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Change layer properties

Depending on the layer type, each layer has different options available for data in a scene. For example, feature and scene layers can allow you to configure pop-ups, set visibility range, or apply filters, while imagery and integrated mesh scene layers have fewer options available, such as transparency or legend.

To change the layer properties, do the following:

  1. Verify you are signed in to the portal and open Scene Viewer.
  2. On the Designer toolbar, click Layer Manager Layers to open the Layer Manager pane.
  3. On the layer for which you want to change properties, click the layer options tool Layer settings tool and select Layer properties to open Layer properties.

    You can also click the layer name to open the layer properties when styling options aren't available.

  4. Change the layer properties.
  5. On the Designer toolbar, click Save Save to save the layer properties to the scene.
  6. Click Done to return to the Layer Manager pane.

Display and configure pop-ups

Pop-ups display in-depth information about features when you click them. Under Pop-ups, the layer will either display the Enable pop-ups or Configure pop-ups option. Configuring pop-ups is available for point, line, polygon, and 3D object layers. Configuring pop-ups allows you to customize the display so the important information appears.

For layers in which configuring pop-ups is not available, such as point clouds, you can choose to display or hide pop-ups for that layer, using the Enable pop-ups toggle button.


Pop-ups are not available for all layer types.

View the legend

A legend displays the meaning of the symbols used to represent features in a scene. Legends consist of 2D and 3D symbols in a scene with explanatory text. You can modify the legend by changing the visibility of layers, symbology, and the names of the layers.

  1. Click the Legend toggle button to show or hide the layer in the Layers/Legend tool Layers/Legend.
  2. To view the legend, click the Layers/Legend tool Layers/Legend and click Legend.

    Legend hides layers that are not in the current extent.

Adjust transparency

You can adjust the transparency of layers by sliding the Transparency slider to increase or decrease the transparency.

Set layer visibility range

You can set the visibility range for a single layer or multiple layers in a scene. This allows you to control the range of scales at which layers are visible. For example, you can display state polygons (first layer) from far away and county polygons (second layer) from close up.

In 3D, the visibility range of layers behaves differently than layers in 2D, such as in Map Viewer Classic. In 2D, you have a current scale that is constant throughout the map. While In 3D, you can tilt a scene, and therefore, the scale throughout the scene changes depending on whether the scene components are closer or farther away. For instance, a building in the foreground appears larger than the same size building in the background. In other words, the foreground building has a larger scale than the building in the distance. This is unique to 3D. For example, because the scale can change throughout a building layer, you can choose to show buildings only in the foreground and hide them in the background.

To set the layer visibility range under Visibility range, do the following:

  1. Slide the handles on either end to narrow or broaden the visibility range.

    Min is the minimum scale when you are farthest away. Max is the maximum scale when you are closest. The current scale of the scene is indicated by the darker bar on the slider. The size of the bar—therefore, the current scale—changes as you tilt the view.

  2. Click Reset to return to display the full visibility range.

    The Reset option isn't available when the full visibility range is already displayed.

Apply a filter to a layer

You can use numeric or text attributes in layers to filter features in scenes. For example, if you have a layer with buildings of New York City with the year built for each feature, you can visualize only buildings built between 1910 and 1930. By applying filters in a scene, you can stress the important features in your scene and filter out unnecessary data. You can filter feature layers; and 3D object, point, and point cloud scene layers.

To apply a layer filter, do the following:

  1. Under Filter, click the drop-down menu to choose an attribute.
  2. Select a different attribute to apply a different filter.
    • Based on whether you select a numeric or text attribute, you are given either a range of values or list of values to apply the filter.
    • When you select a numeric attribute, you are able to switch between filtering by a list of values or range of values.
    • You can apply only one filter at a time to a layer.

Filter by a list of values

When you select a text attribute, you get a list of all the values to which you can apply the filter.

  1. Check the attribute values in the list you want to add to the filter.
    • Click <all> to either check or uncheck all check boxes.
    • Check the <all other values> check box to select values that are not listed.
    • The number of features for each attribute value is displayed next to the value.
  2. Check the Show features without <attribute> values check box to show the features that don't have values for the chosen attribute.

Filter by a range of values

When you select a numeric attribute, you get a value slider to set the range of filtering.

  1. Adjust the sliders to set the range of values in the filter.
    • You can manually set the high and low values of the slider handles in the value boxes to fine-tune the filtering in a scene.
    • Set the minimum and maximum values of the attribute filter.
      • The minimum and maximum values determine highest and lowest bounds of the slider.
      • Adjusting the minimum and maximum values allows you to narrow or widen the range of filtering values.
  2. Check the Show features without <attribute> values check box to show features that don't have values for the chosen attribute.
  3. Click Switch to list to switch to filtering by a list of values.
  4. Click Switch to slider to filter by a continuous range of values.

Apply a spatial filter to a layer

You can apply spatial filters to 3D object and point scene layers. For example, you can hide buildings and trees within a drawn polygon or select a single building to hide and replace it with a BIM model.

Under Spatial filters, click Configure spatial filters to create spatial filters.

Filter by a polygon

You can draw a polygon around features to exclude or include in a scene.

Do the following to filter by drawing a polygon:

  1. Click Draw polygons Draw polygons.
    1. Click a location in the scene to start drawing a polygon and click to add points.

    2. To finish the polygon, click the first vertex, double-click, or press Enter.

      You can draw more polygons to add to the spatial filter.

  2. Click Edit polygons Edit polygon to edit the polygon.
    1. Use the interactive handles to resize, rotate, or move the feature horizontally and vertically.
    2. Click the polygon again to move individual vertices to reshape the polygon.

      You can also drag vertices in the middle of a segment to add vertices. This allows you to further reshape the polygon by dragging vertices.

    3. Click again to use the interactive handles.
  3. For Mode, choose to include or exclude the features in the polygon.
    1. Click exclude to exclude the features inside the polygon.
    2. Click include to include only the features inside the polygon.
  4. Click Clear spatial filters to reset the filters.
  5. Click Done to apply the spatial filter and return to Layer properties.

    Click Cancel to not apply the changes.

Filter by a selection

You can select features individually to exclude them from the scene.

Do the following to filter by selecting features:

  1. Click Select features Select filter to select features.

    Each object you select is added to the selected features. Click a feature to unselect it.

  2. Click Clear spatial filters to reset the filters.
  3. Click Done to hide the selected features in the view and return to Layer properties.

    Click Cancel to not apply the changes.

Add a custom parameter to a layer

For layers in which custom parameters are available, do the following:

  1. Under Custom parameters, click Configure custom parameters to open the Custom request parameters pane.
  2. Click Add parameter.
  3. Type the name of the parameter you want to append in the Parameter text box.
  4. Type the parameter value in the Value text box.
  5. Repeat these steps for each parameter you want to append.
  6. Click Done to apply the changes and return to Layer properties.

    The specified custom parameters are automatically applied to all requests made to the service.

  7. Click Done again to return to the Layer Manager pane.

    Click Cancel to not apply the changes.