What’s New in ArcGIS Online (July 2014)

It’s time to refresh your browser – ArcGIS Online has been updated with the following new features and enhancements. This update includes improvements and additions for authoring web maps, creating applications, content and services, and administering organizations.

ArcGIS Content

ArcGIS includes a Living Atlas of the World with maps and layers from Esri, Esri partners, and thousands of other organizations worldwide. The Living Atlas combines reference and thematic maps with topics relating to people, earth, and life.

Living Atlas Application
With this release, a new Living Atlas of the World web app is now available, offering access to all data and also an enhanced user experience. This web app provides an effective way to explore the rich content of the Living Atlas collection.

For more information see the Living Atlas features overview.

USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer
As part of the Living Atlas historical collection, more than 175,000 historical topographic maps from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are now available on ArcGIS Online. For over 130 years, the USGS has prepared these detailed maps to accurately show the complex geography of the nation. Maps cover the extent of the United States and show diverse landscapes, and provide a unique perspective to history and change over time.

Using the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer you can find and zoom to an area of interest, browse a timeline to explore different maps at different scales, and overlay them on the map. You can also download maps of interest.

Map Viewer

Create presentations
The ArcGIS map viewer can now be used to create a presentation based on your map contents. A presentation is a collection of slides that can show specific locations, layers, pop-ups, basemaps, and titles. Rather than static slides, each slide is a dynamic map that you can pan, zoom, and interact with.

See Create presentations for more information.

Feature labeling
You can now create labels for features in a layer. You can select one or more attributes to show for each layer.

The map viewer automatically places labels on the map on or near the features they describe. You can control the text size, color, style, and alignment.

Walking directions
When obtaining directions, a new option allows you to get walking directions in addition to driving directions. See Get directions.

Configuring feature search
You can now configure feature search on  feature service layers in your map allowing users to locate features using the map viewer’s Search box. For example, you can enable search on your parcel layer so users could find specific parcels using the Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN). Users can find parcels by entering the parcel APN, and the map zooms to the matching parcel and displays a pop-up.

Related tables in pop-ups
You can now configure pop-ups to show related data in your map layers. You can display related data within the pop-up, in a chart, or in a table at the bottom of the map. Create data relationships in ArcGIS for Desktop and publish the data to ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS for Server (version 10.1 or later is required). See Show related data.


Analysis tools are available for feature layers in your web map. See Use the analysis tools for general information and additional useful links. New analysis capabilities in this release are as follows:

Calculate Density
A new Calculate Density tool estimates a density surface from point or line features. This tool returns areas that are classified by calculated density values such as crime incidents or risks of forest fires.

Interpolate Points
A new Interpolate Points tool allows you to predict values at new locations based on measurements from a collection of points. For example, it can be used to predict pollution levels at locations that don’t have pollution measurement sensors.

Plan Routes
A new Plan Routes tool determines the most efficient way to route a fleet of vehicles to visit many stops.

Enrich Layers
Several enhancements have been made to the Enrich Layers tool. A new data browser helps you to easily search and select the data categories and variables. You can also search for a variable by typing a keyword in the search box. The tool now automatically sets the region based on your input data and keeps track of the number of variables selected. Enrichment variables fo over twenty additional countries have been added.

Summarize Data
Results for the summarize data tools now include charts. If you choose a field to group statistics, the result layer includes pop-ups that show charts displaying related data as one-to-many relationships of the fields.

Drive-time areas
The Create Drive-Time Areas tool now offers three travel modes: walking, driving a car, and driving a truck. Use the tool to discover what areas can be reached within a given time or distance while using any one of these modes of transportation.

ArcGIS ready-to-use apps

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS
The browser app for Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS now supports feature actions on multiple features and map services as data sources.

Note: the following features will not be available in the initial July release, but will be available in a subsequent update to follow shortly. 

Collector for ArcGIS
Collector for ArcGIS now supports searching for features in a map and switching between offline basemaps.

Explorer for ArcGIS
Explorer for ArcGIS will be available on Mac. Explorer on iOS now supports time-aware maps and has been localized in multiple languages.

Story Maps

Story Maps combine interactive maps and multimedia content into elegant user experiences. They make it easy for you to harness the power of maps to tell your stories.

Story Map Journal
Story Map Journal is a new configurable Story Map app template that allows you to present a map-based narrative organized into a set of journal entries. It is designed for creating compelling multimedia stories that combine text, graphics, and maps, especially where you have a lot of text and detail you want to convey.

You can specify what the maps will show and how they behave as your users read through your journal. Two different layout options are provided. The app includes an interactive builder for helping you configure your own story. The app is responsively designed so that it can be used on a variety of browser and devices.

Configurable App Templates

Local Perspective
Local Perspective is a new configurable app template for highlighting features from a map based on user-selected locations or an address. In addition to your data, you can include demographics, lifestyle, live weather information, and enable driving directions.

GeoForm is a new configurable app template that allows users to edit feature data in a form (instead of a pop-up). The template is available in the Early Adopter Templates group. 

Information Lookup and Impact Summary
Information Lookup and Impact Summary are now available in the Esri-featured configurable app gallery. They are no longer part of the Early Adopter Templates group.

General enhancements
A number of existing templates been updated with fresh styles and responsive design for use on mobile devices. At this release, Basic Viewer, Simple Viewer, and Filter have been redesigned. Other application templates will follow.

Due to the popularity of the original Basic Viewer, the original version has been renamed Classic Viewer and is still available in the gallery and the Esri default map viewer template gallery.

Hosted Service Enhancements

The following enhancements have been made to hosted feature layers:

  • Attachments added to hosted feature layers after July 2, 2014, are now stored as files, reducing storage costs for your organization.
  • You can now publish the contents of a file geodatabase as a hosted feature layer.
  • Exporting hosted features has been enhanced. Individual layers from a hosted feature layer can be exported as file geodatabase, CSV, or shapefile. File geodatabase export includes all the tables and attachments in the layer.
The following enhancement has been made to hosted tile layers:
  • When publishing a hosted tile layer from an existing hosted feature layer, you can now use a tiling scheme defined in any existing ArcGIS Server-based tile layer instead of the default, Web Mercator (ArcGIS Online basemaps).

Organization Administration

Custom roles
The page to configure roles has been redesigned to improve the usability of managing custom roles. Administrators now see the number of members assigned to each role and have more direct access to view information, edit, and delete custom roles.

Custom roles now provide more granular privileges, include privileges for using demographics, geocoding, GeoEnrichment, network analysis, spatial analysis, and ArcGIS Marketplace.

A new role template is available with predefined privileges for students to support and facilitate widespread use by educators.

Adding Members
Organizations can now add members automatically without sending emails. This is especially useful for educators that would like to automatically add students to their organization and do not want to send invitations via email.

When sending invitations to pre-established user names through a CSV file, you can now include a user name field.

Managing Members
Administrators have more options for managing members, including resetting passwords, changing email addresses, and enabling Esri access.

Stored Credentials
Organizations that want to share their secure service layers with stored credentials with the public, for example, as part of a public web app, can now set criteria for which apps have access to the layer and set a maximum number of requests allowed for a specific period of time.


Trust ArcGIS
Trust ArcGIS is a new website for security, privacy, and compliance information for the ArcGIS platform. The site provides transparency to inspire customer confidence including centralized information for security updates, best practices, system availability, and status history.

FISMA accredation
ArcGIS Online is now accredited and authorized for government use under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). FISMA Low accreditation ensures ArcGIS Online has been rigorously reviewed by a third-party assessor for alignment with stringent security requirements as provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), providing assurance for even commercial and international organizations.

Stronger passwords
As part of the ArcGIS Online privacy compliance with TRUSTe Certified Privacy Seal and U.S.-EU/Swiss Safe Harbor, password requirements have been strengthened. Passwords must be at least 8 characters long and contain at least one letter and one number. Passwords continue to be case sensitive.

Enterprise logins
ArcGIS Online now supports identity provider (IDP) initiated enterprise logins in addition to service provider (SP) initiated enterprise logins. You can now sign in with your enterprise login to apps purchased from ArcGIS Marketplace.

Changes to ArcGIS Online

Existing and new Esri Accounts (formerly known as Esri Global Accounts) are automatically ArcGIS public accounts. You no longer need to register the account with ArcGIS Online.

Members no longer need to agree to terms of use when they create an account or join the organization. The person activating the subscription, or trial and public account users, still need to agree to the terms.

The Invite Users button has been renamed to Invite Members. The options for inviting members has been reworded.

For More Information

For more information about this latest release, and past release, see What’s New.

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  1. kmayall says:

    I can add labels to an ArcGIS Online map (wonderful!). However, I don’t see them when viewing that map in ArcGIS Collector for Android. Are labels supposed to be viewable in the app? The app is version 10.2.3.

    • Bern Szukalski says:

      Thanks for the great question. These will be supported in a forthcoming update in all ArcGIS applications (Collector, Dashboard, Explorer).

  2. sumant18 says:

    I do not see the option to add labels for a map service that is published to and hosted within my organization (not on ArcGIS Online) but consumed via ArcGIS Online. Is it possible to add labels for such map services or do they have to be hosted on ArcGIS Online? 10.2.2 Desktop and Server were used to publish the map service.

    A good addition to the documentation would be a matrix comparing the two options (on premises hosting vs ArcGIS Online hosting) and available features within each option. If it already exists somewhere I’d appreciate a link to that.

  3. cd65023 says:

    I have been utilizing URL parameters in my pop ups that worked great up until the update last week. When i click on my links with URL parameters a span class=’esriNumericValue’ is added to the URL and causes it not to work properly. Any ideas/help?

  4. esri4591 says:

    [GeoForm Template] Wonderful template! One question about this template “How to use radio button on the template? I can’t find the way how to do that. Anyone know, please advice

  5. mrs_robbins says:

    Can I stack labels in the new ArcGIS Online label tool?

  6. dbar7esri says:

    Regarding related tables, what is required to be able edit related or joined tabular data in agol map?