What's New in ArcGIS Online

The December ArcGIS Online release wraps up a great year with advanced GIS capabilities and more improvements to your user experience. You'll also find better ways to manage your account and share work. For a complete list and more details on what's new, see ArcGIS Online Help. Check out the ArcGIS blog where we share some cool examples.

Advanced GIS Capabilities

Advanced GIS Capabilities

Esri Vector Tile Basemaps moved beyond beta! New vector basemaps feature nine styles that are derived from commercial, community, and open source data. The styles include a dark and light gray canvas, three street variations, terrain with labels, navigation, topographic, and an imagery hybrid. With this release, you will also enjoy new ways to expand analysis functions. Here’s what to expect:

  • 2D and 3D symbology—For point layers in the scene viewer, you can now incorporate 2D and 3D. Visualize numeric attributes with proportional symbols for color and size.

  • Join Features Tool—Transfer attributes from one layer or table to another based on spatial and attribute relationships. Append common boundaries or demographic information to your incident data, identify closest facilities to a known location, or determine the number of residences within flood zones.

  • Find Outliers Tool—Map clusters and spatial outliers in your data. Identify features with values that are different from other data points to make important discoveries. For example, find anomalous spending patterns, poverty line boundaries, under-performing retail sites, or US counties with low life expectancy.

A More Inviting User Experience

This release makes life a little easier for ArcGIS Online users. It offers authoring, editing, or applying Arcade, a new scripting language. For example, an expression might be created to generate a yearly sales figure for individual territories by summing the value of monthly sales fields. The yearly sales figure is represented as different-sized symbols on the map.

The release also includes the following:

  • Edit or delete attributes, photos, and files directly in the feature layer attribute table in the map viewer.
  • Story Maps has some new enhancements, including an easier process to adding images into the Story Map Journal and Story Map Series apps. Just simply drag and drop images into those stories when you build them. Images are uploaded to your ArcGIS account and share the same permissions as the story. This is easier than hosting them yourself and also enables you to keep images private that are used in stories that are only shared to your organization or a group.
A More Inviting User Experience
Simpler Administration and Sharing

Map Source: Esri Australia/PTV

Simpler Administration and Sharing

You can now use your social media credentials—from accounts such as Facebook and Google—to create a new ArcGIS Online organizational account. This release also offers a cost-effective way for you to share your GIS work with executives, field workers, analysts, and other select individuals without making your data public.

There are three new resources to assist ArcGIS Online users in getting started: