Whats New in ArcGIS Online (December 2012)

It’s time to refresh your browser – ArcGIS Online has been updated with the following new features and enhancements. This is major update, with new capabilities for authoring web maps, publishing hosted services, sharing, and configuring ArcGIS Online organizations.

ArcGIS Online map and layer enhancements

Filtered layer views
Map authors can now create query expressions that can be used as filters for viewing feature data in a web map. Filters can be used to display specific information of interest from a larger collection. For example, from a layer showing worldwide cities you can apply an expression that filters for only cities with populations in excess of 1 million.

Expressions can be applied immediately to the layer, or you can provide prompts for user interaction. You can create one expression, multiple expressions, or one or more sets of expressions. You can create filters on hosted feature service layers, ArcGIS Server feature service layers, and ArcGIS Server map service layers that have associated attribute data. For more information see Applying filters.

Attribute tables
An interactive table showing attribute information can be displayed for layers in your map. Features can be selected from the table and highlighted on the map.

Table attribute display and formatting is controlled in the same way as pop-ups, and columns can be arranged as desired. For more information see Showing tables.

Set visibility scale range on all types of layers
Visibility ranges (maximum  and minimum display scale) can now be applied to all layer types. Previously only certain types of feature layers supported this property. If you own the layer, the visibility properties can be saved with your item. For more information see Setting visibility range.

Disable editing on feature layers
As the owner of an editable feature service, you can disable editing on the layer in a web map. This is useful if you want the source service to be editable, but you want to display the data in a web map as view-only features. For more information see Disabling editing.

Sharing Enhancements

View-only groups
As a group owner with an organizational account, you can now create groups where users can join but cannot contribute content. Members of the group can view and access items added by the group administrator but cannot share their own content to the group. For more information see Creating groups.

Item sort options in groups
Group owners can choose the default way that items are displayed in the group. You can sort by title, owner, ratings, views, or date. The order (ascending or descending) can also be toggled. For more information see Creating groups.

Directly add members to groups
Organization administrators can now add members directly to a group without the members needing to accept group invitations. For more information see Owning groups.

RSS news feeds for item comments
You can now subscribe to an RSS news feed for comments on an item that is publicly shared, allowing better monitoring of feedback for content users and owners. For more information see Item details.

New web mapping application templates
The template gallery for creating web mapping applications has been updated with a new template for displaying interactive layer filters, and an updated elevations profile template.

Stored credentials
When you register secured ArcGIS services, you now have the option to store authentication credentials with service items. Storing credentials means that ArcGIS Online does not prompt end users for authentication when they access the service via a layer in your web map. For more information see Adding items from the web.

Publishing Enhancements

Publish tiled map services using tile packages
ArcGIS for Desktop enables you to build tiles for your map locally and store them in an easy-to-transfer tile package (.tpk file). Publishers in an organization can now use tile packages to create hosted tiled map services on ArcGIS Online, allowing you to build the tiles using your own computing power rather than consuming credits. For more information see Publishing a hosted tiled map service using a tile package.

Publish hosted tiled map services from feature services
As a publisher in an organization, you can now create hosted tiled map services from an existing feature service. See Publishing a hosted tiled map service using a hosted feature service.

Support for time-enabled hosted feature services
As a publisher in an organization, you can now publish time-enabled feature services via ArcGIS Online. You can use your temporal hosted service to create time-enabled web maps. For more information see Configuring time settings.

Organization Administration Enhancements

Configure print service
Organizations can now use their own custom print service, enabling the use of custom layouts for ArcGIS Online web maps. For more information see Configuring utility services.

Custom home page background image
Organizations can now use their own background image for the home page, replacing the default one provided. For more information see Configuring the home page.

Option to hide comments
Organizations can now disable comments on items owned by any member of the organization. See Configuring item details.

Reorganized configuration settings
Some configuration settings have been reorganized into more focused categories. For more information see About configuring the website.

Enhancements to subscription status reports
Administrators can now see detailed reports about the routes generated by their organization. In addition, the subscription status page has been improved for better viewing performance. See Viewing subscription status.

CityEngine Web Viewer 

Esri CityEngine is a stand-alone software product that transforms 2D GIS data into smart 3D city models. CityEngine is integrated with ArcGIS and shares 3D city scenes using the CityEngine Web Viewer. With this update the Web Viewer introduces the following new capabilities:

Bookmark Tours
Play a tour of all bookmarked viewpoints, and view thumbnails of the bookmarks.

Enhanced sharing
CityEngine Web Scenes can now be embedded in websites, using options to display all or partial functionality. Comments and ratings can also be added to Web Scene items. Web Scene item thumbnails can also now be updated directly from the CityEngine Web Viewer.

Enhanced visualization
Shadow quality has been improved for visualization under different lighting parameters to provide more realistic rendering.

For more information see Using CityEngine Web Viewer.

Task Service Enhancements

Improved support for global addresses
When publishing a hosted feature service or importing a file to a web map that includes addresses, ArcGIS Online geocodes the locations based on your organization’s region. For more information see Publishing a hosted feature service using a shapefile or CSV file.

Improved batch geocoding in ArcGIS for Desktop
Organizations can take advantage of the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service for batch geocoding. The service matches addresses and places in over 100 countries from a single service. For more information on using World Geocoding as your default locator in the ArcGIS for Desktop ArcMap application, see Geocoding a table of addresses using ArcGIS Online geocode service.

Enhancements to geocoding API
The World Geocoding Service API has a number of enhancements including improved support for batch geocoding using country codes, improved results based on your current location, support for localized names, and improved field names. For more information see About developing with task services.

Ready-to-use network analysis services API now available
Developers can add routing, directions and other network analysis capabilities directly to their applications through the Network Analysis Services API. For more information see About developing with task services.

Other enhancements

ArcGIS Web map JSON format documentation now available
Documentation about the ArcGIS web map JSON format is now available. The documentation explains how web maps are structured so that you can read or write web maps from custom clients. For more information see About the ArcGIS web map JSON format.

Additional languages
Danish, Hebrew, Lithuanian, and Portugese (Portugal) are now available as language options for viewing the website. Language determines the user interface as well as the way time, date, and numerical values appear. For more information see Setting language and region.

Additional regions
Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, and Taiwan are now available as regions. The region you select for the website sets the featured maps on the home page, content in the gallery, and the default extent of new maps in the ArcGIS.com map viewer.

If you access the site anonymously or if you have not set a region for your personal account, ArcGIS Online now uses the region for the country from which you are accessing the website. If a region is not available for that country, ArcGIS Online uses the World region. For more information see Setting language and region.

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  1. ddp_developer says:

    I would like to ask about the future of the JavaScript API based on the features that have been developed and added to ArcGIS Online from this article. Specifically we are interested in developing in our own JavaScript application features that are very similar to the ‘Filter’ and ‘Attribute Tables’ as they are described in this blog post.

    Will there be any enhancements to the JavaScript API coming around the developer’s summit in March or perhaps later in 2013 at the user conference that will expose UI elements to create a front end like we see in AGO for this type of functionality to developers to work? I am think along the lines of UI elements that encapsulate the ability to build a Filter user interface (as seen in the examples above where you can continuously add more and more query expressions and group them) or a UI element that displays an attribute table with some built in methods to show all vs. selected records?

  2. berniejconnors says:

    I have cleared my browser cache but I don’t see the “filter” option in the ArcGIS.com map viewer. I am using a public account. Are filters only available in subscription accounts?

  3. berniejconnors says:

    I was a little disappointed today when I noticed that the attribute table will not display the values from my domain tables – only the short values that are stored in the table are displayed. This is strange because the pop-ups that I configure on the same map does use the values from my domain tables. Is the functionality of the attribute table going to be improved so it respects the domain tables?

    • Bern Szukalski says:

      Many parts of ArcGIS Online are rapidly evolving, and you’ll see continued improvement in tables and their capabilities over time. There are 3 major releases each year, and each introduces new features and extends existing ones. For example, in this upcoming release table support is added for imagery layers. This will be supported in the future.

  4. kevmck says:

    RE: Custom Print Services.
    Is it possible to store the custom print service as part of my Organization ArcGIS online account or does it need to be served up via our own company Server? Following the tutorial http://resources.arcgis.com/en/help/main/10.2/index.html#/Tutorial_Publishing_additional_services_for_printing/0154000005n1000000/ would suggest the latter. I hope this is not the case?