On Thursday September 25th, Esri hosted a live training seminar titled Power your Enterprise with ArcGIS Apps and if you missed it, the recording is now available for you to watch through the training course catalog. The seminar provided an overview of Esri’s apps strategy and then focused on 3 essential mapping apps:
During the seminar there were a lot of great questions and unfortunately we were not able to answer them all. If you have burning questions about these apps or our strategy, let us know! Email Collector4ArcGIS@esri.com, Dashboard4ArcGIS@esri.com or Explorer4ArcGIS.com or join the discussions about apps on GeoNet.
Last night we updated the Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS. Yes, it was a stealthy update that happened to the browser app that is hosted inside of ArcGIS Online. Though a minor, bug fix update, it was strategic.
The Browser app now supports labels that you add to layers in your web map, we have replaced the graphics library used for charting and graphing widgets to improve clarity and readability, we addressed several minor stability updates with the Dashboard heartbeat and improved popup support within dynamic map services.
The best news – you don’t need to do anything to pick up these updates! Enjoy!
Imagine you are 1 of 2 people running an entire department, and your boss says:
“Get those interactive maps out there to our public. You have 2 days to make it happen. Oh, and put them in that app store thingy my family keeps talkin’ about.”
You’ve never had a computer science course in your life. This is the 11th hat you need to start wearing. Continue reading
In part 1 of this series we discussed how to integrate the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android with Android Studio. The post stepped through the process of manually setting up a single project in Android Studio. Today, the ArcGIS Android developer team is proud to announce an Early Access Preview (EAP) release of ArcGIS Android Gradle samples. The samples are open source and can be forked from Github. Android Studio development environment is now in Beta and will be the official Android IDE once it’s ready. We encourage you to collaborate with us working with the new Gradle based Android project structure. Be aware that this is an EAP and if you are not comfortable using an unfinished product, you may want to use ArcGIS Android Samples in the Eclipse Plugin bundled with the ArcGIS Android SDK.
This past week was a big week for apps! Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS on Windows and in the browser, Collector for ArcGIS on the iOS and Android platforms and Explorer for ArcGIS on the iOS platform released updates into their respective stores.
Explorer for ArcGIS released a new app on the Mac as well. This is the first time that Esri has released an app into the Mac App Store!
Each of the app updates introduce significant new features. Let’s take a closer look at each of them…
With the latest releases of the Android OS (KitKat versions 4.4.3 and 4.4.4) we have encountered a stability issue introduced within the OS updates that affects customers using Collector for ArcGIS and thought you should know. The issue appears when using the back button to move between screens with a map open – the app will slow down and may back right out to the home screen.
We are hoping that Google will resolve this issue soon however we are also investigating what we can do to work around the issue and provide an update as soon as possible. If you have not upgraded your devices to 4.4.3 or 4.4.4 then we encourage you to hold off until we resolve this issue and can provide an update. Please note that this issue does not appear within the ArcGIS app however you may see this issue within other Android apps as well.
When you are out in the field collecting data, quite often you find yourself collecting the same information over and over again – either multiple things at the same location or multiples of the same thing at different locations. If you have encountered this, then read on because there is a setting in Collector that you really need to know about… Continue reading
Google’s Android Studio is a developer IDE based on IntelliJ IDEA platform. The platform is still in early access preview. If you are not comfortable using an unfinished product, you may want to continue to use the Eclipse Plugin bundled with the ArcGIS Android SDK.
Android Studio Basics
In Eclipse you have the concept of a workspace which can consist of multiple projects linked or unlinked. In Android Studio, projects are replaced by App Modules and Libary Modules. Modules are a discrete unit of functionality that can be run, tested, and debugged independently. Modules are somewhat similar to an Eclipse project with a few key differences: Continue reading
We are looking into patterns to allow developers more extension points into the ArcGIS Android API. In this post we will look into a developer pattern for extending the API to support a custom Tile Service Layer through the TiledServiceLayer class. Our recent release of v10.2.3 introduced a brand new sample called LocalMBTiles to show an example of extending the TiledServiceLayer. This post will introduce you to the developer pattern to extend the API to support a tile service from Map Box and how to integrate the custom tiles in the MapView. Continue reading