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ArcGIS Explorer allows you to create maps by incorporating geographic information from a variety of sources and add your own notes on top of basemap information. In addition to using ArcGIS Explorer to explore and ask questions about the geography in the map, you can also use the application to communicate important information to others about that geography by using your map as a presentation.

A map contains content that includes the basemaps, layers, notes, views, folders, etc that make up the geography you see displayed in the application. A map can also contain a collection of slides that you can step through as a presentation to review important information for yourself, or to present to others. To view a map’s presentation, open the map in ArcGIS Explorer and on the Home tab click the Start Presentation button:

Starting a presentation displays the map in full-screen mode and displays the first slide. You can go to the next slide by pressing the spacebar. A small toolbar at the top of the display has buttons that allow you to go to the next slide and previous slide. You can also click the Slides Window button to see a list of the slides in a window and quickly jump to any slide in the presentation.

When you are on a slide, you are free to interact with the map normally, including navigating, closing any open popups, clicking on features to open additional popups and so on. Your position in the presentation will be maintained and when you go to the next slide, the presentation will continue as expected.

You can end the presentation at any time by clicking the End Presentation button on the toolbar, or by pressing the Esc key. The presentation will end automatically when you advance past the last slide.

Creating a presentation
Any ArcGIS Explorer map can be a presentation. To create a presentation, you capture slides which record the state of the map at the time the slide is captured. To create and manage the slides in the presentation, click the Edit Presentation button on the Home tab.

Clicking the Edit Presentation button opens the Slides window and displays the Presentation tab in the Ribbon. The Slides Window lists the slides you have captured for the map’s presentation in the order they are presented. Each slide is numbered and displayed with a thumbnail of what it looks like. You can increase or decrease the size of the thumbnail using the slider at the bottom of the window. Initially this window doesn’t contain any slides – as you use the controls on the tab to capture slides, they are listed in the window.

You can click any slide to display it in the map. You can drag the slides in the list to sort them.

The Presentation tab in the Ribbon includes all of the controls necessary to manage the various aspects of the map’s presentation. It includes controls for starting the presentation, setting options, capturing and managing slides.

Follow a step-by-step, typical slide creation and editing workflow
Capturing slides
A slide represents the state of the map that you want to restore during a presentation. You capture a slide by setting up the map as you want it displayed, then click the Capture New Slide button. When you capture a slide, you capture the following:

As you go from slide to slide in the presentation, some or all of these aspects of the map can change. For example when transitioning from one slide to another, the map can zoom to another camera view, turn a layer off, turn an image on and display a popup window of information.

Capturing a slide does not include:

In addition to these properties a slide can also have a title which is text that’s displayed at the top of the map when the slide is active.

Once a slide is captured, you can use the other controls in the Slides group to:

Reviewing Slides
You can review the slides in the presentation without going into presentation mode using the buttons on the Review Slides group to step through the slides in the presentation.
Setting a slide title
After you capture a slide you can include some title text to display at the top of the map window to describe or emphasize the importance of the slide. The Slide Title group on the Presentation tab contains the controls you’ll use to define and configure the title for the selected slide.

To specify the text to use for the slide’s title, click the Edit Text button and type the text you want to display.

You can use the Text Position gallery to place the text at the upper left of the display and left justified, the center of the display and center justified or the upper-right of the display and right justified.

You can change the color of the title’s text and the title’s background so it’s easier to read on the display. To change the color, use the Text Color and Background Color controls to choose the desired color.

In addition to the text color you can also choose a font, size and emphasis using the font controls on the group.

Learn more about the slide title text formatting options
Presentation Options
There are some options you can set for displaying the presentation. To set the options, click the Options button on the Start Presentation group. This displays the options dialog.

Learn more about the presentation options