Think NC OneMap Cartography Stinks? Well, Change It!
9/11/2015 12:48 PM
It's hard enough already to properly create a map using data that you have total control over. As people who provide data via map services, the task of picking a style for a data layer that will accomodate everyone's project needs is almost impossible. When we add new data to a service we attempt to style it such that it won't conflict with other popular layers we offer. However, we realize it's not a "once size fits all" situation. To help with this issue, we have enabled a new capability for all of our map services, dynamic layer support.
Dynamic layers allow the user to customize the default symbology found in any of our services when loaded into ArcGIS Online, or when they are brought into a custom coded application. Unfortunately, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro do not support this functionality (we have already submitted a feature request to have this added in the next release. We invite you to do the same. hint hint). The most common way to take advantage of this feature outside of using ArcGIS Online is to use one of the ArcGIS Web API's. Even if you are not a developer, there are plenty of examples that illustrate how to get features with custom symbology from a map service. Of course, another alternative is to access our feature services. Doing this will also allow you to customize the styling of features in the map. However, there are certain limitations that you need to take into account with that as well.
|Users can now specify how to symbolize features using dynamic layers.