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Mapping with ArcGIS Pro by Ryan Malhoski, Amy Rock

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Controlling visibility at scale

As the scale of our map changes, the level of generalization or abstraction must also change. For small-scale maps, we might represent a city with a circle; but at a large scale, it may be more appropriate to show the city boundaries. Rather than make several different maps, we can take advantage of ArcGIS Pro's ability to control visibility based on the scale at which the map is being viewed.

In our map of Sacramento, our symbol choices look pretty good up-close, but if we zoom out to the whole city, the school and hospital symbols are overwhelming, and we can barely see the historic districts. With ArcGIS Pro, we can modify the symbols based on the current scale of the map, similar to the zoom level controls ...

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