What's New in ArcGIS Online March 2013

Map Viewer

View directions—The map viewer now includes an option for viewing directions between two or more locations. The Directions button appears when signed in with an organizational account. For more information, see Viewing directions.

Additional layer types from the web—You can now add OGC Web Map Tile Services (WMTS) layers, tile layers, and GeoRSS file layers to your web map. Here are some example web maps with an OGC WMTS layer, a tile layer, and a GeoRSS file. For more information, see Adding layers from the web.

Change symbols on ArcGIS Server 10.1 dynamic map service layers—You can now change symbols on dynamic layers in ArcGIS Server 10.1 map services. For more information on enabling dynamic layers, see About dynamic layers in ArcGIS 10.1 for Server Help. For more information about changing symbols in a web map layer, see About classifying attributes.

Esri Map Layers—The ArcGIS Online map viewer now includes an option to search for layers in Esri Map Layers. The search finds selected ArcGIS for Server services published by Esri such as demographic and traffic maps that you can add to your map. This option appears when you are signed in with an organizational account. For more information, see Searching for layers.


Publish hosted feature services with multiple shapefiles—When publishing a hosted feature service from ArcGIS Online, you can now include multiple shapefiles within a single ZIP file. For more information, see Publishing a hosted feature service using a CSV or shapefile.

Web Applications

New parcel viewer template—Use this configurable web application template for displaying a collection of government property tax and assessment information.

Updated editing template—This template provides easy editing functionality for editable layers in the web map, and is now easier to use on mobile devices.

Updated swipe template—This configurable web application template lets you compare two web maps side-by-side. The template is now available in the default ArcGIS Online web map viewer web mapping application gallery.

CityEngine Web Viewer enhancements—CityEngine Web Viewer has the following new functionality: Comments are now location-aware: explore comments in 3D space, or collaboratively discuss and review your models by intuitively annotating them using comments; side-by-side comparison view; identify and frame layers; and visualization improvements such as sky reflections or water visualization. For more information, see Using CityEngine Web Viewer.

ArcGIS Applications

If you have an ArcGIS Online paid or trial subscription you can access these applications at no additional cost.

Esri Maps for Office—With this latest release you can enrich your spreadsheets with demographic and lifestyle data. Click on a map you created with your spreadsheet data to display Infographics to learn what type of people live in a certain location. The "Find Nearby" capability allows you to find all points in one map layer that are within a certain distance of points in another map layer, or that fall within a specific region. New configuration options for heat maps and smart clustering give you more control over styling a map. Esri Maps for Office now also supports Office 2013. This release is initially available in English only. It will be available for all the other supported languages in the coming weeks. Get more details or download the software.

Collector for ArcGIS—You can now sign in with your ArcGIS Online account and open maps; search for your maps; view more sample maps; and access Help directly from the app. For more information and to download the app, visit Collector for ArcGIS.

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS—Access new tutorials and videos to get started with the Operations Dashboard app. For more information and to download the app, visit Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS.

ArcGIS Content

Geocoding service—You can now perform geocoding in China. We also improved the geocoding quality for more than 30 countries, including Israel, Denmark, Poland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. For more information, see Service Coverage.

Network analysis services—All of the network analysis services are now available for Japan. Driving directions can also be generated in three new languages: Polish, Portuguese, and Lithuanian. The closest facility service, which is used to find the nearest location from one or more locations based on travel time or travel distance, now supports solving large problems with an asynchronous execution mode. For more information, see Overview of Network Analysis Services.

Organization Administration

Additional subscription status reports—Administrators can now see usage reports for geographic context and demographics. For more information, see Viewing subscription status.

Register Bing Map key—Organizations who want to include Bing Maps in their map viewer basemap gallery can add a Bing Map key to their map configuration. This is related to the phasing out of complimentary use of Bing Maps. For more information, see Configuring the map.

Change region—Administrators can now change their organization's region. Region now determines the units of measurement on the map viewer scale bar, measure tool, and directions tool. For more information, see Configuring general settings for the website.

Application Development 

AppIDs—As an application developer you can register your application with ArcGIS Online and obtain an Application ID. This AppID identifies your application to the platform in the context of both user logins as well as app logins based on OAuth 2 and is also the foundation for distributing apps, accessing billable services and getting usage reports. For more information, see Adding applications.

ArcGIS for Developers—This new website for developers is now available at developers.arcgis.com. The site introduces new developers to the ArcGIS platform and its capabilities for geocoding, routing, geoenrichment, tiles, and more. For more information, see ArcGIS for Developers.

Other Enhancements

Non-geospatial item types now supported—The following static data files are now supported as item types in ArcGIS Online: DOC, DOCX, JPG, JPEG, PDF, PNG, PPT, PPTX, TIF, TIFF, URL, VSD, XLS, and XLSX. Users with an ArcGIS Online organizational account can add these files to ArcGIS Online through My Content. They are not supported as data layers you can add to a web map. For more information, see Supported item types.

Additional languages—Estonian and Latvian are now available as language options for viewing the ArcGIS Online website, bringing the number of supported languages to 22. Language determines the user interface as well as the way time, date, and numerical values appear. For more information, see Setting language and region.

Additional regions—Egypt and Nicaragua are now available as regions. The region you select for your ArcGIS Online website sets the featured maps on the home page, content in the gallery, and the default extent of new maps in the map viewer. Regions also now determine the units on the map scale bar, measure tool, and directions tool. For more information, see Setting language and region.


ArcGIS Online beta enhancements are available to all ArcGIS Online users with organizational accounts. These enhancements are stable components of the site that may have incomplete functionality or documentation and may contain some minor issues. There is no charge for performing analysis during the beta period. Charges do apply for storage and access to the resulting layers. If you have issues or are experiencing problems with any of the beta functionality, please contact Esri Technical Support or visit the ArcGIS Online forum.

Enterprise sign in page—You can configure your online organization so that your users can sign in using their enterprise logins. This is based on federating in your enterprise identity provider using SAML. Please be aware that in this initial beta release any user with an enterprise login will be able to sign in to your organization once you set up the federation. A future update will add the ability for you to restrict membership to those enterprise users who you explicitly invite. For more information, see Configuring security settings or watch a short video.

Analysis tools—ArcGIS Online organizational account users will have access to a set of analysis tools that are being released in beta in the ArcGIS Online map viewer. These tools let you perform analysis against your layers hosted in ArcGIS Online as well as other layers you have access to and create new hosted layers and tables. Performing analysis consumes service credits for the analysis as well as for the storage and access to the result layers that are created. There is no charge for analysis during the beta period. For more information, see Performing analysis.

Ready-to-use spatial analysis services API—Developers with an ArcGIS Online organizational account can preview analysis capabilities that they can add directly to their applications through the Spatial Analysis Services API. For more information, see About developing with task services.

Demographic and Lifestyle maps—Access a comprehensive set of demographic maps for the USA and 19 countries in Western Europe. These vector maps are configurable and provide access to hundreds of measures about the demographics and lifestyles of consumers down to a local neighborhood level. The maps are available to ArcGIS Online organizational accounts to use in the map viewer as well as in Esri Maps for Office. Use of these map services will consume service credits based on the number of map and query requests. During the beta period, users will not be charged for the use of these maps. Explore these maps in the Demographics and Lifestyle group and add them to your own web maps and web mapping applications.

Other Changes to ArcGIS Online

New sharing workflows for public accounts—Public accounts, previously known as personal accounts, can no longer create private groups, join private or organizational groups, or share items to groups unless the items are shared with everybody (public). Existing private items in public groups will remain private; ArcGIS Online will not turn existing private items or groups public. For more information, see What should you share?

ArcGIS Explorer Online now in extended phase support—ArcGIS Explorer Online will continue to be available; however, it is no longer being updated or actively developed. For more information, see Esri Product Life Cycle Policy.

Add Map Notes—Previously known as Create Editable Layer. Adding a map notes layer allows you to add features directly to your web map. For more information, see Adding map notes.

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