What's New in ArcGIS Online December 2012

Map Viewer Enhancements

Applying filtered views of feature layers—As a map author you can now create filters for presenting a focused view of your feature data in a web map. You can set a filter for each layer that controls the information within the layer that is presented to the end user viewing the map. For example, you can create a filter on crime data to only show arsons and petty thefts. You could also let the end user interact with the filter via an easy-to-use dialog that prompts them for the key information that drives the filter. Web maps with interactive filters can be shared through a new Interactive Filter Template which provides a focused application for sharing your map. See Applying filters for more information.

Show tables—When viewing a web map you can now display an interactive table of the attribute information. Tables are a useful when you quickly want to view the data in a feature layer of a map. See Showing tables for more information.

Set visibility scale range on all types of layers—As a map author you can now set all types of layers to display within a range of map scales. Previously, you could only set visibility on certain types of feature layers. See Setting visibility range for more information.

Disable editing on feature layers—As the owner of an editable feature service, you can disable editing on the layer in a web map. This is useful if you want the service to be editable but you want to display the feature data in a web map without allowing people viewing the map to edit the data. See Disabling editing for more information.

Publishing Enhancements

Publish hosted tiled map services from tile packages—If you have the publisher role in ArcGIS Online you can now publish hosted tiled map services from your tile packages using your organization's ArcGIS Online website. This allows you to build the tiles using your own computing power, rather than your ArcGIS Online service credits. See Publishing a hosted tiled map service using a tile package for more information.

Publish hosted tiled map services from feature services—If you have the publisher role in ArcGIS Online you can also now publish hosted tiled map services from your feature services. This is a useful workflow if you don’t have any ArcGIS products installed locally. See Publishing a hosted tile map service using a hosted feature service for more information.

Support for time-enabled hosted feature services—If you have the publisher role in ArcGIS Online, you can now publish time-enabled feature services to ArcGIS Online. You can use your temporal hosted service to create time-enabled web maps. See Configuring time settings for more information.

Sharing Enhancements

Register secured ArcGIS for Server services with ArcGIS Online—When you register secured ArcGIS for Server services, you now have the option to store authentication credentials with service items. Storing credentials means that ArcGIS Online does not prompt end-users for authentication when they access the service, for example, as a layer in a web map. See Adding items from the web for more information.

New templates for creating web mapping applications—The template gallery for creating web mapping applications has been updated. A new template for displaying interactive filters and an updated elevations profile template have been added.

View-only groups—You can now create groups where users can join but cannot contribute content. Members of the group can view and access items added by the group administrator but cannot share their own content to the group. See Creating groups for more information.

More control over items in groups—As a group owner, you can now choose the default field for displaying items in your group and select the order of how those items appear. See Creating groups for more information.

Directly add members to groups—As an administrator of your organization's ArcGIS Online subscription, you can now directly add members to a group without the members needing to accept invitations. See Owning groups for more information.

Subscribe to RSS feeds about item comments—You can now subscribe to an RSS news feed for comments on an item. This is especially useful for content owners who want to be notified through an RSS reader when somebody has feedback on their items. See Item details for more information.

Subscription Administration Enhancements

Configure print service—Organizations can now use their own print service for printing web maps with their own map layouts. See Configuring utility services for more information.

Option to hide comments—Organizations can now disable comments on items owned by members of the organization. See Configuring item details for more information.

Custom background image—Organizations can now use their own background image for their ArcGIS Online home page. See Configuring the home page for more information.

Reorganized configuration settings—Some configuration settings have been reorganized into more focused categories. See About configuring the website for more information.

Enhancements to subscription status reports—ArcGIS Online subscription administrators can now see detailed reports about tile loading, routing and logistics. In addition, the subscription status page has been improved for better viewing performance. See Viewing subscription status for more information.

Geoservices Enhancements

Improved support for global addresses—When publishing a hosted feature service or importing a file to a web map that includes addresses, ArcGIS Online geocodes the locations based on your organization's region. See Publishing a hosted feature service using a shapefile or CSV file for more information.

Improved batch geocoding in ArcGIS for Desktop—Organizations can take advantage of the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service for batch geocoding. The service matches addresses and places in over 100 countries from a single end point. For more information on using ArcGIS Online World Geocoding as your default locator in the ArcGIS for Desktop ArcMap application, see Geocoding a table of addresses using the ArcGIS Online geocode service.

Enhancements to geocoding API—The World Geocoding Service API has a number of enhancements including improved support for batch geocoding using country codes, better results based on your current location, support for localized names, and improved field names. See About developing with task services for more information.

Ready-to-use network analysis services API now available—Developers can add routing, directions and other network analysis capabilities directly to their applications through the Network Analysis Services API. See About developing with task services for more information.

Other Enhancements

CityEngine Web Viewer enhancements—CityEngine Web Viewer has the following new functionality: Play a tour of all bookmark viewpoints and view thumbnails of the bookmarks. Embed Web Scenes in your website, add comments and ratings, and update Web Scene thumbnails from the CityEngine Web Viewer. In addition to the new functionality, the quality of shadows has been improved. See Using CityEninge Web Viewer for more information.

ArcGIS web map JSON format documentation now available—Documentation about the ArcGIS web map JSON format is now available. The documentation explains how web maps are structured so that you can read or write web maps from custom clients. For more information, see About the ArcGIS web map JSON format.

Additional languages—Danish, Hebrew, Lithuanian, and Portugese (Portugal) have been added as available language options for viewing the ArcGIS Online website. Language determines the user interface as well as the way time, date, and numerical values appear. See Setting language and region for more information.

Additional regions—Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, and Taiwan have been added as regions. The region you select for the website sets the featured maps on the home page, content in the gallery, and the default extent of new maps in the ArcGIS Online map viewer. If you access the site anonymously or if you have set a region for your account, ArcGIS Online now uses the region for the country from which you are accessing the website. If a region is not available for that country, ArcGIS Online uses the World region. See Setting language and region for more information.

Basemap Updates

World Imagery Map—The final set from GeoEye's IKONOS 50 million square kilometers high resolution imagery has been added to the World Imagery Map. It includes expanded coverage of 1 meter resolution GeoEye IKONOS imagery for parts of Afghanistan, Africa, Australia, India, New Zealand, and South America. Contributions to the World Imagery Map through the Community Maps Program include several regions in Canada and the Switzerland.

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