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The tale of two ArcGIS Online map viewers: functionality guidance

The new Map Viewer (formerly known as Map Viewer Beta) and Map Viewer Classic (formerly known as Map Viewer) are both available for production use by all customers. Because the map viewers are built using different versions of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript, and some workflows are not yet available in the new Map Viewer, please use this functionality guide to understand when you need to use a specific map viewer to complete your workflow.

New Map Viewer only

Functionality 
Smart mapping: dot density 
Multi-element pop-ups 
Smart mapping: above and below styling themes 
Layer blending 
Group layers 
Vector symbols 
Labels for clusters 
Clustering more than 50,000 point features 
Labelling filters and classes 
Charts (beta)
Map rotation 
Enhanced bookmarks 

 

Map Viewer Classic only

Functionality  Notes 
Perform analysis   
OGC WFS (search, view and style)    
Switch between basemaps in different coordinate systems using the basemap gallery  Map Viewer supports switching between basemap coordinate systems when adding a layer as a basemap or when adding a basemap layer from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. Map Viewer Classic is recommended for organizations that have custom basemap galleries with basemaps in more than one coordinate system. 
Vector Tile Style Editor   
Configure pop-ups and other properties for map image layers 

 

The new Map Viewer supports adding, searching, and modifying basic properties in map image layers. Other configuration options such as styling and pop-up configuration are only available in Map Viewer Classic. 

 

Configure pop-ups and other properties for imagery layers 

 

The new Map Viewer supports adding, searching, styling, and modifying basic properties in imagery layers. Other configuration options are only available in Map Viewer Classic. 

 

Add, search, and configure streaming feature layers  In the new Map Viewer, you can open a map created in Map Viewer Classic that contains a streaming feature layer. You can then modify the layer’s transparency and other basic properties in the new Map Viewer, but other configuration options, such as pop-up configuration and styling, are only available in Map Viewer Classic. 
Generate embed code  When using the new Map Viewer, it is recommended that users create a minimalist instant app and then embed the app. 
Review locations (geocoding)   
Copy and save layer   
Drag and drop from file (CSV)  Data can be published from a CSV file as a hosted feature layer and then added to the new Map Viewer.  
Add OGC WMS and WMTS layers  In the new Map Viewer, you can open a map created in Map Viewer Classic that contains OGC WMS or WMTS layers. You can then modify the layer’s transparency and other basic properties in the new Map Viewer, but other configuration options, such as a pop-up configuration and styling, are only available in Map Viewer Classic. 
Add tile layer from URL  Tile layers can be added from a URL. 
Calculate field in table  It is recommended to use calculate field from the item page if using the new Map Viewer. 
Create presentation  This is not planned to be migrated to the new Map Viewer. It is recommended to use a configurable application with bookmarks for navigation. Please comment in the ArcGIS Online Community if you have requirements for this functionality. 
Configure a refresh interval   
Pop-ups: related records
Configure view definition  View definition can be created on the visualization tab of feature layer view. 
Create short URL for sharing  Short URLs can be retrieved from item page also. 

See what’s coming

Future development includes analysis tools, relative time filters, and time zone support. ArcGIS Enterprise plans to release the new Map Viewer into production at the end of this year. See what’s included on the Map Viewer road map.

View the Map Viewer road map

Join the conversation

The ArcGIS Online Esri Community (formerly known as GeoNet) provides a forum for questions, discussions and feedback. The ArcGIS Online team closely monitors this space to understand how you are using the map viewers, what you like, and where you see opportunities for improvement. An ArcGIS account with Esri access is required to participate in the community.

Visit the Esri Community

About the authors

Kelly is a Product Manager on the ArcGIS Online team. She has been with Esri since 2012 and enjoys blogging, Web Apping and outdoor adventures!

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Chris is a product engineer for ArcGIS Online.

Lynnae Terpstra manages product marketing for ArcGIS Online.

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