Introduction to Geocortex Printing

Welcome to Geocortex Printing.

Geocortex Printing enables end users to create high-resolution PDF maps of their current web mapping session, on demand. User markup and selections are included in the print output.

Print outputs are based on print templates created by an administrator using the web-based design tool, Geocortex Print Designer. Print Designer provides an extensive suite of tools for laying out print templates, including components like the map, scale bar, legend, overview map, and north arrow, as well as text, images, and branding elements. Geocortex Printing supports a full range of International and US paper sizes, including large format sizes.

Print templates are saved to the Geocortex Printing service, with an item in the content area of the author's ArcGIS account. To allow end users to use a print template, the author shares the ArcGIS print item with the users and configures a web application to host the template. Users run the print from the host application.

Geocortex Printing supports hosting print templates in Geocortex Web, the Geocortex Viewer for HTML5, and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS. Hosting in Web AppBuilder uses a custom widget that was developed by Geocortex for this purpose. The user clicks the widget to run the print.

Geocortex Printing can run in two environments—in the cloud or on premises. In the cloud version of Geocortex Printing, authors use the cloud offering of Geocortex Print Designer to design print templates. Templates are saved to Geocortex Printing in the cloud, with an item for each template in the author's ArcGIS Online account. Prints run in Geocortex Printing in the cloud.

In the on-premises version, authors use the on-premises deployment of Geocortex Print Designer to design print templates. Templates are saved to the on-premises deployment of Geocortex Printing, with an item for each template in the author's Portal for ArcGIS account or ArcGIS Online account. Prints run in the on-premises deployment of Geocortex Printing.

Example of a Geocortex print

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Key Concepts

Main Steps to Create and Run a Print Template

The main steps to create and run a Geocortex print template are as follows:

  1. Create a new print template.

    You can either create a print template from scratch, or create a print template from a factory template that provides a preconfigured layout as a starting point.

  2. Design the print template.

    Add the map to the template. Add map components like a scale bar, legend, overview map, and north arrow. Add a title and any descriptive text, images, and branding elements you want. Format the content.

  3. Preview the print.

    Run the print in Print Designer's embedded Preview environment to verify it. Make any changes you want and re-preview the print until you are satisfied.

  4. Save the print template.

    Print templates are saved to the Geocortex Printing service, with an item in your ArcGIS account.

  5. Share the print template.

    To share the print template with end users so they can run it, share the ArcGIS print item. You can also share a print template with other print authors so they can copy or modify the template.

  6. Configure an application to host the print template.

    Print templates can be hosted by Geocortex Web, Geocortex Viewer for HTML5 viewers or Web AppBuilder apps. Hosting in Web AppBuilder uses a custom widget developed by Geocortex for this purpose.

  7. Run the print from the host application. When prompted, download and open the PDF.

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