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Examples provided here for Kylie Donia not what we see in Collector 18.0.3 Android.

05-06-2019 08:19 PM
New Contributor II

We've loaded Collector 18.0.3 on a Motorola G6 Play smart phone.

We followed Kylie's December, 2018 instructions for "Try Collector for ArcGIS" but found that far from all of steps and options and buttons that she used in working with the sample maps were available. For example, in following the steps she set out in working with the Park map, we found no option in Collector to take a photo of the picnic table. In another example, one with instructions on collecting data offline, hardly any of the buttons steps outlined in the example were available to us.

So, what are we missing?

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by Esri Regular Contributor
Esri Regular Contributor

Hi -- The steps in those articles are for the new version of Collector, so if you are following them on an Android device, you can use the beta of the app that is available now or you will see some differences, as you found.

For Try Collector, the flow of the steps is the same, although some of the buttons you click look different or are placed differently. Here are some tips to help you be successful with the steps even using 18.0.3 on Android:

  • (Step 4 and 😎 The "Add" button that you'll use is on the toolbar, but still a + sign.
  • (Step 5) To attach a photo, you'll use the paper clip icon Add icon on the toolbar. Then you can pick if you take a photo or choose one already on your device.
  • (Step 7 and 10) Instead of a word "Submit" to share the picnic table, you'll tap the check mark Done icon in the upper-left corner.
  • (Step 9) To start streaming, tap "Stream" on the toolbar.

For Collet data offline, the scenario is focused on using preplanned map areas. These are areas of the map configured for offline use in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise by the map author. These are different from the on-demand map areas that are supported in 18.0.3 on Android. The on-demand map areas available in the release Android app are configured by the mobile user directly in the app -- additionally, there isn't an example map that you can take offline. To try working offline in 18.0.3 on Android, you'll need to make your own map that can be used offline.

If there are still things you are struggling with, let me know what parts and I will help you out.

If you would like to join the beta for Collector on Android, please join our Collector Early Adopter community so you’ll have the latest information on what you can test as well as provide feedback. Once you’ve joined, visit Getting Started to access the beta release for Android. (You won't find streaming in the beta available today, but it will be there in a later beta and before the final release of the app.)

Esri Education Team
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New Contributor II

Well, we're not "struggling." But Esri has its own, private language we in our organization refer to as "Esri double-speak." It's a language seemingly created by people who spend their days going to meetings where they sit around all day doing nothing more than fabricating new, unnecessarily-complicated, undefined words and phrases to substitute for good technical writing. It's a language not spoken anywhere else in the world outside of Esriland.

We didn't see anything in the examples that indicated you were working in Beta. Perhaps it is there and we just missed it.

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