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April showers bring May… Explorer updates? Yes! We have some new updates that we want to share with you. We recently released updates to our Windows and Android versions of Explorer. These releases were focused around improving feature parity across platforms as most of this functionality was already in the iOS version of the app. Let's take a look at a few of the updates:

 

Support for signing-in using PKI or Single Sign-On (SSO)

Many of our federal government users have been asking for Explorer to support PKI / smart card authentication – and now it does! When Explorer discovers that the ArcGIS Enterprise portal is using PKI, the user will be prompted to choose a certificate (.pfx). This feature is now available on Windows.

 

Note: smart-card authentication is not supported in the version of Explorer that is in the Microsoft store. Download and install Explorer directly from Esri for smart-card and multi-certificate support.

 

Support for on-device basemaps

If you have high-resolution imagery or other very large basemaps you want to use with offline areas in web maps, you may want to load them directly onto your Windows device. This was previously only available on iOS and is now supported in Explorer on Windows and Android. Learn more about preparing maps for offline use.

 

Additional enhancements

  • Mobile map packages support scheduled updates and honor expiration dates (Windows)
  • Easily identify map areas that have been updated through scheduled updates (Windows)
  • Improvements to related record workflows (Windows)
  • Improved translations (Windows)
  • Various bug fixes and improvements (Windows and Android)

 

Get Started Today!

Are you ready to do some exploring? If you haven’t already, download Explorer for ArcGIS on your Android, iOS, or Windows 10 device.

These are exciting times for Explorer for ArcGIS!

We recently announced that Explorer has arrived on Windows 10. In addition, we just delivered new releases for Explorer on iOS and Android which bring powerful new offline capabilities and an improved experience to the app across all supported platforms.

Explorer is the best mobile application for viewing your maps wherever you are, with or without a data connection. You can see your maps, search for and be directed to places and features, get information about your assets, and add and share your own notes and markup – all from the palm of your hand!

 

If you already know and love Explorer, you’re about to love it even more! With our latest releases, Explorer offers the best of our current mapping capabilities.

 

The new features include the ability to:

  • Work with web maps offline
  • Maintain situational awareness in the field
  • View Tracker for ArcGIS tracks (iOS only)
  • Manage complex workflows with easier app linking
  • Sideload your basemaps
  • ….and much more!

 

Work with web maps offline

Mobile workers need to be able to view their maps and find features or places even when they are in locations with limited or no connectivity. This latest release of the Explorer app brings greater flexibility for working offline so your mobile workforce can keep going even in places without a data connection.

In addition to using mobile map packages to work offline, now you can also use web maps to define offline areas for use in Explorer. There are two ways you can do this with web maps:

Pre-define offline areas. Map creators can set up offline areas in a web map through ArcGIS Online (or Enterprise) and make them available for mobile workers to download and use in Explorer.

Create offline areas in ArcGIS

In ArcGIS Online, you can use the brand new scheduled updates feature to help you keep your offline map areas current. This pushes out any changes you’ve made and makes them available for your users to download at a specific date and time that you set. These updates contain only the data that has changed since the package was last created or refreshed which provides a streamlined downloading experience.

Enable scheduled updates for offline areas

Create offline areas on demand. Mobile workers can download a web map that has been configured for offline use and create their own offline areas in the Explorer app.

Create offline areas from your device

Learn more about how to prepare maps for download and download maps and offline areas.

Maintain situational awareness in the field

The ability to monitor your operations in near-real time is essential for making informed decisions and responding quickly to incidents as they happen. This is especially crucial in highly dynamic situations like public event or disaster response operations.

Watch your maps come alive in Explorer by defining refresh intervals for your web maps in ArcGIS Online. These options keep your maps up-to-date with the latest information when there’s a data connection, providing you and your team with greater situational awareness.

Refresh intervals automatically update your map layers at a specific time interval that you set. You can set your layers to update as often as every 6 seconds for most layer types!

Define a layer refresh interval in ArcGIS

For example, you may want your team to be aware of each other’s location so that you can properly respond during a live event. You can do this by setting refresh intervals on a layer in your web map that contains the last known location of each mobile worker from the Tracker for ArcGIS application.

Only authorized members of your team would be able to see each other’s locations. Your organization’s administrator would manage those permissions for your location tracking service. Learn more about tracking service privileges.

Explorer would display the last known locations of your team members and keep it updated (when there is connectivity) based on the refresh interval that you set up.

View tracks (iOS only)

Now mobile workers can view their own tracks from the Tracker for ArcGIS app in Explorer on their iPhone or iPad device.

This allows mobile workers to see a breadcrumb trail of where they’ve been. For example, a field worker may be inspecting damage in a disaster area which can be a highly disorienting situation. Viewing their tracks in Explorer along with the features in their map can help the field worker verify they covered the intended territory.

Viewing Tracker tracks in Explorer

Manage complex workflows with easier app linking

Complex field operation workflows can leverage deep linking to create a streamlined mobile user experience.

You can link directly into Explorer through email, text, web page, QR code, and other applications. For example, from within a Workforce for ArcGIS assignment, a mobile worker can click on a link into the related map in Explorer to locate the asset of interest.

You can also link to other applications or websites from within Explorer. For example, once a mobile worker has found an asset in Explorer, you can use deep linking to take them directly into a form in Survey123 to collect information about that asset.

We’ve updated the format of our links to universal links to make it easier to manage deep linking workflows for any device. The new format also enables us to prompt the user to download the app if it’s not already on their device.

Sideload your basemaps

Basemaps are the largest component of most web maps and can make downloading offline areas more difficult in locations where there is limited or intermittent connectivity.

Explorer now supports the ability to use basemaps that have been copied directly onto the mobile worker’s device. You can do this by configuring your webmap to reference a basemap tile package that has already been deployed to the mobile device. This can greatly speed up download times for offline areas because the download only includes the operational layers. Learn more about using sideloaded basemaps.

For the mobile worker, sideloaded basemaps will display alongside connected basemaps in Explorer and will be available for them to use in any map they open.

Note: due to Android security changes, we’ve updated the location where your maps are stored on your device. If you are upgrading a device that has existing map packages on it, see our migration guide to get them moved to the right locations.

But Wait, There's More! With the latest release you can also:

  • Get directions: From Explorer, you can tap on a specific location or feature to open and get directions through Navigator for ArcGIS, Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze. (Android & iOS only)
  • Load mobile map packages through SD cards (Android only). Learn more.
  • Use raster and mosaic layers directly in your mobile map packages without creating tile packages.
  • Streamline your portal sign in process with our new portalURL link parameter so your mobile users don’t have to manually type in a URL to gain access. Learn more. (Android & iOS. Coming soon to Windows)
  • Display advanced symbology with Arcade (key for Military Symbology support). For more on this, check out the Arcade-based Styles section of this blog.
  • Maps now support group layers.

We also fixed a few bugs in the Windows release:

  • BUG-000127215 – Titles for related features display as ‘No Title’ when the relationship is to a table and map services are used in the web map.
  • BUG-000127242 – Features from map image layers that are selected in Explorer for ArcGIS do not appear as highlighted.

Get Started Today!

Are you ready to do some exploring? If you haven’t already, download Explorer for ArcGIS on your Android, iOS, or Windows 10 device.

If you had sideloaded MMPKs in the previous version of Explorer on Android, you probably noticed that they are no longer appearing in your list of maps after updating to the new version. Don't worry! They haven't disappeared, they just need to be moved to a new location on your device's storage. With the new release of Explorer for ArcGIS version 20.1.0 on Android we had to change the location for sideloaded content due to some restriction changes coming in Android. Here’s a quick rundown for where the sideloaded MMPKs and basemaps need to go.

 

The sideload locations are created on initial launch and can be found by looking in the apps directory at each storage location – this could be the internal primary storage OR an SD card (see below for example). So if you launch Explorer on a device with an SD card, you should see the folders below get created where you can sideload the data:

 

/storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.esri.explorer/files/ (Android primary storage)

  • basemaps (sideloaded basemaps)
    • redlands.tpk (sideloaded basemap)
  • mappackages (sideloaded mmpks)
    • RedlandsHydrants.mmpk (sideloaded map)
  • Named_user@ORGID (user download location)

For devices that had data in the old location, you can either re-sideload the content or you can use the file manager app on the device to move the MMPKs to the new location. Note: if the files are copied while the app is open you’ll likely have to refresh the Browse Maps view for the maps to appear.

Leave a comment below or email Explorer4arcgis@esri.com if you have any questions or problems getting your MMPKs to appear and we hope you're enjoying all the new features in version 20.1.0!

Justin wrote a really nice blog post here explaining how to verify that your machine is able to install Explorer locally - and how to actually install Explorer on your Windows 10 machine if you don't have access to the Microsoft Store. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions!

Explorer for ArcGIS is the best way to view your maps and layers on your mobile device, whether you have a data connection or if you’re working in a remote area with no service. It’s great for those field users who just need a simple map viewer to take their GIS data on the go. Explorer is also great to take some quick notes on the map and share them with colleagues in the field or back in the office. These capabilities have been available on Android and iOS for some time and we’re super excited to announce that today they are available in our first release of Explorer on Windows 10!

 

 

What's New in Explorer for Windows?

In addition to all the great stuff that’s already in Explorer on iOS and Android, Explorer on Windows brings some new functionality that we think you’re going to love.

 

More Ways to Work Offline

In addition to being able to download mobile map packages for offline use, Explorer on Windows adds a few more ways to take your maps offline for use in a disconnected environment.

The first way is by using offline areas that have been added to a web map in ArcGIS Online. In this scenario, a map author would create offline areas for use by their field workers. These can be areas that are often traveled to or areas with little or no network connectivity. Once these areas are defined by the map author, ArcGIS packages the layers and basemaps and makes a map area available for download. Map authors can define how often the map areas get automatically updated with the most current info from the web map – as frequently as daily, if preferred.

 

Three offline areas have been created as part of this web map

 

These offline areas, once created, are then available for download and use by your field workforce in Explorer. You can tell if your web map has offline areas available by looking for the text ‘Offline areas’ in the map card as shown below. Tap or click on the card and choose an area to download.

 

Web maps with offline areas look like the card circled here

 

Another new way to take maps offline is to take parts of web maps offline on-demand whenever you like. From within Explorer, users can select a web map that has been configured for offline use and create a new offline area. You can choose which layers you want, how much detail should be included, and ArcGIS will package everything up before sending it to your Windows device.

 

 

 

Your maps are alive!

Explorer for ArcGIS now supports the layer refresh interval setting if it is defined within your web maps, bringing near-real time updates to maps within Explorer. Map authors can set a layer refresh interval to tell the web map how often to push layer updates out to clients – as often as every 6 seconds on most layer types! This can help bring situational awareness to field users in highly dynamic situations like public events or disaster response scenarios.

 

Direct raster support is here

Have you ever gone to build a mobile map package, added your raster layer, only to be disappointed that rasters and mosaics weren’t supported? Did you waste a lot of time building a tile package just so you could then embed it in your map package to get your imagery out to your users? No more! Explorer will now read raster and mosaic layers directly from a mobile map package, making the authoring process more efficient and less frustrating. Win win!

 

How to get it

Head over to the Microsoft Store and search for Explorer for ArcGIS, or you can click the link here. In the coming weeks we’ll also be making an installer available for those of you not able to access the Microsoft Store. I’ll add the link here when it’s ready, so check back soon. For additional help using or making maps for use in Explorer, check out our help documentation.

 

After you’ve had a chance to try it out, head over to our GeoNet community and tell us what you think! We love hearing what you’re doing with Explorer and we welcome your suggestions for the future.

 

Happy Exploring!

New versions of Explorer for ArcGIS are here for Android (18.1) and iOS (18.1.1), bringing offline maps and feature parity on both platforms.

 

What’s New with Explorer on Android?

Explorer for ArcGIS 18.1.0 on Android modernizes the app and aligns it with the app currently available on iOS. With this release, the following functionality is brought to Android devices:

 

Work offline

You can’t be connected everywhere you want to explore, so now you can take your maps offline with you. Prepare a map for offline use in your office and put it on your device, either by downloading it through the app or by sideloading it onto your device. Once it’s on your device, you can work with it in the same way as any other map in Explorer. For details on making offline maps, see Make offline maps.

Note:

With this release, Android supports working offline with vector data as well as imagery and other raster data. The capabilities are the same as those on iOS.

 

Use improved markup and share it

Capture sketches and notes on the map with improved tools. You can clean up as you go, making your sketch a true circle and your line straight. Place markers, draw arrows, and add notes and labels. You can use your sketches across your maps, and even share them as layers to your organization. Mobile workers in the field and ArcGIS Pro users in the office can see and act on what you’ve found. For more information, see Markup.

 

Find your features with the compass

Walk right to your assets using the new compass tool. See how far you are from your assets and which direction you need to go. From a feature, search result, or pin, select Compass . This complements the directions that are available through integration with Navigator for ArcGIS and Google Maps.

 

Experience a new, simplified browsing experience

Discover maps with ease through a new, simplified browsing experience.

Note:

You can still search for, browse to, and open groups—we learned from our iOS release.

 

Use beautiful, more responsive and informative maps

Explorer for ArcGIS 17.1.0 includes support for related records, labeling, smart mapping, and vector tile basemaps.

The Explorer team is excited to bring one of the most requested features to life with this update: related records. You can now bring more data to your users by creating pop-ups with related records in your map, and you’ll see the same pop-ups in Explorer.

Another common request has been support for labels, and with this release they are supported. You can even use Arcade expressions to make the best labels for your map.

ArcGIS provides smart mapping to help you make your maps beautiful, while showcasing your data’s important values. Explorer now honors the styling done through smart mapping, bringing the maps you are making in Map Viewer to your devices. Improve your maps with smart mapping: get started with the How to smart map story map.

One of the benefits of working on a mobile device is the high-resolution display, but not all basemaps take full advantage of it. With this release, Explorer supports vector tile basemaps to bring crisp, responsive basemaps to your device. Vector tiles have a combination of tile access performance and vector drawing, allowing the tiles to adapt to any resolution of the display, which may vary across devices. See Vector tile layers (ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise) to learn more.

Interact with UX customized for your device

Explorer now makes the best use of available screen space. When working on a phone, the panel resizes to fit your needs. If you need to see mostly the map, collapse the panel into a summary. When you need both the map and details, use the panel in half the screen. When you want to focus on the details, make the panel full-screen. If you are using a tablet, the panel is fixed to the side of the screen.

 

 

What’s New with Explorer on iOS?

Take your imagery and other raster data offline

You can now bring your raster data offline with you by including tile packages in your mobile map packages.

Using ArcGIS Pro 2.1 or later, create a mobile map package (MMPK) that contains tile packages (TPKs) of your raster data.

 

You can use the ‘Share Package’ tool in ArcGIS Pro to choose who can see the package and then upload the MMPK to your ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise organization (or, if you prefer, you can sideload the file onto your device directly).

 

Once your mobile map package is in ArcGIS, users with permission to see the package can sign in to Explorer and download it to their device.

 

Various bug fixes and improvements

In addition to the functionality described above, there have been other enhancements made and issues addressed. Of note are the following changes:

Updated translations have been added.

Pan and zoom updates: pan and zoom are now supported when a tool panel (such as bookmarks) displays, and What’s Here results pan and zoom the same as other results.

Selecting a search suggestion during dictation no longer crashes the app.

Differences between iOS and Android

While the majority of the functionality is the same, be aware of the following differences:

Sharing a map by URL through the app is only supported on iOS.

Zoom to a feature is only supported on iOS.

Later releases will synchronize these across the platforms.

How do I get Explorer for ArcGIS?

Download Explorer for ArcGIS for your mobile device on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store today!

We’d love to hear what you think of the new releases. If you want to learn even more, we also have a great documentation site you should check out.

 

Happy mapping!

Scott and the entire Explorer team

Offline Map Support (MMPK)

 

Is there support for TPKs? 

A: Yes, TPK support in Mobile Map Packages is coming in 18.1.1 for iOS and 18.1.0 for Android. 

 

Does Explorer support vector tiles?

A: Yes it does.

 

Are labels supported in MMPKs in Explorer?

A: Yes, labels are supported depending on how you author your MMPK. 

 

Is label conflict detection supported?

A: Yes it is, and we are working to further improve the label conflict detection. 

 

Can the MMPK creation process be scripted? 

A: Yes it can, using Geoprocessing Tools.

 

When an MMPK is updated, does Explorer download only the changes or the entire map package? 

A: Currently Explorer will download the entire MMPK when there are updates available. We are working on a solution for downloading only the changes for a future release of Explorer. 

 

Map Markup

 

Can you add markup labels and have them be displayed on the map? 

A: Currently markup labels can be viewed by selecting a markup element. We're working on a solution where these labels could be displayed on the map. 

 

Is markup associated with the map that its drawn in? 

A: No, markup isn't associated with the map you were viewing when you made it, it is associated with the app. You can use more than one markup layer to manage the display of markup across multiple maps.

 

Does markup work when I'm offline? 

A: Yes it does, you can add and edit markup in both online and offline environments. With that being said, you do need to be online to share markup with your ArcGIS organization. 

 

Is markup a new item type or is it stored as a feature in a feature service?

A: Markup is a new type of item.

 

Does sharing markup share all markup seen in the view or in the entire map?

A: It depends on how you share the markup. If sharing an image of it, it is a screen capture and just shows what is on your screen (in the extent and visible on the map). Sharing the markup directly with another user or with your ArcGIS organization shares a layer of markup. Each layer of markup you choose to share is shared in full, including the geometry, symbology, label, and any notes for each feature in your markup (independent of what is currently on-screen for the layer).

 

Other

 

If a user clicks a URL scheme link and doesn't have Explorer installed what happens?

A: In iOS the URL scheme link would be disabled (not clickable) if Explorer wasn't on the device. Android will return a 'Cannot find an openable app' message.

 

Can you launch other apps from Explorer?

A: Yes, you can add URLs to popups to launch other apps such as Collector, Navigator or Survey 123.

 

Can you configure popups to pass attributes?

A: Yes, using the URL scheme.

 

Can you download multiple offline areas from a single webmap?

A: Soon in the 18.2 release of Explorer you will be able to take parts of a webmap offline and you can take as many area off line as you want from a single webmap. 

 

Is the size of the download shown before taking an area offline? 

A: Not currently, but we are working to provide an estimate of the offline area download size. 

 

Is Google authentication supported on Android? 

A: Yes, Google + authentication will be supported in the 18.1.0 release.

 

Any plans for Explorer on Windows?

A: Currently we do not have plans to build Explorer on the Windows 10 platform. We are continually evaluating platforms demand for our apps. See this Esri blog post for additional information. https://blogs.esri.com/esri/arcgis/2017/04/26/arcgis-apps-for-the-field-on-the-windows-platform/

We often get asked for details on creating offline maps for use in Explorer for ArcGIS. Mark Bockenhauer has put together a great two-part blog that goes through each step: from downloading a dataset to working offline in Explorer.

 

Part 1 includes:

  • An introduction to the ArcGIS Pro project (available for download) that you'll make into an offline map. 
  • Creating a vector tile basemap (VTPK) that your offline map will use as the basemap.
  • Setting up your VTPK as the basemap of your offline map.
  • Including search and bookmarks.

 

Part 2 continues with:

  • Customizing the information shown for your feature's pop-ups.
  • Creating a mobile map package (MMPK) - which includes your VTPK - and that can be download in Explorer.
  • Sharing the MMPK
  • Trying out your map offline in Explorer.

 

I'd like to bring this content into the official Explorer help, so if you have feedback, that will help with the next steps for this content. Did his blog help you make your first MMPK? What could be more clear? Where did you get stuck, or was there something that you really loved or appreciated in it?

We have a new Beta of Explorer for ArcGIS for Android devices (phones and tablet) available through the Google Play Store.  If you would like to participate in testing the latest beta version of Explorer please follow this link for for sign-up instructions.

 Android Explorer Beta: Signup and Install Info

The new Beta 2 release includes the following:

 

  • Tap features and see details about them, including attachments.
  • View the layers and sublayers in your map and toggle their visibility.
  • Change the basemap.
  • Launch Explorer through an email, a website, or even another app using the custom URL scheme.
  • Sideload mobile map packages (MMPKs) from a central location on the device (/ArcGIS/mmpks), allowing cross-app sharing.
  • Custom attribute display in a feature popup is now supported and rendered in Explorer

 

We are getting close to the final version of Explorer ver 17.x. Thank you for your continued support of Explorer for ArcGIS. We value your feedback. If you are looking for the iOS version of Explorer please see this blog post: Now Available Explorer for ArcGIS 17.2 Beta 2 for iOS

 

-Explorer Team

We have just released a new Beta of Explorer for ArcGIS for iOS devices (iPhones and iPads) through Apple’s TestFlight app.  If you would like to participate in testing the latest beta version of Explorer please send a request to explorer4arcgis@esri.com .

 

The 17.2 Beta 2 release includes additional functionality based on user feedback as well as important fixes.

 

Added Functionality:

  • Groups are available in Browse view (BUG-000106841) to provide quick and easy access to the maps organized within Groups in the ArcGIS Organization. You can now search for, browse to, and open the Groups from the browse map experience. 
  • Support for zoom to layer. Tap on a layer name in the map layer list to zoom to the full extent of that layer
  • Addition of magnifier tool BUG-000106840. Access a magnifier window view by a long press and hold on a map display, and then release your finger to drop a pin at that location.

Bug fixes and usability enhancements

  • Updated Measure Tool readability
  • Date filter now being honored
  • Now showing description in Custom Attribute Display instead of domain code
  • Optimized viewing details by auto-selecting features on search and identify if only one result
  • Fixed cases where symbology is not shown in panel
  • Improved identify performance
  • Fixed bug with identifying on layers with in-memory joins

 

Thank you for your continued support of Explorer for ArcGIS. We value your feedback. If you are looking for the Android version of Explorer please sign up by visiting this link. Contact us at explorer4arcgis@esri.com

 

-Explorer Team

Building upon the 17.1.0 and 17.1.1 releases, today we have updated Explorer for ArcGIS in the Apple App Store with some very important fixes:

  • BUG-000106480—Pop-ups are not consistently displaying values when the field alias is different from the field name.
  • BUG-000106814—Configuring custom attribute display to show multiple fields returns nothing.
  • BUG-000107080—Attachments don't display for map service layers.
  • Feature search can fail when searching integer fields using the Equals condition.
  • If the request for an OAUTH page fails when signing in, a message shows instead of a white screen.

We are already planning our next update and it will be coming very soon. A couple of important issues on our pending list include:

  • BUG-000106721—Adding shapefiles enabled for but not containing any z-values into a map stops the map from loading. The error message displayed is *The shape must have a Z value.
  • Performance improvements to the way Explorer performs queries against feature and map services.

Thank you for your continued support.

Explorer Team

Keeping track of mobile devices with access to your corporate network, maps and data is more important than ever. Organizations are implementing an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution that provides for management of devices, provisioning of mobile applications, and compliance with corporate policies, and authentication with proper network access control.

 

There are a number of Mobile Device Management (MDM) products that help you implement your EMM solution and they all include support for Mobile Application Management (MAM). Here are just a few that Esri Apps have been deployed with – MobileIron, AirWatch, XenMobile, MaaS360, Meraki, InTune.

 

Esri Apps and MDM Products

MDM products can connect directly to the Apple App Store or Google Play and you can manage and deploy applications to your mobile workforce. Esri apps like Explorer, Collector, Navigator and Workforce support per-app VPN so that you can secure device access to internal resources and reduce the inbound connection to a single app at the same time. When considering how you deploy Esri Apps through your MDM, please note that App wrapping is not supported.

 

Field Apps and Managed App Configuration

Talking with several customers deploying Esri Apps using an MDM, we are following the guidelines found within the AppConfig community.  Explorer, Collector, and Workforce on the iOS and Android platforms have started including settings that take advantage Managed App Configuration API's for each platform. Implementing the MobileAppConfig on iOS and the Backend Service Configuration on Android, you can now streamline app deployment be allowing your MDM to push down the URL of your ArcGIS Enterprise portal.

 

Implementing the portalURL key that is of Data Type: String, apps will bypass the Portal URL sign in screen and automatically present the OAuth screen from your portal, easing the sign in process for your field workforce.

 

With Mobile Iron, the following steps can be used to push the Portal URL (using Explorer for ArcGIS on the iOS platform as the example):

  1. In the Core Admin Portal, go to Policies & Configs and navigate through Configurations > Add New > iOS and OS X > Managed App Config.
  2. Edit the Managed App Configuration with the Name, Description, BundleID and select the external file (PLIST), that contains the App-specific key-value pair configurations required for the app.
    Note: You can find the bundle ID for iOS apps by going to Apps > App Catalog, and clicking the hyperlink to edit the app. The bundle ID resides in the inventory field in parenthesis.
  3. To create the PLIST file, create a text file with the following text (see picture below). Replace the value in the portalURL key (<string>value</string>) with your organizations portal url. Save this file as a “.plist file (ie explorerAppConfig.plist).

Mobile Iron PLIST

 

Here is how it works with Cisco Meraki, the following steps can be used to push the Portal URL:

  1. On Systems Manager, go to Apps > Add New > iOS app > Add App (Enter “Explorer for ArcGIS”) > Add.
  2. Within the Systems Manager, go to Settings > Add > New Meraki managed profile > Create New Profile > Add settings > Choose an app / Settings (see picture below) > Add Setting.

Meraki Config

If you are using another MDM product, please search their documentation for Managed App Config to find the necessary steps.

 

Moving forward, we are looking to expose more capabilities that follow the guidelines outlined by the AppConfig.org community. 

 

For more information about Esri's approach to Mobile Application Management, please read our patterns document on the ArcGIS Trust website.  

After receiving considerable feedback from the 17.1.0 release, we have updated Explorer for ArcGIS on the iOS platform with a strategic bug fix update. Thank you very much for all that have participated in the Test Flight beta for this update. You can now install the final, released version directly from the Apple App Store.

 

This update includes the following:

  • BUG-000106474—Can't see sublayers in the Layers list, or toggle sublayer visibility.
  • BUG-000106478, BUG-000106507—Hyperlinks appear as text and URLs aren't clickable in the pop-up.
  • BUG-000106475—Feature search fails when searching sublayers.
  • BUG-000106698—Map search settings aren't honored, including disabling search in the app if Find Locations is disabled in the map.
  • Improved performance when searching, identifying, and dropping pins on the map.
  • Search results should list features before places.
  • Improve sorting of maps in the Maps browse screen: sorting by title shouldn't be case sensitive, sorting by date shouldn't put oldest maps first.
  • IWA Portals aren't being remembered in the list of recent portals.
  • Support deep linking to Box with box:// and boxapp:// schemas.

 

We have started work on the 17.1.2 release as well, with intention to bring a number of additional fixes and strategic updates very soon. The current proposed list of updates includes the following:

  • BUG-000106480—Pop-ups for map services are not consistently displaying values when the field alias is different from the field name. 
    Note: We tried to get a fix for this into 17.1.1, but could only get a partial fix for map services hosted on ArcGIS Server 10.5 or later, and we didn't have a fix for earlier versions of ArcGIS Server. We have decided to wait and make sure we fix this properly, which unfortunately will take a bit longer. In the meantime, you can try one of the following workarounds:
  • BUG-000106721—Maps with uploaded shapefiles that contain a z-value don't load
  • Correctly format dates and coded value domains in pop-ups when the field name and alias don't match.
  • Certain layers not displaying and instead showing an exclamation mark beside the layer in the Layers list.
  • Support attachments on map services. 
    Current Workaround: Add the feature service to the map instead of the map service.
  • Improve the speed maps open
  • Preserve the last open map when working without signing in
  • Support using multiple fields in custom attribute displays
  • Honor scale visibility when identifying

NOTE: The 17.1.2 list is tentative and may change as we get closer to release.

 

Thanks,

 

Explorer Team

Thank you for all the feedback we have received on the 17.1.0 release! We very much appreciate your comments - we are hearing you and working on updates now. We want to get fixes out quickly, so will be releasing with the first set of them very soon, and then continuing to work to address others as quickly as we can.

 

The first update, 17.1.1, is expected to be available next week. It will include the issues listed below. Most of these are available to test in beta now, others will be coming in a beta update on Monday:

  • BUG-000106474—Can't see sublayers in the Layers list, or toggle sublayer visibility.
  • BUG-000106478, BUG-000106507—Hyperlinks appear as text and URLs aren't clickable in the pop-up.
  • BUG-000106475—Feature search fails when searching sublayers. [17.1.1 Beta 2]
  • BUG-000106698—Map search settings aren't honored, including disabling search in the app if Find Locations is disabled in the map.
  • Improved performance when searching, identifying, and dropping pins on the map. [17.1.1 Beta 1 for dropping pins, Beta 2 for identify and search improvements]
  • Search results should list features before places.
    Improve sorting of maps in the Maps browse screen: sorting by title shouldn't be case sensitive, sorting by date shouldn't put oldest maps first.
  • IWA Portals aren't being remembered in the list of recent portals.
  • Support deep linking to Box with box:// and boxapp:// schemas.

 

Explorer 17.1.1 Beta - you can request access to the betas for 17.1.1 by emailing Explorer4ArcGIS@esri.com. As this is a new beta program, you'll need to request access even if you participated in the beta program for 17.1.0. 

 

We are also working on another update, 17.1.2, to address more of your feedback. Although not final yet, here is a tentative list of what we plan to include:

  • BUG-000106480—Pop-ups for map services are not consistently displaying values when the field alias is different from the field name. 
    Note: We tried to get a fix for this into 17.1.1, but could only get a partial fix for map services hosted on ArcGIS Server 10.5 or later, and we didn't have a fix for earlier versions of ArcGIS Server. We have decided to wait and make sure we fix this properly, which unfortunately will take a bit longer. In the meantime, you can try one of the following workarounds:
  • BUG-000106721—Maps with uploaded shapefiles that contain a z-value don't load
  • Correctly format dates and coded value domains in pop-ups when the field name and alias don't match.
  • Certain layers not displaying and instead showing an exclamation mark beside the layer in the Layers list.
  • Support attachments on map services.
    Current Workaround: Add the feature service to the map instead of the map service.
  • Improve the speed maps open
  • Preserve the last open map when working without signing in
  • Support using multiple fields in custom attribute displays
  • Honor scale visibility when identifying
  • Identify on tile layers
  • Support for CSV layers through a URL

 

The following are also being discussed and evaluated right now, although no time frame has been determined:

  • BUG-000106841—Add groups to the browsing experience
  • Bring back the magnifier
  • BUG-000106539—Support for sharing a map with others in your organization

 

Thank you for your feedback and our deepest apologies for any problems the 17.1.0 release has caused you. 

 

Explorer team