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Getting Technical - December 2020

What’s new in ArcGIS Online? Need some quick tips on editing features in ArcGIS Pro? How can your work be featured in Esri Canada’s App of the Month and podcast? What’s new in configurable apps? Find out these and more in December’s Getting Technical blog post.


Deprecation Notice for Explorer, Collector, and Tracker
ArcGIS Field Maps was launched in October 2020 and replaces the functionality of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer, and ArcGIS Tracker on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. These products (Collector, Explorer, Tracker) are currently available to download and are fully supported; however, they will be retired in December 2021 – a little over a year from when this blog is being published.

What's new in ArcGIS Online (December 2020)
ArcGIS Online lets you understand the world around you by using interactive maps to connect people, locations, and data. You get smart, data-driven styles and intuitive analysis tools that deliver location intelligence. ArcGIS Online gives you the ability to make maps and apps to share your insights with your organization or the world. It can be used as a complete, cloud-based solution, or use it to extend and complement the capabilities of ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Enterprise.

Join our podcast and share your story
We have launched an Esri Canada podcast – Geographical Thinking. This podcast focuses on you – our user community. Whether you’re a public servant, professor, an NGO operator, doctor, student, journalist or business owner, we want to hear how you’ve applied spatial thinking to your projects and the differences it made.

Submit your app for our App of the Month
We’re looking for outstanding, publicly accessible ArcGIS-based apps to be featured in the Esri Canada Blog as our App of the Month. Could your app be it?

FAQ:  What's New in Configurable Apps (December 2020)?
The December 2020 ArcGIS Online update introduces new features and key updates throughout the site. The same applies for Configurable Apps, as we have added enhancements to the new app configuration, updated existing apps, and addressed various bugs to help stabilize and improve your experience across the site. We have also added a new app that leverages 3D web scenes.

Hot tip:  ArcGIS Pro Editing Tip: Using Copy Parallel with Preset Templates
There are many great editing tools in ArcGIS Pro available for creating and update features. In this video we show how to use Copy Parallel in conjunction with a reference grid and preset templates to streamline the process of editing line features in a municipal environment.

Follow @EsriCanada on Twitter and check out more technical videos using the hashtag #HowtoArcGIS

COVID-19 Resources

Visit the ArcGIS Solutions site to learn more about Esri’s suite of coronavirus recovery solutions.

COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub
Esri Canada released in mid-March the COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub, which includes bilingual maps, apps and other resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated and features dashboards on economic recovery, family structure, household dynamics and mental health, COVID-19 open datasets, additional GIS training videos and other resources.  Check out our COVID-19 Recovery Solutions.

Complimentary Software and Training Program for Professionals Extended Through December 31
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the economy, millions of individuals remain furloughed, working on a reduced schedule or seeking other opportunities. Many are using this time to develop their professional toolkit, whether brushing up on existing expertise or learning a completely new skillset. 

This program, originally available through August 31, 2020, has now been extended through December 31, 2020. Those who have already enrolled will be automatically granted continued access. Impacted or furloughed professionals who have not yet signed up are invited to do so through the end of November at


Biometric authentication now available in ArcGIS Business Analyst Mobile App

What's new in ArcGIS QuickCapture (December 2020)

Brand yourself with the refreshed User Profile page

What's new in ArcGIS Hub (December 2020)

What’s coming in ArcGIS Business Analyst (December 2020)

ArcGIS Pro in the Google Cloud

Dawn of OSM Daylight in ArcGIS

Secure Data on Your Infrastructure with ArcGIS Data Appliance

Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

View more announcements in the ArcGIS Blog | My Esri Blog on GeoNet

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Portal for ArcGIS 10.8.1 Indoors Patch 1
This patch includes added capabilities for ArcGIS Indoors as well as improved accessibility and support for non-English locales.

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.7.1 Patch 8 (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for the Mapping and Charting Solutions including; ArcGIS for Aviation (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetry (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Charting (Desktop), ArcGIS for Maritime: Server, Esri Defense Mapping for (Desktop, Server), and Esri Production Mapping for (Desktop, Server). Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Earth's Crust - Exaggerate TopoBathy Elevations
December’s App of the Month, Earth’s Crust – Exaggerate TopoBathy Elevations by Michael Kelly of Teck Resources Limited, is a fun and exciting way to explore the bumps, nooks and crannies on the earth’s surface from afar. The goal of the app is to ignite curiosity while illustrating the world in an unconventional manner. Explore some of the earth’s most complex topographic features or a local landscape through the Earth’s Crust app.

Geographical Thinking Podcast: How Getting from A to B is Changing
The pandemic has drastically changed personal vehicle use, public transit ridership and the role of curbside spaces in our cities. Join Guan Yue in our inaugural episode as she explores these trends with Esri Canada’s Transportation Industry Manager Arif Rafiq. Arif presents an energetic view that will leave you thinking about how transportation planning will evolve during and after the pandemic.

ArcMap Continued Support
ArcGIS 10.8.1 is the current release of ArcMap and will continue to be supported until March 1, 2026, as established in the ArcGIS Desktop Product Life Cycle. We do not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9 with the ArcGIS releases in 2021. We understand there may be questions as to what’s next for ArcMap inside ArcGIS Desktop. By viewing the ArcMap Continued Support page, you will be able to find the answers to most, if not all, of your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro.

Reminder: Deprecation of Classic Locators in StreetMap Premium in 2021
We would like to remind you that starting in the first quarter of 2021, the classic locators will be phased out and no longer be included as part of ArcGIS StreetMap Premium. This will impact you if you use ArcMap, older versions of ArcGIS Enterprise, or have a custom workflow dependent on these locators. We are focusing our development efforts on the new locators that are designed to provide a better user experience and improved performance. If you are currently using the classic locators, we encourage you to start migrating to the new locators as soon as possible. Please read the New Geocoding Locators for StreetMap Premium blog post for more information on how you can start using the new locators.

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About the Author

George Kouroupis is the Director of Technology and Solutions for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers and business partners on the latest ArcGIS trends and technologies. With over 35 years’ experience in software development, project management and product management, George takes a holistic and pragmatic approach to addressing customer’s technical and business problems.

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