What’s New in ArcGIS Online (March 2013)

It’s time to refresh your browser - ArcGIS Online has been updated with the following new features and enhancements. This update includes changes and additions for authoring web maps, developing applications, and administering organizations. It also includes new data and map services from Esri, and beta functionality that ArcGIS Online subscribers can preview.

Map viewer enhancements

The ArcGIS.com map viewer now supports driving directions between two or more locations. The Directions button appears when signed in with an organizational account.

The stop order can be optimized, and stops can be dragged and dropped to change the route interactively. For more information, see Viewing directions.

New Web layer types
OGC Web Map Tile Services (WMTS) layers, tile layers, and GeoRSS file layers are now supported in web maps. You can see example web maps using these layer types here:

For more information, see Adding layers from the web.

ArcGIS for  Server 10.1 dynamic map service symbols
You can now change symbols on dynamic layers in ArcGIS for Server 10.1 map services. For more information about enabling dynamic layers, see About dynamic layers in the ArcGIS for Server help. For more information about changing symbols in a web map layer, see About classifying attributes.

Publishing enhancements

Publish hosted feature services using multiple shapefiles
When publishing a hosted feature service using zipped shapefiles, you can now include multiple shapefiles within a single ZIP file. For more information see Publishing a hosted feature service using a CSV or shapefile.

Web application templates

Updated swipe template
Swipe Tool is a configurable web application template that lets you compare two web maps side by side. The template is now available in the default ArcGIS.com map viewer template gallery.

New parcel viewer template
Parcel Viewer is a configurable web application template for displaying a collection of government property tax and assessment information.

Updated editing template
Edit provides easy editing functionality for editable layers in the web map. The template is now easier to use on mobile devices.

CityEngine Web Viewer 

The CityEngine Web Viewer has been enhanced with the following new functionality.

Comments can be placed on the map for anyone to view. Comments can be placed on locations such as new developments or buildings, and can even also be used to comment on small details like windows and walkways. Comments are viewed in 3D space, and can be used collaboratively to discuss and review models.

Comparison view
In addition to swipe, two models can now be viewed side-by-side for effective comparison and review of before/after scenarios and design iterations.

Other enhancements
Layers can be framed for easier scene navigation, a compass has been added for better display control, and visualization improvements such as photo-realistic sky reflections and water can be added to your scenes.

For more information on these and other capabilities, see Using CityEngine Web Viewer.

Esri Maps for Office

Esri Maps for Office 2.0 will release on March 24. With the latest release you can enrich your spreadsheets with demographic and lifestyle data. New Infographics allow you to click on the map to learn more about the demographics in a particular location.

The Find Nearby capability allows finding all the points in one map layer that are within a certain distance of points in another map layer, or that fall within a specific region.

New configuration options for heat maps and smart clustering allow for more control over styling a map. Esri Maps for Office now supports Office 2013. For more information, visit the Esri Maps for Office site.

ArcGIS App enhancements

Collector for ArcGIS, and Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS are available via your ArcGIS Online subscription.

Collector for ArcGIS
You can now sign in with your ArcGIS Online account and search for and open maps, view more sample maps, and access help directly from the app. For more information and to download the app, visit the Collector for ArcGIS website.

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS
New tutorials and videos have been added to help you get started. For more information and to download the app, visit the Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS website.

Administrative enhancements

Additional subscription status reports
Administrators can now see usage reports based on geographic context and demographics. Geographic Context shows the number of data variables your organization has consumed using geographic data enrichment or using infographics. Demographics show the number of demographic maps published by Esri your organization has viewed over the time period you selected for your reports.

For more information, see Viewing subscription status.

Register Bing Map key
Organizations who want to include Bing Maps in their map viewer basemap gallery can add a Bing Map key to their map configuration. This is related to the phasing out of complimentary use of Bing Maps. For more information, see Configuring the map.

Change region
Administrators can now change their organization’s region. Region now determines the units of measurement on the map viewer scale bar, measure tool, and directions tool. For more information, see Configuring general settings for the website.
Application development enhancements

ArcGIS for Developers

ArcGIS for Developers, a new website for developers, is now available at developers.arcgis.com. The site introduces new developers to the ArcGIS platform with its capabilities for geocoding, routing, mapping, and more. For more information, visit ArcGIS for Developers.

As an application developer you can register your application with ArcGIS Online and obtain an Application ID. This AppID identifies your application to the platform in the context of both user logins as well as app logins based on OAuth 2 and is also the foundation for distributing apps, accessing billable services, and getting usage reports. For more information, see Adding applications.
Other enhancements

Documents and non-geospatial item types now supported
The following data files are now supported as item types with an ArcGIS Online organizational account: DOC, DOCX, JPG, JPEG, PDF, PNG, PPT, PPTX, TIF, TIFF, URL, VSD, XLS, and XLSX.

You can add these files to ArcGIS Online through My Content. They are not supported as data layers you can add to a web map. For more information, see Supported types of items.

Additional languages
Estonian and Latvian 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
Egypt and Nicaragua 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. Regions also now determine the units on the map scale bar, measure tool, and directions tool. For more information, see Setting language and region.

Features currently in Beta

ArcGIS Online beta enhancements are available to all ArcGIS Online users with organizational accounts. They are stable components of the site that may have incomplete functionality or documentation and may contain some minor issues. There is no charge for performing analysis during the beta period. Note that charges do apply for the storage and access to the resulting layers. If you have issues or are experiencing problems with any of the beta functionality, please contact Esri Technical Support or visit the ArcGIS Online forum.

Enterprise sign in page
You can configure your online organization so that your users can sign in using their enterprise logins. This is based on federating in your enterprise identity provider using SAML. Please be aware that in this initial beta release any user with an enterprise login will be able to sign in to your organization once you set up the federation. A future update will add the ability for you to restrict membership to those enterprise users who you explicitly invite. For more information, see Configuring security settings. You can also watch a short video.

Analysis tools
Organizational users will have access to a set of analysis tools that are being released in beta in the ArcGIS.com map viewer. These tools let you perform analysis against your layers hosted in Online as well as other layers you have access to and create new hosted layers and tables. Performing analysis consumes credits for the analysis as well as for the storage and access to the result layers that are created. There is no charge for analysis during the beta period. For more information, see Performing analysis.

Ready-to-use spatial analysis services API
Developers with an organizational account can preview analysis capabilities that they can add directly to their applications through the Spatial Analysis Services API. For more information, see About working with task services.

Demographic and lifestyle maps
Access a comprehensive set of demographic maps for the USA and 19 countries in western Europe. These vector maps are configurable and provide access to hundreds of measures about the demographics and lifestyles of consumers down to a local neighborhood level. The maps are available to organizational accounts to use in the ArcGIS.com map viewer as well as in Esri Maps for Office.

Use of the map services will consume credits based on the number of map and query requests. During the beta period, users will not be charged for the use of the maps. You can explore these maps in the Demographics and Lifestyle group and add them to your own web maps and web mapping applications.
Global changes to ArcGIS Online

Complimentary use of Bing Maps has been phased out
Complimentary use of Microsoft Bing Maps with ArcGIS has been phased out. Organizational account users can continue adding Bing Maps to their web maps if their organization is configured with a Bing Maps key. For more information about adding a key, see Configuring the map.

Public account users can no longer use Bing Maps. For all accounts, web maps that already include Bing Maps will continue to function.

New sharing workflows for public accounts
Public accounts, previously known as personal accounts, can no longer create private groups, join private or organizational groups, or share items to groups unless the items are shared with everybody (public). Existing private items in public groups will remain private; ArcGIS Online will not turn existing private items or groups public. For more information, see What should you share?

ArcGIS Explorer Online now in extended phase support
ArcGIS Explorer Online will continue to be available; however, it is no longer being updated or actively developed. For more information, see Esri Product Life Cycle Policy.

Add Map Notes
Previously known as Create Editable Layer. Adding a map notes layer allows you to add features directly to your web map. For more information, see Adding map notes.

For more details and information about other new features and enhancements, see What’s new?

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  1. hobie88 says:

    A little help on the adding a tile layer?

    The example given loads an opencyclemap.org layer file, but the details don’t give the URL used so we can’t model our own from it.

    The prompt when adding the layer file suggests the syntax should be: http://{subDomain}.domain.com//{level}/{col}/{row}.jpg

    But the only URL I can find from Open Cycle Map is one that’s formatted like: http://opencyclemap.org/?zoom=2&lat=36.33194&lon=3.84092&layers=B00 Which does’t work…

    I’d actually like to load a MapBox tile layer, but the URL syntax seems wrong also. For example, the direct URL to my map is: http://tiles.mapbox.com/hobie888/map/test4 and the embed URL is http://a.tiles.mapbox.com/v3/hobie888.test4.html#14/38.886799999999994/-75.8277 Neither of these seems formatted correctly for an AGOL WebMap.


  2. graeme says:

    ArcGIS Explorer Online is the way I’ve just started to author presentations. With that product now being in extended phase support will the capabilities to author presentations be moving to the ArcGIS.com Map Viewer?

    • Bern Szukalski says:

      Hi Graeme – While Explorer Online is in extended phase, it’s not going away soon, so you should use it to author your presentations. Presentations can be viewed and embeded using the map viewer, but Explorer Online is still your presentation authoring platform. Looking forward, we’re looking to incorporate this capability into the map viewer, and other application templates and apps that you’ll be hearing more about soon… So my recommendation is to continue to use Explorer Online for your prezo authoring, consider using the map viewer for viewing and embedding prezos, and look forward to alternatives coming up on the horizon. – bern

  3. ternest says:

    Just wanted to say thanks to ESRI and Jack for sticking it to us… now that public accounts can’t even join private or organizational groups… way to go guys! Ka-ching! Since we can’t afford 3k accounts for our employee’s we’ll have to discontinue using it…

    • aaronfindlay says:

      Our organization account also just became redundant now we can’t have citizens privately submit data using public accounts. In my opinion a missed opportunity for esri and waste of 12 months effort for my team. I understand and support open government but privacy remains necessary in many instances.

      ESRI ArcGIS Online has been significantly restricted and no longer supports many exciting and valuable public engagement through innovative spatial technology solutions in which it was once a leader.

  4. bfischer94 says:

    What about dynamic map services? Are there plans to add these? ArcGIS Online is limiting without these, especially if you want to try to label features unless you want to tile everything. That is not practical for a lot of use cases.

  5. bill3648 says:

    Public accounts, previously known as personal accounts, can no longer create private groups, join private or organizational groups, or share items to groups unless the items are shared with everybody (public). Existing private items in public groups will remain private; ArcGIS Online will not turn existing private items or groups public

    When was this decided? No mention of it previously. This is a total step backwards…

  6. tjohnston87 says:

    There are three bugs which I logged back in December 2012: NIM086867, NIM086997 and NIM087547. These bugs affect basic operation of the map viewer and seem as though they would be relatively easy fixes and really improve the user experience (and data integrity!). Any idea as to when they might be addressed?

    NIM087547: When editing a feature service in ArcGIS.com map viewer, the pop-up window automatically scrolls back to the top after each individual field edit is applied.
    NIM086997: Domain values are indicated as required fields with Hosted Feature Services in ArcGIS.com Map Viewer even when they are not required.
    NIM086867: In a feature service from ArcGIS for Server 10.1 SP1 that contains multiple date fields, editing one date field in ArcGIS Online Map Viewer will turn all other date fields to 1/1/1970.

  7. guillermo_cordoba says:

    ESRI has changed the main feature and the reason for which our organization is using AGOL, changing the rights por public accounts. We can no longer deliver our services to our clients, can´t meet ongoing projects goals, and are about to waste a one year commercial strategy. Thanks a lot for being so untrustfull, ESRI.

    New sharing workflows for public accounts
    Public accounts, previously known as personal accounts, can no longer create private groups, join private or organizational groups, or share items to groups unless the items are shared with everybody (public). Existing private items in public groups will remain private; ArcGIS Online will not turn existing private items or groups public. For more information, see What should you share?