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Getting Technical - October 2019

What action is required for you to continue using SAML with ArcGIS Online? How do you use raster functions in ArcGIS Pro? What's new in CityEngine 2019.1? Why should you prepare now for when ArcGIS Online enforces HTTPS Only in March 2020? Find out these and more in October’s Getting Technical blog post. 


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.

Changing Hydrology: Calculating Impervious Surface Change
Learn how to use raster functions in ArcGIS Pro and definition queries to calculate the difference between two dates in a time enabled layer.

A New Widget That'll Have You Swiping Right
Swipe to view relationships between layers with the new Swipe widget, available in version 4.13 of ArcGIS API for JavaScript. The Swipe widget is a useful tool for comparing layers or seeing what is underneath a layer.

Prepare for the 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 with the March 2020 update of ArcGIS Online. 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 Organization. The ArcGIS Online setting of allowing access to the organization through HTTPS only is not linked to ArcGIS Hub at this time. Check here for details on how to set a Hub site to HTTPS.

FAQ:  How Do You Virtualize ArcGIS Pro?
Esri has partnered with Dell and NVIDIA to release the ArcGIS Pro Virtualization Appliance.  This off-the- shelf solution is a quick way to implement the resources needed for a successful ArcGIS Pro virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployment.  A rich, functional 3D graphics, heavy compute experience delivered from a virtualized environment is what this appliance is designed to do.  With the basic configuration, we can successfully deliver ArcGIS Pro VDIs.  The appliance is configured and designed to deliver to 25 users, based on the minimum system requirements, and workloads increase additional GPU profiles from NVIDIA can be needed which may impact this number.

Hot tip:  Sharing Print Tools from ArcGIS Pro
Interested in customizing your print services and publishing it to ArcGIS Enterprise? This post will give an overview of how to publish a custom print service from ArcGIS Pro, highlight new functionality starting at 10.6.1 and provide a few tips along the way. Get ready to create a custom print service like a pro!

Video:  How to Change the Projection in ArcGIS Online

The ArcGIS Online map viewer can display maps in projections other than the standard Web Mercator Auxiliary. You might be surprised to learn that you can do this in one easy step. This Esri Canada video will show you how to do this. Follow @EsriCanada on Twitter and check out more technical videos using the hashtag #HowtoArcGIS


How sunsetting Python 2 affects ArcGIS

Operations Dashboard: Upcoming Change to Operation Views in December 2019 Release

Introducing the Nearby Sample App

Easier administration with ArcGIS Hub Settings

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

ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Qt Embedded Linux Beta 2

CityEngine 2019.1 Release Highlights

What’s New in AppStudio Framework Version 4.0

What's new in Web AppBuilder (October 2019)

What's New in Survey123 for ArcGIS (October 2019)

What's New in Configurable Apps (October 2019)

What's new in ArcGIS Online (October 2019)

What’s new in ArcGIS Companion 2.4 (October 2019)

Welcome to the Content Library

ArcGIS Runtime Local Server SDK 100.6 now available!

Introducing Survey123 Feature Reports

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 7 (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 License Manager 2019.0 License Availability Display Patch
If you are using ArcGIS License Manager 2019.0, this patch resolves an issue where license availability counts display incorrectly. Installing this patch will correct the multiple license fulfillment counts in the Availability display of the License Server Administrator, ArcGIS Administrator or ArcGIS Pro.

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.

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: 3D Massing Model - Planning Information Hub
For October’s App of the Month, we look at Planning Information Hub, a story map created by City of Mississauga’s Planning and Building Department. We featured this app in a previous blog post when it was released a few years ago, highlighting the City’s effective use of the classic Esri Story Maps for organizing and sharing information and engaging their city planning community. Since then, the City has enhanced the app to include a 3D model of Mississauga.

Running Versatile GPU Workloads in ArcGIS Pro Virtualized Environments with NVIDIA Tesla T4
By now, Esri users have heard the message that a dedicated Graphics Processing Unit or “GPU” is essential to the successful delivery of ArcGIS Pro in virtual environments. A common question from our users is “which GPU do I choose for my workload?”. Well, that depends!  If ArcGIS Pro performed just one function such as rendering 3D maps, then it would be a simple calculation. ArcGIS Pro is capable of 2D, 3D and LiDAR visualization as well as utilizing complex geoprocessing tools that can be optimized by CUDA, a parallel GPU compute platform designed by the NVIDIA corporation. Selecting the correct GPU for the right workload is essential to the successful deployment of ArcGIS Pro in a virtualized environment.

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.

What's New in Navigator for ArcGIS (October 2019)
Navigator for ArcGIS, a turn-by-turn voice-guided navigation app that works with your GIS data (even while offline), has a brand-new update available for iOS and Android devices. Built to get your drivers where they need to go, Navigator now brings more of the location intelligence from ArcGIS to your fleet. This is the first major update of Navigator in over a year, and we think you’re going to love it.

One-Minute Map Hacks: 6-10
Wait wait wait. Before indulging in these potentially-insanely somewhat-useful little map tips, consider first tucking into the first five inordinately practical one-minute tips. Ok, ready?

Oh, also, if I mention a “link in the description” here and there, here is the YouTube channel with all ten (and counting) of these things, each with their own descriptions and resource links. Enjoy maybe!

Browse feature layer attachments using Attachment Viewer
Attachments are files or images that are included on feature layers. Attachments are typically photos captured using Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123, QuickCapture, and others, but photos and other documents can also be added using the Map Viewer and ArcGIS Pro. Attachments differ from links in that the documents are stored within the feature itself.

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.

Register your GIS Day event and get 5 ArcGIS for Personal Use licenses!
GIS Day is on November 13. Esri would like to support your local GIS community by extending five ArcGIS for Personal Use licenses to each GIS Day host who registers their event on the Esri website. It is up to each host how they would like to distribute these five licenses. Licenses must be redeemed by January 13, 2020.


Migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro
ArcGIS Pro helps GIS professionals complete their projects and share their results more quickly and easily than ever before. With its modern interface and integrated 2D and 3D capabilities, ArcGIS Pro will streamline the way you do your GIS work. This course introduces the essential ArcGIS Pro terminology you need to understand and prepares you to be productive right away. You will learn how to efficiently complete a variety of tasks related to mapping, editing, analyzing and sharing data, maps and other geospatial resources.

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Upcoming Webinars

Sharing your Data with ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise (in French)
Nov. 6, 2019, 1-2 pm ET

Location, Location, Location: Leveraging ArcGIS Business Analyst for Location Analytics
Nov. 28, 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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