What’s coming in ArcGIS Online – December 2013

The next ArcGIS Online update is scheduled for release in mid-December. In this blog, we give you an early run-down of the new features, enhancements and changes being rolled out: Map Viewer New functionality for creating and viewing web maps will include:

  • Copy and saving layers to enable you to configure different properties on the copied layer such as pop-up windows and symbols, and save the layer as a new item. You will also be able to save layers you import to your map such as CSV files and map notes.
  • Administrators will be able to configure the default map units for the scalebar, and measure tool, directions, and analysis. Your ArcGIS Online members will be able to set the units they see through their profile page.
  • New options for changing symbology will include point rotation, normalisation, point over polygons, and line size.
  • Time-enabled layers will include an option to disable and enable the time animation.

App Templates Web apps are part of critical workflows, enabling users to interact with locational data. There are some important changes being made to the template which will make it easier for you to create these apps:

  • You will be able to create apps from the Gallery as an alternative to using the map viewer to create an app.
  • Template code will be downloadable from GitHub and used to create customised apps that are hosted on your own server. GitHub provides a collaborative environment where you can contribute feedback and help Esri enhance the templates.
  • The Basic Viewer, Social Media, Legend, and Panels geocoder will show a list of suggestions as you type in your search term.
  • The GPX template will be retired from the Esri default map viewer template gallery. Note: you can still use retired templates to create and publish apps by sharing them (and any other Esri template) to your custom template gallery.

ArcGIS ready-to-use layers and tools You will have access to:

  • Updated basemaps for India, using data from MapMyIndia.
  • Updated imagery including recent 30 metre Landsat 8 imagery for the world.
  • Separate base and overlay layers in the Oceans basemap, giving you more flexibility when adding data.
  • 20 more countries will be added to the Demographic & Lifestyle maps, bringing the total to over 120 countries.

ArcGIS Online Account Administration To help administer and manage your ArcGIS Online subscription we are adding:

  • The ability to use your own custom geocoding services to find places and addresses. Custom geocoders can be useful for batch geocoding or geocoding your own data.
  • A setting for the default basemap in the map viewer to open at a default extent set by the organisation.
  • A setting to add Esri basemaps and templates to configuration groups so you can automatically include the Esri default basemaps and Esri default templates in the groups.
  • A custom contact link in the footer of your ArcGIS Online website.
  • Functionality to provide administrators with the capability to resend and remove invitations for pending members. Once you remove an invitation, you will be able to reuse the username.
  • The ability for administrators to disable an ArcGIS Online member to prevent her or him from signing in to the organisation.

Analysis You will see some additions and enhancements to analytic capabilities:

  • Using the Enrich Layers tool you will be able to select a group of data variables (data packs) or individual variables from each group.
  • You will be able to map the results from the Summarise Data tools using the new proportional symbols and get better visual clues for understanding your organisation’s data.
  • You will be able to use the Extract Data tool to export a CSV file of feature attributes from area and line layers.
  • There will be two new tools: Find Existing Locations will allow you to find existing locations through building queries that look at attributes and spatial relationships of your data. Derive New Locations will allow you to find new locations based on criteria you provide.

Other enhancements

  • Authors will be able to designate their maps to be shared as “view-only” to provide a streamlined viewer experience so they can’t be easily copied.
  • The gallery will be redesigned to better highlight content from your organisation and from Esri, including configurable app templates. It will also include a Favorites section where you can add content.
  • Help will be reorganised to better highlight the main workflows of ArcGIS Online. This is part of an ongoing effort to improve the usability and attractiveness of the site.
  • You will be able to change the URL of an ArcGIS for Server service layer you’ve moved to a different server by editing its details.
  • When you add a CSV file to ArcGIS Online and share it with everybody (public), the details page will display the URL. You can then use the URL to reference the CSV file as a layer in web apps, pop-ups, and so on.
  • Greece and South Africa will be included as new regions.
  • Item details will include an option to protect against deleting the item.
  • You will be able to store items with the same title in the same folder

ArcGIS Explorer Online Retirement As of December 10, 2013, ArcGIS Explorer Online will be moved to retired status. This means you will no longer be able to open maps in ArcGIS Explorer directly from items within ArcGIS Online – items associated with ArcGIS Explorer will open in the ArcGIS Online map viewer instead. You will still be able to open maps in ArcGIS Explorer Online until March 2014 by going directly to arcgis.com/explorer. The Esri Australia Support team.

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