What's New in ArcGIS Online —December 2014

See the complete list with links to more information in ArcGIS Online Help.

3D Scene Viewer

ArcGIS Online now includes a 3D Scene viewer that enables anyone to explore 3D data and discover information from a web browser . The Scene viewer allows you to easily interact with a published Scene from ArcGIS Pro or create 3D Scenes using many of your own layers (hosted on ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Server layers).

Organization Administration

Organizations can now allow members with ArcGIS accounts to set up multifactor authentication. Multifactor authentication provides an extra level of authentication at sign in by requesting a verification code in addition to a user name and password.

Activity based metrics, real-time reports, and other useful information about your online mapping platform that were available from the Activity Dashboard app have been integrated into ArcGIS Online for administrators to use in managing their ArcGIS Online organization.

Hosted Feature Layers

ArcGIS Online has become even more open by giving users and app developers the ability to import and publish layers from GeoJSON or export GeoJSON from an existing hosted feature layer. You can also export feature layers to feature collections, and import CSV files as tables, even without spatial references.

Hosted Tile Layers

Earlier this year we added the ability to take your hosted feature layers offline with Collector for ArcGIS for use when disconnected from a network. Now you can also take your own hosted tile layers offline.

Map Viewer

The map viewer lets you create, interact, and share maps. In December, we added these new features:

  • Additional options for embedding maps, including zoom controls, basemap selection, legends, locations search, and much more
  • Ability to edit pop-up windows with related data from the Collector for ArcGIS app


We continue to expand your ability to do spatial analytics. Several new analytical functions have been added, including:

  • Connect Origins to Destinations so you can create many routes in volume
  • Create Viewsheds of what an observer can see on the ground
  • Create Watersheds or upstream contributing areas
  • Trace Downstream to determine a flow path

In addition, the Extract Data tool supports attachments, and you can verify the expressions when calculating a field. Many of the existing tools including Enrich Layer, Summarize Nearby, Find Nearest and Plan Routes now take advantage of trucking and walking as additional travel modes.

Open Data

Open Data allows organizations to use the ArcGIS platform to provide the public with open access to their authoritative data. With the December release, Open Data supports the use of custom basemaps and introduces a new activity feed to communicate download status to open data consumers.

Configurable Apps

Want to add a map to your website that gets people to your organization's facilities? You can do so with a new template that provides directions. There are also new Story Map apps and an additional app for comparing two maps.

ArcGIS Content

With each update we continue to add to the Living Atlas of the World, which includes authoritative maps on thousands of topics. Here are some highlights from the December release:

  • A new Dark Gray Canvas basemap that can be used for maps and applications that would benefit from a dark, neutral background map to emphasize thematic layers.
  • Updates to the World Imagery basemap that include SPOTMaps 2.5 meter and Pléiades 0.5 meter imagery at larger scales where it improves upon the quality or currency of existing high-resolution imagery.
  • New detailed demographic data for Germany, Australia, and India that can be used for mapping and data enrichment. New demographic maps are available for the United States for consumer spending and market potential.
  • New global landscape layers that can be used for regional planning purposes.

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS enables you to create map-based apps from ready-to-use widgets and customize the look and feel with configurable themes. The apps run on browsers, tablets, and smartphones. Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS has moved out of beta to a fully supported release.

New Language

The user interface for the website includes Vietnamese, bringing the total supported languages to 27.


We added:

  • 1.7 million new unique Points of Interest (POI)
  • Eight new countries where point-of-interest (POIs) are available
  • Expanded results and accuracy in geocoding for Germany, UK, France, Croatia, and Bulgaria.
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