Suggestions for changes in the next version of collector?

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08-28-2014 08:36 AM
JoshVan_Vlack
New Contributor II

I have recently began rolling out collector to our 5 field offices to collect timber sale, forest management, and wildfire data, and have been running into several issues that I'd like to see addressed in future versions of the App. I'd like to see if any of you have things to add, hopefully we can help guide future development to meet our needs.

  1. Add an audible alert and a popup when coverage is lost: right now, if you are collecting a data stream and loose signal, the only way to tell is to carefully watch for the collector icon to turn from white to red, or watch the map closely.  This is really tough to pay attention to in the woods, and is a drain on battery. Folks used to Trimble GPS's recognize the importance of audio alerts.
  2. Allow Collector to run and stream in the background:  For our uses, we frequently switch between Collector and other apps. Currently, on android devices, closing the collector app or changing to another android app aborts any current collection.  When reopening Collector, you are taken back to the "Maps on Device page". If Collector automatically paused when changing applications, or prompted the user before aborting data, it could prevent a good deal of frustration.
  3. FIX THE SYNC PROBLEM!!!! It has become a frequent issue that following offline data collection the Sync fails and data is hung up in purgatory. We have had occasions where the first attempt as Sync results in a fail message, the second attempts completes successfully but fails to sync all the features collected. This has occurred on multiple devices, on multiple occasions, and seems to be a fairly random event.
  4. Add an option to Sync via a data cable while connected to a PC. In our case specifically, and often for federal land managers as well, WiFi is not available or is not allowed, and the ability to sync via a data cable through an internet-connected computer would be incredibly helpful.
  5. Associate the username with the data when collected offline:  It would be great to see Collector populate a "collected by" field with an individual's username when collecting data online. It is important to our organization to see who collected, modified, or edited data, and currently our only option is to have them type their name in manually. Since each user is logged into collector, it should be possible to "tag" the data with their username.

I'm sure you folks have other suggestions, so lets here some!!

7 Replies
RussellRoberts1
Esri Frequent Contributor

Hey Josh,

for #3 in your list could you contact support about the issue and feed them this information on the sync issues you are seeing and if possible give a sample dataset that is failing.

#4 We are working on a tool that will allow you to move your data off of the device into a fgdb 

#5 We are also working on getting editor tracking into a release in the fall.

Thanks for this info.

Russ

JoshVan_Vlack
New Contributor II

Great, I'll do that. Thanks for the quick reply.

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GaryMorris1
Occasional Contributor

#2 you can do streaming and collect in the background on iOS.

mickneville
New Contributor III

Include an option to not automatically capture location by GPS.  We need users to just use the GPS as a guide but mark the point themselves on the map.

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RussellRoberts1
Esri Frequent Contributor

You can collect without using the GPS with this documented workflow which you use Collect Here: Add a feature—Collector for ArcGIS | ArcGIS

Also you can always tap on the map to move a feature during the data collection process and it is not locked to your current GPS position.

Russ

mickneville
New Contributor III

Thanks, didn't know about that one.  Still it would be much better (for us anyway) to be able to disable the autolocation so the user is forced to place a point on the map, otherwise there is no way we can know if they are just accepting the GPS location which is generally too inaccurate.  Yes the user could just re-enable the option but our users are generally not computer savvy so dont go fiddling with any options.

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JaredStewart
New Contributor II

If you haven't done so already, you should add these suggestions to ideas.arcgis.com. It's a great place to get your suggestions seen by the developers.