What’s New in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (September 2017)

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS has several minor, but important updates in the ArcGIS Online Sept 2017 release. The usability of several widgets have been greatly enhanced.

Infographic widget: We’ve listened to the feedback and have improved this widget in several ways. First, the colors of features in the map display can now be matched to their associated values in charts! There is a new “use layer’s symbology” option when configuring the chart display settings. This makes associating data between the map features and in the widget much easier.

Second, for date fields, you can now parse the date values and select the desired time unit to display in the chart. Note that by default (e.g., the automatic option), the widget will examine the values in the date field and selects an appropriate time unit to display.

For example, display date values per day:

Or display date values per hour (if information is available):

Lastly, you can also sort chart data along the x-axis based on 2 options: i) by Label and ii) by Value. When sort by Label is selected, the data is displayed based on the order of the data labels. For example, the damage assessments are listed from left to right in ascending order 1 to 53.

When sort by Value is selected, the data is displayed in ascending order based on the total values for each category type. For example, type 3 damage assessments have the fewest, while type 1 damage assessments have the most.

Bookmark widget: Many new configuration options have been added to this widget. These include: displaying bookmarks as a collection of cards or as a list; displaying bookmarks from the web map; controlling whether end users can create bookmarks with custom thumbnails; and support for custom bookmarks (defined when configuring the widget). It is also possible to reorder the custom bookmarks.

Note that bookmarks from the web map are located at the top of the Bookmark widget and cannot be modified, while end user created bookmarks appear in the bottom section of the widget (below the line) and can be edited.

Filter widget: This widget now includes an option to collapse filters in the display when the widget dialog window initially opens. This can help improve the user experience for the widget, especially if it contains many filters. For example, this filter widget contains 2 expressions. When it first opens, the dialog window appears like this by default:

When the new option: “Collapse the filter expressions (if any) when the widget is opened”, is selected, it will now appear like this:

Smart Editor widget: 3 new features were added to improve the user experience for working with this widget. First, under the General Settings section of the configuration dialog, there are 2 new options:

Show drawing options displays additional editing options when a feature type is selected from feature template list. Under the feature template list, a new dropdown list shows the possible drawing options available.

After a new feature is added, the Smart Editor widget dialog then displays a list of its attribute fields and then you can enter their values. With the Display preset value list on top option, you can make the list of attribute fields appear at the top of the Smart Editor widget dialog, even before you select a feature type from the feature template list. So when you initially open the Smart Editor widget dialog it will now appear like this:

And lastly, to better support feature editing workflows, you can select a feature to view its pop-up, and access the Smart Editor widget directly from the pop-up’s ellipsis button in the lower right corner.

We hope you enjoy these enhancements.

The Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Dev team.

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  1. ebonan says:

    The Smart editor option “access the Smart Editor widget directly from the pop-up” is essential.

    if the smart editor panel is open and you clik on the map on another features the content (fields values) is not refreshed or updated: is it possible to add thie option?

    thank you

    • Mike Miller says:

      When you are editing a feature, the widget allows you to explore the map and other features. This is intended and allows you to copy information from another feature into the feature being edited. With the new action on the pop up, if you wish to edit a feature and cancel the current edit, you can use that to load the clicked feature into the smart editor.

  2. inteller says:

    When are you going to fix basic things like the Search Widget being able to zoom to feature on polygon layers?

    • Law says:

      Hi inteller,

      The Search widget does zoom to a returned feature(s). We did do some work to improve this user experience. Can you please elaborate on your comment? Perhaps provide some screenshots and what you are looking for exactly?

  3. timmerspk says:

    The User Layer’s Symbology doesn’t appear to work for me, with all parts of the pie turning black.

    I’m using the ArcGIS Server 10.4.1 registered service in a webmap.

  4. nelsm says:

    I’m having a problem with attachments via the smart editor. Its indicating that the extension is not found for the file type I’m trying to attach. It does not matter which type I choose (jpg, pdf, png). The standard editor allows me to attach these same files without issue. Is there a configuration I’m just not seeing?

    thank you

  5. u-kvick says:

    Hey, I like the new enhancements for smart editing, though I can’t see that it works for me. I don’t see the preset values box in my pop up window.

  6. Alex says:

    Years ago I submitted the idea of allowing the time functionality in ArcGIS to use other numeric values as well. Imagine the time sliders using depths or concentrations for a dynamic display. It would be nice to finally have it.

    • Law says:

      Hi Alex,

      Did you submit your enhancement on the ArcGIS Ideas site? If not, please post it there so other users can view and vote on it as a future enhancement. Thanks.

  7. zengshichun says:

    Search widget have a BUG has always existed, starting from the 2.0 version,please fix that。When the basemap used Geographical coordinates,and the data also used Geographical coordinates,use search widget to search a location by keyword,the result is positioned to the wrong location,I had feedback on this question before,please fix this off as soon as possible。