Your Ideas in ArcGIS Online (June 2019 Update)

Blog Post created by TEdghill-esristaff Employee on Jun 26, 2019

Have you heard? ArcGIS Online just released its latest update! I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great ideas which came from our user community on ArcGIS Ideas, which have made their way into the product.


The following ideas have been marked as implemented:


  1. Administrate ArcGIS Online by Group

This idea is asking for the ability to have administrative privileges over certain groups of people in an organization, but not others. Administrative groups are a great new capability which allows for this additional level of control for organizations, especially when coupled with new improvements to member filtering and searching capabilities. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this blog which provides a great overview.


  1. Make ArcGIS Online Group-building easier

The latest update to ArcGIS Online has greatly improved the experience when building and managing groups, especially when working with large numbers of users. It is now possible to select multiple users in a list when inviting, and it is also easier to invite users to a group from the Organization’s Members list.


  1. Ability to add content to group from group page

Along with the other improvements made to groups, it is possible to add content to groups directly from the group page, which is what this idea was requesting. We’ve added this “Add Item to Group” button as seen below which can be used to accomplish this:

The "Add Item to Group" button allows users to directly add content to their groups from the group page


  1. Ability to assign a credit budget to a Group of people who belong to a specific office or division within my Organization

When undergoing the manage budget workflow, it is possible to manage your users based on which group they belong to, so that everybody in a single group can have the same credit allotment for example. Below is a screenshot of the "Manage Budget" panel where a group can be selected, and its group members are populated in the Member list:

Selecting a group in the "Manage Budget" panel allows you to configure certain credit allotments to specified group members.

  1. Create an option for ArcGIS Online administrators to allocate licenses by default

New in ArcGIS Online is the ability to configure new member defaults, which will allow for administrators to allocate licenses to new users automatically. Beyond just allocating licenses, new users can be automatically added to specified groups, granted a defined amount of credits, and more. Below is a screenshot of what the current "New Member Defaults" panel looks like:

The "New Member Defaults" panel, which allows administrators to specify certain user types, licenses, groups, credits and more for all new members.


  1. Allow adding of vector tile layer into Basemap widget

This request for the Web AppBuilder is also now possible. If your Organization has enabled the use of vector tile basemaps in the default basemap gallery, then these vector tile layers can be selected through the basemap widget in the Web AppBuilder. Some more information on accomplishing this can be found in the following article: How To: Add Esri vector basemaps to the default basemap gallery in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS


The following ideas have been marked as partially implemented:


  1. Group Member Management

Searching for users in the organization has seen some improvements so that it can better return partial results, which was one of the requests of this idea. We are marking this idea as partially implemented because of this.


  1. Vector Tile Style per Portal/AGOL layer instead of per service

This request is asking for the ability to customize the style of vector tile layers, which can be stored as individual layer items. It also asks that a style editing application should be integrated into ArcGIS Online (and the ArcGIS Enterprise portal). With the latest release of ArcGIS Online, it is now possible to customize vector tile layer styles directly in the map viewer, which can be saved as new layer items in your organization. Until this functionality makes its way into ArcGIS Enterprise, we will be marking this idea as partially implemented.


To learn more about the new functionality in the June 2019 update of ArcGIS Online, we have some helpful blogs and documentation for you to check out. Thank you all for your involvement in ArcGIS Ideas, and your valuable feedback. Please continue sharing your great ideas with us, and we hope you enjoy the latest update to ArcGIS Online!