Express maps are extremely useful since they allow GIS and non GIS experts to annotate maps and help tell the story. However, the inability to use existing data layers hinders its adoption.
It would be wonderful if ESRI could:
-Allow hosted (and non-hosted) data to be used in express maps or...
-Add express map annotations to the new ArcGIS Online Map (beta) as an option
Many times we have existing data that is just easier to have symbolized in the map and then "marked up" with more stylish annotation to tell the story rather than using the labeling functionality, please consider adding this functionality!
This would be really useful. Sometimes we want to add the annotation/labels over the top of other map layers to help users to interpret the data.
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