Allow a 'Classic' editing experience in current version of ArcGIS Collector

04-16-2019 04:52 PM
Occasional Contributor II

This idea relates to a discussion on Geonet (Editing experience in "new" ArcGIS Collector (iOS) ).

I'm in the process of switching my user base over to the new iOS version of ArcGIS Collector. Some of the changes and improvements are excellent - ability to label features, directional arrows, auto sync etc etc are a real improvement. However, I think the user editing experience has gone backwards a long way, specifically for lines and polygons.


In the 'Classic' Collector, a line or polygon feature could be drawn on screen by tapping on screen for each of the feature vertices, and then saving the feature. However, in the new version, the user needs to pan the screen so that the vertex to be created is aligned with the centre cross hair, and then tap 'create point'. This is hugely inefficient and quite frustrating to use, especially if you're working in a moving vehicle or helicopter (as my user base generally are).

A huge enhancement to the new version of Collector would be to allow the user to revert to a similar editing experience to the 'Classic' version of Collector - specifically where they can just tap on the screen to create a feature vertex.

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the classic editing experience was much more intuitive. just tap where you want the polygon to go. tap and drag to move the vertices. now you need to select a vertex, click on the menu, click update point, and hopefully you were already panned to the new location for the vertex. it takes a long time to make edits.

Edit: just realized that iOS and Android differ in how to move vertices in the classic app. Android you can just tap and drag. iOS you have to tap to select and then long press and pan to new location for the point and then let up for it to actually move. I would prefer the option to use Android's editing method if possible, much quicker.