New Vector Basemaps in ArcGIS for Desktop?

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12-04-2015 05:52 AM
DanAllen
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If you go to the new BETA Vector Basemaps group, there is an option for some of them to open in desktop.  When you select this, you get a .pkinfo file that downloads.  When you click on the .pkinfo, it opens in ArcGIS for Desktop, but it does not do anything, and shows up with a red X in the table of contents.

Are the BETA vector basemaps not currently supported for desktop?

http://www.arcgis.com/home/group.html?id=30de8da907d240a0bccd5ad3ff25ef4a

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RachelWeeden
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Hi Dan-

These vector basemaps are not currently viewable in ArcGIS Desktop. The ArcGIS Online web map and JSAPI 4.0 are the only clients that can display them currently. From a recent blog: " The vector basemaps can be displayed in most current, desktop web browsers and, in the near future, various desktop and mobile apps."

I hope this helps!

Rachel

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RachelWeeden
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Hi Dan-

These vector basemaps are not currently viewable in ArcGIS Desktop. The ArcGIS Online web map and JSAPI 4.0 are the only clients that can display them currently. From a recent blog: " The vector basemaps can be displayed in most current, desktop web browsers and, in the near future, various desktop and mobile apps."

I hope this helps!

Rachel

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DanAllen
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thank you

Dan

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MichaelVolz
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Any idea when vector basemaps will be available to Desktop so individuals can create their own vector basemaps in their own projections?

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RachelWeeden
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Hi Michael - the next release of ArcGIS Pro (1.2) will include tools to create vector tile basemaps, which can be served out with ArcGIS for Server 10.4 or ArcGIS Online.

MichaelVolz
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Will desktop EVER have this capability?

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RachelWeeden
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When I hear 'Desktop' I think of two separate client apps - ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro - but I know many people still think 'ArcMap!' I am not aware of vector tile capabilities coming to ArcMap, but can't answer authoritatively.