ArcGIS QuickCapture

Whats new in ArcGIS QuickCapture (March 2020)

QuickCapture version 1.4 is now available. The mobile app has been updated across all supported platforms and web designer refreshed. This new release helps you easily configure offline and online maps in your QuickCapture projects. The mobile app now supports a side by side display of the map and the data capture buttons. Support for deployments via MDM software also gets better through support for AppConfig.  Let’s have a look at all the details!

Configurable Maps

You can now easily configure your QuickCapture projects with your own online or offline maps. In previous versions you could set your own map, but you had to use the JSON editor, which is a bit tricky. Now you can quickly set your map from within the QuickCapture designer.

As shown in the animation below, we have added a new Map dialog into the designer. You can select your map from the gallery of basemaps configured in your ArcGIS organization, from maps you own or maps others have shared with you.

Configure a QuickCapture map

In most QuickCapture workflows the use of the map is secondary. Now, sometimest having the ability to review the data captured with a map is  handy. Maps are also useful when you want to see data being collected by other people, or when you need some context from the map before you can capture your own features.

Buttons and Maps: Side by side

Some of you have requested to be able to display the map side by side with the (big button) data capture page. As of this release, you can enable this new feature in your QuickCapture projects. The side by side view setting only takes effect when the project is used from a tablet.

By using an appropriate map with the side by side view, you can greatly enhance the data capture experience. Adding the layers of your QuickCapture project into a web map will allow users of the mobile app to see data captured from different members of the team instantly. The map can also show what areas have already been worked on. With that information, you can avoid duplicated field observations and ensure that all work area is covered without gaps.

Side by side view in QuickCapture

The side by side view is also extremely useful when a map provides additional context to the user to facilitate data capture.  For example, to streamline quick asset inspections you can add your asset information into the map and help end-users navigate to relevant areas.

Save as

This is a small, yet quite handy enhancement in the QuicCapture designer. A new save as option will let you create copies of your projects, in case you want to replicate work, test changes in your project without affecting your production project or simply create a backup.

Save as dialog in QuickCapture designer

Other enhancements

Many minor enhancements, adjustments and fixes have been applied to the mobile app and the web designer. Here are a few highlights:

Next steps

We are now working on our next update, which we plan to release before July 2020. As usual, we will update the app across all supported platforms (iOS, Android and Windows) and we will update the designer at the same time as well.  We will make available Beta builds of the software through the Early Adopter Community website in late March or early April.

 

To learn more

We have created a GeoNet group focused on ArcGIS QuickCapture. We posted a few tutorials, articles and enabled a discussion forum. Feel free to join and participate!

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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Tripp Corbin
Tripp Corbin

This is a neat product and very easy for non-GIS field staff to use. It does remind me of the Mobile311 interface by Dude Solutions out of North Carolina. Very similar look and feel.

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