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Esri would like to remind our ArcGIS for Desktop / Server / Engine 10.2 users that a patch exists to fix an issue where the software crashes on launch when attempting to open shapefiles.

The patch to fix this issue is available now for ArcGIS 10.2 for Desktop, Engine and Server users.

Please refer to KB article 41680 for more information.Can’t install the patch or upgrade?

Usually, the shapefiles associated with this crash contain dBase files with a large number of fields. Converting the shapefiles to file geodatabase feature classes can help to work around the crashing.

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For any and all error reports you receive, please send them to Esri with a valid email address. This enables us to identify and respond faster to issues impacting your work.

Kirsten P. - User Advocacy Group

If you try to log in to Business Analyst Online or Community Analyst and you receive the message, "Error: Invalid username or password", see the following reasons and ways to troubleshoot.


Reason 1: You’re using a username/password for the legacy application.

To see if this is the case, log in to the legacy Business Analyst Online or legacy Community Analyst. The legacy applications are retired and only available to allow you to migrate your sites from the legacy application to the new application. For more information, go to:


Reason 2: Your ArcGIS Online subscription administrator has restricted access to the application.

Please see your administrator.


Reason 3: Your organization has not purchased or not requested a trial.

a. Try Business Analyst Online Now or Try Community Analyst Now.

b. Call 1-800-447-9778 to purchase (for U.S. customers only), or visit this page.


Reason 4: The application is not provisioned to a group within your ArcGIS Online subscription.

WARNING: Procedures described in this section must be performed ONLY by your ArcGIS Online Administrator.

Email notifications were sent to ArcGIS Online administrators for customers subscribed to Business Analyst Online or Community Analyst. If you are the administrator of your ArcGIS Online subscription, please see the email notification instructions and follow the instructions.


If you cannot find the emails, please click this link for Business Analyst Online, and this link for Community Analyst. We will create a special group(s) for your application users, granting them access to the application(s). As an administrator, you will also be part of the group. After that, you can add/invite users. To add users, do the following:


  • Log in to ArcGIS Online > click Groups > click the 'named group' (e.g. My BAO Group)
  • Click the Invite Users link, add the users, and click Send Invitation. Here is an example:




Note: If you have more than one administrator for your ArcGIS Online subscription and if another administrator activated it, the group may not appear in ArcGIS Online. If this happens, you can click on 'The organization’s groups' on the right of the page and see if the group is created. If it is, you can click 'Join this Group' at the top, and an email will be sent to the administrator who originally created the group.


If the above links don’t work, log in to ArcGIS Marketplace > My Console > My Purchased Items.


Scenario 1: If you don’t see the application, return to the home page and click the application (Business Analyst Online or Community Analyst). Click 'Get it Now' and follow the instructions.

Note: When you click 'Get It Now', an Esri representative will contact you to get you set up.


Scenario 2: If you see the application, click View Item.




The Share dialog box appears, allowing you to create a new group (if one doesn’t exist) or select existing groups.




You will invite users; see the Invite Users section above.


Why the change?

We’ve created a better way to manage access for Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst in ArcGIS Online subscriptions. These changes allow better control in the sharing and use within your organization.


Pavan Y. - Technical Lead - Location Analytics

We often ask for or receive screenshots from users when they call for help. As the old saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” When that picture is clear and readable, it is worth even more!

To take a screenshot of a particular error message or window, try using [Alt + PrtScn], then paste it into a Microsoft Word document. It's worth noting this method only captures the window that is active at the time, not the entire desktop area.

The screenshot below was taken using [Alt + PrtScn]. By using this method, the words are easy for the analyst to read.arceditor_notauthorized.png

This second screenshot is of the same error message taken the way most people are used to taking screenshots, using [Ctrl + PrtScn]. As you can see, the text in the screenshot using [Ctrl + PrtScn] is almost impossible to read, as it captures the entire desktop.AltPrt2a2-300x120.png

Even when the error message is isolated and blown up, it becomes a blurry blob.AltPrt3.png

Now you are on your way to better screenshots, and together we can find the resolution to your issue quickly!
Don Grogg - Senior Systems Implementation Analyst

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