ArcGIS Online July Update: What's New - Part 2

July 10, 2015 Adam Buchholz

Get the details on updates to many of the ready-to-use apps in ArcGIS Online in Part 2 in this series. This includes updates to ArcGIS Open Data, Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS, Navigator for ArcGIS, Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS and more.

In Part 1 of this series, we took a look at updates being introduced to ArcGIS Online in early July. In Part 2, we're exploring updates to many of the ready-to-use apps available in ArcGIS Online. There's a lot to cover, so let's roll up our sleeves and dive right into the updates.

ArcGIS Open Data

  • Public commenting on datasets will be available. These annotations are a useful way to engage with citizens, identify data that needs to be updated or improved and understand where to focus maintenance efforts.
  • Formal metadata maintained by the organization will be included in open data sites. Links to metadata documents will be available from dataset pages and metadata will be included in shapefile downloads.
  • The experience for viewing large datasets will be improved, and a new option will be available for site administrators to enable smart mapping on their open data sites.

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS

  • Developers and partners will be able to write new widgets, map tools and feature actions using the ArcGIS API for JavaScript.
  • Administrators will be able to register extensions inside of their organization for publishers to use inside of their operations views.
  • Design and usability improvements to the browser app will include support for light and dark themes.
  • There will be general performance and stability improvements.

Navigator for ArcGIS

Navigator for ArcGIS will allow you to navigate to the places that matter to you most. You'll be able to download prepackaged navigation maps to your iOS devices and search and navigate to locations with voice guidance and auto re-route.

Configurable Apps

  • A new version of Time Aware will be available that has a more modern look and additional configuration options. The old version will be retired.
  • Crowdsource Manager and Crowdsource Reporter will be enhanced and will be available in the Esri Featured Apps section of the gallery.
  • There will be an easier workflow for building apps for the public that contain subscriber content from Esri.
  • The configuration experience of app templates will be improved. Enhancements will include standardized terminology, improved text tips within the configuration panel and an improved experience for configuring search.
  • Chrome-Twitter will be renamed Twitter.

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

  • Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS will have a new theme.
  • A new Search widget will make it easier for users to locate features within their map.
  • A new Stream widget will visualize real-time data feeds from stream layers.
  • There will be support for an open-at-start option in the configuration window of the widget.
  • An enhancement to the tab theme will provide a better user experience on devices.
  • The design and usability of Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS will be enhanced.

Updates to Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS will allow you to change the look and feel of your Web apps. Above are three of the new themes: (from left to right) Box, Dart and Launchpad.

ArcGIS Content

  • A new Living Atlas Contributor app is available for nominating maps and apps to the Living Atlas of the World.
  • There will be a more direct experience for accessing the Living Atlas of the World within the ArcGIS Online Web site. Within the gallery, Esri Featured Content will include a Living Atlas maps section. The map viewer will have a Browse Living Atlas Layers option for adding layers. This will replace the Browse Esri Map Layers option.
  • Administrators will be able to view usage reports for all subscriber and premium content consumed by members of the organization.
  • The World Street Map now includes detailed content for South Korea.
  • The World Street Map and reference layers will have updated data for Europe and dual-language labeling for several countries including Russia and Greece.
  • The Arctic area basemaps, including Arctic Imagery and Arctic Ocean Basemap, will no longer be in beta.
  • World Imagery will be updated at large scales (L14-L17) with NAIP 2013 and 2014 imagery for most of the continental United States.
  • National Agriculture Imagery Program (NAIP) image services will be updated with NAIP 2014 imagery.
  • World Elevation will include 30-meter data for Asia and Australia. This same data will be available in the Terrain 3D layer used in the scene viewer and other apps.

Demographic maps for the United States will be updated with 2015 estimates and 2020 forecasts. Demographic maps for several dozen countries will be updated with more recent data.

You can visit the What's New section on the ArcGIS Online Help Web site for more information.

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