Enhancing Basemaps with ArcGIS Basemap Styles v2: Introducing Basemap Places and Worldview

Customization is a developer’s superpower. A simple modification of a basemap layer or tile can shape how users think spatially, analyze geographical information, and ultimately make decisions. In a world where crossed lines on a map often signifies lines crossed in the real-world, what developers map, and the context they provide to users becomes increasingly crucial

ArcGIS Basemap Styles (v2) has been designed to enhance the way developers tell stories with basemaps. With the introduction of two exciting new features, Basemap Places and Worldview, app creators now have greater control over their basemaps. This empowers them to offer more insightful location-based context and cater to diverse mapping, analysis, and decision support needs. 


A Closer Look at the New Features 


Basemap Places 

With Basemap Places, you can effortlessly control the presentation and interaction of Places data within your basemaps. This feature unlocks a world of possibilities, including:



A map with colorful icons indicating different locations
Places displayed on a basemap
A basemap with street names
Places hidden on a map





A basemap with a locator on a store
A point of interest on a map with additional details




Worldview is an innovative feature that puts you in control of how international boundaries are displayed. In the Esri vector basemaps, recognized international boundaries like the Norway-Sweden border are typically represented with “solid” lines, while disputed boundaries such as parts of French Guiana and the Suriname border are often displayed as “dashed” lines.  


With Worldview, developers can adjust the presentation of boundary lines based on user preferences. By providing an enumeration value or an array of values, they can create a world view of boundaries. Boundaries are a fundamental element of basemap styles and play a crucial role in customizing the display of maps.Developers can choose which dashed lines to retain, offering map viewers a more tailored experience.  


On the map below, the orange and purple boundary lines can be adjusted to the right side of the disputed area, and users can decide which dashed lines to retain.

A basemap displaying Suriname and French Guiana along with dashed and solid lines to indicate borders
Suriname and French Guiana Border


The introduction of the two new features in Basemap Styles service (v2) provides heightened control and greater flexibility for developers.  

Learn more about Basemap Styles service (v2)  



About the authors

Elizabeth is a passionate storyteller and marketer who enjoys utilizing her expertise in creativity, marketing, and technology to craft compelling brand and product stories.

Robert is the Product Manager for Geocoding, Network Analyst tools, ArcGIS World Geocoder, and ArcGIS Data Appliance.

Tony Howser

Tony is a product manager on the Data & Location Services team and is focused on Esri's GeoEnrichment and Places offerings. His primary goal is to empower users and developers with valuable location-based context to support their mapping, analysis, and decision support needs.

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