Whats new in Survey123 for ArcGIS (March 2020)

The March 2020 update to Survey123 brings exciting new features as well as a good set of fixes and other enhancements. The update is available across all supported platforms as well as the Survey123 website.  Here are the highlights:

Survey update notifications in the Survey123 field app

Despite doing your best to nail down the design of your smart forms, I am sure at some point you had to make adjustments to your surveys in the middle of a data collection effort: updates on choice lists, refinements in data validation rules, rewording of questions…

With Survey123 designer and Connect you can easily make these changes but how do you ensure field users who already had downloaded your survey do not get out of sync?

With this release, the Survey123 field app lets you know if a survey in your device needs an update. This check happens automatically when the application starts, when a new user signs in and when a survey is opened. Users can also manually check for updates by simply dragging down on the survey gallery.

Field App Survey Update Notification with iPhone

New Map question in the Survey123 web designer

Survey123 web designer lets you visually create location-aware smart forms. Once a form is published, you can submit data to it from the Survey123 mobile app, or directly from a web browser.

Many people love using the web designer because it is extremely easy to use and powerful. In this update we have added a new Map question type, replacing the geopoint question we had in previous releases. The new Map question lets you capture a location, like before, but it also includes options to capture either a line or a polygon from your form.

Select the Map question type, drag and drop into your design, then pick the drawing tool of choice: point, line or area… Simple!

Survey123 Map Question Type in Designer

Survey123 website links

The Survey123 website includes great out of the box survey visualization and analysis tools. You can inspect survey records one by one and navigate all individual responses, you can filter survey records and visualize your data as a table, map or form. Through the Survey123 website you can also look at trends in your data, filtering and aggregating your survey results and choosing between different visualizations.

After your exploratory work, once you are into something, you can now take a snapshot of your survey result visualization as a link. Next, you can bookmark it or share the link with others. Next time the link is accessed, the Survey123 website will honor all your visualization settings and filters against the live data from your survey!

To learn more, read the Survey123 website links GeoNet post.

Analyze Tab Survey123 Website Link

New Survey123 web app JavaScript API

The Survey123 web app JavaScript API is designed to help web developers more easily embed, style and interact with live Survey123 smart forms within their applications. It is a simple, yet powerful way to integrate Survey123 within larger business workflows. Through this API, you can choose at runtime what survey you want to display and how it will fit within your web application. You can bidirectionally send messages between your form and the web application.

To learn more about this API check the Introducing the Survey123 Web App JavaScript API blog post.



Other enhancements and fixes

Above I described 4 new features in this release but there is quite a bit more in it.  To learn about them check out our 3.9 release announcement in GeoNet.



About the author

Ismael Chivite joined Esri in 2002. A geographer by training, he loves helping people leverage GIS to improve the way they work. As a Senior Product Manager, Ismael is always looking for ideas to create new and improve existing Esri products. Outside working hours: Legos, rock climbing, Romanesque architecture and jamon iberico. On occasion, he enjoys jamon during working hours too.

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