ArcGIS QuickCapture

Whats new in ArcGIS QuickCapture (July 2020)

Do you want to simplify field data collection? Try big buttons. ArcGIS QuickCapture is Esri’s rapid data collection app. It is designed to help people capture field observations quickly and easily. QuickCapture is a big button app: Each button represents a field observation type. Button pressed, GIS feature created. Simple. Right?

We have just updated the QuickCapture mobile app across all supported platforms. With this release, you can now share projects with your peers right from your device.  We also have made the app available in the Microsoft Store and added great enhancements into ArcGIS QuickCapture designer.


QuickCapture mobile app enhancements

Share QuickCapture projects from your own device

Starting with this release, you can share your QuickCapture projects with colleagues, right from your device. We added a couple of new handy options so you can quickly share a link to a project you already have, or display a QR code for others to scan.

You can access this new feature from the project details dialog. Note that at the top there is a menu button which will let you obtain the link or QR code.

If you choose to copy the link, you can share it by email, SMS, iOS AirDrop or through other apps installed in your device… think WhatsApp, WeChat, etc.

This is not about bypassing the ArcGIS security model: this is about easily sharing projects with people around you. Whoever is presented with your QR Code or link, will need to be authorized the project you are sharing.

ArcGIS QuickCapture in the Microsoft Store

QuickCapture’s support for Windows has been present since its first release. The Windows installer can be downloaded from our resources page. With this release, you can also install the QuickCapture mobile app directly from the Microsoft Store. We know this is important to some of you, so we are pleased to announce it!

ArcGIS QuickCapture Microsoft Store Listing
ArcGIS QuickCapture Microsoft Store Listing

Simulate locations in the QuickCapture mobile app

This one may not be of interest to everybody, but if you ever need to simulate locations in the mobile app, now you can!  Since QuickCapture is about field data collection while on the move, we wanted to provide options for you to simulate not just a fixed location but also a track. Essentially, now you can setup a file location provider in the mobile app and feed it with a NMEA file. NMEA files can be easily generated. Once your file location provider is set, you can easily test and demo the QuickCapture mobile app as if you were outside, while sitting on your desk. To learn more about this, check our Simulating Locations in ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app blog post in GeoNet.

QuickCapture designer enhancements

ArcGIS QuickCapture designer lets you create and manage QuickCapture projects, right from your web browser. In this update, we are adding a handful of productivity enhancements as well as new features for you to better control the data capture experience in the QuickCapture mobile app. Here are the highlights:

Support for shared update groups in QuickCapture designer

ArcGIS shared update groups are designed to allow members of the group to make changes to items in it. Say for example John, Karissa and Anna belong to an ArcGIS group configured with shared update capabilities. If John shares  an ArcGIS QuickCapture project with that group, then Anna and Karissa will be able make changes in that project. For example: change the description, thumbnail, map, device variables, buttons and layout of the project.

Updating sharing, changing ownership, or deleting the project are actions that only the owner of the project or a user with administrative privileges can do.  Support for shared update groups brings more flexibility to the management and design of QuickCapture projects.  To learn more about shared update groups, check  Create groups—ArcGIS Online Help | Documentation

Disable location editing

While QuickCapture uses the location of your device when you capture a point observation, it is possible for end users to make adjustments right after having pushed the button. For example, if you are documenting a violation of right of way across a power line, you may want to adjust the location of the observation to center it in its actual location, rather than yours.  This is a very handy feature, but in some cases you do not want field users to alter the location of events captured.  Now you can optionally disable location editing from QuickCapture designer as shown in the screenshot below.

QuickCapture Designer Disable Edit Locations

Custom template gallery

We introduced the concept of QuickCapture templates in our previous update. QuickCapture templates are ready to use QuickCapture projects which you can use to kick-start your own projects. We have created a small number of templates, but we recognize that many of you would like to create your own and share them within your organization. In this way, you can create relevant templates to your workflows and help standardize field data collection projects within your organization.

With this update, you can configure the QuickCapture template gallery to feed from a group in your own ArcGIS organization. Just like you can define a custom group to set the basemaps in your org, you can also set a group to define your own QuickCapture templates. Like other ArcGIS organizational settings, this property can only be updated by a user with administrative privileges.

As shown in the screenshot below, you can click on your profile to bring the Administrator Settings dialog. Within that dialog you can set the template group and decide if the Esri templates should be shown to users of your organization or not.

QuickCapture Template Gallery

Other enhancements

This release includes some additional enhancements and fixes. For details, check out What’s New help topic, which also will help you review highlights for previous versions.

We hope all these new features and enhancements are of your interest. We are now heads down working in our next update, which is planned for early October. Happy QuickCapturing!

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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