The Collector team is hard at work integrating support for disconnected editing into our next release of Collector for ArcGIS (v10.2.2) in March. This is a big update for us and we thought it would be a good idea to start blogging now about what is coming. We will be publishing a series of articles between now and release so keep checking in! Let’s start with the experience for taking a map offline…
Taking Maps Offline
After installing the 10.2.2 update, the first thing you will notice is a change to the map card when you open the app. On the iOS platform you will see a familiar download icon that you can tap on to download the map to your device and on the Android platform a button titled Download will do the same thing…
Maps within your organization must contain 1 or more feature services with the Sync operation enabled and either an Esri basemap or your own tiled map service layer. Feature service operations dictate the editing behavior for its feature layers within Collector. Regardless of the platform, the experience for taking a map area offline will be the same so let’s focus on screenshots from just one platform (iOS) for the remainder of this article. Once you tap the download button, you will be asked to choose your work area and the level of detail required for field use. These choices will determine how big of a map area will be downloaded to your device.
Once you tap the download button, Collector will start the download process for you. Downloads run in the background and they show you their progress inside of the map card. You can cancel the download at any time during the process.
Once the download is complete, you will be notified and your map card will change again. The thumbnail will have an On Device banner, you will be able to filter the list of maps to show only those downloaded to your device and the download icon will be checked.
In the next article we will talk about the collect/edit and sync process within the Collector app.