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AnnaBreton1
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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XingdongZhang
Esri Contributor

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 2.2.2 patch (macOS) is now available. Download it from here. This patch addresses the issue of AIX files not opening for mac users with the latest Illustrator updates version 25.1 and above. 

For a detailed description of the issue, please see the GeoNet post

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.  ArcGIS Ideas is a good way for you to get involved in making our application better. 

Thank you.

Maps for Adobe CC team

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MadhuraPhaterpekar
Esri Contributor

Update: New version v2.2.2 (for macOS only) addresses this compatibility. Details posted here

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Recent updates to Illustrator specifically version 25.1 onwards have resulted in a need for plugin developers to patch their Mac builds to include a new method for building Mac OS based plugins. This is impacting opening .aix files on a Mac environment. The latest version of ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud plugin (2.2.1) is compatible with older version of Illustrator version 25.0.1. If you have recently updated Illustrator or have installed a fresh copy and you receive an error when opening .aix files on your Mac OS with the latest version of Maps for Creative Cloud plugin then we recommend rolling back Illustrator to a previous version to continue working. Rolling back Illustrator to version 25.0.1 or alternative installing an older version such as version 24.3 side-by-side, will allow you to continue working with .aix files. (Windows users are not impacted by these Illustrator updates).

Steps for rolling back Illustrator - 

1. In your creative cloud app click the 3 dots next to Adobe Illustrator, expand the install menu and go to other versions

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2. From the list of 'Older versions' list, Install version 25.0.1 or 24.3 

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Note: If installing 24.3, you will need to reinstall the plugin. 

We are working on a patch to resolve this issue.  In the meanwhile please try one of these suggested workarounds to continue working on .aix files on a Mac. A notification will be posted here when the update is publicly available. 

Related thread:

Unable to open .aix file in Illustrator CC 

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XingdongZhang
Esri Contributor

Updated on Feb 2021:

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 2.2.1 patch is now for Windows users only. macOS users should get the version 2.2.2 update here which contains all the fixes included below and a fix for the compatibility issues with opening .aix files from ArcGIS Pro on a macOS with Adobe Illustrator v25.1 and above.

Download the 2.2.1 patch (Windows) from here or get the latest update directly from the extension. 

This patch addresses the following issues when importing AIX:

- Incorrect shape for polygons rendered in ArcGIS Pro as gradient, pattern, or hatch fill (ENH-000133904)
- Missing masks for layer defined in ArcGIS Pro with annotation
- Vector tile layer import anomalies for AIX created from ArcGIS Pro 2.7
- Missing Esri logo and copyright information when syncing new data in the AIX workflow.
- Invalid file error when opening AIX created from apps other than ArcGIS Pro

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.  ArcGIS Ideas is a good way for you to get involved in making our application better. 

Thank you.

Maps for Adobe CC team

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XingdongZhang
Esri Contributor

A new release (version 2.2) for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is now available. Download it from here or get the latest update directly from the extension. This release includes a new capability to the AIX workflow, geospatially enabled AIX.  Check out Sarah's blog post for more information about this new feature. The new release supports the latest Adobe CC 2021 applications. 

We encourage you to download this update. 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.  ArcGIS Ideas is a good way for you to get involved in making our application better. 

Thank you,

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe team.

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MadhuraPhaterpekar
Esri Contributor

With the 2021 updates to Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, 3rd party extensions panels like the ones you use with ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud i.e. Sign - in, Mapboard or Compilation may some times appear to be cut or non responsive. Adobe is working with extension makers like us to figure out this issue. With Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud this behavior is observed on Mac OS devices connected to a second display monitor. Some of you might have a similar setup. It typically manifests itself when doing one of the following actions -

  • When singing in, if the sign – in screen is dragged from one display monitor to another.

  • When Mapboards and Compilation panels are open and if the workspace is changed. 

  • When using extension with the home screen on and a new mapboard is downloaded or any document is opened.

Example:

Use this workaround while the issue gets addressed. We highly recommend Mac OS users to setup their extension and host app preferences to avoid running into this problem. Please note following 2 settings to use - 

  1. When signing in into the extension Turn ON the "Keep me signed in" checkbox to reduce the amount of interaction with the sign-in screen.

  2. In your host apps preferences - Illustrator or Photoshop - Turn OFF the "Show The Home Screen When No Documents are Open". This setting is under "General" preferences.

Note: You may need to restart the host app if extension was already in this state. 

For detailed information on the issue please see this Adobe CEP resource linkWith these workarounds in place you will be able to continue using Maps for Adobe CC normally. See this to learn about the new features compatible with your 2021 Adobe apps. 

Thank you. 

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MadhuraPhaterpekar
Esri Contributor

A new release for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is now available. Download version 2.1 here or get the latest update directly from the extension. This release includes workflow and user interface improvements and fixes key issues reported by the Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud user community. 

Key improvements include:

Key issues addressed include:

  • Missing artwork in vector tile layers and basemaps when importing an AIX file.
  • Creating mapboards with large format Illustrator units (such as yards).
  • Errors downloading certain imagery layers from ArcGIS Online.

We encourage you download this update. Please continue the conversations on our forums or contact Esri Technical Supportif you encounter any issues.

Thank you,

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud team.

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