On Tuesday December 4th, 2018, we released Collector for ArcGIS v18.1.0 on the App Store. This is a significant evolution for Collector and field data collection workflows with the ArcGIS Platform. Please read details about the release here and provide your comments/feedback on the release:
Collector for ArcGIS (iOS)v18.0.1released onApril 9th, 2018.
This Collector update introduces support for theLeica GG04 plus Smart Antenna. The GGO4 plus is the first high accuracy GNSS receiver from Leica Geosystems that you can pair with Collector on the iOS platform. Downloading theZeno Connect app, to your iOS device, you can connect to a Realtime Correction source and collect data accurate to the centimeter.
I recently shared a template for a Collector cheat sheet that could be taken, customized, and distributed to your users. It is a light-weight, single sheet of paper option. It is not enough for some organizations: some want a bit more detail, images, and setup included. This longer template speaks to those organizations.
This help template focuses on the basic workflow of collecting data with the internal GPS while online with optional sections that can be inserted for more advanced workflows. Like the cheat sheet, it is for you to customize. Unlike the cheat sheet, there is more to customize here based on your organization’s workflows. This template uses Word’s Quick Parts to provide a collection of sections you can insert to support more advanced workflows, including using external or high accuracy GPS and working offline.
To use the template:
Download the Word template, a .dotx file that is attached to this post.
Save it to your Documents > Custom Office Templates folder.
Open Word and pick the Collector Mobile Worker Help template as the basis for a new document.
Follow the instructions in the template for updating. This includes inserting some sections saved as Quick Parts. For example, use the Quick Part to insert the sign in section appropriate for your users. If you use external GPS, work offline, perform GPS averaging, or have data with related records, there are additional Quick Parts you’ll want to insert. To use a Quick Part, put your cursor where you need the text inserted, go to Word’s Insert tab, and in the Text section of the tab click Quick Parts. Click AutoText and choose the Quick Part to insert.
While the template provided here focuses on the steps and information for iPhone, it is something that we could provide for the other devices as well. We wanted to get your feedback on it before doing so: Would you use this? What don’t you like about the format? Are the Quick Parts a useful format, or is there something else you’d want to see us use? Are there places that need more images or screen captures?
Leave a comment and share your thoughts! If you’d like to share your customized version of the template with us, please email it to Collector4ArcGIS@esri.com so that we can see how you use or plan to use this template.
Pre-Announcing Collector for ArcGIS v18.0.1 (Android)
Early next week we will be releasing a bug fix update to Collector for ArcGIS on the Android platform. This update will address a number of strategic stability issues including (BUG-000103613, BUG-000107543, and BUG-000107684). This update is planned to launch ahead of our April update to ArcGIS Online as well. With the April release, a security enhancement for hosted tile layers will go live and this update is required if you would like to download hosted tile layers for offline map use.
We will update this blog post when the release is available in Google Play and the Amazon App Store.
Collector has documentation, but while out in the field mobile workers often need something lighter weight—something that can be printed and taken along (especially if working offline). They need a single reference sheet that helps them with common tasks and some issues.
We’ve always relied on admins and project leads to create these for their mobile workers (and to those of you that have shared yours with us, thank you!). While there are some project specific components, there is a lot that is common in such sheets. We’ve taken some of the common questions and tasks and compiled them into a template you can use to jumpstart creating your own cheat sheet for your mobile workers, and it is attached to this post for you to download, customize, and use.
This is our first draft, so we’re looking for your feedback. Is this something you’d use? What works for you in it, and what would you change? Is there something missing? Is there extra info that you don’t want to see? Leave a comment and let us know! If you’d like to share your customized version with us, please email it to Collector4ArcGIS@esri.com so that we can see how you use or plan to use this template.
Working in the field, you might be near your asset but not right at it. In Collector’s Aurora Beta you can use the compass to get right to where you need to be. The map orients itself the direction you are facing and a guideline shows the direction to the asset.
I recently used it to find a fire hydrant. Once I was close and looked around, the compass told me exactly which way to face to see it. In this case the hydrant was visible, but if it was obstructed I still would have found it.
Try it out:
Tap an asset on the map that you want to find.
Tap Overflow on the toolbar below the asset’s details.
Tap Compass .
Follow the guideline to the asset you were looking for.
If you are not close to your asset and need to navigate streets to get there, use Directions (also available in the asset's overflow) before you use the compass. With this Beta you can pick which navigation app you want to use for directions: Apple Maps, Google Maps, Navigator for ArcGIS – use the one that works for you.
The first beta of Collector’s Aurora project is available on iOS! All of you that expressed interest in iOS should have a TestFlight email and access to the beta. To get you started exploring the app, here are 5 things to try out with this beta:
Open better-looking maps Create great looking maps in your portal and open them in Collector. Use vector basemaps, labels (including using Arcade expressions), and advanced symbology. See how they perform and look, even rotated.
Use the new cross-hairs for placing your points When editing, the map uses a target to place the point so that your finger doesn’t get in the way of seeing where you are placing it. Use the GPS or move the map to get the cross-hairs over the location for your point.
See the map and attributes together You can see both the map and the attributes at the same time. Slide the new panel up and down, seeing more or less of the map, as you need.
Edit attributes inline You don’t need to leave the split view to edit your attributes, either: edit them in place.
Quickly access the camera In one tap, get to the camera so that you can take a picture of your asset.
These are some places to start your exploration, but dig in to the app and check out all the changes we’ve made! Collect points, lines, and polygons. Use streaming, and GPS averaging. Take your maps, and the maps you’ve wanted to make, and see how they do. Keep in mind that this is the first of a series of betas, so not all the functionality you know and love in Collector today is included. In particular, you won’t find offline workflows, high accuracy GPS, or related records supported yet.