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Change ENC display settings

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Configure the display of ENC content.

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Use case

The S-52 standard defines how Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) content should be displayed to ensure that data is presented consistently across every charting system. S-52 defines several display options, including variations on symbology to ensure that charts are readable both at night and in direct sunlight.

How to use the sample

The sample displays an electronic navigational chart when it opens. Use the options to choose variations on colors and symbology.

How it works

  1. Load the ENC exchange set.
  2. Configure EncEnvironmentSettings.Default.DisplaySettings as specified by the user. The sample exposes options for color scheme, area symbolization, and point symbolization.
  3. When the view unloads, call ResetToDefaults on the various display settings. Because the settings affect all ENCs displayed by Runtime, failing to reset them would affect other views.

Relevant API

  • EncAreaSymbolizationType
  • EncAreaSymbolizationType.Plain
  • EncAreaSymbolizationType.Symbolized
  • EncColorScheme
  • EncColorScheme.Day
  • EncColorScheme.Dusk
  • EncColorScheme.Night
  • EncDisplaySettings
  • EncDisplaySettings.MarinerSettings
  • EncDisplaySettings.TextGroupVisibilitySettings
  • EncDisplaySettings.ViewingGroupSettings
  • EncEnvironmentSettings
  • EncEnvironmentSettings.Default
  • EncMarinerSettings.ResetToDefaults
  • EncPointSymbolizationType
  • EncPointSymbolizationType.PaperChart
  • EncPointSymbolizationType.Simplified
  • EncTextGroupVisibilitySettings.ResetToDefaults
  • EncViewingGroupSettings.ResetToDefaults

Offline data

This sample downloads the ENC Exchange Set without updates item from ArcGIS Online.

About the data

This sample uses a fictitious ENC exchange set designed for testing.


display, ENC, hydrographic, hydrography, IHO, layers, maritime, nautical chart, S-52, S-57, settings, symbology

Sample Code

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
            <RowDefinition Height="auto" />
            <RowDefinition Height="*" />
        <StackLayout Grid.Row="0">
            <Label FontAttributes="Bold">Color Scheme</Label>
            <Picker x:Name="ColorSchemePicker" VerticalOptions="CenterAndExpand" />
            <Label FontAttributes="Bold">Area Symbolization Type</Label>
            <Picker x:Name="AreaPicker" VerticalOptions="CenterAndExpand" />
            <Label FontAttributes="Bold">Point Symbolization Type</Label>
            <Picker x:Name="PointPicker" VerticalOptions="CenterAndExpand" />
            <Button Text="Apply" Clicked="Button_Clicked"/>
        <esriUI:MapView x:Name="MyMapView" Grid.Row="1" />
// Copyright 2018 Esri.
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using ArcGISRuntime.Samples.Managers;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Geometry;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Hydrography;
using Esri.ArcGISRuntime.Mapping;
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace ArcGISRuntimeXamarin.Samples.ChangeEncDisplaySettings
        name: "Change ENC display settings",
        category: "Hydrography",
        description: "Configure the display of ENC content.",
        instructions: "The sample displays an electronic navigational chart when it opens. Use the options to choose variations on colors and symbology.",
        tags: new[] { "ENC", "IHO", "S-52", "S-57", "display", "hydrographic", "hydrography", "layers", "maritime", "nautical chart", "settings", "symbology" })]
    public partial class ChangeEncDisplaySettings : ContentPage
        public ChangeEncDisplaySettings()

            // Create the UI, setup the control references and execute initialization

        private async void Initialize()
            // Add display options to UI
            ColorSchemePicker.ItemsSource = new List<String>() { "Day", "Dusk", "Night" };
            AreaPicker.ItemsSource = new List<String>() { "Plain", "Symbolized" };
            PointPicker.ItemsSource = new List<String>() { "Paper Chart", "Simplified" };

            // Provide initial selection
            ColorSchemePicker.SelectedIndex = 0; AreaPicker.SelectedIndex = 0; PointPicker.SelectedIndex = 0;

            // Apply initial display settings

            // Initialize the map with an oceans basemap
            MyMapView.Map = new Map(Basemap.CreateOceans());

            // Get the path to the ENC Exchange Set
            string encPath = DataManager.GetDataFolder("9d2987a825c646468b3ce7512fb76e2d", "ExchangeSetwithoutUpdates", "ENC_ROOT",

            // Create the Exchange Set
            // Note: this constructor takes an array of paths because so that update sets can be loaded alongside base data
            EncExchangeSet myEncExchangeSet = new EncExchangeSet(new string[] { encPath });

                // Wait for the exchange set to load
                await myEncExchangeSet.LoadAsync();

                // Store a list of data set extent's - will be used to zoom the mapview to the full extent of the Exchange Set
                List<Envelope> dataSetExtents = new List<Envelope>();

                // Add each data set as a layer
                foreach (EncDataset myEncDataSet in myEncExchangeSet.Datasets)
                    EncLayer myEncLayer = new EncLayer(new EncCell(myEncDataSet));

                    // Add the layer to the map

                    // Wait for the layer to load
                    await myEncLayer.LoadAsync();

                    // Add the extent to the list of extents

                // Use the geometry engine to compute the full extent of the ENC Exchange Set
                Envelope fullExtent = GeometryEngine.CombineExtents(dataSetExtents);

                // Set the viewpoint
                await MyMapView.SetViewpointAsync(new Viewpoint(fullExtent));

                // Subscribe to notifications about leaving so that settings can be reset.
                // This looks different because of sample viewer plumbing.
                // Replace `((ArcGISRuntime.SamplePage)this.Parent)` with `this` in your app.
                ((Page)this.Parent).Disappearing += SampleUnloaded;
            catch (Exception e)
                await Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Error", e.ToString(), "OK");

        private void SampleUnloaded(object sender, EventArgs e)
            // ENC environment settings apply to the entire application
            // They need to be reset after leaving the sample to avoid affecting other samples

        private void UpdateDisplaySettings()
            // Hold a reference to the application-wide ENC Display Settings
            EncDisplaySettings globalDisplaySettings = EncEnvironmentSettings.Default.DisplaySettings;

            // Hold a reference to the application-wide ENC Mariner Settings (part of display settings)
            EncMarinerSettings globalMarinerSettings = globalDisplaySettings.MarinerSettings;

            // Apply color scheme
            string selectedTheme = ColorSchemePicker.SelectedItem.ToString();
            switch (selectedTheme)
                case "Day":
                    globalMarinerSettings.ColorScheme = EncColorScheme.Day;
                case "Dusk":
                    globalMarinerSettings.ColorScheme = EncColorScheme.Dusk;
                case "Night":
                    globalMarinerSettings.ColorScheme = EncColorScheme.Night;

            // Apply area symbolization
            string selectedAreaType = AreaPicker.SelectedItem.ToString();
            globalMarinerSettings.AreaSymbolizationType = selectedAreaType == "Plain" ? EncAreaSymbolizationType.Plain : EncAreaSymbolizationType.Symbolized;

            // Apply point symbolization
            string selectedPointType = PointPicker.SelectedItem.ToString();
            globalMarinerSettings.PointSymbolizationType = selectedPointType == "Paper Chart" ? EncPointSymbolizationType.PaperChart : EncPointSymbolizationType.Simplified;

        private void Button_Clicked(object sender, EventArgs e)