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Getting Technical – July 2019

What is the future of ArcPad? How do you assign ArcGIS Pro Named User Licenses on ArcGIS Online? What are the top 3 reasons to START using ArcGIS Pro now? Find out these and more in July’s Getting Technical blog post.


Prepare for Next Major ArcGIS Online Security Advancement Now

While all ArcGIS Online organizations established after September 2018 only allow HTTPS communication (encrypted), we still have many pre-existing organizations who have chosen not to utilize HTTPS only for their web services.  If your ArcGIS Online organization is already utilizing HTTPS and you don’t have any external systems making requests to HTTP-based services, then this change will be a non-event for you. For customers who do not yet enforce HTTPS, please begin preparing now for when ArcGIS Online enforces HTTPS Only for all organizations in 2020.  This change is being made to improve ArcGIS Online web security communication and to meet security requirements mandated by customers, such as site-wide enforcement of HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS). Visit Trust ArcGIS site to access the “ArcGIS Online Security Advisor” tool (top right corner of web page) which includes a check for HTTP references in an ArcGIS Online subscription. Please run this tool against your ArcGIS Online Org.

ArcGIS License Manager for ArcGIS Pro 2.4 and ArcMap 10.7.1

If you use Concurrent Use licensing for ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap, you will need to upgrade your ArcGIS License Manager to 2019.0 before upgrading to ArcGIS Pro 2.4 or ArcMap 10.7.1.

FAQ: What is the future of ArcPad?

ArcPad will be retired on December 31, 2020. ArcPad fills a necessary position in Esri's product offering by enabling GIS users to work with the many high-accuracy and rugged field devices running on Windows Mobile/Windows CE. But, it is important to note that ArcPad is a mature product that's closely tied to Windows Mobile and Microsoft has stopped development for the Windows Mobile/Windows CE platform. As such, any future updates to ArcPad will be focused on critical bug fixes and new app development will be focused on modern platforms (iOS, Android and Windows 10) and products such as Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS and AppStudio for ArcGIS. See the “What is the future of ArcPad?” question on the ArcPad Common Questions page.

Hot tip: Create and Manage Metadata in ArcGIS Pro

Have you ever wanted to use a particular dataset, but you didn’t know its history, completeness, purpose or accuracy? If you do not know much about your data, it is difficult to know how reliable and useful your analysis is. Metadata provides a way to document information about your data so that potential users of that data will be able to see if it is suitable for their needs. Metadata allows for the effective sharing of data and knowledge across an organization or a larger community of GIS users. For this reason, metadata is essential to the effective use of a GIS. In this blog post, you will be introduced to metadata tools available in ArcGIS Pro.

Video: Assigning ArcGIS Pro Named User Licenses on ArcGIS Online

Are you trying to determine how to assign your ArcGIS Pro named user licenses? This #EsriCanada video walks through the steps to help you through the process in ArcGIS Online. Follow @EsriCanada on Twitter and check out more technical videos using the hashtag #HowtoArcGIS


What’s New for Spatial Analyst and Raster Analysis in ArcGIS Pro 2.3/2.4 and ArcMap 10.7

ArcGIS Pro keyboard shortcuts: the official list

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

What's New in Esri Vector Basemaps (June 2019)

Learn ArcGIS July 2019 Release

What's New with OpenStreetMap Basemap (June 2019)

ArcGIS Pro 2.4 Allows Real-Time Analysis

What's new in Survey123 for ArcGIS (June 2019 Update)

Q2 2019 ArcGIS Update

What's New In Configurable Apps (June 2019)

Do More with ArcGIS Pro 2.4

What's new in Web AppBuilder (June 2019)

Esri’s World Geocoding service provides two locations

Making Hub even easier to use

Create more flexible administrative roles for your organization

Improved member management in ArcGIS Online June Update

Getting to Know Administrative Groups in ArcGIS Online

Introducing Attachment Viewer!

What's new in ArcGIS Online (June 2019)

What’s new in ArcGIS Companion 2.3 (June 2019)

What's New in ArcGIS Business Analyst (June 2019)

Introducing Dark Hillshade

What's New in ArcGIS Hub for June 2019

Help Guide the Future of ArcGIS Hub

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Mapping and Charting Solutions 10.6.1 Patch 5 (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.

ArcGIS Online June 2019 Update

This page contains a list of issues addressed in the June 2019 release of ArcGIS Online that were logged through Support Services.

ArcGIS Server 10.7.1 General Geocoding Patch

If you have created a locator using the Create Locator Geoprocessing Tool in ArcGIS Pro and published the locator to ArcGIS Server, this patch resolves limitations related to these types of locators.

ArcGIS Online Issues Addressed List - March 2019 Release

This page contains a list of issues addressed in the March 2019 update to ArcGIS Online that were logged through Support Services.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine) Text Performance Patch

Drawing of text when font smoothing is enabled is significantly slower than non-smoothed text. This patch resolves the performance deficit.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.7 Network Analyst Function Evaluator Patch

If you are using ArcGIS Network Analyst with ArcGIS 10.7, and are performing a network analysis on a network dataset that models height-, weight-, width-, or length-based restrictions using a function evaluator, this patch resolves an issue where roads are being incorrectly restricted when using a start time.

2019 Esri Business Analyst Variable and Report List

Data and report listing for over 15,000 demographic and business variables and 37 summary reports.

2019 Tapestry Segments and Groups

Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America's neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 68 distinctive segments based on their socioeconomic and demographic composition—then further classifies the segments into LifeMode and Urbanization Groups.

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Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: RouteAbility

With summer here, many people are venturing out from hibernation to the great outdoors. For many of us, we can easily hop into our car or walk to our destination with the help of GPS apps. But for people with mobility challenges, it’s not always that easy. July’s App of the Month, RouteAbility, is unique because it maps existing accessible infrastructure, offering the best accessible routes for someone who might require the service.

Top 3 reasons to START using ArcGIS Pro now! Reason #3 revealed

If I were in your shoes, I would stop waiting until the day you feel you can turn ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) off for good, because you might be missing out on awesome benefits of ArcGIS Pro you could use right away. Read this blog post series (1 of 3), to find out why I think you should start using ArcGIS Pro now because it could impact your work, positively.

Working with Hosted Feature Layer Views in ArcGIS Online

Have you ever wanted to maintain multiple copies of the same layer without having to republish it? If so, hosted feature layer views are an excellent solution. Hosted feature layer views allow you to maintain one primary hosted feature service on the back end, along with different copies (views) which can each have different display and permission settings.

Using common GIS data types in ArcGIS Pro

What is a shapefile, anyway? A geodatabase? A raster? A hosted web layer? The GIS world can seem a bit overwhelming with so many different data types, but it doesn’t have to be. In this blog article I’ll walk you through using a few of the most common data types that you’ll encounter in GIS, so when someone throws data your way, you’ll know what to do with it.

Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

The latest release of ArcGIS Enterprise includes an important update to the support given to the product. The ArcGIS Enterprise product lifecycle will now include short-term support (STS) and long-term support (LTS) releases. A product lifecycle defines the number of years that technical and software support such as patches and other security updates are made available.


ArcGIS Pro: Working with ModelBuilder

This one-day course builds upon existing knowledge of ArcGIS Pro to manage geoprocessing workflows within ModelBuilder. Learn the basic elements of a model and explore the functionality of ModelBuilder, including iterators, in-memory work-spaces and in-line variable substitution in addition to investigating ModelBuilder’s utility and logic tools. This course also investigates ModelBuilder’s utility and logic tools as well as covers advanced modelling techniques such as conditional branching, embedding models inside of models and calling a Python script from within ModelBuilder.

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Upcoming Webinars

Enhancing Your Open Data Portal for Increased Public Engagement

July 30, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

The New ArcGIS StoryMaps: Effortless Digital Storytelling for any Audience

Aug 08, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

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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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