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Getting Technical - January 2020

Happy New Year everyone! This year, watch out for exciting new Esri product updates, technical tips and tricks, service patches and some great technical content coming your way. To start off, what are the new enhancements in Web AppBuilder Developer Edition 2.15? How do you build your own app templates with ArcGIS Experience Builder? What’s new in Collector for ArcGIS? Find out these and more in January’s Getting Technical blog post.


Web AppBuilder Developer Edition 2.15 Now Available
Version 2.15 of Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Developer Edition has been released and is available for download at the ArcGIS for Developers site. This update includes the new enhancements that were part of the Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Online release in December. Read What’s New in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (December 2019) for more details.

Build Your Very Own App Templates with ArcGIS Experience Builder
ArcGIS Experience Builder is Esri’s latest app builder. It provides the flexibility to transform your data into personalized web apps without having to write a single line of code. You can create your own app templates that fit your needs, share them with members of your organization and reuse them by easily connecting to new data. Here are 10 features that make it possible for anyone to build both map-centric or non-map-centric app templates.

ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Qt Embedded Linux Beta 3 Available Now
We’re pleased to announce an update to the ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Qt Embedded Linux Beta program: Beta 3. Beta 3 is now based on the 100.7 Runtime release, so you can use all the great new features from 100.7 on your Embedded Linux devices. Some of the highlights are discussed in this blog post.

ArcGIS Pro Extensibility - Advances in 2019, and What's Coming
Looking back, 2019 was another strong year of advancements in extensibility for ArcGIS Pro. We again saw plenty of growth as more organizations moved to ArcGIS Pro and developed custom add-ins with the ArcGIS Pro SDK for .NET. These add-ins help to extend Pro to meet users’ specific organizational needs, tailor the Pro UI to streamline workflows, and build custom routines and solutions.

Visualizing SketchUp Models in ArcGIS Urban
With more local governments and private development firms migrating to 3D models to envision what new development will look like, the need to utilize the models in GIS is becoming more and more of a necessity. By using ArcGIS Urban, you’re able to upload these 3D models to visualize different project scenarios and assess shadow and viewshed on the surrounding environment to better understand the real-world impacts of potential development. In this walkthrough, we will review the steps for exporting your SketchUp models, importing the model into ArcGIS Pro, sharing everything to ArcGIS Online, and finally adding the published model as a scenario to an ArcGIS Urban project. 

FAQ: What's New in Collector for ArcGIS (January 2020)
We are starting off 2020 with an update to Collector for ArcGIS on the iOS platform. Following our previous minor release in October, this update is rich with new features that we are excited to make available.

Hot tip: Quick tips to ensure your web apps are mobile ready
Configure apps with mobile in mind. In 2018, mobile devices accounted for over 50% of website visits. Mobile devices comprised over 40% of the total time spent online. If your app is linked or embedded in any news or media site, half your audience could potentially view it on a mobile device. To accommodate the shift in screen size, we are designing ArcGIS Configurable Apps with a mobile-first approach. We design with this question in mind: How will the app look on the smallest screen? In this article, we share some tips on how to ensure your app is mobile ready!

Video: Disconnected Editing with Collector for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Enterprise

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Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Qt Embedded Linux Beta 3 Available Now

Web AppBuilder Developer Edition 2.15 Now Available

2019 ArcGIS Online year in review

2019 ArcGIS Living Atlas year in review

What’s New in AppStudio Player for ArcGIS 4.1

Announcing ArcGIS Runtime 100.7

What's New in ArcGIS API for JavaScript (December 2019)

What's new in ArcGIS Urban 1.1 (December 2019)

Introducing Supporting Teams: Privately Engage Your Community

What's New in Web AppBuilder (December 2019)

Developing successful story map partnerships

Navigation Takes a Turn for the Better

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine) 10.6.1 General Update Patch
This patch includes general quality improvements as well as targeted fixes for the most frequently reported failures.

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.7.1 Patch 2 (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.

Portal for ArcGIS 10.7.1 Enterprise Sites Patch
This patch addresses multiple issues rendering ArcGIS Enterprise Sites on small displays.

ArcGIS Server 10.7.1 Insights for ArcGIS Create Buffer Using Drive Times Patch
If you are using Insights for ArcGIS with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1 and using the Create Buffer/Drive Times analysis capability, this patch resolves a limitation that prevented buffers using travel modes to execute.

ArcGIS Online Issues Addressed List - October 2019 Release
This page contains a list of issues addressed in the October 2019 update to ArcGIS Online that were logged through Support Services.

ArcGIS Excalibur 1.1 Image Service Query Patch
This patch resolves an issue in ArcGIS Excalibur 1.1 where query operations failed to complete successfully on some image services. Esri recommends that all ArcGIS Excalibur 1.1 users install this patch.

ArcGIS Maps for Office 5.0 Issues Addressed List
This page contains a list of issues addressed in the ArcGIS Maps for Office 5.0 release that were logged through Support Services.

Business Analyst Web Application 2019 USA Data Update Patch
Missing variables in Infographics with the Business Analyst web application for Business Analyst Enterprise after installing the 2019 USA data.

ArcGIS Business Analyst Desktop Address Coder Patch
The ArcGIS Business Analyst Address Coder Patch addresses an issue with Address Coder data appending, specific to the US_Esri_2019 dataset. In some cases, selecting variables from this dataset for appending during the geocoding process would return incorrect results. Installing this patch will eliminate this potential problem.

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Security Patches & User Resources

ArcGIS Location Referencing 10.6.1 Patch 2 for (Desktop | Server)
This is a general cumulative maintenance patch for Location Referencing in support of Roads and Highways. Please download and install at your earliest convenience.

World Magnetic Model (WMM) coefficient 2020-2025
This Mapping and Charting Solutions for Desktop patch updates the World Magnetic Model (WMM) to include the 2020-2025 coefficients. Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

ArcGIS Location Referencing 10.7.1 Patch 1
This is a general maintenance patch for Esri Roads and Highways Desktop and Esri Roads and Highways Server. Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

ArcGIS Online Issues Addressed List - December 2019 Release
This page contains a list of issues addressed in the December 2019 update to ArcGIS Online that were logged through Support Services.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) Support for Oracle 19c Patch
This patch enables Oracle 19c database support for ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Engine, and ArcGIS Server 10.7.1 and 10.6.1 clients.

Esri Maps for Salesforce Documentation
Esri Maps for Salesforce works directly with your organization's ArcGIS subscription to allow you to access geographic content to enhance your business data. Your subscription includes a number of service credits, which are the currency of ArcGIS, and are used in exchange for most of the ArcGIS services used within your organization.

ArcGIS GeoEnrichment Server Upgrade Preparation Patch
This patch rebuilds indexes for data installed to GeoEnrichment Server to prepare it to be compatible with ArcGIS Enterprise version 10.8 and future versions. This patch is required for 10.7 and 10.7.1 and must be installed prior to upgrading GeoEnrichment Server to the next version.

Business Analyst Web Application 2019 USA Data Update Patch
Missing variables in Infographics with the Business Analyst web application for Business Analyst Enterprise after installing the 2019 USA data.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

Introducing the Community Map of Canada Style of the Month
New year, new maps. It’s the start of the new year and the start of something new at Community Maps. For the next 12 months, we will feature a new, rotating style – the Community Maps Style of the Month.

App of the Month: COSMOS
City of Surrey is British Columbia’s second-largest city, next to Vancouver, and has more than 520,000 residents. It supports its Smart City Strategy by using geographic information system (GIS) technology to improve the delivery of municipal services. The City needed a way to display and give access to large sets of cadastral data for different types of audiences. Since most of these datasets were spatial, the City leveraged their existing spatial data infrastructure and ArcGIS API for JavaScript to build COSMOS, a customized application that allows the public to explore over 200 layers of information, annotate their own maps and search for underground infrastructure near their property.

Announcing the winners of the 2019 StoryMapper of the Year competition
“Pancakes and Silver” by Stanford University Libraries took the grand prize in Esri’s 2019 StoryMapper of the Year competition. The story, made with the new ArcGIS StoryMaps builder, describes the use of 21st-century technology to cast a new light on 19th-century silver mines in Nevada’s Comstock lode.

The story map and four runners-up were chosen from among hundreds of competition entries on a broad diversity of topics and created by government agencies, nonprofit organizations, research institutions, and passionate individuals. The 2019 StoryMapper of the Year competition was the first to spotlight stories created using ArcGIS StoryMaps, Esri’s second-generation storytelling app. Another first was the addition of cash prizes, with contestants required to describe how their prize money would be used for social benefit.

Pro or Online? Part 1: Publishing Hosted Feature Layers from ArcGIS Online
We use both ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro to publish hosted feature layers. The workflow that we choose depends on the complexity of the dataset and symbology as well as the expected update frequency. This blog will discuss publishing hosted feature layers in ArcGIS Online. 

Pro or Online? Part 2: Publishing Hosted Feature Layers from ArcGIS Pro
This is the second part of a blog series on publishing hosted feature layers by Rich Nauman from Esri’s Living Atlas Environment Team.

The Benefits of Using Enterprise Logins for ArcGIS Online
Many of you are already using enterprise logins with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise for one set of credentials to sign in to multiple accounts using Security Assertion Mark-up Language (SAML) authentication. We’ve seen significant growth in organizations enabling this capability as it allows administrators to give their members a convenient way to use the same enterprise username and password across multiple ArcGIS organizations.

Better colors for better mapping
The ArcGIS API for JavaScript documentation added two guide pages to help you make smarter color choices while designing your maps.

Put Your Best Thumbnail Forward
First impressions are important—whether it’s made during a job interview, a first meeting with a prospective client, or a visit to a company website. While we shouldn’t necessarily judge a book by its cover, people are visually oriented, and what we initially see—for example, a thumbnail of a map in ArcGIS Online—can affect what we expect from the content of the map itself.

Australian State Automated Large-Area Land Classification with Machine Learning
The state of Queensland, in northeastern Australia, is remarkably geographically diverse. It includes coastal rain forests, widespread eucalypt and acacia woodlands, tropical savannas, ephemeral inland rivers, deserts, and rich agricultural belts. With an area of 1,730,000 square kilometers (668,000 square miles), it is approximately seven times the size of Great Britain.


Creating Maps and Visualizations with ArcGIS
Design and share beautiful map products. Learn fundamental cartographic design principles and a standard workflow to produce print and online maps tailored to their purpose, medium and intended audience. This course teaches ArcGIS Pro techniques to create and share a variety of professional-quality information products including print maps, web maps, 3D scenes, animations and charts.

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Upcoming Webinars

GIS Vision 2020: See What Others Can’t
Jan. 30, 2020

Rapid Data Collection with ArcGIS QuickCapture
Feb. 20, 2020

Smart City Planning with ArcGIS Urban
Mar. 5, 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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