 3.0.0 continue to remain the latest supported versions for macOS users. Windows operating system users can utilize the version 3.0.1 update for plugin.

A dependency issue with a recent Illustrator version for macOS causes the map sync process to fail. Teams at Adobe and Esri are working together for a resolution toward this. For further assistance please contact Adobe and Esri technical support with information about the operating system version, Adobe apps versions and plugins version. 

What can you do? 

  • If possible, macOS users are recommended not upgrade to Illustrator version 25.3 or later
  • If upgraded and need to work with ArcGIS Maps for Adobe, then you will need to 
    • Revert to a previous version (25.2.3) using steps outlined here and
    • Reinstall ArcGIS Maps for Adobe to continue work. 

 

Related links: 

Adobe support for Apple M1 chips 

 

Edited : This article was edited on September 13, 2021 to reflect the current state of compatability between Adobe apps and Maps for Adobe versions. 

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