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A quick blog to share the news that MyUSNG is now available in the Windows Store and can be downloaded for both Windows Desktop and Windows Mobile!

 

For those that are unfamiliar with the app, the United States National Grid (USNG) is a nationally consistent language for location (displayed in a user friendly format), which is commonly used during Search and Rescue operations in the United States (http://usngcenter.org/). MyUSNG reports the location of your device in USNG the format, and includes a simple map that will let you capture the USNG of locations around you and share them. You can also center the map using USNG locations, a range of coordinate formats (including MGRS, USNG, UTM and Latitude and Longitude) or the World Geocode service.

 

If you want to capture, and share locations with others then this is a valuable app for you!

 

To get it on Windows Desktop and Mobile, go here: Get MyUSNG - Microsoft Store en-AU 

Or here for IOS and Android.

 

Note that MYUSNG is an Esri Labs Project and is not an official product. It is built using AppStudio for ArcGIS.

 

Tile Package Kreator

Tile Package Kreator -  the desktop utility used for the easy creation of Tile Packages (i.e. local basemaps that you can take offline in Survey123 for ArcGIS, Collector for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Runtime apps) has just been updated! Version 1.2 comes complete with a number of enhancements that will make the app easier and more intuitive to use. To find out how to use it - please see the following blog: Taking your maps offline with Tile Package Creator.

 

Esri Labs projects are developed by Esri employees and are inspired by our interactions with ArcGIS users like you. Esri Labs projects are free to use but are not official Esri products. These projects do not go through the rigorous software development cycle so they are not holistically tested, documented or supported by Esri technical support.

 

But for now let’s run through what’s new:

 

New functionality

You can now navigate to your desired location using a place name or address, and once there, you can draw polygons (as well as squares and polylines) to define your export extent. If you want to revisit the extent at later date, you can now save these drawn extents as spatial bookmarks (which can be exported to geojson too). TPK 1.2 will also enable you to interactively define the range of zoom levels you want to export – so if you want to export for example levels 4-12, this is now possible.

 

Improvements

To make life easier, you can now switch tile services/basemaps without having to return to the gallery, and any public tiled service that you added to app will be persisted (so no need to keep re-entering them). There have also been a number of bug fixes related to the UI and file management.

 

If you want to get your hands on the latest version of the app – please visit here: ArcGIS Marketplace

The latest version of the guide can be downloaded here: Guide