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Beta 2 for Explorer for ArcGIS (WIndows) has just been released to the Microsoft Store! There are lots of good updates in beta 2, but before you rush out and download it we have a very important announcement:

 

Before installing beta 2, uninstall any previous versions of Explorer for ArcGIS on your Windows machine!

 

There have been some major under-the-hood changes that will cause Explorer to crash if you don't perform a fresh install for beta 2 (this release). Ok, with that taken care of - back to the good stuff!

 

What's New in Beta 2

  • Added support for secure layers
  • Users can now browse for maps inside Groups in their ArcGIS organization
  • Improved raster file support in mobile map packages (mmpk's)
  • Explorer displays featured data sources when browsing for maps (if they are configured within the ArcGIS organization) 
  • Map packages that have been downloaded to the device are now displayed in an 'On Device' section when browsing for maps
  • Mobile map packages can now be loaded into Explorer directly from the device (this method does not require first publishing the mobile map package to ArcGIS)
  • Added notification when users attempt to open unsupported web maps (typically older maps created pre-2.0 web map spec)
  • The Magnifier tool no longer will pop up / get in the way while in Measure mode
  • Improved support for RTL languages
  • Updated localization
  • Removed Living Atlas content when browsing for maps
  • Updated the minimum supported version of Windows 10 to 1803

    What's coming in a future beta

    • A stand-alone installer for users / organizations who can't access the Microsoft Store
    • Advanced markup functionality (actions and notes)
    • Anonymous and Enterprise sign-in
    • Support for downloading pre-planned offline areas
    • The ability to take parts of web maps offline on-demand from within the app
    • URL scheme support
    • "Pull to refresh" when browsing for maps
    • Additional user settings

     

    Known issues in beta 2

    • Can't sign in with a second IWA account
    • Definition queries are not honored when searching mobile map packages
    • Download progress is not reflected in the map card for non-registered Portal items
    • The search tool is reset when another tool is activated

     

    How to get it

    Explorer for ArcGIS beta 2 is now available in the Microsoft Store. You can get it two ways:

    • Go directly to the listing using this link, or
    • Open the Microsoft Store and search for "Explorer for ArcGIS beta"

     

    REMEMBER TO UNINSTALL ANY PREVIOUS VERSIONS OF EXPLORER PRIOR TO VISITING THE STORE

     

    As always, we want to know what you think! Let us know how things are going for you by commenting here in the GeoNet site or emailing us directly at Explorer4ArcGIS [at] esri [dot] com.

     

    Happy Exploring!

    Scott and the Explorer for ArcGIS team

    A new beta version of Explorer has been released on the Windows platform! This is the first public release of Explorer, which means you no longer need to be white-listed to view or download the app in the Microsoft store! You can find the link at the end of our survey here.

     

    What's new in this version

    • Advanced popups (see attachments and related data)
    • Improved search (search for features within layers that have been configured for search)
    • Measure tool
    • Enterprise sign-in (Basic, Digest, IWA)
    • Navigate to search result on map
    • Markup layers shown in layers tool
    • Localization

     

    What's Coming in a future beta

    • A standalone installer for Explorer
    • Markup labels and notes
    • URL Scheme
    • User and developer settings
    • Groups in Browse
    • Show on-device mobile map packages and offline map areas
    • Other offline workflows that are not yet supported
    • Secure Layers and Basemaps
    • Popups Media
    • Raster file support in MMPKs

     

    Known issues

    • Can't sign-in with second IWA account without restarting the app
    • Definition query not honored when searching MMPK
    • Explorer does not resume previous downloads when the app is restarted
    • Navigating away from the map before identify completes causes the app to crash
    • Search tool results are cleared when changing to another tool

    What’s New 

    • Basic offline (download + use mobile map packages)
    • Basic markup
    • Markup sharing
    • Basic popups
    • Bookmarks
    • Basemap switcher
    • Layer toggle
    • Ability to drop a pin (long tap)
    • Compass navigation
    • English language support

     

    What’s Coming

    • Group support in map browser
    • Feature search
    • Advanced popups (attached media, documents, and related data)
    • Popups in map services
    • Advanced markup (creating labels and notes)
    • URL scheme support
    • Enterprise sign-in
    • User and developer settings
    • Localization
    • Support for public accounts

    First of all thanks for showing interest in Explorer on the Windows platform. The team is really looking forward to working with you to build this next version of Explorer.

     

    Here are some quick steps to get you started:

    1. Fill out the survey here: Explorer for ArcGIS - Windows Early Adopter Program Survey 
    2. At the end of the survey, you will find a link to the Microsoft Store listing.
    3. Download the app to your Windows 10 device.
    4. Break things and let us know about it  Were serious about this part, don't let us get away with anything. Let us know when and where the app needs to improve. You can do this is a couple of ways:
      1. Put an issue in on the geonet site: Explorer for ArcGIS Beta 
      2. Or ... you could put a bug in the #bugs channel in our public slack workspace https://explorer4arcgis.slack.com note: the first time you will need to setup a free account here: https://explorer-slack.herokuapp.com/

     

    Thanks and we're looking forward to working with you on this app.

    -The Explorer Team

    For this beta program, we will be using the Microsoft store to deploy the app. The first step is to ensure that you have a Microsoft account. If you don’t have one, you can get one

     here: https://account.microsoft.com/account. The next step is to make sure that you are logged in to the Microsoft store on your device with this account. This process can be a little tricky, so we thought it might be a good idea to write up some tips that may help you get unstuck.

     

    The first step is to make sure you’re logged in as the right user. I know I’m sounding a little like Captain Obvious here, but the store allows you to be logged in as multiple users at once, which can lead to a bunch of confusion.

     

    It is key to make sure that the email you gave Esri is associated with the Microsoft account you are logged in to the Microsoft Store with. To avoid any confusion, we recommend signing out of any other accounts and just being logged in as the user you provided to us after completing the survey. This will ensure that you can actually see the listing for Explorer Windows and download the app.