ESRI has updated ArcGIS Online this month by changing the overall user interface and adding new features and abilities. If you logged into ArcGIS Online last week you probably noticed a change in the way ArcGIS online looks. It isn’t a complete redesign but they did improve on the older design by updating its appearance for enhanced usability. The significant changes are most noticeable in My Content.
ESRI’s Living Atlas, an arsenal of base maps and layers available to all ArcGIS Online users, has been updated with the latest data sets. An improved search function was implemented as well.
I have highlighted a few of the update we are most excited about. If you would like to take a look at all of the changes made to ArcGIS Online in the last update visit the ArcGIS blog here.
ArcGIS Online has been limited in its ability to create new feature services from within the web browser. In the past, what I have done is create an empty feature class in ArcGIS Pro then uploaded it to ArcGIS Online. Whenever I wanted to create a brand new feature service I used the new template tool to reference this layer.
However, you can now create a new feature service by using an existing service as a template. The concept is the same as uploading a CSV or shapefile, creating a new feature service from it. Being able to reference an existing feature service like this is an interesting addition. This updated ability to add new fields allows users to create a feature layer that is ready to be used in web maps and Collector. Note that you will be limited to simple fields. Adding a field in ArcGIS online will not allow you to create domains.
ESRI’s Living Atlas has also been updated. There is an arsenal of new base maps and layers available to all ArcGIS Online users. Of note is the addition of new 2016 NAIP satellite imagery for 24 states in the U.S. An improved search function was implemented as well.
ArcGIS Arcade is now supported in web map pop-ups. You can use Arcade to customize popups for more improved data visualization and advanced calculations. Arcade can also calculate new values based on field data stored in a feature layer.
Create new feature layers by uploading Excel(.xlsx) files. No need to convert Excel files to CSV format in order to create a new feature service. The Excel format was also added as an export option.
- Position averaging with metadata capture support.
- Rename attachments (photos) to meaningful file names.
- Use base maps on SD card.
- Users are now able to edit surveys that have been submitted.
- The web designer has added the ability to modify questions on previously published surveys
- Check out the Survey123 blog page.