ArcGIS Field Maps

What's New in ArcGIS Field Maps (December 2020)

Following the initial release of ArcGIS Field Maps on November 2nd, our December update completes the first phase of bringing together map viewing, high-accuracy data collection, and smart form-driven inspections – coupled with battery-saving location tracking capabilities into one app that you can deploy within your organization.

December updates, now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play, include:

The ArcGIS Field Maps web app is now released and dramatically lowers the bar for configuring and deploying maps for use with ArcGIS Field Maps.

Key features include:

We’ll be providing a setup for ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 in early January that can be downloaded from the My Esri website.

Release Highlights

Let’s take a look at a few highlights from this release.

Smart forms

Smart forms are now a part of your maps. As part of the new ArcGIS forms spec, in November we introduced the creation of forms, grouping of fields, and conditional visibility. With this update we have introduced the following:

Required fields and input types
Read only, title and hint text properties

To familiarize yourself with the Field Maps web interface, see our new Web app quick reference!

The forms that you design using the Field Maps web app, and use in the field, are stored in your map. If you use the Map Viewer beta to add a feature, those same forms and their corresponding logic are applied.

Location Tracking Improvements

Integrating location tracking into Field Maps means you can record and share your location while you work, with the simplicity and battery-savings logic provided by ArcGIS Tracker.

With this update, we’ve added a few great new features:

Tracking for a duration using your phone or watch

Dark Mode support (iOS devices only)

Dark Mode provides a great viewing experience in low-light environments. You can turn on Dark Mode from Control Center. ArcGIS Field Maps is now responsive to Dark Mode and will adjust accordingly. Dark Mode provides additional contrast in sunlight conditions as well. If you plan to use Dark Mode, consider choosing a basemap like Imagery Hybrid or Streets (Night) to provide similar contrast.

ArcGIS Field Maps support Dark Mode on iOS

You can find additional details on what’s new with this release, and find links to the issues that we have addressed in the What’s New section of our doc website.

About the author

Jeff Shaner is a Product Lead with the software dev team at Esri. Delivering GIS tools and apps that enable users to work more productively, safely, and effectively has translated into 23 years of inspired work with the talented dev team at Esri and dedicated ArcGIS users around the world.  In his spare time, Jeff enjoys few things more than a good round of golf or hockey followed by a stop at his favorite craft brewery.

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Will there be an update allowing users to fill out configured forms via a browser, rather than the mobile Field Maps app? That would be a great addition for when the workflow is primarily about editing existing data, rather than adding new data, and no one needs to physically be in the field.

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