St Kilda is a beachside suburb of Melbourne, Australia. Among the various attractions in St Kilda is Luna Park, a theme park featuring the worlds oldest operating roller coaster. It is also known for its Sea Baths established in the19th century and of course, its beach, which is a popular summer spot for melbournites, tourists and backpackers. My personal favorite at St Kilda is its pier, which holds a small colony of penguins. There is only one place in the world where you can step out of a tram, walk down a pier and watch penguins, and that is St Kilda.
In late October, while giving the final touches to this release, the Survey123 team gathered in Melbourne for a one-week team meeting. We enjoyed visiting the pier at night and watching the penguins as they swam around and hide between the rocks. We thought we would be devote this update to the St Kilda penguins, so here you go...
Overall, this update to Survey123 is mostly focuses on quality. We took our time going back through issues reported, sorting the most relevant and fixing them. While fixes are a big part of this release, you will also find a handful of enhancements inspired by your feedback.
With Survey123 Web Designer you can visually create smart forms, right from your web browser. Survey123 Web Designer grows with every release, incorporating new question types, validation rules and other improvements. Smart forms published with Survey123 Web Designer can be used from the Survey123 Field and Web Apps.
With the introduction of custom themes, you can now tightly control the look and feel of your web surveys. Below are some examples illustrating the type of things you can do. Header colors, page and survey backgrounds, the color of the submit button... all of that can be now set so you can more closely reflect the feel and brand identity of your own organization or project. Custom Themes are of particular interest to those of you interested in publishing surveys for use over the web.
The new themes are under the Appearance tab in Web Designer and can be applied to any survey authored in Web Designer. Custom Themes in Web Designer cannot be used with surveys published from Survey123 Connect.
Check this blog post for more details: https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2018/11/01/introducing-custom-themes-in-survey123-w...
The validation section for Multiple Choice questions in Web Designer has been expanded so you can easily define the minimum and maximum number of choices that can be selected from the list. For example, you can now configure a Multiple Choice question so users will not be able to check more than 3 options, or at least 2, etc.
Validation rules set in Web Designer will be honored by both the Survey123 Field and Web apps. More details around multiple choice questions can be found at: https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2017/08/30/understanding-multiple-choice-questions-...
Multi-line questions now display a character count, helping users keep track of how much text they can add before reaching the maximum limit set by the survey owner.
The character counter is implemented in both the Survey123 Web and Field apps and can be set from Survey123 Web Designer as well as through Survey123 Connect.
As of 3.1, you can include XLSForm variables within the label of a question or note. In the example on the side, the Type of Violation and Offender Name entered by the user are embedded in the labels of questions in the survey.
If used appropriately, Dynamic Question Labels will help you make questions in your survey more meaningful to end-users and facilitate navigation.
For more details around dynamic labels refer to this blog post: https://community.esri.com/groups/survey123/blog/2018/11/01/understanding-dynamic-labels-in-survey12...
For a complete list of enhancements in the Survey123 Website, Field App and Connect, refer to the What is New Help topic.
The build number for the Survey123 Field app is 3.1.158 and it is available for download in the App Stores and our Survey123 for ArcGIS | ArcGIS Download page. The Survey123 Connect build is 3.1.126.
Survey123 3.2 is already on the works and our plan is to make it available in January 2019 across all supported platforms. Version 3.2 will focus on quality, addressing specific software defects that we could not accommodate into the 3.1 update.
Through the Early Adopter Program, we regularly offer early cuts of the software, which you can use to test your existing surveys as well as new features on the works. The main new Early Adopter Program feature in the Survey123 Field App is support for direct connection to external GNSS receivers (scheduled to be generally available around March 2019. We strongly encourage you to read the Early Adopter documentation, test the latest available builds and report your findings.
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