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Getting Technical - April 2023

How to get your map seen by thousands of GIS fans and map lovers? What’s new in the 420 release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD? What’s new on ArcGIS Hub Search? How do you build, analyze and filter catalog layers in ArcGIS Pro? How do you convert ArcMap BDS files to statistical data collections to modernize your custom data? How can you create simple filter apps with interactive legend? Which are the apps you can use to swipe or compare? What’s new in GeoSnaps? Get answers to all these questions and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical. 


Want to have your map seen by thousands? Enter the 2024 Map Calendar Contest 
Been working on a beautiful map that only a handful of people will see? Get it in front of thousands of GIS fans and map lovers by entering Esri Canada’s 2024 Map Calendar Contest. Winners will be featured in our 2024 print calendar and Map Calendar Hub. They’ll also receive a copy of Dawn J. Wright and Christian Harder’s GIS for Science, Volume 3: Maps for Saving the Planet. Contest closes on Friday, June 30 at 11:59 PM ET, so don’t wait—submit your map now

A quick start guide to ArcGIS Hub Basic
Have an ArcGIS Online account? You can use it to create a site today using ArcGIS Hub Basic and this quick start guide.

ArcGIS Online Terminology Overview Part 1
Have you ever searched for a place where you can find important ArcGIS Online terminology in one easy-to-understand format? Look no further! This blog will cover key vocabulary to help support your knowledge.

Geosnaps: a new series of quick troubleshooting tips and technical videos
Check out this video that shows how to bulk update report variables in Business Analyst

Take your data management to new heights: Your questions answered - Part 1
We’re answering your questions from our “Take your data management to new heights with geodatabases” webinar in a two-part series. In this first post, we cover general geodatabase questions and attribute rules.

Using Alternative Text for Equitable Storytelling
Learn strategies for equitable storytelling using alternative text to describe maps and complex graphics in ArcGIS StoryMaps.

Eight essential real-time techniques with ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps
Illustrates the use of ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps to consume data from a feed and dynamically update geoelement location and attributes.

True Orthos - A Valuable Product You Should Re-Think
Ture orthos are an essential product for many different use cases for Reality Mapping and can now be processed using ArcGIS Reality.

Using Imagery and Demographics to Address the Challenges of Rapid Urbanization
ArcGIS allows you to combine imagery and demographic data to help monitor issues that arise with rapid urban growth.

Updating your hosted imagery layer with ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online
How to update your imagery layer once it has been published with ArcGIS Image for ArcGIS Online through ArcGIS API for Python.

Build accessible web apps with ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript and Calcite Design System
Learn how to make your web app accessible using the JavaScript Maps SDK and Calcite.

Conda Init and ArcGIS Pro
We're happy to announce the conda init command is now enabled for ArcGIS users of Python! Learn about how to use it, how it works, and benefits.

What’s new in the 420 release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD
ArcGIS for AutoCAD version 420 includes new capabilities for CAD entities such as COGO points and additional ways to set geographic location.

What's new in ArcGIS Insights 2023.1
Timelines in ArcGIS AllSource complement the map by visualizing temporal data and allowing for spatiotemporal analysis.

Indoor Wayfinding at Frankfurt Main Station
See how Frankfurt Main Station is leveraging indoor positioning and wayfinding using ArcGIS IPS.

Lessons from the winners of the 2022 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition
Seven stories earned prizes from the 2022 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition. Meet their creators and learn what went into these exemplary stories.

Roadway Management Solution Released
Roadway Management can be used to streamline road inventories and effectively assess pavement conditions.

Map in a Minute: Tornado Outbreaks Using Living Atlas
Quickly create a web map showing any tornado outbreak from 1950-2020 with data from NOAA in ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.

Build, Analyze, and Filter Catalog Layers in ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Pro 3.1 introduces a new layer type—catalog layers—and this blog covers how they could be used in your analytic workflows.

What's new for Spatial Statistics in ArcGIS Pro 3.1
A blog outlining the new tools developed by Spatial Statistics team for ArcGIS Pro 3.1

Mars rovers and in-app tutorials in ArcGIS Experience Builder
Check in on NASA's Perseverance and Ingenuity with this application from Rice University's Center for Research Computing.

Convert ArcMap BDS Files to Statistical Data Collections to Modernize Your Custom Data.
Modernize your ArcGIS Business Analyst custom data for use in ArcGIS Pro by converting BDS files to Statistical Data Collections.

What's new in the ArcGIS Maps SDK for JavaScript, v4.26 livestream - available now!
We talked about client-side raster functions, 3D enhancements, and more!

Create simple filter apps with Interactive Legend
Use the Interactive Legend to provide a simple way to filter your map.

Boost your Geoprocessing productivity with these enhancements in ArcGIS Pro 3.1
Check out this blog for a quick overview of some key geoprocessing enhancements in ArcGIS Pro 3.1.

What’s New on ArcGIS Hub Search
Searching for content is a foundational part of ArcGIS Hub. We’ve just released some neat new enhancements to make search a great experience.

Learn essential demographic data skills
A new tutorial series to help you explore a global collection of demographic data.

Hot Tip: Use swipe in Media Map
Media Map is one of the configurable apps that supports swipe. Here's how to configure it.

FAQ: Which are the apps you can use to swipe or compare
A collection of ArcGIS Online apps that you can configure or use that let you swipe or compare multiple layers or maps. 


What’s new in ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1

What’s new in ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps 200.1

What’s new in ArcGIS Maritime for ArcGIS Pro 3.1

High resolution data updates to Living Atlas World Elevation Layers (March 2023)

What’s new in the ArcGIS Solutions March 2023 Release

ArcGIS Solutions for ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1

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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates                                        

New Technical Support Experience Now Live
The new Technical Support experience provides answers about ArcGIS products quickly. Explore it for yourself!

ArcGIS AppStudio Retirement Roadmap and Beyond
AppStudio 5.5 will be a “Long-Term Support” (LTS) release of the product and the last major release of AppStudio. The ArcGIS AppStudio product will be officially retired in February 2025.

ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Roadmap for Retirement
ArcGIS Web App Builder is retiring, and we want to share the retirement timelines and details with you. While your ArcGIS Web AppBuilder apps that you have built will continue to work, Esri’s recommended path for taking advantage of new capabilities in ArcGIS as well as for staying abreast of the changes in browser technology is to migrate applications to ArcGIS Experience Builder. Read the article for the timelines and details.

ArcGIS API for JavaScript, Version 3.x Retirement
ArcGIS API 3.x for JavaScript will be retired on July 1, 2024.

ArcMap Continued Support
ArcGIS 10.8.2 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. This was a maintenance release only and does not include new functionality. This update does not extend the ArcGIS 10.8.x product life cycle. Esri does not have plans to release an ArcMap 10.9. The ArcMap Continued Support page, will be able to answer your questions regarding continued support of ArcMap as well as contains resources to help you transition your work moving forward into several Esri products such as ArcGIS Pro. 

Prepare for the retirement of ArcGIS for Office
The 2022 User Conference marked the launch of ArcGIS for Microsoft 365, a single product that extends ArcGIS across components including Excel, Power BI, SharePoint, and Power Automate.  In order to streamline the offering, ArcGIS for Office is set to retire on June 1, 2023, and it will be replaced by ArcGIS for Excel.

Plus for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is Retiring
ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud is a plug in for Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop that allows you to quickly find and add geographic content to your work as editable vector layers and high resolution images. This plug-in bridges the gap between ArcGIS and Adobe, bringing editable maps into Adobe for extensive map design possibilities.

At the end of April 2023, the “Plus” subscription for ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud will be retired. For users who are already using ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud through ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise, there is no impact from this change.

Portal for ArcGIS Security 2023 Update 1 Patch is now available
Esri has released the Portal for ArcGIS Security 2023 Update 1 Patch that resolves multiple security vulnerabilities.

ArcGIS Location Referencing 10.8.1 Patch 4 (Desktop | Server) for ArcGIS Roads and Highways
This is a general maintenance patch for ArcGIS Roads and Highways Desktop and ArcGIS Roads and Highways Server extension. Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

ArcGIS Location Referencing 10.7.1 Patch 5 (Desktop | Server) for ArcGIS Roads and Highways
This is a general maintenance patch for Esri Roads and Highways Desktop and Esri Roads and Highways Server extension. Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1 Edit Session With Custom Extension Patch
If you are using a custom extension that modifies editing templates, this patch will prevent a crash that happens when restarting the edit session.

ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Patch 6 (2.9.6) Announcement
The ArcGIS Pro 2.9 Patch 6 (2.9.6) is now available for download.

ArcGIS Server 10.9.1 Custom Print Service Patch
This patch resolves an issue that affects custom print services with embedded credentials.

ArcGIS GeoEvent Server 10.9.1 Patch 4 (Windows | Linux)
ArcGIS GeoEvent Server 10.9.1 Patch 4 is a general maintenance patch that addresses several issues, including persistent session log-in prompts on the site tab, the inability to export data from the spatiotemporal data store to Amazon S3, data retention where clauses not being honored, a condition where multiple GeoTagger processors causes gateway failure, and several resource and logging adjustments to the WebSocket transport. Esri recommends that all customers using ArcGIS GeoEvent Server 10.9.1 apply this patch.

ArcGIS for INSPIRE 10.8.2 Patch 1
This ArcGIS for INSPIRE (Desktop, Server) extension general maintenance patch improves INSPIRE compliance for view and download services as well as improves the geodatabase template for various data themes. We recommend all ArcGIS for INSPIRE customers download and install this patch at your earliest convenience to ensure the highest quality experience.

ArcGIS for INSPIRE 10.8.1 Patch 3
This ArcGIS for INSPIRE (Desktop, Server) extension general maintenance patch improves INSPIRE compliance for view and download services as well as improves the geodatabase template for various data themes. We recommend all ArcGIS for INSPIRE customers download and install this patch at your earliest convenience to ensure the highest quality experience.

ArcGIS 10.9.1 Maritime Server extension Update 4
This is a general maintenance patch for ArcGIS Maritime Server extension. Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

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Map of the Month: The Citizen Science of Litter
Following the theme of environmental preservation, this map focuses on the growing problem of litter in society. This map stands apart from others by providing the viewer with instructions on how they can participate in digital litter collection. I've collected more than 50,000 records of litter throughout BC. Even focusing on Prince George, there was still a high density of data points, so I thought it best to aggregate and display them using hex bins. I’ve provided examples of how to query litter data using attributes like location, time, object, material and brand, to get people thinking and maybe interested. This data is part of the global OpenLitterMap database.

The Citizen Science of Litter Map

Community Map of Canada - Style of the Month: "April Showers Bring May Flowers"
'April Showers Bring May Flowers' -- that's what the old adage says, and that's what the Community Map of Canada has conveyed in this custom Style of the Month for April 2023. As you zoom into this style, the style quite literally goes from April rain showers into May’s blossoming flowers.

The cloudy and rainy-designed land masses and oceans clear up and are replaced by flower-patterned land use areas, while cloudy highway and city symbology are replaced with flowers, leaves, and sunshine symbols as you zoom in.

Created by West-coaster, Kira-Marie Lazda, who is no stranger to rainy weather and early springtime flowers, this custom style for April 2023 was produced using the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor tool. Find this style here, and be sure to use it to manifest early May flowers (and fewer April showers!)

The land mass of Canada has been symbolized with a white background and with pale blue streaks of rain drops "raining" diagonally across the land mass. The capital cities are symbolized with dark blue and purple rain cloud icons. Beside the big letters saying "CANADA" in the middle of the country, the icon of a yellow sun peeks out from behind some clouds.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 13  – Qwhery: A Voice Interface for Geospatial Data
In many cities and towns, 311 provides residents, businesses and visitors with access to non-emergency city services. Matt Pietryszyn, CEO and co-founder of Qwhery, created another way to interact with municipalities using smart devices. As you’ll learn in this conversation with Matt, Qwhery is developing a voice interface for geospatial data.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 14 – Why can Uber find you but not 9-1-1?
Did you know that the current 9-1-1 emergency service was designed for the analogue phone system? It is undergoing a drastic change to support callers in this digital era. Hear from Joann Fox, industry manager of NG 9-1-1 at Esri Canada, as she unpacks layers of complexity in this transformation and the vital role that GIS plays in it.

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Introduction to the ArcGIS API for Python
This training course builds on your existing Python skills by teaching you how to get started 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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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

Mobilize Your Organization with ArcGIS Field Maps
April 27, 2023

ArcGIS Field Maps is an all-in-one map-based app that enables your mobile crew to effectively perform data capture and editing, find assets and information, and report their real-time locations. This can all be accomplished in a connected or offline environment. The new Field Maps capabilities will allow you to build smarter maps to successfully mobilize your organization. In this webinar, will demonstrate the latest Field Maps enhancements that will improve the exploration and data collection experience for your users in the field. 

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About the Author

Erica Morra is the Product Portfolio Manager for Esri Canada. She is passionate about promoting the value of location intelligence and communicating the capabilities of Esri's suite of ArcGIS products. Erica has worked as a GIS professional for over 17 years, helping organizations leverage Esri technology to meet their business needs of today and of the future.

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