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What's New in ArcGIS Online (June 2016)

ArcGIS Online has just been updated with the following new features and enhancements. This release includes updates and new capabilities for smart mapping, item pages, improvements to the map viewer and scene viewer, updated content, and more. For additional details see the What’s new help topic.

Smart Mapping

Smart mapping provides data-driven tools that enable you to explore your data to unlock information and easily author visually appealing web maps. When feature layers are added, the data is analyzed and appropriate layer styling options are presented in a streamlined user experience appropriate for your data.

With this release, several new smart mapping styles are available to help visualize, explore, and understand your data from a temporal perspective.

Continuous Timeline (Color) lets you use a new/old or before/after theme to show the age of your features using colors. Continuous Timeline (Size) uses symbol size to show time values, for example newer features can be larger, and older features can be smaller. Age (Color) and Age (Size) let you symbolize dates and ranges with color and size, and apply Themes such as Above and Below, High to Low, Centered On, and Extremes to explore your data.

See examples with descriptions by viewing the Show Time in Your Maps story map.

For more information see Change style and What’s New in Smart Mapping (June 2016).

Improved Item Pages

Item details have been redesigned featuring a new layout that improves workflows and information presentation. The new item pages also add capabilities and functionality that help you explore and work with content. For content consumers, the new pages provide more ways to explore items. For content creators and administrators, the new design makes it easier to modify item properties and configure settings. Improvements include:

See Introducing a new experience for working with items in ArcGIS Online for more information.

Map Viewer

Map viewer is the ArcGIS Online app that enables you to author and share web maps, perform analysis, and work with your layers. The following are map viewer enhancements for this release:

Scene Viewer

Scene viewer is the ArcGIS Online app for authoring and interacting with 3D scenes. New in this release:

For more information, see What’s New in the Scene Viewer (June 2016).

Configurable Apps

Configurable app templates enable you to create custom user or workflow-focused apps that meet specific needs, without requiring programming.

This release includes updates and improvements to existing apps, including:

See the Configurable Apps Gallery.

Story Maps

Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content, making it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.

Story Map Cascade (beta)

Story Map Cascade allows you to create immersive, full-screen stories using your narrative text, maps, scenes, images, and videos. Cascade stories are visually compelling yet easy to navigate; readers simply scroll through the story. View 100 Years of National Parks to see an example.

Story Map Crowdsource (beta)

Story Map Crowdsource allows you to publish and manage a crowdsourcing project to which anyone can contribute photos with captions.  Use Story Map Crowdsource to engage your audience and collect their photos and experiences, thoughts, or memories on the subject of your choice, all linked to a map. A vetting function lets you review and approve contributions. View National Park Memories to see an example.

To create stories using these apps go directly to the Story Map Cascade and Story Map Crowdsource web pages to learn more, see examples, view a tutorial, and use the interactive builders.

For more information see What’s New in Story Maps (June 2016).

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

Web AppBuilder enables you to easily create HTML/JavaScript apps that run on any device, using a gallery of ready-use-widgets. You can customize the look of your apps with configurable themes, and can host your apps online or on your own server.

Enhancements and new capabilities for Web AppBuilder for this release include the following:

New widgets

Enhancements to existing widgets

Other enhancements

For more information, see Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS and What’s New in Web AppBuilder (June 2016).

Drone2Map for ArcGIS

Drone2Map for ArcGIS will be released shortly after this ArcGIS Online update, and will be available for all organizations to try or purchase. Drone2Map for ArcGIS streamlines the creation of professional imagery products from drone-captured still imagery for visualization and analysis in ArcGIS. Create orthomosaics, 3D meshes, and more, in minutes, not days.

See the Drone2Map website or the Drone2Map story map for more information.

Collector for ArcGIS

Collector for ArcGIS puts mapping in the hands of your field workforce, improving accuracy and currency of your spatial data.

The next update of Collector for ArcGIS will include the following enhancements:

For more information, see the Collector for ArcGIS help.

Survey123 for ArcGIS

Survey123 for ArcGIS is a simple and intuitive form-centric data gathering solution that makes creating, sharing, and analyzing surveys possible in a few easy steps.

Use the mobile app to download forms and capture data while in the field. Use the web site to create and publish surveys and view the results. Survey123 for ArcGIS can be used in combination with other field apps such as Workforce for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS to optimize planning, coordination, monitoring and execution of field operations.

Workforce for ArcGIS

Workforce for ArcGIS provides tools that enable you to coordinate your workforce and view the real-time status of assigned tasks. Workforce for ArcGIS will be released shortly following this ArcGIS Online update.

Workforce for ArcGIS can be used with Navigator for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS, and Survey123 for ArcGIS. Mobile workers receive and complete work that is assigned to them and can collaborate as a team in the field. Dispatchers create and assign work to mobile workers directly inside of ArcGIS Online. GIS administrators can create projects that manage the work that needs to be completed, assign crews, and configure the apps that will be used to complete the work.

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS

GeoPlanner for ArcGIS helps you plan, visualize, and test land use, natural resource, and landscape architecture scenarios with real-time dashboarding and sketch tools. GeoPlanner uses the power of Geodesign to help you make informed and evidence-based decisions about development and conservation.

The hosted version of GeoPlanner will be updated with the following new features and capabilities:

For more information see GeoPlanner for ArcGIS.

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud (beta)

ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is a new ArcGIS app that enables design and communications professionals to access thousands of data-driven maps inside Adobe’s design apps.

Download street, political, and physical features, man-made and natural event layers, satellite images, and many more maps, directly into Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop as editable vector layer or high-resolution images.

ArcGIS Content

ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World, a curated and continually updated collection of authoritative maps and layers covering thousands of topics. These data can be directly integrated into your workflows, and used to complement your data when authoring maps and apps.

Updates for this release include:

For the latest information on content updates, see the ArcGIS Online blog.


ArcGIS Marketplace

ArcGIS Marketplace is the go-to destination to discover, access, and trial ready-to-use apps and content that are designed to extend ArcGIS. Marketplace features apps from Esri and qualified Esri Partners, International Distributors, and startups who are Marketplace Providers.

New for this release:

For more information see the ArcGIS Marketplace help.

Hosted Web Layers

Hosted web layers are used to publish your maps and data in ArcGIS Online, outsourcing the need for your own server and infrastructure, or complementing what you do using ArcGIS for Server. This release introduces the following new capabilities and features:

Open Standards

ArcGIS Online continues to improve its commitment to open standards and interoperability with enhanced support for Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) services. The following functionality is now supported:

Organization Administration

Organization Administrators have more options for managing credit budgets and can now set a default credit allocation for new members. Organizations can also manage credit budgets as part of the invitation process.

Enterprise logins can now be enabled for Esri access, providing members using enterprise authentication access to Esri web resources for support, training, forums, downloads, email communications from Esri, and more.

Organizations can configure a custom analysis layer gallery to use with the analysis tools in the map viewer.

Workflows for sharing content between organizations have been improved. Administrators can now make a member’s profile visible to everyone (public) so the member can be invited to groups outside the organization. New documentation explains how to share an item with another organization.

For enhanced login security the user name and password cannot be the same. This requirement applies to new accounts (including trials) and existing accounts that reset the password.

Members can now be designated as Marketplace purchasers. These members are entitled to buy apps listed in the ArcGIS Marketplace through the new online Esri shopping cart.

For more information

For additional details about this release, see the What’s new help topic or view all posts related to this release.

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