Key Concepts

Print Templates

A print template is a formatted presentation of a map. Print templates are created by print authors (administrators) and shared with end users to create on-demand, printable maps of the user's current session.

End users run print templates from web applications that the author has configured to host the templates (host applications). The print output is a PDF.

Print templates are designed using a web-based tool called Geocortex Print Designer. You can either create a template from scratch, or you can use one of the preconfigured templates offered by Print Designer.

Print templates are saved to the Geocortex Printing service, with an item in the content area of the author's ArcGIS account. Access to the print template is controlled by sharing the ArcGIS item.

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Create Print Templates

Geocortex Print Designer

Geocortex Print Designer provides an extensive suite of tools for laying out print templates. You can add map components like a scale bar, legend, overview map, and north arrow, include descriptive text and images, and brand the print template.

Print Designer has a built-in Preview environment for running print templates. Using the Preview is the quickest way to verify a print template's layout while you are designing it.

Host Applications

A host application is a web application from which users can run Geocortex prints.

Geocortex Printing supports the following types of host applications:

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Configure Host Applications

Bands and Controls

Print templates are divided into horizontal sections called bands. When you create a new print template, it has bands for the top margin, the bottom margin, and a Detail band in the middle. Detail bands are used to display the print's details, in particular, the map.

A control is an element that you add to a print template to present a particular piece of information. For example, the Map control presents the map from the user's current session, the Legend control presents the legend, and so on. Controls can be static or dynamic. A static control gets its value when you design the print template. A dynamic control gets its value when the print template runs. For example, Label controls that contain print inputs are dynamic controls.

A print template's layout defines the controls in the print template and their respective sizes and locations on the page. Print Designer provides a design surface where you lay out and format the elements that you want in the print template. To lay out a template, you add bands to the design surface; drag controls onto the bands; and resize, align, and format the controls.

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Structure of Print Templates

Print Inputs

You can configure print templates to take inputs from the user at run time. This is useful if you want to allow the end user to supply a custom title, notes, or other text to include in the print output.

To configure a print template to take an input, you add a parameter to the template. The parameter acts as a placeholder for print content that gets its value when the print runs.

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Configure Print Inputs

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