Exporting symbology from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Online?

Exporting symbology from ArcGIS Desktop to ArcGIS Online?

We're planning to put up a bunch of our maps into ArcGIS Online and we'd like to create a streamlined process to do so, with as much automation (Python) as possible. This is our first test with a map of a city park with lots of unique symbols. We figure we'd get a map up there, then figure out what can be scripted.

Anyhow, so, we have an .mxd of a park where pretty much each layer has fancy symbols for things like parkbenches, bathrooms and the like. Upon fiddling around with ArcGIS Online, it looks like it only takes .txt, .csv, and .gpx files. I managed to get layers into "My Content" but it doesn't let me add it into a map. When I go "Add>Search for Layers" and tell it to search in My Content, nothing shows up. I then shared the layer in My Content so it was public on ArcGIS Online, and tried seeing if the search func. would see the layer in ArcGIS Online. No luck.

How do I get it to take attribute data, but also the symbology data from my layers?

If you have and ArcGIS Online for Organizations (AGOL) account and ArcGIS Desktop v10.1+, File >> Share as >> Service >> My Hosted Services will transfer the data and it's symbology to the online service.

If you're using custom symbols, there is degradation of quality as they are converted to coarse bitmaps, but at least it resembles what you start with.

As far as I know for the free community ArcGIS Online accounts the only choice you have for symbolizing is as outlined in Mapperz' answer.

To change the default style, follow the steps below on ArcGIS Online:

Click the Details button. Click the Contents button. Navigate to the feature layer that contains the style you want to edit. Click the layer name. Click the Change Style icon. The Change Style Options window appears within the Details panel.

A quick tour of working with CAD data

GIS workflows often rely on CAD datasets generated by outside survey, engineering, and architectural sources. Integrating this data with your GIS can be a critical step in streamlining design processes and using your GIS as a central repository for spatial data. Choosing how to integrate CAD data depends on your specific requirements. You can perform a variety of common tasks out of the box or adapt them to complement existing workflows.

  • Apply a unique symbol to CAD point features.
  • Use CAD features with proximity tools such as the Buffer tool.
  • Isolate CAD polylines on different drawing layers such as Roads and Railways and use them as input to the Intersect tool to create points for additional analyses.
  • Load CAD parcel geometry into a geodatabase and create a topology.

Whether your goal is to load CAD data into a geodatabase or to simply overlay it with existing spatial data, all CAD integration workflows start with a common task sequence: define a spatial reference, add the data to the map, georeference the dataset with existing data, and set the display properties.


Can CityEngine export 3D GIS data to Unity or other VR/AR visualization engines?

Yes. CityEngine is well suited to export your 3D GIS data or city models to Unity, the tool of choice for developing Virtual Reality applications (for example, Gear VR, Hive, and Oculus) or Augmented Reality solutions (for example, HoloLens). As a result, CityEngine writes the popular FBX file format, which can now be flawlessly read by Unity. In the typical use case, an FBX so-called "instancing" feature allows for small file sizes and high frame rates in Unity.

Does CityEngine support the creation of 3D KML files?

Yes. The ability to import and export KML is available in CityEngine . Industry-standard 3D object properties such as advanced materials and multiple textures are supported by CityEngine and can be read by KML viewers such as ArcGIS Earth.

Can I use CityEngine to generate 3D buildings out of LiDAR data?

No. CityEngine does not support LiDAR data nor are tools provided for the automatic extraction of surfaces out of point clouds. However, based on ArcGIS Pro and CityEngine RPKs, Esri provides solution workflows to extract building and tree parameters from LiDAR and generate procedural representation of buildings and trees at various levels of detail.

Can I use CityEngine to generate LOD1 buildings out of a DSM?

Yes. If you have a detailed DSM (digital surface model, including buildings), you can compute the building height and automatically generate LOD1 buildings in CityEngine . To get the building footprints, you could use the CityEngine Get map data functionality, which imports OSM data and the underlying digital terrain model.

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Streetlight Inventory

Streetlight Inventory can be used to inventory streetlights erected at the edge of a road or walkway.

The Streetlight Inventory map helps public works staff develop a comprehensive inventory of streetlights and the poles to which they are attached, and prepares this information for related maintenance management workflows.


To deploy Streetlight Inventory with the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool requires specific software.

Solution deployment
Solution hosting
  • ArcGIS Online, or
  • ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 - 10.8.1 (Standard or Advanced) with managed data store
  • ArcGIS Collector

To manually deploy Streetlight Inventory in your organization requires specific software.

Map authoring
GIS service hosting
  • ArcGIS Online, or
  • ArcGIS 10.4 for Server (Standard or Advanced), or
    • ArcGIS Data Store, or
    • Enterprise or workgroup geodatabase

    ArcMap or ArcGIS Pro can be used to configure the feature layer provided with this solution.

    What you get

    Streetlight Inventory can be deployed in your ArcGIS organization without downloading the solution. When you deploy Streetlight Inventory in your organization, you'll find the following:

    Item Name Description
    Map Streetlight Inventory A map used by field staff to inventory streetlights erected at the edge of a road or walkway.
    Feature layers Poles A feature layer used to store poles erected at intersections or along the side of roads and where signs, lights and signals are typically mounted.
    Streetlights A feature layer used to store streetlights on the edge of a road, which is turned on or lit at a certain time every night.

    What's new

    Below are the release dates and notes for Streetlight Inventory.

    • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
    • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
    • Streetlight Inventory can now be deployed in your ArcGIS organization with the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool.
    • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
    • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
    • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
    • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
    • Updated map symbology
    • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
    • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
    • The latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
    • Latest release of the Attribute Assistant Add-In
    • Most recent LocalGovernment.gdb
    • First release of Streetlight Inventory

    Automated deployment option

    This ArcGIS Solution can now be quickly deployed in your organization with the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool.

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    ArcGIS Solutions for Local Government includes several related maps and apps that also can be configured in your organization:


    ArcGIS GIS Server is offered in three editions. Each successive edition offers additional functionality. You must apply the same ArcGIS GIS Server license edition to each machine in your site.

    • Basic—The Basic edition of ArcGIS GIS Server includes geodatabase management and the ability to publish (but not edit) feature services for map visualization and query. You also get the geometry service and the ability to publish geodata services. Servers licensed with this edition cannot be federated with a portal or designated as a hosting server.
    • Standard—With the Standard edition, you get everything in the Basic edition, plus all the GIS web service types offered by ArcGIS GIS Server . This allows you to enable your maps for the web, support web-based editing using feature services, and publish geoprocessing services from any tool included in ArcGIS Desktop Standard. The Schematics capability is included, with several other extensions available for purchase. Finally, you can share maps, apps, and other geographic information with everyone in your organization through the ArcGIS Enterprise portal.
    • Advanced—With the Advanced edition, you get everything in the Standard edition, plus the ability to publish geoprocessing services from any tool included in ArcGIS Desktop Advanced. Additional capabilities for geostatistical models and spatial analyst tools are also included with the Advanced edition. All other extensions are optionally available for purchase.

    Military Tools for ArcGIS

    Military Tools for ArcGIS can be used to simplify mission-focused defense and intelligence workflows.

    Use Military Tools for ArcGIS to do the following:

    • Input coordinates and quickly convert them between several standard formats.
    • Dynamically create geodetic lines, circles, ellipses, and range rings.
    • Conduct interactive linear and radial line-of-sight analysis.
    • Quickly create standard military symbols in ArcGIS Pro.

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    The specific software and system requirements for Military Tools for ArcGIS are listed below.

    ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro require Spatial Analyst

    What you get

    Military Tools for ArcGIS includes the following capabilities:

    • Coordinate Conversion
    • Distance and Direction
    • Visibility
    • Coordinate Conversion
    • Distance and Direction
    • Visibility
    • Military Symbol Editor

    What's new

    Below are the release notes for Military Tools for ArcGIS. If you need support, contact Esri Support Services. If you'd like to get help from other defense community members, post your question on GeoNet.

    Automated deployment options

    With ArcGIS Pro and the ArcGIS Solutions Deployment Tool, users can now automate the deployment of this solution in their ArcGIS organization. Follow a few simple steps to quickly deploy the solution, configure it, and load your data when necessary.

    ArcGIS 1 – Fundamentals of ArcGIS 10.x for Desktop

    This two day course will introduce you to ArcGIS Desktop ArcMap). It is the first of 3 courses designed to give the user a solid foundation in using ArcGIS Desktop. This course will introduce you to the main functions of ArcMap. This includes the creation and manipulation of a map document, basic geographic data management, selection and analysis of data and creation of a map for output. If resources allow you will also be introduced to ArcGIS Online and create an online map.

    The course uses a combination of lectures, demonstrations and exercises that you will work through over the 2 days. You will be provided with the data and exercises so that you can work through them again in your own time.

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    What is ArcGIS? How can ArcGIS be used?

    The ArcGIS platform ArcGIS Desktop ArcGIS Online

    Introduction to geographic data Vector data & raster data Coordinate systems

    Data formats The geodatabase Shapefiles Managing data in ArcCatalog

    Open a map Map document interface, Table of contents, Layers and properties Context menus Help

    Adding data: Changing symbols Popup windows Catalog & Search windows

    Finding information, Bookmarks Identify Find Selection tools Measure tools

    Spatial & non spatial tables Table management Table joins & relates Summary tables Graphs

    Basemap layers Symbol search Display symbols using attribute table values Layer files

    Create labels Convert labels to annotation Map annotation

    Selection tools Select by attribute Select by location Select by graphic

    Spatial reference Create a feature class Create a Shapefile Create points from coordinates

    Start an edit session Editing templates Create features window Perform basic edits

    Map output Layouts Insert elements Output options Templates

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    PAR Technology Subsidiary Selected by Esri to Provide Full Motion Video Support to Esri’s Desktop Geographic Information System, ArcGIS 10.1

    New Hartford, NY – February 21, 2012 – PAR Government Systems Corporation’s GV Video Framework (Gv 2 F™), was selected by Esri, a world leader in the geographic information system (GIS) software industry, to support the introduction of Full Motion Video (FMV) into their latest product release, ArcGIS 10.1. Gv 2 F is a Software Development Kit (SDK) that supports the management and visualization of video streams and is used by application developers to seamlessly integrate video with metadata within their geospatial software products. PAR Government Systems Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE: PAR).

    ArcGIS users will now have the ability to use and explore the application of FMV with GIS. Esri introduced the concept at their 2011 International User Conference and received an overwhelmingly positive response from U.S. federal, state, and county government agencies as well as private industry. Clark Swinehart, Esri Product Manager for Defense Solutions, explained the selection of PAR’s technology solution. “The Gv 2 F SDK complements the ArcGIS software suite supporting the requirement to visualize and manage FMV data collected from today’s operational sensors.”

    Gv 2 F features a robust application interface (API) that allows developers to ingest, process, and visualize MPEG-2 program and transport streams. The software is U.S. Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB) compliant for metadata parsing and allows isolation of individual video frames for export into standardized formats. Other distinctive attributes include support for Frame Slicing, H.264 compression, HDTV, Unicast and Multicast Streams, and File Reading. PAR is planning an early 2012 release of an FMV solution for mobile platforms running the Android and Apple IOS operating systems.

    GIS technology is recognized across many industries as a valuable tool to visualize, analyze, interpret and understand data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. These multiple uses can come in the form of Planning and Analysis, Asset/Data Management, Operational Awareness and Field Workforce Management.

    “Esri is the market leader in GIS software, and their selection of Gv 2 F is a resounding endorsement for our technology and services. PAR looks forward to continuing our partnership and are excited to collaborate on providing full motion video across the broad spectrum of ArcGIS users,” commented Steve Lynch, President of PAR’s Government operations. “We expect that Gv 2 F Software Development Kit and related FMV products will achieve broad acceptance throughout the GIS user community.”

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    About PAR Government Systems Corporpation

    PAR Government Systems Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PAR Technology Corporation (NYSE:PAR), is headquartered in Rome, New York and offers innovative communications services and technology products to federal, state, local government agencies and private industry. Our design and integration of state-of-the-art imagery information systems for archive, retrieval and processing along with the research and development for imaging sensors puts PAR Government at the forefront of the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance community. During 40 years of service, PAR Government has earned the reputation for developing high quality products ranging from theoretical and experimental studies to operational capabilities. For more information, visit .

    About PAR Technology

    PAR Technology Corporation’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PAR. PAR’s Hospitality segment has been a leading provider of restaurant and retail technology for more than 30 years. PAR offers technology solutions for the full spectrum of restaurant operations, from large chain and independent table service restaurants to international quick service chains. PAR’s Hospitality business markets hotel management systems that provide a complete suite of powerful tools for guest management, recreation management, and timeshare/condo management. In addition, PAR provides the spa industry a leading management application that was specifically designed to support the unique needs of the resort spa and day spa markets, a rapidly growing hospitality segment. Products from PAR also can be found in retailers, cinemas, cruise lines, stadiums and food service companies. PAR’s Government Business is a leader in providing computer-based system design and engineering services to the Department of Defense and various federal agencies.

    ArcGIS for Desktop Basic (formerly known as ArcView), a full-featured geographic information system (GIS) software for visualizing, managing, creating, and analyzing geographic data. Using ArcGIS for Desktop Basic, you can understand the geographic context of your data, allowing you to see relationships and identify patterns in new ways.

    Quality Mapping

    • Author maps using simple wizards and an extensive suite of map elements.
    • Use predefined map templates that save you time and make it easy to create a consistent style in your maps.
    • Create interactive maps from file, database, and online sources.
    • Create interactive maps that link nonspatial data to specific locations.
    • Create interactive maps that allow you to access a wide variety of digital data.
    • Create street-level maps that incorporate GPS locations.
    • View CAD data or satellite images.
    • Generate reports and charts.
    • Save, print, export, or embed completed maps in other documents or applications.

    Spatial Analysis

    • Analyze spatial data and derive answers from data of a location-dependent nature.
    • Visually model and spatially analyze a process or workflow.
    • Use a geoprocessing framework that includes ready-to-use analysis tools as well as the ability to build process models, scripts, and complete workflows.

    Data Use and Integration

    • Create and manage geographic data, tabular data, and metadata.
    • Use a wide variety of data types including demographics, facilities, CAD drawings, imagery, Web services, and multimedia.
    • Directly read or import more than 70 different formats

    Ready-to-Use Datasets

    Begin your visualization and analysis right away with the included ESRI Data & Maps Media Kit, which is updated annually and preconfigured to work specifically with ESRI software. The ESRI Data & Maps Media Kit contains more than 24 GB of data including:

    • Basemap and thematic MXDs for Canada, Europe, Mexico, the United States, and the world
    • Commercial data from Tele Atlas, AND Mapping, DMTI Spatial, WorldSat, EarthSat, EuroGeographics, Michael Bauer Research, World Wildlife Fund, SIGSA, and ESRI
    • Ninety-meter Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) dataset
    • All levels of U.S. Census geography and ZIP Codes
    • TIGER 2000-based StreetMap USA data

    ArcGIS Online includes optimized, ready-to-use content and capabilities such as 2D maps, 3D globes, and reference layers. ArcGIS Online services are always available on the Web so that users with Internet access can use these services at any time.

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