What’s New in ArcGIS Online (September 2014)

It’s time to refresh your browser - ArcGIS Online has been updated with the following new features and enhancements. This update includes significant changes and additions for configuring applications, publishing Open Data, administering organizations, and more.

Application templates

Configurable application templates make it easy to create custom apps using any web map, with no coding required. This release includes improvements to current application templates, a new group gallery template, and an integrated web application builder (beta).

GeoForm is a configurable application template for form-based feature editing. The app allows users to enter data through a form instead of the web map pop-up. The app has been moved from the Early Adopter Templates group and is now available via the web map applications gallery.

GeoForm can be configured using the GeoForm Builder. Improvements include field display options, support for subtype and range domains, a built-in date/time chooser for appropriate fields, and a fullscreen option. For more information see the GeoForm item details.

New Gallery Template
Maps and Apps Gallery is a configurable group gallery template that provides a single location to access a collection of maps, apps, and other content cataloged in an ArcGIS Online group. The gallery is searchable and its content can be filtered using tags. The app has also been responsively designed to support use in browsers and devices.

Other app template improvements
Filter and Find, Edit, and Filter have redesigned configuration panes. Many other templates have been modernized, and some include updated styles and responsive design to support mobile devices.

Story Maps
The Story Maps website now supports six languages. Several Story Map templates have been updated, and Story Map Journal now adds additional font control.

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

Using the new Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (beta), organizations can create custom apps using a library of ready-to-use widgets. No programming is needed, and the configured applications will run on any device. Follow simple steps to create a custom app with the desired look and feel, and functionality.

The Web AppBuilder is now integrated into Share when you choose Make A Web Application using your map. For more information see Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.


Using ArcGIS online analysis you can look at your data spatially to discover new information and patterns.

Aggregate Points, Summarize Nearby, and Summarize Within now allow you to find the minority (least dominant) and majority (most dominant) of grouped values. For example, you can find the least dominant and most dominant crime types in a given area, and also view the percentages of each.

Plan Routes now includes numbered labels along the stop sequence.

ArcGIS Open Data

ArcGIS Open Data allows organizations to use the ArcGIS platform to offer open access to their authoritative data. Organizations configure a website with their own look and feel, and use Open Data to share selected items. Public users can explore Open Data sites to search by topic or location, and can download data in multiple formats and view data on an interactive map, or as a table.

Open Data has been improved with the following:

  • The Open Data Admin application has been redesigned to make it easier to manage and monitor open data sites.
  • Open Data search has been improved to return best results.
  • Organizations can share CSV files via Open Data, and visitors to Open Data sites can discover, filter, and download CSV files like other open data.
  • Charting is now available when viewing datasets so you can view trends. You can also work interactively with the results to view trending locations on a map.

ArcGIS content updates

  • The World Topographic basemap was updated for North America using recent commercial data and new community map contributions.
  • Demographic maps for the United States have been updated to include the latest 2014 data for consumer expenditure, retail marketplace, and market potential. In addition, detailed demographic data for France is now available.
  • The beta period has ended for Elevation Analysis tools. The tools provide developers and ArcGIS for Desktop users capabilities for performing analytic operations such as viewshed and profile against data hosted by Esri. These tools are now available for a variable credit fee to members of organizations with the appropriate privileges.

Explore the Living Atlas of the World to view maps and apps using ArcGIS content.

ArcGIS Pro license management

ArcGIS Pro is a new application that will be released as part of ArcGIS for Desktop at version 10.3. You can access the beta by registering at the ArcGIS Pro website. It is designed to be the premier application for visualizing, editing, and performing analysis using local content or content from your ArcGIS organization.

ArcGIS Pro licenses are administered through your organization. The following changes and improvements have been made to ArcGIS Pro license management at this release:

  • Custom roles now include an administrative privilege to manage licenses.
  • Manage Licenses now includes additional information such as the maximum and available licences, a list of which members have taken ArcGIS Pro offline, and a list of the member’s simultaneous sessions (members can now run up to three simultaneous sessions).
  • From the manage licenses page you can terminate a session.

Overwrite features in hosted feature layers

Hosted feature layers published from a shapefile or file geodatabase can now be updated (overwritten) by replacing the source. Though the data is overwritten, the layer URL, layer properties, and pop-up configuration will persist.

This is particularly useful if your source data is updated frequently and you want to overwrite a hosted feature layer used in maps and apps. For example, during an active wildfire the emergency operations center can use a hosted feature layer in a web app to provide information about fire perimeters, shelter locations, and so on. Updating the data within the existing hosted feature layer allows emergency responders and citizens to quickly see the latest fire information.

For more information see Overwrite hosted feature layers.

New web map URL parameters

As an alternative to creating maps with the map viewer, you can author or modify maps directly with URL parameters. Two new URL parameter capabilities have been introduced.

  • Add a point at a specific location
    You can display a map with a point location (added to a new map notes layer), and can specify a title, icon, and label. View example.
  • Open a map with details hidden
    The map viewer details pane can be hidden when the map is opened. View example.

Usability improvements

Several design changes have been implemented to improve appearance and usability.

  • Layer names have been changed to include the type of layer and the word layer. For example, what was previously called Features is now called Feature Layer.
  • Layer icons have been enhanced to help visually distinguish the specific type of layer.
  • The workflow for changing passwords has been improved.
  • When inviting someone to your organization, the invitation email now includes the name and email address of the administrator as the contact person.

Other additions and enhancements

The performance of KML layers has been enhanced, including improved support for KML icons.

Custom roles includes new privileges for elevation analysis and managing licenses. To take advantage of these new privileges in an existing custom role, edit the role, add in the new privileges, and save the role. See Custom roles.

New quick-start videos are available for Analysis in ArcGIS Online and Create custom roles.

For additional information view the What’s new help topic.

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  1. iyarbrough says:

    Are there any updates to the editing of domains of an AGOL layer or group of layers? Will the new overwrite capabilities allow layers to be overwritten even if entire feature layers have been added/deleted or if domains have been changed?

    Also, are there any updates to how an uploaded file GDB is handled?

  2. adaminglis says:

    File too large The file failed to upload. It exceeds the allowable size of 1 GB. When and why was the implemented for AGOL? Previously I have been able to upload tile packs of 2.5GB+. I have a project with 71GB worth of imagery, please tell me I don’t have to split it up into 71 tile packs.

    • Bern Szukalski says:

      To my knowledge, nothing has changed. However your mileage may vary when uploading tile packages directly that are close to or in excess of 1GB. A better approach is to use the Share Package tool in the ArcGIS geoprocessing toolbox. I’ve used that to upload tile packages larger than 4GB when they could not be added directly as an item.