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Getting Technical - November 2019

What are the major updates for Esri product security materials? What is the technology powering the MCSC rescu app? How do you transfer an ArcGIS Desktop Concurrent Use License using the Online Authorization method? What’s new in CityEngine 2019.1? Find out these and more in November’s Getting Technical blog post.


Major Updates of Esri Product Security Materials
Security is about continuous improvement, which also applies to the materials we post to the ArcGIS Trust Center for customer assurance.  As our product licensing models have evolved as well as security best practices, we’ve performed a significant update of the ArcGIS Secure Mobile Implementation Patterns whitepaper.  We’ve provided more context on our field operations product story, incorporated new mobile apps, expanded information concerning mobile device management, and updated our portal membership and ArcGIS user types – among other items.

Action Required to Continue Using SAML with ArcGIS Online
Customer administrators who have enabled the advanced SAML options ‘Enable Signed Requests’ and/or ‘Encrypt Assertion’ will need to obtain the new ArcGIS Online Service Provider metadata file and associate it with their Identity Provider before December 5, 2019.

What's new in CityEngine 2019.1
This release introduces the Guide Creation tool for convenient and precise creation of temporary guide lines. These drawing aids are useful for sketching 2D building footprints as well as modeling 3D mass models. When you switch a drawing tool into the planar drawing mode, all guides are projected onto the drawing plane for intuitive and efficient 2D sketching workflows.
Please note CityEngine Basic users will be converted to CityEngine and any maintenance quotes after October 2020 will be at the full CityEngine Maintenance fee.

Use World Imagery Wayback to create a custom basemap
The World Imagery basemap is regularly updated with newer imagery. When and where updates occur, the previous imagery is replaced and is no longer visible. In the vast majority of cases the updated imagery is better and more up-to-date and is preferred. However, there may be exceptions. For example, the previous imagery may better align with your GIS layers, or may offer fewer clouds. Wayback will allow you to use the version of World Imagery that best suits your needs.

GIS for good: Helping find missing children faster
The MCSC rescu app uses location intelligence to help police and concerned citizens find missing children in Canada. The online app puts missing children on a map and helps determine where they may have travelled. Working across all jurisdictions in Canada, the app holds promise for improved collaboration and speedier communications. Find out more about the technology powering the app.

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: Transferring an ArcGIS Desktop Concurrent Use License
Are you trying to transfer your ArcGIS Desktop Concurrent Use license from one License Server Machine to another using the Online Authorization method? This video walks through these steps in ArcGIS License Server Administrator and ArcGIS Administrator.

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Update to ArcGIS Enterprise Product Lifecycle

Introducing the next generation of map making with Map Viewer Beta

ArcGIS Experience Builder Beta 2 Now Available

Updated classic story map transition timeline

What is ArcGIS Online EAC and Why Join?

What's new in ArcGIS StoryMaps (October 2019)

Upcoming Change to Operation Views in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8

Introducing New Debugging Tools in AppStudio

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS 2.14 Developer Edition now available

Prerelease for ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 Now Available

Updating your filter experience in Hub

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

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

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 (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.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.6.1 Ortho Mapping Patch
This patch fixes a failure caused by a missing default elevation value when performing a block adjustment with the Ortho Maker app.

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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Web Watch – White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

App of the Month: Calgary’s City-Owned Cemeteries
Cemeteries are special places that preserve and honour the memories of those who have gone before us. Some cemeteries are privately managed, while others are run by municipalities. In Calgary, the City operates five cemeteries and an indoor mausoleum. They manage a cemeteries database with more than 138,000 individual records on names, plot locations and burial dates. To enable efficient public access to this information, Calgary built the City-Owned Cemeteries app, November’s App of the Month.

Get the story behind the Esri Federal Story Maps Challenge winner
The challenge: Spend the day at Esri’s R&D Office in Arlington, Virginia. Create or enhance a story map for a federal agency using the new ArcGIS StoryMaps builder.
The real challenge: Finish and submit by 3 PM.

Set up an ArcGIS Developer Subscription and assign an ArcGIS Pro license
The ArcGIS for Developers Subscription gives you the tools to enhance your customization capabilities and really unlock the full potential of ArcGIS in your apps. This post is divided in two parts that will provide you with a clear step-by-step procedure to set up your annually paid ArcGIS for Developers Subscription and how to assign the included ArcGIS Pro license.

Recreating a classic story with ArcGIS StoryMaps
It’s been exciting to see the story maps community adopt ArcGIS StoryMaps, the second-generation storytelling tool that we released in July 2019. More stories are being created in ArcGIS StoryMaps these days than all the classic apps combined. But the question inevitably arises: Should I maintain my classic stories as is, or should I remake them in ArcGIS StoryMaps?

Wayback App Enhancements
If you don’t know about it by now, you might want to get familiar. Already the most effective way to access the ArcGIS Living Atlas Wayback archive, the Wayback app has been updated, making it even more effective and user friendly.

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 Online for Administrators
This course is designed to help Administrators of ArcGIS Online for Organizations optimize their use of the ArcGIS platform by exploring ArcGIS Online as a system to store, share and publish geographic information on the web. Participants will learn best practices for preparing and managing their organization's subscription account. The course will also cover fundamental topics in administering and securing ArcGIS Online.

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Upcoming Webinars

Making your community more resilient to climate change using ArcGIS (in French)
Nov. 27, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

Location, Location, Location: Leveraging ArcGIS Business Analyst for Location Analytics
Nov. 28, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

The Path to Crime Analysis
Dec. 3, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

ArcGIS Pro Fantasy Draft: Geoprocessing Tools
Dec. 5, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

ArcGIS QuickCapture: the app for rapid field data collection (in French)
Dec. 10, 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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