Learn about vector tiles at UC2016

We’re less than a week away from the start of UC 2016. To help you prioritize your schedule here’s a list of all the sessions that will help you learn about vector tiles across the ArcGIS Platform. These sessions cover how to leverage vector tiles in your applications, how to customize them for your needs, and even how to author your own vector tiles. In addition to these sessions, make sure to also visit the Mapping and Visualization Area in the Product Themes Pavilion, or the Content and GIS Server Areas in the Product Pavilion of the UC Expo to tell us how you’ll use vector tiles in your work and get all your questions answered. See you there!

Best Practices for Caching Maps and Vector Tile Layers

With the introduction of Vector Tiles, the ArcGIS platform now has multiple ways to cache data for fast visualization. In this session we will look at both traditional cached layers, or raster tiles; and the new Vector Tile caches to compare and contrast when to use one or the other as well as how to best author your maps for the two different formats. After attending this session, you should be able to choose the right format for the right job as well as author a fast, attractive map using the appropriate tools.

Desktop Mapping: Creating Vector Tiles

Learn how to create vector tiles using ArcGIS Pro. After an overview of vector tiles in the ArcGIS Platform you’ll learn how to author a map for efficient vector tile creation and then how to create and publish the tiles. You’ll see vector tiles work in ArcGIS client applications and learn how to restyle existing tiles for custom needs.

Leveraging Vector Tile Layers in Web Apps

Come to this session to learn about some of the benefits of vector tiles include the ability to enable map interactivity and client-side styling, without compromising performance. We will do an overview of vector tile mapping, demonstrate how you can style vector tiles, and examples of apps consuming vector tiles.

Styling Vector Tiles

The introduction of vector tile layers has opened up numerous opportunities to the user community for quickly and easily authoring beautiful maps with data provided by Esri in the form of vector basemaps. Using Esri vector basemaps as a starting point, this demo theater will provide an overview of ways to: customize the inclusion, visibility and appearance of features; change the language used to label features; and modify the depiction of disputed boundaries. Examples will be shown using text editors, web applications and ArcGIS Online.

Vector Tiles: Styling Your Own Base Maps

ArcGIS now includes support for vector tiles as layers in a web map for use in web mapping, desktop, and mobile applications. These new vector tile layers offer many benefits for high-performance display of vector features on high-resolution devices, and new opportunities for users to customize maps to support their unique requirements. Esri now offers new vector basemaps that are designed to complement the existing basemaps that have been available for several years. With these vector basemaps, you are able to turn on and off layers, change symbology, and even update boundaries and labels by updating the style for the map. In this workshop, we will describe how users can customize vector tile layers, with an emphasis on the Esri vector basemaps, to support their maps and apps. We will demonstrate examples of custom vector tile maps created by Esri and users and how you can quickly create custom maps leveraging various tools and online content available to you.

Designing Esri’s Vector Tile Basemaps

This year Esri got to work converting some or our basemaps into vector tile format. In this workshop two of Esri’s cartographer’s will explain the design decisions that go into creating a basemap that can be used for many purposes and with a myriad of operational layer styles. Come see the result and see how you can interact with these maps.

For more information see the UC 2016 Detailed Agenda.

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