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Have you gotten a chance to see what's new in ArcGIS Online? New configurable apps, analysis tools, and features are ready for you to use! Many quality improvements were also made.


Here are a few ways to learn about our September 2018 update:

  1. Overview blog
  2. List of all the blogs related to the update
  3. Help documentation explaining everything in the update
  4. List of fixed bugs

ArcGIS Online Update Planned for Tonight, September 18 


On September 18, we plan to update ArcGIS Online. Here are four capabilities you can look forward to:


  • Measure Distributions and Detect Concentrations
    • Measure the distribution of a set of features using the new Summarize Center and Dispersion tool. The tool can be used to calculate characteristics such as the center or compactness and orientation of dispersion, track changes in distribution over time, and compare distributions of different features.
    • Detect areas where points or events are concentrated and where they are separated using the new Find Point Clusters tool. 
  • Calculate Field Values using Arcade
    • Arcade can be used to calculate field values for hosted feature services. The functions, constants, and field values you currently use when building expressions for popups, labels, and visualizations can now be used to calculate field values.
  • Visualize 2D and 3D with new Configurable App
    • Scene with Inset Map showcases 3D and 2D maps in a single configurable application. The primary map visualizes elevation and a 2D inset provides orientation and context.
  • Search and Display 3D Features
    • Scenes can be configured so that when a feature is searched, Scene Viewer quickly finds and highlights the feature, and displays its pop-up.


Please note that all planned updates are subject to change. We will provide a comprehensive list of all implemented changes in our upcoming What’s New email and blog post.

Customized ArcGIS Online Agenda

The ArcGIS Online team prepared many technical workshops and demo theater presentations for the upcoming User Conference. To make it easy to see what is available and when, we’ve created a customized ArcGIS Online agenda. You can download it at the end of this article. The agenda includes six sections:

  • Introductions: get started with capabilities like spatial analysis, and learn the benefits of Web GIS.
  • Capabilities: dive deeper into capabilities like Smart Mapping, map styles, and 3D web scenes.
  • Apps: see what you can create using configurable apps, app templates, and Web AppBuilder.
  • Administration: learn best practices for configuring your organization, administering members, and using your own authentication system.
  • Advanced Workflows: get best practices for setting up high demand layers, pop-ups, and publishing services, layers, and maps.
  • What’s New & Coming: discover what’s been added and improved, and learn what’s planned for future updates.


Three technical workshops you don’t want to miss:

  1. Best Practices for High Demand Layers: Web mapping applications provide spatial context for current events, news stories and public information, sometimes generating large amounts of web traffic. ArcGIS Online’s cloud infrastructure can scale to meet the needs of high demand apps, receiving hundreds of thousands of requests. This session reviews best practices of layer types, layer and web map configurations, and sharing settings that help popular (viral) apps take advantage of ArcGIS Online’s scalable architecture. See the schedule.
  2. Steps for Success for your ArcGIS Organization: A Best Practices Approach: Your ArcGIS organization is an integral part of your GIS ecosystem, enabling you to reach a broad audience that includes GIS professionals, decision makers, knowledge workers, your mobile workforce, and the public. Using real world examples presented in a step-wise fashion, this fast-paced workshop offers guidance, tips, and details best practices that will enable you to create a successful and vibrant organization that meets your needs and goals. Whether you’ve already lifted your organization, or are just beginning to think about it, you’ll get ideas on how to configure it for the best experience and results, and how to engage users of all types successfully.  See the schedule. 
  3. Explore Your Data with Smart Mapping: Learn about the exciting new enhancements behind our Smart Maps initiative for ArcGIS Online. See how we've re-envisioned mapping through data-driven workflows, intelligent defaults, coordinated styling, automated scale ranges, new thematic renderers, and streamlined interfaces. Smart Mapping allows experts and novices alike to work faster, with more confidence and less effort. See the schedule.


ArcGIS Online in the Expo

Stop by the ArcGIS Online Area in the Expo where you can:

  • Get your questions answered
  • Show us your work. We’d love to see the cool things you are doing with ArcGIS Online!
  • See demos of the latest updates and features.
  • Give us your ideas on how we can improve ArcGIS Online


Download the focused agenda to help you identify ArcGIS Online topics that interest you. We’ll see you in San Diego for an excellent week!

ArcGIS Online Update: Targeted for June 26, 2018

On June 26, we plan to update ArcGIS Online. Here are seven capabilities you can look forward to:

1. Authoritative Items from Verified Organizations
Organizations can already mark content as authoritative within their organization. In the upcoming release, organizations can request to have their identities verified by Esri. Once verified, they can mark their publicly shared items authoritative. The authoritative badge will appear both within the organization and in public searches to help searchers identify and filter quality content as recommended by the owning organization.

2. Improved Organization Page
The Organization page has been redesigned. It provides convenient tabs to monitor and manage your organization. The new tabs include:

  • Overview: showcases key information such as system health and licenses
  • Members: provides filterable, searchable member lists
  • License: place to manage licenses
  • Settings: where administrators view and edit organization settings


3. More Features and Capabilities to Work with Layers 

In this update we’ll provide the ability to create and edit domains plus give you a field centric view of a layer’s fields that allows the data owner to configure field properties.


4. Offline Map Areas

Map authors who support offline field work can now create pre-planned map areas to make it easier and faster to take maps offline for field use.


5. New Smart Mapping Style - Relationships

A new Smart Mapping style is available for bivariate thematic mapping. Use hybrid colors to view the relationship between two numeric attributes. 

6. Scene Viewer Improvements
Navigate below the surface of the earth in global scenes and view subsurface utility pipes or geological features.

7. New Companion App
Along with the ArcGIS Online release, we will be launching ArcGIS Companion - a mobile app created to complement your ArcGIS organization with access to many of the important features.

Please note that all planned updates are subject to change. We will provide a comprehensive list of implemented changes in our upcoming What’s New email and blog.
Thank you,
The ArcGIS Online Team


Visit the ArcGIS blog for more information about what's coming in the June ArcGIS Online update. 

The next ArcGIS Online update is targeted for April 10, 2018.

It will include new ways to organize and explore your content as well as additional functionality when appending data, defining areas of interest, and working in 3D.

We plan to provide additional functionality in these areas:

  • New Content Categories will allow you to organize content, like maps and layers, into hierarchical categories. Those browsing can quickly search and identify content, organized by topic, within a group. 
  • The Content page will include a new Living Atlas tab making it easy for you to view and discover quality content to expand your projects. 
  • When appending data to your hosted feature layers you will be able to use Microsoft Excel and GeoJSON files as input. You will also have addition options to prevent duplicating values.
  • You will be able to reuse defined areas of interest across different feature layer views to provide a more consistent experience when your map is viewed. 
  • Scene Viewer updates will support a fully mobile experience, and the new Measure Area tool will allow you to interactively measure areas in 3D.

Please note that all planned updates are subject to change. We will provide a comprehensive list of implemented changes in our upcoming What’s New email and blog.


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