What’s new in version 4.3
Prior to this release, FeatureLayer drawing was more limited and restricted datasets with a larger than average number of features. At the 4.3 release, the fetch strategy for 2D drawing and querying has been improved to request and draw more features in less time, giving priority to features in the center of the view. See the sample below, which loads a web map containing a feature layer with more than 30,000 zip codes.
You can now add, update or delete features from a feature layer in a feature service programmatically. This release is the first step in supporting editing that will eventually reach parity with 3.x in future releases. This sample demonstrates how you can add and delete features in a service and update feature attributes by building your own editing tools with the 4.3 version. It also showcases the new Expand widget that we think developers will put to good use.
At 4.2, we introduced the 4.x widget framework as implemented within the LayerList and Print widgets.
In this release, the following widgets have been updated to the new widget framework: Attribution, BasemapToggle, Compass, Home, Locate, NavigationToggle, Track and Zoom.
Filtering and querying SceneLayers
3D visualizations are an immersive form of revealing patterns in your data, and the ability to filter and query scene layers will enhance these visualizations.
Filtering a mesh scene layer is useful to display a subset of buildings. The sample below uses this filtering mechanism to filter floors in a building on the esri campus.
In addition to filtering the scene layer, it is also possible to determine the 3D extent of a given feature and obtain the attribute information about a 3D object in the current view. The following sample illustrates this functionality where it is possible to query the attribute information of a given building and zoom to the extent of the feature.
New resources for 2D and 3D symbols
We are also introducing the new Esri Web Style Symbols guide topic to support the use of the WebStyleSymbol, including realistic 3D object symbols. The new Playground will also aid developers in designing symbols, by allowing them to visually interact with symbol properties. On each property value change, the playground generates the code needed to reference the symbol in a custom app.
What’s new in version 3.20
The Measurement widget and Scalebar widget have been updated to support many non-Earth coordinate systems, for example for the Moon, Mars, Venus and several more. This allows you to properly measure craters on the moon or plan your next trip to Mars.
Barriers with Directions widget
The Directions widget now supports working with barriers to determine optimal routing. This adds a restriction line barrier, which prohibits travel where the barrier intersects the route. For example, you may add a line barrier if there is a parade or protest that blocks traffic on your route.
As we progress forward version 3.x continues to support the ArcGIS Platform while all major development efforts are geared towards advancing version 4.x of the API. We look forward to visiting with those of you attending the Developer Summit and be sure to review the Technical Session Guide for the Web Developer before arriving in Palm Springs.
Bonus: ArcGIS DevLabs