ArcGIS Field Maps

What's new in ArcGIS Field Maps (June 2024)

ArcGIS Field Maps is a powerful and versatile mobile app solution used to complete a variety of field workflows. Leveraging the power of a map, Field Maps enhances situational awareness, enables simple and advanced capture capabilities, and can record and share where mobile workers have gone, all within a single location-aware mobile app.

The February 2024 release, our first of three major releases in 2024, introduced a new Info form element and several enhancements to the map authoring and and configuration experience.

What’s new in the June release

Our June 2024 release is focused on several key usability improvements in Field Maps Designer as well as stability and performance enhancements to both the iOS and Android mobile apps.

For a quick look at what’s new:

Please read below to learn more about each new addition available in Field Maps Designer for the June release.

View maps by folder

Folders are the drawers in your map cabinet. They’re used to organize maps and group related content in your ArcGIS organization.

Within Field Maps Designer, the Maps page provides a list of all available maps you can configure. Now you can view those maps by the folder you placed them in.

View maps by folder
View maps by folder

When a folder is chosen, an ornament will appear indicating that the list of maps has been filtered by folder. Clicking the x will remove the filter and return the author to their My maps list.

Map card ornament indicates folder
Map card ornament indicates folder

Map card indicators

From the Maps page, each map is displayed as a card in grid view or a row in table view and there are a set of actions and capabilities shown:

Indicators represent capabilities of a map
Indicators represent capabilities of a map

You can use these new indicators to quickly discover the capabilities of a map.

Open Map Viewer

When configuring a map for field use, you may need to open the Map Viewer and make changes beyond what is available within Designer itself. Opening the Map Viewer directly from Designer ensures edits made to a map never get out of sync – a common occurrence if multiple tabs or browser windows are used.

Access to the Map Viewer is now available from the action bar where previously it was only accessible from the Overview page.

Easy access to the Map Viewer
Easy access to the Map Viewer

Opening in Map Viewer Classic may be available depending on your organization’s settings. From the Open menu, you can quickly access the map’s Items Details so you can modify additional properties.

Updated Overview page

The Overview page has been updated.  Along with visual improvements, the page now includes a Capabilities section so that you can see the capabilities supported in your map. Notice that the “Open in Map Viewer” drop down menu is no longer available in the Overview page and is now located in the action bar to the left.

Mobile Map Package support

Field Maps Designer now supports viewing as well as limited configuration of mobile map packages.

 

New support for Mobile Map Packages
New support for Mobile Map Packages

On the Overview page, you’ll now see additional details including the size and number of downloads for a mobile map package.

From this page, you can:

Update Mobile Map Packages
Update Mobile Map Packages

From the Sharing page, you can:

Mobile map packages are created using ArcGIS Pro. Map capabilities are contained within the package and most configuration requires re-packaging the map.

Offline improvements

For the past 3 releases, Field Maps Designer has included validation checks that highlight error and warning issues in your map so you can understand why content is preventing your map from being taken offline. For the June release, we’ve added new checks and all checks are now available from the web map item details page as well as in Designer.

New error condition checks:

New warning condition checks:

What’s coming next

We have one more major release planned for the fall of 2024. This update will include enhancements to the offline experience and getting started experience in Field Maps Designer.

With a focus on releasing early in 2025, the Field Maps team has been busy building new and enhancing existing capabilities in the mobile apps. This includes support for planning and coordinating field tasks, offline viewing and tracing of utility networks, a new and improved personal markup experience, forms support for Edit Multiple, a refreshed user experience, and much more.

Field tasks, utility networks, and more coming early in 2025
Field tasks, utility networks, and more coming early in 2025

If you’re interested in testing early previews of these new capabilities, email arcgisfieldmaps@esri.com.

About the author

Jeff Shaner is a Senior Product Lead with the software products team at Esri. With 27 years experience, Jeff is focused on delivering apps that enable users to work more productively, safely, and effectively. In his spare time, you are likely to find Jeff on the golf course or hockey rink. 

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