Time slider that ignores periods with no information?

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12-18-2020 12:52 PM
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RandyMcGregor2
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A lot of my data has spotty time values and the time-slider returns no results for long stretches. It's not a very compelling experience. Is it possible to go sequentially from time-value to time-value and not enter intervals that may or may not have data?

Thank you,

Randy McGregor

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NathanShephard
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Hi Randy,

Good news - if you have Pro 2.6 or later, we've added a layer-option for this exact case --> that is, the ability to load irregular time-steps from a data source as the "steps" for the time slider.

The main link in the Help for this topic is below --> it talks about the two time-slider options for this kind of data - that is: [1] use two-date-fields (instead of one) so features effectively stay displayed until a replacement feature becomes current; or [2] use the unique values within the data to set the stops to use when stepping forward in time.

https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/help/mapping/time/irregularly-spaced-temporal-data.htm

For the second option, the process is to first configure the layer with the irregular time-steps (from values in the data), and then configure the time slider to use that layer as its 'Step' source.  One extra tip - make sure you pay attention to the time-slider's duration value, because the 'step' process will move the entire time-duration forward based on the front/leading edge of the time slider.

Hope this helps!

Thanks, Nathan.