Use Atlas (Beta), a new Instant Apps template, to allow users to learn about and interact with maps and layers that are shared to a group. The Atlas app template empowers organizations to highlight a collection of curated maps and layers based on a point of interest, a geographic location, or a specific event. Users can discover, explore, and interact with the content. Tools to help users explore the map in Atlas include searching locations, switching between 2D and 3D views, measuring distance and area, and zooming to spatial bookmarks.
Create an Atlas app
Atlas leverages a group of content from which maps and layers can be explored and interacted with. App authors can choose a default basemap for the app or select a custom basemap gallery for their audience. Atlas includes theming tools available in all Instant Apps templates, allowing authors to customize the visual style of their app.
Use Atlas to explore maps and layers
Atlas allows users to open maps and add layers shared to the chosen group into the map view. Click the Share button from the Open map dialog box to generate a link that will load the app with the selected map open. Users can also choose a different reference layer from the basemap gallery.
Layers that are added to the map view are listed in the Map layers panel where users can adjust layer transparency or turn on swipe for one layer to view what’s underneath the layer or compare it to other layers. The Map layers panel includes options to view data as a table, view the layer’s item description, and remove the layer from the map view.
Users can switch to 3D view to see layers added to the map view overlaid on a 3D surface. Daylight and weather visualization tools are automatically included when in 3D view.
Atlas allows users to mark locations on the map with the option to add a point, line, or polygon sketch using a predefined set of symbol options in 2D view. Users can also measure distances and areas and create elevation profiles in both 2D and 3D views.
Users can export a copy of the map view by generating a PDF or capturing a screenshot image of the map.
Planned enhancements for future versions of Atlas include:
- Enhancements to sketch capabilities and support for sketch layers
- Ability to add new bookmarks
- Ability to set map area and default app extent
- Option to sign in and save web maps to content
- Additional tools, including zoom to layer
- More app configuration options, including custom onboarding text