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Today you will find a new ArcGIS QuickCapture update in the Apple and  Google Play stores. We also have refreshed it's Windows flavor, as well as QuickCapture designer.  This is version 1.1, and here are some highlights:

 

If you are not familiar with ArcGIS QuickCapture, check our version 1.0 release announcement.

 

QuickCapture in over 30 languages

 

The next time you open the QuickCapture mobile app, it will welcome you in your own language.  It is now available in over 30 languages, including 'right to left' languages like Arabic and Hebrew. 

 

Text to speech functionality also works in most languages, although it will automatically be disabled if the operating system in your device does not support text to speech in the active language.

 

QR Code to scan an Enterprise URL

 

If you plan to deploy ArcGIS QuickCapture against your own instance of ArcGIS Enterprise, this will make a difference: When setting up a connection to ArcGIS Enterprise, you no longer need to manually type the URL: A handy barcode scanner has been added to streamline this workflow.

 

To take advantage of this feature, you will need to create first a QR barcode representing the URL of your ArcGIS Enterprise portal. Here is what an ArcGIS Enterprise URL looks like:

 

https://myportal.acme.com/webadaptorname

 

Note that I left the /home out of it. Keep /home for your browser. You do not need to include that for QuickCapture:

 

https://myportal.acme.com/webadaptorname   (Correct)

https://myportal.acme.com/webadaptorname/home (Incorrect)

 

There are many utilities out there to help you create a QR code from your ArcGIS Enterprise URL. I like QR Code Generator, but there are many others.

 

Once you have the QR code, you can include it in an e-mail with step by step instructions, print it on paper, etc.

 

Stop all active buttons with a single tap

 

With this update, you no longer need to manually stop -one by one- all active buttons before you can close your project in the mobile app. A new confirmation dialog will let you end all active captures with a single tap. A time saver for field users.

 

Enhanced QuickCapture designer.

 

With QuickCapture designer, right from a web browser, you can create your own projects for the QuickCapture mobile app. Here is what is new in this update:

 

  • You can now add your own button groups and new buttons and set the specific data source in your project on which features will be created. You can also duplicate existing buttons to speed up your design.
  • The drag & drop experience within QuickCapture designer has been greatly enhanced
  • If you change the size of color of Group labels with the JSON editor, the Designer's preview will honor it.
  • New form factor previews have been added.

 

The next update to ArcGIS QuickCapture is planned to be made available in September. Beta builds available through the ArcGIS QuickCapture Early Adopter Program.

The ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app features a handy data recovery workflow that will help you get data from devices easily. Whenever data fails to upload to ArcGIS, the app will bring a dialog so the end user can e-mail that data to the owner of the ArcGIS QuickCapture project. All data is encapsulated in a qcr (QuickCapture recovery) file, which gets attached to the e-mail. You can open qcr files within ArcGIS Pro, or manually, to inspect its contents and learn the reasons for the failure.

 

QuickCapture data recovery files: The Basics


ArcGIS QuickCapture data recovery files are created by the ArcGIS QuickCapture

mobile app when records repeatedly fail to upload to ArcGIS. This could be caused for different reasons. For example, when the target feature layer no longer exists, or can no longer be edited by the logged-in user, when the schema of the data captured does not match the schema in the feature layer or when a geometry is not well-formed.

 

When records fail to upload, the end user of the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app is presented a dialog that can be used to send all these records via e-mail. The e-mail message will include an ArcGIS QuickCapture data recovery file attached, which then can be open and inspected.

 

The email recipient for the ArcGIS QuickCapture data recovery files is set by the QuickCapture project itself. By default, it is the e-mail associated with the ArcGIS account used to originally create the QuickCapture project, but it can be changed by the owner of the project.

 

Opening ArcGIS QuickCapture data recovery files from ArcGIS Pro

 

You can open qcr files directly with ArcGIS Pro 2.4 (or newer)  using a custom ArcGIS Pro add-in. To install the add-in follow these steps:

 

You need ArcGIS Pro 2.4 for the ArcGIS QuickCapture add-in to work.

 

  1. Close ArcGIS Pro.
  2. Download the add-in files from: https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=d4ae594515d848baa5c567087ea42b8e
  3. The file above is a ZIP file. Extract the contents of the file in your computer.
  4. Double click the two files (the order does not really matter).
  5. Open ArcGIS Pro.

 

Once the ArcGIS QuickCapture add-in is installed you can preview data recovery files as follows:

 

  • Copy the qcr file in your computer.
  • Open ArcGIS Pro and add a new Folder Connection to the directory where you stored the qcr file.

 

  • You will see your qcr file in the catalog. Expand its contents. The file will contain one table for every layer where records failed to upload. Add one or more tables to the map as shown in the screenshot below.

  • The records will be shown in your map. You can inspect all records through the table and popups.

  • The ErrorMessage field contains information about the reason why the record failed to upload.
  • You can use Append and any other geoprocessing tool to massage these records and add them to your desired destination.

 

This ArcGIS Pro add-in is provided as-is for your convenience to explore qcr files, but it is not supported by Esri Technical Support.  You can post any issues you find with this add-in here in this GeoNet place.

 

Opening ArcGIS QuickCapture data recovery files manually

 

You can also inspect the data recovery files manually, without ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS QuickCapture data recovery files are zip files.  If you change the extension from qcr to zip, you will be able to extract their contents and inspect them more closely.

 

When the contents of a qcr file are extracted you will find the following:

 

  • Errors.sqlite  This is a SQLite database containing all records (except the attachments) and error messages.
  • LayerInfos   This directory contains the JSON definition of the layers on which records failed to upload.
  • Attachments  This directory is only present if your data contains attachments. You will find photos in this folder.

 

The Errors.sqllte database can be opened by any tool that can handle SQLite databases. I like to use DB Browser for SQLite.  The most important table within the database is called Features.  This table includes as many rows as records failed to upload. You will find in this table a field called ErrorMessage, which contains the error description returned from the server. This information will help you diagnose the problem.  The field ItemId and LayerURL include information relative to the target layer where the records failed to upload. The Feature field contains the actual data that the QuickCapture mobile app attempted to upload to the ArcGIS feature layer.  The FeatureID column is used to link records with attachments, in case that they exist.

 

 

Configuring the data recovery e-mail in your ArcGIS QuickCapture projects

 

The default e-mail recipient used by the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app to send data recovery files is set in the QuickCapture project itself. You can define this e-mail when authoring the QuickCapture project as shown in the screenshot below. By default, the QuickCapture feature layer import process will get the e-mail associated with the logged-in account used to author the project, but you can set any e-mail you want.

 

 

The data recovery email can also be changed at any time by the owner of the QuickCapture project through the JSON editor in QuickCapture designer.

In this step by step tutorial you will learn how to create an ArcGIS QuickCapture project using ArcGIS Pro and the ArcGIS QuickCapture designer. This is a tutorial for advanced ArcGIS QuickCapture users.

 

Pre-requisites

 

  • Some basic familiarity with ArcGIS Pro 2.3 or newer.
  • A mobile device.
  • An ArcGIS Online or Enterprise account with permissions to publish feature services (Creator user type, for example)
  • Optionally, additional ArcGIS accounts with permissions to create features and the Field Apps Bundle (Field Worker, Creator or GIS Professional user types).


Context

 

For this exercise, we will pretend we need to map a network of bicycle trails in town. We will create an ArcGIS QuickCapture project that a group of riders can use to map the trails while riding their bicycles. We will map the trails categorizing them by skill (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) as well as condition (paved versus non paved). As a bonus, we will also configure the project to capture issues in the trails as well as the locations of intersections, lookouts and bridges.

 

Overview

 

This step by step tutorial will guide  you through the following:

 

  • Configuring an ArcGIS Pro map to define the features you want to capture and their attributes.
  • Publishing your ArcGIS Pro map as a feature service.
  • Importing your feature service into a new ArcGIS QuickCapture project
  • Modifying your ArcGIS QuickCapture project with the visual editor
  • Loading your project into the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app
  • Modifying your ArcGIS QuickCapture project with the JSON editor
  • Sharing your project with a group
  • Viewing results

 

Following the entire tutorial to completion will take approximately 90 minutes.

 

Configuring an ArcGIS Pro map to define the features you want to capture and their attributes.

 

In this first step, we will use an ArcGIS Pro map to define the features we want to capture from ArcGIS QuickCapture. Showing how you can create a map, its layers and attributes in ArcGIS Pro is outside the scope of this tutorial, so we have made available a sample Bike Trails ArcGIS Pro map for you.

 

Download the Bike Trails ArcGIS Pro map file from ArcGIS Online

 

                      http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=b93e48fc59154524a4b44fa29ac8d6dd 

 

 

The ArcGIS Pro map you downloaded is a Map Package File with extension mpkx.

 

Open the map in ArcGIS Pro

 

Once open, you can save the map as a new ArcGIS Pro project (aprx) into your own computer.

 

 

Note that this map has three layers:

 

  • The POI layer is used to define Points of Interest. We categorized Points of Interest using the ObservationType field into Bridge, Intersection, Lookout and Issue, and applied symbology using unique value renderer.
  • The Trails Paved and Trails Not Paves layers also applies a unique value renderer to classify the trails by the TrailType attribute: Advanced, Intermediate  and Beginner.

 

When creating your own ArcGIS Pro map documents for use in ArcGIS QuickCapture, you will want to set the symbology of your layers with either unique values or simple symbol renderers. The categories set through your symbology will later be used to create corresponding buttons in the ArcGIS QuickCapture project.

 

If you open the tables for each of these layers, you will also note that we added a bunch of extra fields to capture attributes such as speed, direction of travel, time captured and other things. These fields are optional but were added on purpose so these attributes can be populated by the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app.

 

 

You will be more familiar with the types of attributes ArcGIS QuickCapture can populate for you. At this point, I simply wanted to point out that adding these fields into your schema is important at this stage, so you can take advantage of them later.

 

Publishing your ArcGIS Pro map as a feature service

 

ArcGIS QuickCapture works on top of ArcGIS feature services, so we will publish our ArcGIS Pro map next.

 

From ArcGIS Pro, login into the portal (ArcGIS Enterprise or ArcGIS Online) where you want to publish your feature service. You will need to use a login with permissions to publish feature services.

 

While your map tab is selected, open the Share ribbon and select Publish Web Layer option.

 

 

Within the Share as Web Layer geoprocessing tool, set the name, summary and tags in the General tab.

 

In the Configuration tab, check the Enable editing and allow editors to: Add, update and delete features. Check also the Sync operation.

 

Next, publish your feature service.

 

Your feature service will be created under your ArcGIS account's content. You will be able to find your new feature service in your portal (ArcGIS Enterprise or  ArcGIS Online).

 

Using a web browser, login into your ArcGIS portal and open the item details page of your newly published feature service.

 

 

This will be the feature service where ArcGIS QuickCapture will store all data. Right from the item details page of your feature service, you can control some very important characteristics:

 

  • Attachments: Make sure that the POI layer has attachments enabled, or otherwise you will not be able to capture photos when you capture Points of Interest from ArcGIS QuickCapture.
  • Editing: If you switch to the Settings tab, you will be able to enable critical editing properties. Specifically:
    • Enable editing: You must enable editing, or otherwise nobody (other than you) will be able to capture data on this  layer.
    • Keep track of who created and last updated features: This option enables Editor Tracking. This is optional, but very handy.
    • Enable Sync: Also optional. ArcGIS QuickCapture does not use the Sync capabilities of a feature service at all, but enabling Sync will help making transactions from the mobile app more robust.
    • What kind of editing is allowed: ArcGIS QuickCapture can only add new features to your feature service, so you do not need to enable update and delete operations. At the very least, you need to enable Add features.

 

 

Importing your feature service into a new ArcGIS QuickCapture project

 

We are ready to create our ArcGIS QuickCapture project now.

 

Navigate to https://quickcapture.arcgis.com and login with your ArcGIS credentials.

Click on New Project, and select the Bike Trails feature service you just created.

Give your project a title, thumbnail, and a data recovery email.

The data recovery e-mail is used in the event that data captured from ArcGIS QuickCapture fails to upload.  In this case, the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app will provide end-users with the option to e-mail all the records that failed to upload to the owner of the QuickCapture project.  The data recovery email you set in this step, will be the default recipient of such e-mail.

Click on Create to kick-start your ArcGIS QuickCapture project from the selected feature service.

 

Modifying your ArcGIS QuickCapture project with the visual editor (1 of 2)

 

While feature services define the most fundamental aspects of QuickCapture projects, you can use QuickCapture designer to further configure and fine-tune your ArcGIS QuickCapture projects.

 

 

You can visually change properties of your project. For example:

  • Change the color, size, shape and other display properties of buttons and groups.
  • Reorder buttons within and across groups.

Note that at the bottom of the screen you can change the preview mode across different smartphone and tablet form factors.

 

Once you are happy with these changes, click on Save to persist your edits to the project.

 

ArcGIS QuickCapture projects are modeled as as its own item type in your ArcGIS organization.  If you now use your web browser to navigate to your ArcGIS content, you will see that a new ArcGIS QuickCapture item type has been added. I like to keep the feature service/s used  by the project and the project itself within the same folder. That is a personal preference, but it is not a requirement.

 

Loading your project into the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app

 

Next, we are  going to open the project  in the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app. If not already, download the app from the Apple or Google Play app stores.

Open the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app and login.

Click on Get Projects and download your Bike Trails project.

Push the Issue button to create a new Issue type of feature

If you want to create a trail, you will need to activate a trail button, move around and then stop the trail button.

 

Note that features are sent to the server automatically 15 seconds after you capture an observation, or immediately after closing the project in the mobile app.

 

 

Modifying your ArcGIS QuickCapture project with the visual editor (2 of 2)

 

We next are going to change the Data properties of buttons to better control what  data is captured when you push a button.

Go back to ArcGIS QuickCapture designer in your web browser.

Click on the Issue button

Select the Data tab on the right panel

 

You will now be presented with the list of fields in the Points of Interest Layer.

 

 

You can set what value you want to store when the button is pushed. You can choose to add a fixed (constant) value, or pick a variable. For example, if you are interested in known when exactly a particular button was pushed, use the Capture time variable in the Time Captured field. You can also capture the speed, direction of travel and many other things.

Set the appropriate variables for the different fields shown for the Issue button.

Note that the Observation Type field has been automatically populated, because this field was set in ArcGIS Pro when defining the symbology of the layer.  You will not want to change this value!

Once you have set variables to your fields. Click on Save to persist the changes.

In the mobile app, go back to the  main gallery, and click on the Bike Trails project to refresh it.

Open the project again in the mobile app and capture an issue.

You can look at all the data you are capturing by simply adding the Bike Trails feature service into a web map.

In your web browser, click on the QuickCapture icon in the top-left corner of QuickCapture designer to go back to the project gallery.

Hover your mouse over your Bike Trails project and click on View Results. This will add your project data into a web map for visualization.

When defining variables on fields, you will experience that the list of available variables changes depending on the geometry type of the underlying data source for the button (point, polyline, polygon) as well as the field type (text, decimal, integer, field...). 

 

Tip: If you want to define device variables for multiple buttons at once, use the SHIFT key in your keyboard to select multiple buttons at once, and then apply your variables to the whole selection.

 

Through the Data tab you can also enable photos. If you do not see the option, you need to go back to the feature service item details page in your portal and enable attachments on the POI layer. Then you will need to reload QuickCapture designer.   Photos on polyline buttons are not supported.

 

Modifying your ArcGIS QuickCapture project with the JSON editor

 

The visual editor mode in QuickCapture designer lets you easily configure  your project.  While we are expanding the features of QuickCapture  designer every week, there are a handful of things that cannot be done visually.  For example, you cannot define exclusivity groups visually yet. For that, you can use the JSON Editor.

 

To open the JSON Editor, click on the JSON Editor button located in the top bar, to the left of the gear icon.

 

 

You will want to be careful when editing the project JSON, making sure you edit the right properties, with the right syntax. If you are not familiar with the JSON syntax, I suggest you read this JSON Tutorial.

 

Through an exclusivity group, you can make certain buttons in your project mutually exclusive. In our particular scenario, for example, a trail is either beginner or intermediate, but it cannot be both at the same time. It is either paved, or not paved, but cannot be both. 

 

We will want to associate the 6 different trail buttons we have with a single exclusivity group. This right now, can only be done by editing the project JSON.

 

If you look carefully at the JSON, you will note that the project contains three templateGroups, representing the POI, Trails Paved and Trails Not Paved button groups. Within each of these templateGroups we have template objects, which represent the buttons. Each template object contains properties in the captureInfo, displayInfo and fieldInfos objects.

 

The exclusivityGroup property is part of the captureInfo object and it expects a string. In the example below, I named my group "A".  You can call it anything you want. What is most  important here is that you set the same exclusivityGroup name to the different buttons you want to include in it. 

 

 

Set the same exclusivity group to all trail buttons in the project.

Save the project, refresh your project in the mobile app and test your changes.

To quickly find the different buttons, I like to use the web browser Find capabilities (Ctrl + F). For example, I first look for Beginner and change the exclusivityGroup in the two Beginner buttons, then I search for Intermediate, etc, etc.

 

To learn more about the ArcGIS QuickCapture JSON specification, check our Configure a project—QuickCapture | ArcGIS help topic.

 

Sharing your project with a group

 

Once you are happy with your project, you will want to share it with people within your ArcGIS organization.   So far, you have been able to download the project in your mobile app because you are the author of the project, but nobody else in your organization will have access to it.

 

You can easily share your project right from within ArcGIS QuickCapture designer.

 

 

 

 

 

View Results

 

All data captured by ArcGIS QuickCapture is persisted in a feature service. There is nothing special about these feature services: You can add them into a web map and use them with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS, Operations Dashboard and even ArcGIS Pro.

 

The easiest way to view your date is to simply click on the View Results button shown in your project's card, as shown below:

 

ArcGIS QuickCapture is Esri's rapid data collection mobile app.  With QuickCapture, you can capture field observations fast, with the simple tap of a button. The idea is simple: configure a QuickCapture project defining the GIS feature types you want people to capture. Each feature category is represented by a big button. You push the button, and the app creates the feature using your device's location. No maps, no forms. Just big buttons.

 

We have designed ArcGIS QuickCapture with rapid and at-speed field data collection workflows in mind. Its minimalist user experience allows field crews to capture data with minimum interaction, so attention can be kept to what matters most, rather than to an app in a device.

 

  • At-speed data collection: Use ArcGIS QuickCapture while traveling in a vehicle such as a truck or a car. One person drives, and a colleague in the passenger seat captures observations. Report the location of debris, map assets along the road or simply document pavement conditions, all while driving along.
  • Aerial surveys and patrols: Configure ArcGIS QuickCapture to collect georeferenced observations from a helicopter or by on-foot patrol crews. Document right of way infractions, overgrown vegetation over electricity poles or malfunctioning streetlights.
  • Crop scouting and noxious weed abatement: Carry ArcGIS QuickCapture with you to quickly mark locations where pests are affecting growth or invasive species are found or treated. It's so simple to use that no training is needed.
  • Quick damage assessments: Equip first responders with an extremely simple mobile app to perform quick (aka “windshield”) damage assessments. Snap a photo and quickly categorize damage while driving through town. Fast to use, simple to deploy.

 

The ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app is available in the Apple and Google Play stores. We have it available for Windows too.

 

If want to try the app right away, even if you have not published your own projects for it, you can make use of the 'Try it' option in the initial screen.  You will be able to download sample projects and play with them to get an initial idea of how it works. 

 

You will note that as you push on a button to capture an observation, you will get audio feedback. This is to help you validate that you pushed the right button.  You will also see that the app works reliably even when disconnected from the network, and that if you are connected, all the data you captured will be automatically sent to ArcGIS.  All of it is designed to keep things as simple as possible: to make it easy to operate by anyone, with minimum training and in any situation.

 

 

The ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app is only available in English in this release. An update on July 31 will bring support to all languages supported in ArcGIS.

 

You can configure your own ArcGIS QuickCapture projects, defining the layout and look & feel of your buttons as well as the data that will be captured with them. To create a new project you will need a Creator user type. The foundation of an ArcGIS QuickCapture project is an existing ArcGIS feature service with feature templates defined in it. Using ArcGIS Quickcapture designer, you can easily kick-start a QuickCapture project from your existing feature service and then visually shape your project to the needs of your workflow.

 

ArcGIS QuickCapture designer

 

ArcGIS QuickCapture designer is available in English at this moment and will remain Beta until September 2019.

Your ArcGIS QuickCapture projects are modeled in ArcGIS as QuickCapture project items. You can share your ArcGIS QuickCapture projects with groups within your organization right from within ArcGIS QuickCapture designer.

 

The ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app is included at no additional cost with Field Worker, Creator and GIS Professional user types.  It can also be purchased on top of Editor user types as an add-on from the Esri Store.

 

There is much more to ArcGIS QuickCapture, but we will let you discover it one step at a time through other blog posts in this Geonet Place, or through our ArcGIS QuickCapture documentation

 

It all starts with the touch of a button!

In this step by step tutorial you will learn how to create an ArcGIS QuickCapture project using the ArcGIS Hazards feature service template and the ArcGIS QuickCapture designer. This is meant to be an introductory tutorial for building ArcGIS QuickCapture projects.

 

Pre-requisites

 

  • Some basic familiarity with ArcGIS Online.
  • A mobile device.
  • An ArcGIS Online or Enterprise account with permissions to publish feature services (Creator user type, for example)
  • Optionally, additional ArcGIS accounts with permissions to create features and the Field Apps Bundle (Field Worker, Creator or GIS Professional user types).


Context

 

For this exercise, we will pretend you need to create an ArcGIS QuickCapture project to help field workers document hazards of different types. You will create and share a simple project for users to locate, categorize and take a photo of the hazard from the ArcGIS Quickcapture mobile app.

 

Overview

 

This step by step tutorial will guide  you through the following:

 

  • Creating an ArcGIS feature service using a predefined feature layer template.
  • Exploring and extending your feature service for use within ArcGIS QuickCapture.
  • Configuring your ArcGIS QuickCapture project with QuickCapture designer
  • Downloading and testing your project in the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app
  • Sharing your ArcGIS QuickCapture project.
  • Viewing results.

 

 

Following the entire tutorial to completion will take approximately 30 minutes.

 

Creating an ArcGIS feature service using a predefined feature layer template.

 

In this step you will create a new hosted feature service using a feature layer template.

 

Login into ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise using an account with permission to publish feature services

Navigate to Content and Click on Create-Feature Layer

Search for the template called Hazards and create a new feature layer out of it

 

 

Feature services are the foundation of ArcGIS QuickCapture projects. The ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app needs a feature service to store the data captured by the end user. The feature service also defines the attributes and geometry types of the observations captured from the mobile app. Feature services include symbology and editing feature templates which define the types of features to be captured. The symbology and the feature templates are used to create an initial set of buttons in your ArcGIS QuickCapture project.

 

Exploring and extending your feature service for use within ArcGIS QuickCapture

 

In this section you will explore in detail the default feature templates created in your feature service. You will learn why these feature templates are important to ArcGIS QuickCapture.  You will also learn how to add additional fields into your feature service for use within ArcGIS QuickCapture.

 

In the feature layer item details page, switch to the Data tab.

 

This is the list of fields currently in the feature layer. These fields can be used to store important information about the documented hazards. Next, we will add a couple of new fields which will be populated automatically by the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app at the time when the data is captured.

 

Click on the menu button in the top-right corner of the table and select Add Field

Add a new field to store the horizontal accuracy of the observation captured as a field of type double

Add another field to store the exact time when the observation is made.

 

As we will see later, ArcGIS QuickCapture can automatically populate specific values when data is captured from the app:

 

  • The speed at which the field user is traveling when an observation is made.
  • The direction of travel.
  • The exact time when the observation is made
  • The latitude, longitude and elevation of the device when the observation is made
  • And many other variables

 

When you author feature services for use within ArcGIS QuickCapture, it is important that you think about the attributes you will want ArcGIS QuickCapture to populate for you. You will need to create the corresponding fields.

 

Next, we are going to double check some important settings in your feature service.

Switch to the Settings tab

Make sure the following settings are checked:

  • Enable editing must be checked, or otherwise field users will not be able to add data to your layer.
  • What kind of editing is allowed must at least allow adding new features. From the ArcGIS QuickCapture app it is not possible to edit (update) or remove features. The mobile app can only add new features.
  • It is also good practice to enable the following options: Keep track of who created and last updated features, and Enable sync.

Switch to the Overview tab

Make sure attachments are enabled in your layer if you want to associate photos with your field observations.

 

You are now good to go, but for completeness, I want to describe in more detail the role of feature templates.  ArcGIS feature templates define in a feature service a collection of pre-configured feature types that can be created from different applications in ArcGIS.  It is up to you to define what feature templates are included in a feature service.

 

Since we created a feature service from an ArcGIS feature layer template, your feature service already includes a set of feature templates. Lets explore them.

 

From the Overview tab, click on Open in Map Viewer. This will load your empty feature service into the Map Viewer.

Click on Legend to display the predefined categories in your layer.

Note that categories such as Wire Down, Flooding or Dangerous Animal already have been configured on your behalf as part of this feature layer template.  These feature types and their symbology will be used to define the initial buttons of your QuickCapture project.

Click on Edit, and then on Manage. This will open a dialog from which you can modify the feature templates.

Note that each feature template specifies what default attributes will be stored when a new feature is created. All these values and rules will be used to define the behavior of your buttons in ArcGIS QuickCapture.  We will learn later how to use ArcGIS QuickCapture designer to further refine the look and feel and behavior of buttons in your ArcGIS QuickCapture project.

 

 

Configuring your ArcGIS QuickCapture project with QuickCapture designer

 

If you have a good feature service design, most  of your job is done. Lets learn how you can kick-start your ArcGIS QuickCapture project now.

Navigate to https://quickcapture.arcgis.com and login with your ArcGIS credentials.

Click on New Project

Select the new feature layer you created and hit next

You can select one or more feature services to create your ArcGIS QuickCapture project. Before you can actually create it, you will need to define a title, tags and also a data-recovery e-mail.  The data-recovery e-mail will be used by the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app in the event that field users have trouble uploading data through your ArcGIS QuickCapture project. In that case, you will receive an e-mail with an attachment including the data that failed to upload.

Complete the title and other properties and click Create.

 

 

Through ArcGIS QuickCapture designer you can easily change the visual characteristics of your buttons as well as their data behavior.  By default, QuickCapture designer creates a group of buttons for each layer in your feature service, and one button for each feature template. The symbology of your feature template is matched to equivalent display properties for your buttons.

 

Hover your mouse over the label of the Hazard group and click to select it.

Change the number of columns to 2

 

The number of columns used to display your buttons is an important decision. Switch the preview across the different from factors to see the impact of your selection in the project. If your field users will use a tablet, you can add 4 or even 5 columns to your group. If using a smartphone, you will rarely be able to use more than 3 columns before the labels start getting cut-off.

Click on the Road Not Passable button to display its properties in the right-side panel.

Change some of the display properties, such as Shape, Size, Label, etc. to see the effect it has in your project.

Again, when playing around with the display properties of your buttons, you need to think about your end users and what devices they will be using. Try to maximize the available screen real estate so you can make data capture easier. You will note that you can also reorder to position of buttons within a group.

 

While your Road Not Passable button is selected, click on the Data section of the right-side panel.

Enable photo capture with this button.

Look for the Horizontal Accuracy and Captured time fields you added before and set variables accordingly.

Note that in ArcGIS QuickCapture you capture data by simply pushing a button.  The application automatically associates a location with the selected feature type and also populates attributes as defined in the Data properties of the button.  As you define values for your feature attributes through the Data properties section, you can choose to set a static value, or a value set through a variable.  You cannot prompt the user to add free text (comments) or other values for the observation. All needs to be done with a simple tap!

 

 

You can change the visual and data properties of other buttons in the project and when ready, save the changes.

 

Click Save to persist all changes you made to the project.

 

ArcGIS QuickCapture projects are stored in your account as a dedicated ArcGIS item type (the ArcGIS QuickCapture project item type). You will be able to find the ArcGIS QuickCapture project item you created in your content.  A QuickCapture project can be related to one or more feature layer items.

 

Downloading and testing your project in the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app

 

Now that you have an ArcGIS QuickCapture project, you can downloaded into the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app.

 

If not already, download the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app from the app store (Apple or Google Play).

Login with your ArcGIS credentials. Click on Projects and download your Hazards project.

Capture data by pushing the hazard buttons.

 

You can make additional changes with ArcGIS QuickCapture designer at any time. Simply remember to Save your changes and update the project in the mobile app to see the changes.

Sharing your ArcGIS QuickCapture project

 

One you are happy with your project, you can share it with other members of your organization.

 

Navigate to your content and share both your feature layer and ArcGIS QuickCapture project with a Group or Groups.

Notify members of the Group to download your project using the ArcGIS QuickCapture mobile app.

 

Viewing results

 

All data captured from ArcGIS QuickCapture will be stored in your Hazards feature service. The easiest way to visualize the data is to create a web map.

 

Within ArcGIS QuickCapture designer, click on the top-left button to return to the project gallery.

Hover your mouse over your project and select View Results to open your project data in a web map.

 

Ideally, you will want to set a refresh rate on your web map to see changes in real time and put together a nice web mapping application or dashboard with your web map, but that would be the topic of another post.

 

Congratulations, you have created your very first ArcGIS QuickCapture project!