Is there a way to use a text editor to edit the various layers of an ArcGIS MapServer?

This is the service I'm working with.

Here's my scenario: I'm using ArcGIS Online to create a custom WebMap that will be viewed in ArcGIS Explorer for iOS. The MapServer layers already have symbol and label info included, but because the iOS device has a Retina display, the symbol widths and text sizes are unreadably small. My solution was to globally double these values, but I can't do so in ArcGIS Online without losing the existing symbology (things like highway shields that aren't editable in ArcGIS Online).

As a non-professional Mac user, I don't have any other ArcGIS applications at my disposal, but can I download the layers somehow, edit them in a text application, and re-upload to the WebMap from a file?

  • You might be able to fashion a proxy to rewrite the service stream, if the anno is rendered client side, otherwise I expect this is impossible (and even the proxy would require advanced network programming skill).
    – Vince
    Feb 5, 2020 at 0:05
  • If I click on the various layers at that link, I can read the underlying text, including the "Drawing Info" that I'd want to edit. Is there a way to export and re-save this text in some format, ideally as a batch but if necessary as individual layers?
    – Nathan
    Feb 5, 2020 at 16:30
  • You have a causality issue here: The properties are cooked into the raw service, and the application generates that text based on the binary content. You cannot generally modify the output and post it back into the service (the service is mostly read-only). You can republish the data into a second service with different properties.
    – Vince
    Feb 5, 2020 at 17:25
  • That should be fine; I don’t need to change the service, I can add the layers to my web map from a file. But I don’t know what kind of file I should create.
    – Nathan
    Feb 6, 2020 at 1:03


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