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Getting Technical – March 2022

What will the new ArcGIS Online home page coming on March 22 look like? How do you make your GIS web apps accessible? How do you connect Excel files in ArcGIS Pro? Get answers to all these and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


Move to the New ArcGIS Online Home Page Before the March Update
The ArcGIS Online home page will automatically switch to the new responsive format during the March 2022 ArcGIS Online update. If you haven’t made the change yet, there’s still time.

Still using the legacy home page?
This blog post describes what you will see when the legacy ArcGIS Online home page transitions to the new home page on March 22, 2022.

What’s new with the Esri Support App – Canada
In July 2020, we released the Esri Support App – Canada to help users get expert assistance and convenient answers from their mobile devices. Today, we’re delighted to share the improvements and new functionality included in the latest update to the App, which will elevate your experience with Esri Canada Support.

Making your GIS web applications accessible and branded
Learn how to improve web accessibility within GIS as we step through the process of styling an example application that is both accessible and branded.

Improving Municipal Services with ArcGIS Pro
Darren Talbot is a GIS Specialist at a municipality in Atlantic Canada. He and the team work to stay on the leading edge of GIS technology and apply its latest capabilities to help them do their jobs better. Darren and the team recently adopted Esri’s next-generation desktop GIS application, ArcGIS Pro. We sat down with Darren Talbot to learn about his experience migrating to Pro.

Master URL Parameters with ArcGIS Mobile Apps – Part 2
Get back into using universal app links to mix and match ArcGIS mobile solutions to support your multi-app field GIS workflows.

Hot Tip: ArcGIS Pro Licensing Options

ArcGIS Pro has three different ways to be authorized. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with these options and not necessarily choose the best one for you. This video attempts to rectify this and demystify ArcGIS Pro. In part two of this series, you will learn how ArcGIS Pro is authorized with Portal for ArcGIS Named User licenses.

FAQ: How do I connect Excel files in ArcGIS Pro?
Use this guide to navigate the steps needed to determine and apply a silent install of the driver required to use Excel files in ArcGIS Pro.

Purchase orders and volume pricing now available on the Esri Canada Store 
Great news: we’ve built more purchase options into our online store. Now, you can buy in bulk and get discounts on selected items, to be applied at checkout. You can also now buy products on the Esri Canada Store using a Purchase Order (PO). This gives you the option to pay by electronic funds transfer, cheque, etc., aside from a credit card. Simply plug in a valid PO number at checkout, and you’ll receive an invoice referencing your PO number. You can now take advantage of buying products on our store at any time using a PO, for automated fulfillment. Visit the Esri Canada Store to see these new options now. 


What's new in ArcGIS Insights 2022.1

What's new in ArcGIS QuickCapture (March 2022)

What’s new in ArcGIS AppStudio Version 5.3 (March 2022)

What's new in ArcGIS Survey123 (February 2022)

What’s new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (February 2022)

What's new in ArcGIS Urban (February 2022)

Improved sharing workflow in ArcGIS Urban (February 2022)

What is indoor positioning? (February 2022) 

Leveraging Multi-session VMs to support ArcGIS Pro using Azure Virtual Desktop

ArcGIS Solutions 2022 Product Roadmap

Esri Developer Summit Livestream Replay

Watch recordings of the full Plenary Sessions and segmented presentations from the Esri Developer Summit at your convenience.

Screenshot of Esri president Jack Dangermond welcoming everyone to the DevSummit

In this video, Esri president Jack Dangermond welcomes everyone to the 17th annual Esri Developer Summit.

Dev Summit 2022: Extending ArcGIS and spatial analysis

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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

ArcGIS Dashboards Classic is Retiring
With the March 2022 release of ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Dashboards Classic will move to mature support, and will be retired in the September 2022 update. For ArcGIS Enterprise users, ArcGIS Dashboards Classic will be retired in the ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 update.

Notification: HTTPS to be enforced for Esri Basemaps
As a follow up to enforcing HTTPS in ArcGIS Online in 2020, Esri is planning to make a similar change to the raster basemap environment. The Esri raster basemaps currently can be requested using HTTP or HTTPS protocols. Starting in April 2022, support for HTTP will be disabled, and tile requests will be HTTPS only.

Notification: Old Esri Vector Basemaps will be retired in 2022
Esri’s vector basemaps and styles are organized by version number. Currently, version 2 (v2) basemaps are updated on a regular cadence. Earlier versions are available but no longer updated. Find out which versions will be retired and will no longer be available to use in maps and apps.

Software Alert: ArcGIS and CVE-2021-44228 Apache Log4j 2
Esri is actively investigating the impact of the Log4j library vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) disclosed on December 9, 2021, as some Esri products contain this common logging tool. This bulletin has been updated and contains the latest information about Esri products and will continue to be updated as new information becomes available.

ArcMap Continued Support
ArcGIS 10.8.1 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. Esri released ArcMap 10.8.2 in December 2021. 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. Find out more about Migrating to ArcGIS Pro.

Deprecation Reminder for Explorer, Collector and Tracker
ArcGIS Field Maps was launched in October 2020 and replaces the functionality of ArcGIS Collector, ArcGIS Explorer and ArcGIS Tracker on the iOS and Android mobile platforms. These products (Collector, Explorer, Tracker) are currently available to download and are fully supported; however, they were retired in December 2021. Migration resources, including a migration guide, can be found in this blog.

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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Canada Resource Hub
Esri Canada’s resource hub includes bilingual maps, apps and other COVID-19 resources for the public, customers and media. The hub is constantly updated with case and vaccination data, COVID-19 open datasets, GIS training videos and other resources. Check out our COVID-19 Recovery Solutions and Coronavirus Vaccine Distribution Solutions.

Visit the ArcGIS Solutions site to learn more about Esri’s suite of coronavirus recovery solutions.

Web Watch – Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: The City of Calgary: Pathways and Bikeways Walk and Roll Map 2021
Calgary’s Pathway and Bikeway Map provides a current view of pathways and bikeways in the City as of 2021. Cycling routes are classified by comfort level and include regional pathways, protected bicycle lanes, community streets, painted lanes and routes on major streets. The map also displays local pathways and trails, including the Trans Canada Trail and Calgary’s Rotary/Mattamy Greenway. Places of interest and major barriers such as Calgary’s C-Train LRT system, railroad rights of way and major roads are shown so that cyclists can choose the most comfortable route. This map was a collaboration of the City and Calgary’s large and active cycling community. In the spring of 2021, 35,000 printed copies of the map were distributed to cyclists.

Screenshot of City of Calgary bike path and trails map

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: Celebrating Women
In honour of International Women’s Day, the style of the month for March celebrates women everywhere. This was made using the Community of Canada basemap, where data is collected daily, and a new version of the map is published twice a week.

Screenshot of a pink map of Canada with female superheroes as map symbols

Geographical Thinking Podcast – Season 2 | Episode 11: Management Perspectives with Matt Lewin
Paul Shaffelburg is in charge of the GIS and geospatial services at Halifax Regional Municipality. Hear how he spearheads new processes and solutions in a complex municipality.

Geographical Thinking Podcast - Season 2 | Episode 12: Indigenous Mapping in Canada
Steve DeRoy is Anishinaabe, a cartographer, founder of the Indigenous Mapping Workshop and a director of the Firelight Group, an Indigenous-owned consulting group based in western Canada. Steve talks about advancing culturally appropriate and inclusive geospatial technologies for Indigenous leadership, agencies, and communities, all with the goal of supporting Indigenous rights and interests.

A Guide to Sharing Imagery and Raster Data
Imagery is so much more than a pretty picture. It is purchased, collected, or acquired with the goal of extracting information from it, whether that is through visualization or analysis. However, imagery must be shared before it can be used. Even after finding a place to host imagery, it can be challenging to decide how to share it. Within ArcGIS, there are three ways to share or stream imagery and raster data: map tile cache, tiled imagery, and dynamic imagery. This article outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

View more articles in ArcUser | ArcNews | ArcWatch


Working with 3D Using ArcGIS Pro
3D is becoming more and more popular, particularly for visualizing GIS data representing 3D phenomena. That popularity extends to workflows, too: more workflows than ever are incorporating 3D analyses like line of sight, viewshed and shadow analysis. This course teaches the fundamental concepts of 3D GIS. You’ll learn how to visualize, edit, model and analyze data in a 3D context.

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

Maximize collaboration between ArcGIS and Autodesk using ArcGIS GeoBIM
March 23, 2022
ArcGIS GeoBIM delivers an innovative experience for teams to collaborate on BIM projects using data from multiple systems in a geospatial context. In this webinar, you will learn how the ArcGIS GeoBIM connection to Autodesk Construction Cloud blends design workflows resulting in a better GIS and BIM data experience.

Location Analytics: Data Discovery through Spatial Analysis
March 30, 2022
Join us for this virtual seminar and discover how to leverage spatial analytics and geo design to expand your current spatial platform with your existing business intelligence. Watch several demonstrations by our technical specialists and hear from users who are currently using analytics in their day-to-day work activities.

Beyond a Map: Why Geospatial Technology Matters in Public Health
March 31, 2022
In this webinar, our team of in-house public health subject matter experts will demonstrate how location intelligence, geospatial thinking and GIS can help disentangle some of public health’s toughest challenges. We’ll review real-life Canadian use cases related to COVID-19, demo recent GIS innovations in a public health context, and highlight new sources of data that will bring new insight to Canada’s access to health services. By the end of this webinar, you’ll have a deeper understanding of how GIS can facilitate the digital transformation of Canadian public health by enhancing business operations, analytic workflows, collaboration and public engagement.

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This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

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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