We do not seem to observe the stars as much as we used to, but it is fascinating to look up and think how much our life as a species has depended on a good understanding of the sky. We have dedicated this update to the comet Halley. Tomorrow, over 2,250 years ago, the first documented sighting of comet Halley was made by Chinese astronomers. It was sighted May 24, 240 B.C. There are potentially earlier accounts from 467 B.C when Chinese and Greek astronomers logged the sighting of a comet, which could also have been comet Halley. We will go with the more certain date of May 24, 240 B.C and celebrate it along with this update of Survey123.
The passing of comet Halley has been very well documented since these initial accounts. Initially there was no evidence that all these sightings were of the same comet. The comet's periodicity was first determined in 1705 by English astronomer Edmond Halley, after whom it is now named. It visits us regularly every 75 years. It came last in 1983 and will return in July 2061.
This update is focused exclusively on the Survey123 website. Clear your browser cache!
Here is what is new:
Integromat is an amazing online automation platform. With it you can easily automate tasks, visually connecting all sorts of apps together. We strongly believe that facilitating your work with platforms like Integromat can tremendously help you embed Survey123 within larger enterprise workflows, making sure your Survey123 data flows nicely into the way people work within your organization.
Many of you have been experimenting with Integromat and Survey123 since we first added support for webhooks in 2018. The uptake of webhooks with Survey123 has been pretty spectacular! Some of the most common task automations we have seen include:
We have worked closely with our friends at Integromat to add a new Survey123 Integromat module. This means that you can now bring your Survey123 data into Integromat much more easily and do much more with it than before. Jim Moore put together this brief but informative video to give you a quick overview of this new Survey123 Integromat module. Here it is:
In our https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2019/06/02/getting-started-with-survey123-and-integ... blog post you will find a brief guide with resources to learn the basics of working with Survey123 and Integromat.
For those of you already familiar with Survey123 and Integromat, you will find that this new module, lets you do some more advanced things you have been asking for. For example:
All of the above are covered in the https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2019/06/04/survey123-tricks-of-the-trade-integromat blog post.
* Please note that the field app will not trigger web hooks on edit events until our upcoming 3.5 update.
You can now use the Data tab in the Survey123 website to delete and update submitted records. This comes very handy if you need to do some quick cleanup of test data during your survey design process, or to make adjustments to already submitted data to your survey.
This is how it works: First login to the Survey123 web site, select a record in the table shown in the Data tab and then use the Edit button in the panel on the right to enable editing on the individual response form. Make your changes and submit. The following animation shows the key steps:
You can use the Edit and Delete options for both surveys created in Survey123 Designer as well as Survey123 Connect. However, if your surveys were created in Survey123 Connect, be aware that the Edit button will be disabled when working against a survey with a repeat.
You may be already aware that you can update existing records in your feature layers using the Survey123 field app. Starting with this update you can update existing records with Survey123 from your web browser too! This is possible by opening your web form with URL parameters. Thehttps://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2019/02/06/survey123-tricks-of-the-trade-web-form-u... blog post introduces the concept of web form URL parameters. Now you can use URL parameters to edit existing records.
The syntax is fairly straight-forward:
Editing is not supported in web forms published prior to this update. If you want to edit records with surveys you published in the past you have two options:
1) Dynamically upgrade your survey at run-time by adding the version=latest URL parameter
2) Republish your survey to force a version upgrade at publishing time.
The key to all of this is to somehow dynamically construct the URL with the objectId of the record you want to update. In the Survey123 Tricks of the Trade: Editing records in a web form blog post this is all discussed in more detail.
This is very handy if you want to clone survey designs within your ArcGIS organization. Create a survey first using Survey123 Designer, then share the survey with someone else by granting access through the Viewer group sharing settings in the Collaborate page. Next, have that second person login into the Survey123 website and show 'Surveys I can view results for' in the survey gallery. The Save As option will be available on the survey tile menu to clone the survey.
The Save As... option in the Survey123 website is only available for surveys authored in Survey123 Designer. If you want to clone a survey authored in Survey123 Connect, use the Save As... option in Survey123 Connect
As mentioned above, this update is exclusive to the Survey123 website. As usual we wanted to release both updates for the website and Survey123 field app together, but we decided to pull back on the Survey123 field app at this time. We are doing our best to bring some important fixes you have reported to the Survey123 field app soon. The current schedule is set for an update in 5 weeks (late June 2019). Our Survey123 for ArcGIS Early Adopter Program is making early beta builds of our next update available for testing. The Survey123 website will also be updated in late June.
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