On this day 48 years ago, Apollo 11 moon-landed Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin. They spent a bit over 2 hours outside their lunar module Eagle and gathered 20Kg of rocks. The moon-walk and the rocks were of marginal importance: What mattered most was to be the winner of a race that started on November 3, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 2. The Race to the Moon, if you ask me, looked like a perfect way to sort out the rivalry between the US and the Soviet Union. Much better anyways than how rivalry played out down here in Earth.
2.3 is for the most part a maintenance release but it has a couple of nice surprises...
Before we start, as with every new update: Clear your browser cache!
The Survey123 Web Designer lets you easily create smart forms in ArcGIS using a graphical user experience. With every update we extend its functionality so you can build more and more sophisticated forms. Many of you have requested better control over the look and feel of the survey.
With this update you can now add a custom header to your own surveys. The header can include rich text and even images. This is a great feature if you want to brand your surveys to fit the corporate colors and logo of your organization or initiative.
On top of this, through the Web Designer's Appearance tab you can also now toggle the survey description, footer and header as well as better control the font and content of your question hints through a Rich Text Editor control.
Last by not least, the new Note question type lets you add rich content anywhere within your form. You can add images, html links and much more. Notes are a great way to spice up your forms, but they are not just about the looks: Through notes you can include useful tips for users to properly complete the forms.
With this release, you can now open your surveys authored in Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS from a web browser. This is a feature that has been on the works since November 2016 and we feel it is pretty much complete at this moment.
Following a conservative approach, we have flagged this feature as Beta, but made it available to all of you from the Survey123 website.
To open your Survey123 Connect surveys from a web browser, open the Collaborate tab in the Survey123 website. You will now always find a survey link available, even if your survey was published from Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS.
You can also launch your Survey123 Connect forms in your browser right from Survey123 Connect. Once published, you can open your survey in a web browser, through the button intermediately below the Publish in the Survey123 toolbar.
While the new Web Form can handle the vast majority of the XLSForm features supported by Survey123 Connect, there are some exceptions:
Other than the above, your web browser should be able to handle anything you author in Survey123 Connect for ArcGIS: Groups, Repeats, Notes custom expressions in Constraints, Relevant and Calculation columns etc
There are some known issues and things to be aware at the moment:
If you find more issues, please report them through Esri Support Home. We are looking forward to refine the new Web Forms and move them away from Beta!
This is an experimental feature at the moment, but given how badly many of you have been asking for it we have brought it forward in Beta so you can try it out.
The basic requirement is to be able to generate a printable document out of the data submitted via Survey123 smart forms. Ideally, one should have total control over the look and feel of the printed document: headers, footers, the map, tables, size of photos etc.
The approach we propose lets you author Form Report templates in Microsoft Word. Following a series of simple rules, you define placeholders in your Word document which our Survey123 report engine will replace with values from the forms submitted. As the owner of a survey you can associate one or more Custom Form Report templates with a survey, which can be used later to either print specific surveys submitted, or may be to back-up the captured data digitally or on paper. This workflow is conceptually close to Microsoft's Office Mail Merge functionality, although the exact syntax is specific to Survey123.
I will describe briefly how to get going with this:
We are at the very beginnings of this, but you will get an idea of where we want to go with it. Note that you should be able to handle all types of questions including photos, signatures and repeats.
For more details on this, please read Tega's blog post on it
AppStudio for ArcGIS 2.3 now includes the Survey123 field app and Survey123 Connect source code. Note that in order to extend or brand Survey123 you will need an AppStudio for ArcGIS Standard license.
Now available for download on Windows, Mac and Linux. This update improves publishing of surveys against ArcGIS Server Enterprise feature services, particularly when these services have related tables.
Note that starting with this version, any survey published against ArcGIS Enterprise Hosted feature services using the ArcGIS Data Store must include all question names in lowercase. This is to ensure that names of questions in your XLSForm match exactly feature service field names in your feature service (The ArcGIS Data Store does not support upper case characters in field names).
When working against existing feature services (in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise), Survey123 Connect will validate at publishing time that all XLSForm question names perfectly match field names in your feature service.
Now available in the Apple, Amazon and Google Play stores. Its build number is 2.3.29. The most significant fixes include:
Our next release is planned for late August or early September. Our focus continues to be focusing on quality improvements as well as:
We update our builds of Survey123 in the Early Adopter Program nearly every Friday, in case that you want to test new features coming up.
For more details on What is New in this, and prior releases, check out our What is New help topic.
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