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Getting Technical - October 2020

What does ArcGIS Earth 1.11 include? What's new in ArcGIS API for JavaScript? How can you use Locator Views to customize your ArcGIS Online geocoding experience? What are some quick tips for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder? Find out these and more in October’s Getting Technical blog post. 


ArcGIS Earth 1.11 is here!
ArcGIS Earth 1.11 was released on Oct. 1. To learn more, and to download ArcGIS Earth, see the ArcGIS Earth overview or Microsoft store. This release includes new 3D capabilities, supports for new data types, and user experience enhancements.

What's new in ArcGIS Workforce (October 2020)
ArcGIS Workforce is a powerful mobile solution that improves the planning and coordination of your field workforce. Workforce uses a location-based approach for planning and coordinating field work activities. Included with your ArcGIS organization, Workforce brings the location of mobile workers and the work they need to do to the field maps you deploy to your mobile workforce. New versions of the mobile apps are available now on the Apple App Store and Google Play. There is an ArcGIS Workforce General Patch now available for installing the ArcGIS Workforce web application on your Enterprise portal as well (both Windows and Linux setups are available).

What's new in Map Viewer Beta (October 2020)
The October update for Map Viewer Beta includes several exciting new enhancements. With the latest update, you can add feature services and tiled map services from url, add thumbnails and rotation to your bookmarks, and more.

 What's New in ArcGIS API for JavaScript (October 2020)
The October update to the ArcGIS API for JavaScript is here, and it packs a punch with a range of new features and enhancements. A major theme for version 4.17 is performance – in particular, if you are working with large datasets, we highly encourage you to test your apps with this release. Performance improvements reached across feature layers, all client-side layers, and point scene layers. Let’s explore some of the highlights of this release.

ArcGIS Field Maps supports mobile workflows
Realize greater efficiency and empower your workers with ArcGIS Field Maps. This streamlined mobile app, available later this month, will allow users to collect and edit data, find assets and information, plus report their real-time locations. This app will transform operations for organizations new to using mobile apps for field activities and streamline the experience for existing users.

ArcGIS Online will enforce HTTPS Only for all organizations in December 2020
The ArcGIS platform uses HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol for secure communication) as a key component of its security for web and service API connections. This includes connections between our software, such as ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise, with ArcGIS Online. Esri will be enforcing HTTPS Only, without exception, in December 2020, to increase the security of the ArcGIS platform.

If you’re wondering how to prepare for ArcGIS Online enforcing HTTPS Only, watch the video.

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FAQ:  How do I visually represent Temporal, Spatial, Statistical patterns in civic data?
Week 6 of ArcGIS Hub’s Civic Analytics Notebook series explores how charting libraries in Python can help you visualize temporal and spatial patterns to get a quick snapshot of your city.

Hot tip:  Use Locator Views to customize your ArcGIS Online geocoding experience
Although the Esri World Geocoding service does a great job at locating addresses around the world, sometimes, you want a customized geocoding or geosearch experience. Leverage Locator Views to customize your search results to narrow down the locations that are important to you.

Video: The GIS Roundtable: Burning Questions

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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


Announcing the first beta release of the ArcGIS Maps SDK for game engines

What’s new in Business Analyst for ArcGIS Pro 2.6

IMGIS 2020: Complimentary Data Health Checks

Stack your tables here - Map Viewer Beta (October 2020)

What’s new in App Templates for AppStudio 4.3 (September 2020)

What's New in Esri Demographics (Sep 2020)

What's New in Configurable Apps (September 2020)

New organization reports for ArcGIS Online administrators

ArcGIS Pro leveraging NVIDIA vGPU

U.S. and Canada 2016 Demographic Maps to be Retired

Accessing ArcGIS Pro securely using Azure Stack Hub

What’s New in ArcGIS AppStudio 4.3 (September 2020)

ArcGIS Enterprise Q&A highlights from UC 2020

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

Esri's hosted raster basemap services moving to Mature Support

ArcGIS Runtime Local Server SDK 100.9 now available!

Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.8.1 Patch 1 (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for the Mapping and Charting Solutions including; ArcGIS Aviation Airports (Desktop), ArcGIS Aviation Charting (Desktop), ArcGIS Bathymetry (Desktop), ArcGIS Defense Mapping (Desktop, Server), ArcGIS Maritime (Desktop, Server), and ArcGIS Production Mapping (Desktop, Server). Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Server) 10.7.1 Belge Lambert 1972 Equivalency Patch
This patch adds the ability to handle both versions of the Belge Lambert 1972 projected coordinate systems as if they are equivalent.

ArcGIS Server 10.8.1 Print Service Patch
This patch resolves multiple issues with the print service in ArcGIS Server 10.8.1 including problems that prevent printing with layout templates and outputs that are missing legends or layers.

ArcGIS for INSPIRE Patch for INSPIRE Metadata 2.0.1 in Geoportal Server
This ArcGIS for INSPIRE patch adds and updates support for INSPIRE Metadata 2.0.1 (ISO/TS 19139:2007) to Geoportal Server 1.2.x. We recommend all customers using Geoportal Server 1.2.x download and install this patch to ensure the highest quality experience.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.7.1 Spatial Analyst COM and Extraction Tools Patch
If you are using the ArcGIS Spatial Analyst COM components and creating custom applications, this patch resolves a runtime error when certain components are used in a pre-10 coding style. It also fixes two bugs for the extraction tools.

ArcGIS GeoEnrichment Server 10.8.1 Patch 1
This is a general maintenance patch for ArcGIS GeoEnrichment Server 10.8.1. It addresses several issues, including failure of map reports in certain cases and management of data packs.

ArcGIS Mission Server 10.8.1 Message Management Patch
This patch includes performance enhancements and stability improvements in the real-time message processing component of ArcGIS Mission Server.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Northern Peatlands in Canada
With record-breaking wildfires raging on the west coast, hurricane after hurricane slamming the Gulf Coast, rising global sea levels and declining Arctic sea ice – there’s no denying that Earth’s climate is changing. October’s App of the Month – Northern Peatlands in Canada – brings much-needed education on a secret weapon that can help us protect biodiversity and fight against climate change.

100 Years of Wildfire: Cartograph-izing
This is Part 2 of a blog series by Esri cartographer John Nelson, where he focuses on the visual cartography of 100 years of California wildfires aggregated into 100-square-mile cells.

Reclassify Raster Data in ArcGIS Pro Spatial Analyst Extension
This blog post shares some best practices about using the Reclassify tool in ArcGIS Pro. Reclassification is the process of reassigning one or more values in a raster dataset to new output values. The Reclassify tool is available in the Spatial Analyst extension in both ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. When the Reclassify tool for ArcGIS Pro was built, Esri included a longstanding request to have the tool recognize the class breaks from the input layer symbology. This blog post introduces the improved reclassification workflow in ArcGIS Pro. For those who are used to working with ArcMap, there are some differences. It also clarifies some questions about the Reclassify tool when migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro.

Quick tips for mastering the ArcGIS StoryMaps builder
Whether you’re new to ArcGIS StoryMaps or have been using it since its days in beta testing, there’s always room to improve your storytelling skills. This list of short, simple tips will help you get the most out of the story builder, especially when it comes to smaller features you may have overlooked. I’ll be adding more tips periodically, too, so be sure to check back every now and again if you find these tidbits helpful.

Experience the Community Maps Editor
The Community Maps Editor is a web app that enables you to edit parts of the Esri Community Maps basemap to add detailed features for universities, schools, parks, landmarks, and other special areas of interest. Currently, there are over 1,400 worldwide editors that have added over 165,000 features! Introducing the Community Maps Editor Experience. This tour invites users to a self-guided experience by exploring interactive maps that expose completed and in-progress ‘community development.

How do I license my ArcGIS Parcel Fabric?
In a multi-editor environment, parcel editors access the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric through feature services. Our user community have asked for a wider variety of licensing for capabilities and apps. To meet these requirements, in addition to ArcGIS Desktop, Esri introduced ArcGIS user types and user type extensions to ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise.  Here is why we took this approach and how to license your ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise to take advantage of the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric capabilities.

How to choose your map's medium
Knowing how your map will be shared before you start mapping helps with important design decisions. We’ve never had so many ways to share our maps with the world, from full, interactive stories to photocopied brochures, from videos on phones to giant posters. The problem is that a map that works brilliantly for one medium might be a complete mess in another. Interactive maps are great for deep exploration, but not a good choice if people need to print a copy, or if it needs to be embedded on another platform. Print maps are great for fine lines and lots of labels, but those details might be illegible on a phone.

ArcUser: Find the best way to organize your geospatial talent
If you’re struggling to get the most out of your geospatial investment, Matt Lewin, director of management consulting for Esri Canada, points out that you may want to look at the way your people are organized.

View more articles in ArcUser | ArcNews | ArcWatch


Introduction to the ArcGIS API for Python
Automate workflows in ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS. This training course will teach you how to get started writing Python code using the ArcGIS API for Python. Learn to automate the creation, display and management of content along with the administration of users in a portal environment. This course will provide you with the basic skills necessary to begin automating your ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS workflows using Python.

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Upcoming Webinars

What You Need to Know About Working with 3D Voxel Data
Oct 22, 2020

Building a sense of place and community
Nov 03, 2020

Introducing ArcGIS Field Maps
Nov 05, 2020

Plan your transition to a cloud-based GIS
Nov 10, 2020

What's New in ArcGIS Pro for Intelligence
Nov 19, 2020

Mastering URL Parameters to Create Catered User Experiences
Nov 26, 2020

ArcGIS Pro Fantasy Draft II: Editing Tools
Dec 10, 2020

View recorded webinars

Upcoming Virtual Events

Next Generation 9-1-1 Seminar
Nov 04, 2020

GIS Day in Canada
Nov 18, 2020

Building the Spatially Enabled Organization
Nov 24, 2020

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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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