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I have a layer with about 11,000 points. Each point is tied to a point in another layer. The relationship is more or less a parent/children type, where all children tied to a parent is of the same color for their symbology. I am trying to change the outline for all 11,000 points without disrupting the color matching between children and parent points. When I go into the symbol properties and select "Properties for All Symbols", I can change the outline, but then it ends up changing the color of all points to the default monochrome.

An alternative that I've gotten to work is to do the same workflow in ArcGIS Pro by changing the border through the "Properties for All Symbols" which does not change the color and my points end up looking the way I intend. The issue is that I need to publish the service to ArcGIS for Server 10.5, which ArcGIS Pro can not do (only to Portal/AGOL). I was able to publish the two layers from Pro to my Portal and then add them to my ArcMap document as data from AGOL.

Visually, all looks good at the MXD level, but when I publish the MXD as a service to Server 10.5, the layers do not draw correctly, one layer will show, but the other will not. It seems like it's a layer order issue, because it's always the first ordered one that shows in the service and never the second one.

My question is, does anyone know how I can solve this workflow issue or can show me a way that I can either change the symbology in ArcMap or export the layer properties in ArcGIS Pro to import into ArcMap? And if anyone else sees any flaws in my workflow/logic, please let me know.

Also, if anyone knows of a Pythonic way of changing the outline/halo of a point symbol for all values in a layer without changing the color, that would be helpful as well.

  • Instead of changing properties for all symbols can you just change symbols for each individual class of points? – Dowlers Feb 6 '18 at 15:03
  • In ArcMap, applying new formatting for all points, or individual classes results in changing the color to the default. In Pro, this process works, but then the issue of Pro --> ArcMap translation arises. – Dave Feb 6 '18 at 15:07
  • Sorry I wasn't clear. I meant symbol categories within a feature class. How do you have your points symbolized? What I'm trying to say is don't pick "Properties for all symbols" pick individual symbols instead. – Dowlers Feb 6 '18 at 15:21
  • That would be about 1,700 symbol classes within the total record count of 11,000. That's a lot of clicks for each symbol just to change the outline to a halo or something. – Dave Feb 6 '18 at 15:46
  • 1,700 symbol classes strikes me as a lot. Can the end user even distinguish that many colours on the web map? But, regardless of that, could you try removing all symbology classes so only the default one is visible. Symbolize that the way you want. Then click on the add all values button That sometimes adds unique colours for each symbol class added, depending on the type of the original symbol chosen. – Dowlers Feb 8 '18 at 22:51

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