ArcGIS Pro

One Minute Map Hacks: 41-45

Hacks 1-5
Hacks 6-10
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Hacks 31-35
Hacks 36-40

Heavens, how has it come this this? 45 one-minute map hacks? If you are pushing pixels in a GIS then maybe some of these little tidbits will be helpful. At the very least, you’ll have only wasted five minutes of your allotted time on this earth perusing the most recent batch. Shall we?

Ah labels. Are you ever working in ArcGIS Pro and you are deep in the label weeds and just need to know which layers do and don’t have layers active? There’s a handy dandy view in the table of contents for that!
P.S. If you like the map style in this demo, you can find it here.

We’ll just keep singing the praises of the rapturous ability to have varying amounts of transparency within a gradient. Sometimes you just want to show some portion of a raster. There are lots of tools to help you isolate a range of pixels, but if your goal is purely visual, then just let the slider do its beautiful work.

Sometimes an idea comes to you in the night and you just lay there working it out in your mind and you just can’t wait to try it out the next morning. Behold…

Who can know the depths of ArcGIS Pro? In this case, I had just completed a video showing how to make a before/after comparative layout, when Aubri Kinghorn, knower (and maker) of all things layout, politely reached out with this message…
“Would you like a layout tip that would make your life even easier next time you want to do Before-After layout? Using map frame constraints can help you quickly get 2 map frames to match extents, center points, or scales. And, if you adjust one the other automatically adjusts.”
We’re all in this together! Thanks Aubri.

Last year we made an ArcGIS Pro project available so educators (or the downright curious/devious) could make orange peel projection illustrations right in an honest to goodness GIS. But we never made the style available until now (in case you want to grow your own orange map with all manner of data). Here’s a fun little video walking through some of the elements.

There it is, another five minutes whiled away with map hacks! We hope you learned some tricks, time-savers, and fun-boosters. Do you have ideas for short demos that the community needs to know about? Share them in your comments, we’d love to hear about them and maybe roll them into future hacks.

Hacky Mapping! John

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I have far too much fun looking for ways to understand and present data visually, hopefully driving product strategy and engaging users. I work in the Content team at Esri, pushing and pulling data in all sorts of absurd ways -and then talking about it. I also get to spend time with the Story Maps team, working on fun and useful user experiences. When I'm not doing those things, I'm chasing around toddlers and wrangling chickens, and generally getting into other ad-hoc adventures. Life is good. Loads more how-to posts: esri.com/arcgis-blog/author/j_nelson/ My YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/JohnNelsonMaps Loads of Styles for Pro: esriurl.com/nelsonstyles Instagram: instagram.com/johnmnelson/

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