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Getting Technical - October 2023

What are some tips and tricks for managing locks in a temporary file geodatabase with automated workflows? How to create a hosted feature layer view in ArcGIS Online? What are the best platforms for deep learning across the ArcGIS ecosystem? How to enable spatial collaboration with ArcGIS for Teams? How can ArcGIS support nature-related assessments to run more sustainable organizations? What's New in ArcGIS API for Python 2.2.0? Get answers to all these questions and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical. 


Best of Deep Learning in ArcGIS
Follow this guide for a compilation of the best platforms for deep learning across the ArcGIS ecosystem.

Tips and Tricks for Using Python Notebooks in ArcGIS Pro
Learn more about the benefits of using Python notebooks in ArcGIS Pro to document your geospatial workflows.

Unlock your map-making potential with the latest updates to ArcGIS Pro 3.1
With the updates to ArcGIS Pro 3.1, we have more control over layouts than ever before. 

Rapid App Creation for Beginners: 8 Tips from Michel Pagé
Starting out as a total beginner and eight months later having created more than 11 apps, Michel Pagé from Amos, Québec, shares 8 tips he wishes he’d known at the start of his Community Map of Canada and app development journey.

ArcGIS World Geocoding service - September Highlights
Learn about new bug fixes, quality improvements, data updates, new features, and enhanced user experience with ArcGIS World Geocoding Service!

Manage street signs with Field Maps
Use ArcGIS Field Maps and ArcGIS Solutions to get started with a street sign management project.

Calcite Design System October 2023 Update
Explore some of the latest updates to Calcite Design System, including new components and improvements to help you build a user-friendly UI/UX.

Historical Topo Map Explorer (beta)
The USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer is getting an update. Here's an introduction to the beta release.

Enabling Spatial Collaboration with ArcGIS for Teams
ArcGIS for Teams working to support the collaboration needs of any security organization worldwide.

ArcGIS Utility Network: Out-of-the-Box
Learn how the ArcGIS Utility Network is ready to use without spending a significant amount of time configuring or customizing.

Old School: Adapting Esri Basemaps for Printed Products
Esri Basemaps can be used to support printed products, but there, but adjustments may be needed.

Add another dimension to your stories with heading links
Learn about the ability to link directly to sections of a story in ArcGIS StoryMaps.

The Power of Partnered Collaboration in ArcGIS Online
In a partnered collaboration, two ArcGIS Online organizations use groups and member management tools to collaboratively add and edit content.

Working with Esri Vector Basemaps in ArcGIS Pro
Esri Vector Basemaps are available for use in ArcGIS Pro, and that opens up some possibilities for you. (Updated from 2018)

Map and assess accessible crosswalks using ArcGIS for Excel
Use ArcGIS for Excel to visualize accessibility points around Green Man signals.

A Fresh Look for Wayback
Celebrating five years of the World Imagery Wayback app with a fresh new look.

Link charts in ArcGIS AllSource Part 2: Link analysis tools
Learn about the link analysis tools available to you in ArcGIS AllSource.

Introducing the Briefings Tablet App: Access Your ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings Anytime, Anywhere!
ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings can be discovered, viewed, and taken offline with the briefings tablet app now in beta for iOS and Android.

Rising to the challenge: Using GIS to communicate coastal resilience
The StoryMaps team and George McLeod discuss his use of GIS to plan for and communicate the effects of sea level rise and tidal flooding.

ArcGIS for Nature-Related Assessments
Learn more about how ArcGIS can support nature-related assessments to run more sustainable organizations.

Locked by another application using ArcPy and a File geodatabase
Data management tips and tricks for managing locks in a temporary file geodatabase with automated workflows.

GeoSnaps: Check out this video that shows how to create a hosted feature layer view in ArcGIS Online

FAQ: What's New in ArcGIS API for Python 2.2.0 (September 2023)
Check out this What's New blog to review the latest updates for ArcGIS API for Python version 2.2.0.


Join us for the JavaScript Maps SDK v4.28 Livestream on November 2 @12pm EST!

What's new and soon to be: ArcGIS Hub quarter 3

ArcGIS Workflow Manager: understanding the services-driven architecture and best practices for transitioning

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

Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

Deprecation of ArcGIS Workflow Manager (Classic)
The final release of ArcGIS Workflow Manager (Classic) is scheduled for Q4 2024, at the release of ArcGIS Pro 3.4/ArcGIS Enterprise 11.4.

Demographic Layers Retiring | 2023
In the last months of 2023, several Esri Demographic map services and layers for Canada and the USA will be retired.

New Technical Support Experience Now Live
The new Technical Support experience provides answers about ArcGIS products quickly. Explore it for yourself!

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.

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Web Watch - Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: Wenco Wifi Signal Strength—Option 4
Maintaining a stable wireless connection between dispatch and haul trucks is critical for monitoring performance and maximizing both operator and fuel efficiency. A visibility analysis was conducted in ArcGIS Pro to identify potential dead zones in wifi coverage. Adding in the 3D distance to the towers showed areas that did have coverage but had weak signals due to the distance to the nearest visible tower. Several options for improved configurations were tested using this approach and this map represents the optimal tower configuration. Locations were selected to maximize visibility and signal strength along major haul roads and to maintain reliable coverage, with redundancy, in critical areas of the mine.

Wenco Wifi Signal Strength—Option 4 Map

Community Map of Canada - Style of the Month: "Fall is Here"
You'll "fall in love" with the cozy colours and leafy symbology of this custom basemap style! Created by Community Map of Canada GIS Analyst Claudia Zhou using the ArcGIS Vector Tile Style Editor, this basemap style makes use makes use of colourful leaf symbology for highways, cities and different countries. The custom colour palette used in the basemap mimics the vibrant colours of the Canadian landscape at this time of year - oranges, yellows, reds and greens. Check out the Style of the Month Gallery to see the Community Map of Canada applied to all four seasons and other seasons of design!

A map showing the national extent of Canada. The oceans and water bodies are turquoise; the land masses are beige with a faint leaf outline pattern; and capital cities and country centroids are symbolized by autumn leaf icons.












Spatial Report Podcast Season 1 | Episode 7: Census and Sensibility
We come to our census as we talk data updates with Environics Analytics then we learn how to improve collaboration with ArcGIS Enterprise extensions.

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

Imagery in ArcGIS: Exploring Products and Possibilities
November 2, 2023
This webinar will better orient you to the possibilities associated with using imagery in the ArcGIS system and show you how to begin using these products through multiple workflow demonstrations.

Building Your Community Engagement Toolbox with ArcGIS Hub
November 23, 2023
Looking for a platform to help promote active community engagement? Need a collaboration space to share projects and connect with your team? Join us as we explore ArcGIS Hub and how it can be a key tool for your community engagement work!

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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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