ArcGIS Survey123

What's new in ArcGIS Survey123 (February 2022)

The ArcGIS Survey123 February 2022 update is now available.  This release includes great additions to the Survey123 web designer  to help you visually create more powerful smart forms.  The Survey123 field app includes massive improvements to make calculations faster and support for custom markup tools. All of that, and much more!

Read on to learn what’s new:

Survey123 web designer and web app

Survey123 Connect and field app:

Other enhancements and important release notes:

Survey123 web designer and web app

The Survey123 web designer helps you visually create smart forms, right from a web browser. In recent updates we added support for the new Address question type, introduced calculations, and added options to permanently hide questions in your form.

This release brings more enhancements to the Map and Address question types.

Use your own web maps in a survey

Up until this release, you could configure a default map for your survey. Well, kind of, as you could only choose a map already present in  your organization’s basemap gallery. Now, however, you can select any web map!

Note that a new Edit option has been added to help you configure the contents of your map. You can select a map you own as well as other maps from your organization.


How to change the map in Survey123 designer

Have your survey automatically get the respondent’s location

Map questions now support various options to determine the default location. Use these options to specify the behavior of your map: Should the map automatically center when the survey is opened? Or when the user interacts with the map? What if instead the map should be centered at a predetermined location?

New default map locations in designer

Automatically centering the map when the form loads is something new for online surveys. Combined with calculations, it is a powerful option because it makes your smart forms location-aware.

Say, for example, you create a survey to report issues in your city. Since you know where the user is, you can automatically populate questions such as city, postal code or address where the incident happens.


Use your own locators with the address and map questions

Many people may not know how to pinpoint the location of something in a map, but for sure they will now its address. We introduced the address question type in our previous release. It helps respondents complete an address as they type.

To simplify data entry boost the quality of your data, it is good practice to configure address questions with your own locators. You can now easily do that right from the Survey123 designer.

Configure a custom locator in Survey123 designer

If you are creating a web survey to collect information in your city, why would you use a locator with addresses from other places? Learn how to create your own locator, share it, and use it with your Survey123 address questions.

Survey123 Connect and field app

Survey123 Connect is a desktop tool. With it, you can author the most sophisticated forms using an XLSForm spreadsheet. The Survey123 field app is available for iOS, Android and Windows devices.  It includes advanced options to work with your smart forms from the field, or the office.

The new build numbers for Survey123 Connect and the field app are 3.14.256 and 3.14.237, respectively.

Faster calculations and new calculation modes

Calculations in a smart form allow you to populate questions based on previously entered responses. The calculation execution in the Survey123 field app has been optimized to make your forms faster. You will appreciate the difference when working with very large forms.

Additionally, starting with this release, you can specify three different calculation modes in your questions:

The new calculation modes give you more flexibility to dictate the logic of your form.


Markup photos, maps and diagrams with custom markup tool palettes

Survey123 includes image annotation tools. With them, users can markup photos, diagrams and maps. We gave these tools an overhaul in late 2021. This update introduces the concept of custom annotation tool palettes.

Survey123 markup tools

While Survey123 comes with its own annotation tools, you may want to tailor the user experience, so it best fits your workflows. For example, if you are supporting an effort where you know users will markup in a photo the location of existing water and gas meters, you will want to create markup tools for these two features, and nothing else.

Below are some examples of custom annotation tool palettes. Note that each of the tools has its own meaning. They are all categorized logically into separate groups.

Survey123 custom annotation tools

Custom annotation tools make image markup more intuitive, but they also help generate more consistent image annotations.

Find more about custom annotation tools,  in our documentation and this blog post.


New media tab and overview folder option

Use the new Media tab in Survey123 Connect to quickly visualize the contents of the media folder for your survey, such as CSV files, custom annotation palettes, audio files and images.

On the Options tab, you will find a new switcher to enable or disable the Overview folder. The Overview folder is useful when you want users of the Survey123 field app to view all survey records in a single map or list.

Other enhancements and important notes

Improved report syntax

Use new report syntax to display multiple records on a single map. You can also rotate photos!

Other release notes

As announced in May 2021, macOS installers for Survey123 Connect and Survey123 field app are no longer available with version 3.14.

Access to the Survey123 field app and Connect source code in ArcGIS AppStudio is now available only upon request. Complete this form if you would like access.

The next updates are planned for March 2022 and April 2022. If you want to get up to speed on new features coming, join the Survey123 Early Adopter Community.

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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