ArcGIS Online Update – Coming December 10, 2013

The next ArcGIS Online update is planned for December 10, 2013. In this blog post, we are providing you with information ahead of the release to give you an overview of what we’ve planned. We’ll also do another blog post highlighting some features when the update is released.

Here is what’s planned for December:

Map Viewer

New functionality for creating and viewing web maps will include:

  • Copy and saving layers to enable you to configure different properties on the copied layer such as pop-up windows and symbols, and save the layer as a new item. You will also be able to save layers you import to your map such as CSV file and map notes.
  • Administrators will be able to configure the default map units for the scalebar, measure tool, directions, and analysis. Your ArcGIS Online members will be able to set the units they see through their profile’s page.
  • New options for changing symbology will include point rotation, normalization, point over polygons, and line size.
  • Time-enabled layers will include an option to disable and enable the time animation.

App Templates

In many organizations, web apps are part of critical workflows enabling users to interact with locational data. To continue to make it easy for you to create these apps, we are making some important changes to the templates:

  • You will be able to create apps from the Gallery as an alternative to using the map viewer to create an app.
  • Template code will be downloadable from GitHub and used to create customized apps that are hosted on your own server. GitHub provides a collaborative environment where you can contribute feedback and help us enhance the templates.
  • The Basic Viewer, Social Media, Legend, and Panels geocoder will show a list of suggestions as you type in your search term.
  • The GPX template will be retired from the Esri default map viewer template gallery. Note that you can still use retired templates to create and publish apps by sharing them (and any other Esri template) to your custom template gallery.

ArcGIS Ready-to-Use Layers and Tools

With the December update you will have access to:

  • Updated basemaps for India, using data from MapMyIndia.
  • Updated imagery including recent 30 meter Landsat 8 imagery for the world
  • Separate base and overlay layers in the Oceans basemap that give you more flexibility when adding data.
  • 20 more countries will be added to the Demographic & Lifestyle maps, bringing the total to over 120 countries.

ArcGIS Online Account Administration

To help administer and manage your ArcGIS Online subscription we are adding:

  • The ability to use your own custom geocoding services to find places and addresses. Custom geocoders can be useful for batch geocoding or geocoding your own data.
  • A setting for the default basemap in the map viewer to open at a default extent set by the organization.
  • A setting to add Esri basemaps and templates to configuration groups so you can automatically include the Esri default basemaps and Esri default templates in the groups.
  • A custom contact link in the footer of your ArcGIS Online website.
  • Functionality to provide administrators with the capability to resend and remove invitations for pending members. Once you remove an invitation, you will be able to reuse the username.
  • The ability for administrators to disable an ArcGIS Online member to prevent her or him from signing in to the organization.


In the December release you will see some additions and enhancements for the analytic capabilities:

  • Using the Enrich Layers tool you will be able to select a group of data variables (data packs) or individual variables from each group.
  • You will be able to map the results from the Summarize Data tools using the new proportional symbols and get better visual clues for understanding your organization’s data.
  • You will be able to use the Extract Data tool to export a CSV file of feature attributes from area and line layers.
  • We are adding two new tools: Find Existing Locations will allow you to find existing locations through building queries that look at attributes and spatial relationships of your data. Derive New Locations will allow you to find new locations based on criteria you provide.

Other Enhancements

  • Authors will be able to designate their maps to be shared as “view-only” to provide a streamlined viewer experience and so they can’t easily be copied.
  • The gallery will be redesigned to better highlight content from your organization  and from Esri, including configurable app templates. It will also include a Favorites section where you will be able to add content.
  • Help will be reorganized to better highlight the main workflows of ArcGIS Online. This is part of an ongoing effort to improve the usability and attractiveness of the site.
  • You will be able to change the URL of an ArcGIS for Server service layer you’ve moved to a different server by editing its details.
  • When you add a CSV file to ArcGIS Online and share it with everybody (public), the details page will display the URL. You can then use the URL to reference the CSV file as a layer in web apps, pop-ups, and so on.
  • Greece and South Africa will be new regions.
  • Item details will include an option to protect against deleting the item.
  • You will be able to store items with the same title in the same folder.

ArcGIS Explorer Online Retirement

As of December 10, 2013, ArcGIS Explorer Online will be moved to retired status. This means you will no longer be able to open maps in ArcGIS Explorer directly from items within ArcGIS Online. Items that are associated with ArcGIS Explorer will open in the ArcGIS Online map viewer instead. Until March 2014, you will still be able to open maps in ArcGIS Explorer Online by going directly to

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  1. ssddgreg says:

    Looking forward for the new release of Portal for ArcGIS. I hope it will be taken care of the proper automated upgrade procedure for the underlying data for published webmaps, users, groups and other items. Past experiences were not very promising with multiple steps.
    When can we expect an enterprise support for a proper DB like Oracle DBMS for storage? When are you going to move away from the dispersed data model by having partial configuration in JSON files, part of it in the MySQL database?
    Looking for a more mature approach in your application architecture design.

    • Andrew Stauffer says:

      @ssddgreg December 10th will be the release of ArcGIS Online. Portal will follow a bit later and the upgrade process from 10.2 – 10.2.1 is much different that 2.0 -> 10.2. Your feedback is greatly appreciated, and I would encourage you to post your ideas about using Oracle with Portal to the ArcGIS Ideas site found here:

  2. mubenesov says:

    Authors will be able to designate their maps to be shared as “view-only” to provide a streamlined viewer experience and so they can’t easily be copied.

    This means, that feature services included in the map will not be finally downloadable or editable?

  3. townofbanffgis says:

    Dear AGOL folks – in my opinion there is a huge missing piece in AGOL when it comes to the configurable applications.
    A configurable application that provides the ability to do a simple search on a data layer in the map
    resizes based on what device the user is accessing the application on..

    Right now the configurable Parcel Viewer works great for searching your data (even if your data isn’t about parcels), but doesn’t resize on an iPhone for example.

    Please, please, please, if you can update this code with the Dec update so that it resizes, that would be huge to encourage the public to access AGOL maps on their mobile devices. The way it is now, the parcel viewer is unusable on an iPhone.

    • Andrew Stauffer says:

      @townofbanffgis: I was able to open the Parcel Viewer and it resizes on an iPhone. If you are having technical issues with this, please contact Esri Support Services.

      • townofbanffgis says:

        Andrew, thank you very much for this note – the Parcel Viewer that I’ve used as a Template for a lost pet mobile app has not been resizing for me, however when I try the template, you are 100% correct – it does resize!
        This is great news, so it must be an issue on my end. Thank you for clearing this up for me.

  4. toddpayne says:

    One nice feature of ArcGIS Explorer Online is the ability to create Queries and port them to JSON. Will ArcGIS Online have this capability once ArcGIS Explorer Online is retired?