ArcGIS Instant Apps

Introducing Atlas (Beta)

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. 

Image of Atlas app showing map with toolbar
Atlas (Beta) sample app

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.  

Image of Open map dialog in Atlas app
Open map in Atlas (Beta) app
Image of Add layers dialog in Atlas app
Add layers in Atlas (Beta) app

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 

Image of map with Map layers dialog open in Atlas app
Map layers in Atlas (Beta) app

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.  

Image of 3D view in Atlas
3D view in Atlas (Beta) app

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.  

Image of elevation profile measurement in Atlas
Elevation profile in Atlas (Beta) app

Users can export a copy of the map view by generating a PDF or capturing a screenshot image of the map  

Image of export to PDF option in Atlas app
Export to PDF options in Atlas (Beta) app

Template Roadmap 

Planned enhancements for future versions of Atlas include:   

Next steps 

Explore the Atlas (beta) sample app in ArcGIS Online, or create a custom app. Then share your feedback on the ArcGIS Instant Apps Ideas page 

About the author

Krista McPherson

Krista is a Product Engineer on ArcGIS Instant Apps team.

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