Our next update to ArcGIS Survey123 is planned for September 16, 2021. This post is a brief heads-up of what is coming and help you prepare for the release.
As many of you are aware, our initial plan was to ship this update prior to the Esri User Conference in July, but we had to postpone the release. We now feel comfortable with it and are proceeding with the last rounds of certification. Our aim is to have the release available on September 16, 2021. You can access the Release Candidate version now through the Survey123 Early Adopter Program.
We will update the following components:
Tip: Load your production surveys into the Release Candidate Beta version from the Survey123 Early Adopter Program. Get familiar with the latest features and make sure your existing surveys work well with this version. Prepare your users for any changes you plan to incorporate.
Here is a summary of some of the new features we are adding. We will provide more detailed information and how-to guides with the general release.
The user experience you choose for users to submit data, dictates the quality of the data you get. In many scenarios, an address, not a map, is the simplest and most natural way to describe the exact location of something. With the new Address question type, you will help end users enter an address into a Survey123 form easier and faster than ever before.
You will see this new question type in the Survey123 web designer. For Survey123 Connect users, we will support this question through a new appearance type called geocode which you will be able to apply to text questions.
We see a lot of use cases for this new question type, particularly for online surveys. The address question has the potential to help you streamline data capture and improve the quality of the data collected. This will be a great addition to help you design better forms.
Up until this release, records in the inbox included the geometry and attributes as well as related features, but not attachments. Starting with version 3.13, the ArcGIS Survey123 field app will let you dynamically download images associated with records in your inbox.
The animation below shows a hydrant inspection workflow. A hydrant record previously downloaded into the inbox is opened showing its location, attributes, and information about previous inspections. Note that the inspection log includes photos as well.
Support for images in the inbox has been sitting at the top of ArcGIS Ideas for Survey123 for a while, so we are pleased to get a good start on this one!!
In addition to the new Address question, this release introduces support for calculations in the web designer. Through a calculation, you can populate a question using previously entered data from your form. For example, you can take values from two numeric questions and automatically calculate their average in a third question.
We will continue evolving support for calculations in the web designer to give you more flexibility, but with this release you will already be able to do quite a few interesting things. Support for hidden and read-only questions also nicely complement calculations. You will use them together often!
All the above is well documented in our Survey123 Early Adopter Program so if you want to get started now, you can.
All this annotation UX work in 3.13 is part of a major overhaul of our annotation tools in Survey123. In 3.13 you will be able to use the annotation tools we always have supported, plus more. In 3.14, we will give you a chance to create your own annotation tools and tailor them to specific business workflows. For anyone interested on this, the go-to place is the Survey123 Early Adopter Program.
To be well prepared for this release, sign up for the Survey123 Early Adopter Program and access the Release Candidate version of the software. At the very least, get your existing surveys tested with 3.13 Beta and make sure that everything looks good. Check the new features too and identify if they are of good use to you. If so, start experimenting so you are good to go by the time we release.
September 16 is around the corner. Do not let days go by!
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