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Getting Technical - March 2023

What's new in ArcGIS StoryMaps? What are ArcGIS Online credits? How to use images as point symbols in Map Viewer? What’s GeoSnaps? How to reuse forms in ArcGIS Field Maps? How to show time in ArcGIS StoryMaps? Get answers to all these questions and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


What's new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (March 2023)
Learn how to add a longer introduction to a collection and about recent accessibility updates.

ArcGIS Online Credits
ArcGIS Online credits are a form of currency for specific cloud-based services. Credits enable members of an organization to execute various workflows such as performing analytics, storing content in the cloud, and using premium content. Every ArcGIS Online subscription includes a pool of credits that can be shared by members of the organization. To learn about your organization's credit balance, contact your administrator.

Apply Cartographic Effects to Blend Media Layers into Maps
Applying effects and blend modes to Media Layers is one of the latest ways you can customize your webmaps.

From the Smart Editor to Smart Forms
Learn how to replicate some of the Smart Editor widget functionality using Smart Forms.

Introducing ArcGIS Reality!
We are excited to announce the ArcGIS Reality product family, and the release of the new ArcGIS Reality Studio and ArcGIS Reality for ArcGIS Pro for large-area reality mapping!

Explore the New Calculate Composite Index Tool in ArcGIS Pro 3.1
Create indices measuring risk, equity, vulnerability, and more, using the new Calculate Composite Index tool.

Working together is easier now in ArcGIS Hub
New capabilities in ArcGIS Hub facilitate collaboration, including team and user profiles, and the Teams card, available with a Premium license.

In ArcGIS Pro 3.1, the Points To Line tool has more options for you!
In ArcGIS Pro 3.1, the Points to Line tool includes three new parameters to specify how to construct lines and transfer attributes.

Responsive web design in ArcGIS Experience Builder
Edit an app's layout for small screens in this new ArcGIS Experience Builder tutorial.

The importance of importing infographics to ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro
Learn how to import Business Analyst Web App reports and infographics to ArcGIS Pro.

Showing time in ArcGIS StoryMaps
Learn some of the most effective and creative techniques for weaving time-based maps and data into your stories.

Spike maps and code snippets
You can share and copy code snippets right from your ArcGIS StoryMaps, including these Arcade expressions to create spike maps in ArcGIS Pro.

How partners can set up a single sign-on experience with ArcGIS: part 2
In this second part of our blog post series, Esri Canada technical solutions specialist Brianna Kelly and solution architect John Osborne demonstrate how to build a web mapping application that authenticates with the ArcGIS Enterprise environment configured in part one.

Dev Summit 2023: Monitor your organization's content over given time period
Discover automated ways to monitor and understand the content created within your organization.

Dev Summit 2023: Extending and Automating the ArcGIS System
Day two of the 2023 Developer Summit plenary showcased how you can extend and automate your workflows using ArcGIS.

Dev Summit 2023: Automate image data management workflows
ArcGIS Enterprise has a variety of tools that can help organization automate their image data management workflows.

Dev Summit 2023: Custom data feeds
Learn how you can create custom data feeds to leverage data from data sources not natively supported with ArcGIS.

Dev Summit 2023: Introducing disorder to an ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes deployment
ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes is designed to be highly-available and resilient, even when met with the unexpected.

Understanding and managing ArcGIS Online credits
ArcGIS Online credits are the currency used across ArcGIS Online. They are consumed during specific transactions, such as performing analytics and storing features. ArcGIS Online and any ArcGIS product that interacts with ArcGIS Online, such as ArcGIS Pro, Insights for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Business Analyst, ArcGIS Enterprise, and Survey123 for ArcGIS, can use credits. There are many ways ArcGIS Online users and administrators can maintain their credit budgets. Regardless of the ArcGIS product you are using, credits are managed through ArcGIS Online. This blog article will show you best practices for managing your credits. We will also share answers to questions users asked during our recent User Conference Spotlight Talk.

One Stop Shop: ArcGIS Field Maps Releases and Look Ahead
As we’re getting ready for our first release of 2023, it might be a great time to highlight the latest and greatest features that were introduced in Field Maps in 2022 and give you a sneak peek at what’s to come in 2023.

What's New in ArcGIS Survey123 (February 2023)
The ArcGIS Survey123 February 2023 release has great new features and critical fixes.

Hot Tip: Use images as point symbols in Map Viewer
You can use any PNG, GIF, or JPG image as a point symbol when authoring a map using Map Viewer. Here's how.

FAQ: How to reuse forms in ArcGIS Field Maps
Save time creating data collection projects by reusing forms across maps.

GeoSnaps: a new series of quick troubleshooting tips and technical videos
Check out this video that shows how to download a feature layer from the ArcGIS Living Atlas


What's new in ArcGIS Online (February 2023)

Introducing Analysis in ArcGIS Online Map Viewer

ArcGIS Pro update is now available

What’s New in ArcGIS Drone2Map (February 2023)

What’s new with the ArcGIS Utility Network at ArcGIS Pro 3.1

What's New in ArcGIS Experience Builder (February 2023)

The Business Analyst widget in Experience Builder is out of beta with great new features!

What's New in ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App | February 2023

What's New in ArcGIS Business Analyst Pro | February 2023

What's New in Instant Apps (February 2023)

Instant Apps: Introducing Insets

What's New in ArcGIS Survey123 (February 2023)

What's new in ArcGIS Aviation (February 2023)

What’s new in ArcGIS Hub part 2

What’s new in ArcGIS Urban (February 2023)

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Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates                                     

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.

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 Server 11.0 Site Creation and Upgrade Patch

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Web Watch - Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: Indian River Watershed Plan—Old-Growth Forest Map
Tsleil-Waututh oral history teaches that the Tsleil-Waututh people have always belonged to, and have accepted responsibility for the care of, the lands and waters within their traditional territory. More recent management by Crown governments has been fragmented, and it has diminished environmental and cultural values. Seizing the opportunity presented by the Province of British Columbia through the Sea-to-Sky Land and Resource Management Plan process, Tsleil-Waututh proposed a watershed-level planning process for the xʔəl̓ilwətaʔɬ/Indian River Watershed. In December 2005, Tsleil-Waututh and the Province signed a Partnership Agreement for the collaborative development of an Integrated Stewardship Plan, one of the first of its kind. 

Indian River Watershed Plan—Old-Growth Forest Map

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: "Birthday Cake"
The Community Map of Canada Style of the Month for March is a celebratory and delicious-looking birthday cake style. This month, we're celebrating not only the 4th birthday of the vector basemap but also the 400th basemap published and 13th year of the Community Map of Canada program! With a fluffy vanilla and fun-fetti cake base and Canada's seamless road network piped with buttercream frosting symbology, this basemap style is nothing if not festive! The highway crests symbolized by confetti cannons and balloons, and Canada's name itself is symbolized with a birthday candle. Created by the Community Map of Canada's map production specialist, Mychelle Wong, the March 2023 Style of the Month can be found here:

The land mass of Canada has been turned a fluffy-textured beige and multicoloured “fun-fetti” vanilla cake texture. A striped birthday cake candle and flame are situated alongside the big letters saying “CANADA” in the middle of the country.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 10 – Management Perspectives: Finding success in potash mining
Jodi Derkach, senior manager of land and resource at Nutrien, talks about how “where” is the key to solving major challenges in Nutrien’s potash business. Among other things, mapping helps Jodi’s team reach executives and secure the millions of dollars needed to run capital-intensive seismic programs.

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 11 – A living encyclopedia embodied in an online map
Átl’ḵa7tsem/Howe Sound is a UNESCO Biosphere Region just north of Vancouver, BC. It is a place where the mountains meet the ocean. Bridget John is the Program Manager of the Átl’ḵa7tsem/Howe Sound Marine Stewardship Initiative. She talks about a living online map, and how it helps the communities build towards a sustainable future.  

Geographical Thinking Podcast Season 3 | Episode 12 – GeoAI for damage assessment in the wake of a disaster
“Training artificial intelligence (AI) model requires massive amount of data and patience.” says Maya Kucharczyk, a2022 Esri Young Scholar Award winner and a PhD candidate from the University of Calgary.

Maja talked about her research that automates assessment of roof damage after disasters, as well as how AI model building is a collaborative effort in the academic community. 

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ArcGIS Online Essentials: Public Health Edition
Discover how GIS can help you find relationships, trends and better visualize your health data. Health Information Managers will learn how to search for, use, create and share content that infuses projects with geographic context, additional business intelligence and visual impact. Course concepts also apply to ArcGIS Enterprise portals. The examples focus on the Healthcare industry, but anyone with an interest in learning the web GIS technology is welcome to participate.

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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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