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Getting Technical - July 2023

What's New in ArcGIS Earth Desktop? How to design and animate a globe in ArcGIS Pro with Living Atlas content? How to add ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World data from ArcGIS for Excel? How to aggregate your data with bins in Map Viewer?  Get answers to all these questions and more in this month’s edition of Getting Technical.


What's New in ArcGIS Earth Desktop 2.0 (July 2023)
Introduction to the new features, enhancements, and bug fixes addressed in ArcGIS Earth's 2.0 release.

Binning data in Map Viewer
Learn how to aggregate your data with bins in Map Viewer.

Updates to the Imagery Workflows website
Explore new content on the ArcGIS Imagery Workflows website, which provides a jumping off point for accomplishing imagery tasks using ArcGIS.

Introducing StoryScape — a new way to enjoy ArcGIS StoryMaps
Introducing StoryScape, a new monthly digital magazine featuring the best of the best of ArcGIS StoryMaps narratives.

Learn how you can prepare and share GIS open data for use in editing OpenStreetMap data, which is easily accessible to you in ArcGIS.

Understand the Environmental preferences infographic
Understand the new Environmental preferences infographic in the ArcGIS Business Analyst Web App infographic gallery.

Science, satellites, and storytelling: In conversation with Joshua Stevens
The StoryMaps team and Joshua Stevens discuss the state of science communication, storytelling, maps, and everything in between.

Using the Portfolio App to support your briefing workflows
This blog article will discuss the features of the Portfolio app that are important for situational awareness for briefings.

Offline Utility Networks in ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps: Part 2
Discover how offline tracing in the ArcGIS Native SDKs is unlocked by ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 for service-based utility networks.

Get started with administering an existing organization: A checklist
Taking over administration of an ArcGIS Online organization has never been easier! Use this checklist to get oriented.

How to design and animate a globe in ArcGIS Pro with Living Atlas content
Here is a walk-through for creating spinning globe animations in ArcGIS Pro, like the ones you may have seen in the UC plenary.

Enter the 2023 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition and support the global 30x30 conservation effort
Esri and IUCN are cohosting the 2023 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition. Learn about this year's theme—30x30—and get started on your story.

Applying an equity lens to your index
Explore our blog to apply an equity lens to your index. Learn how using disaggregate data in measuring tools promotes equitable outcomes.

Global Land Cover Updates
Learn about the latest improvements to the ArcGIS Living Atlas Sentinel-2 10m Land Use/Land Cover Time Series.

Maintain Measure Attributes
ArcGIS methods to maintain measure attributes on LRS routes along with samples and use cases.

Curating a great Atlas: steps to set your audience up for success
An Atlas app is a useful and effective collection of digital maps curated for use by your audience.

Improve site coordination in ArcGIS GeoBIM by applying unique symbols to Notes
Learn how to edit your project feature service to create unique symbology for ArcGIS GeoBIM maps and scenes.

Migrating Data: Tools to migrate a personal geodatabase to a file or mobile geodatabase
Part 3 - Learn how to access and use a set of sample tools to migrate a personal geodatabase to a file geodatabase or a mobile geodatabase.

ArcGIS Indoors Floor Plan Editor - BETA is live
The new Floor Plan Editor beta program is out, making it much easier to keep your floor plans accurate, complete and up to date.

Apple Indoor Positioning for ArcGIS Indoors
Enable Apple indoor positioning in ArcGIS Indoors mobile app for iOS by converting the Indoors model to IMDF.

Parks and Grounds Management Solution Released
New ArcGIS Solution helps you inventory assets, understand asset condition, and communicate changing asset conditions that impact services.

GeoSnaps: Check out this video that shows how to work with multidimensional raster data in ArcGIS Pro & ArcGIS Online

Hot Tip: Polish before you publish: 10 tips for tidying web maps
Before you share a web map, take a few minutes to confirm that it’s ready to share.

FAQ: Add ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World data from ArcGIS for Excel
Create a map in ArcGIS for Excel that combines your Excel spreadsheet with data from ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World.


High resolution data updates to Living Atlas World Elevation Layers and Tools (June 2023)

Introducing Metadata Editor Beta

What's new in quarter two for ArcGIS Hub

What's New in ArcGIS Urban (June 2023)

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

Service Packs, Patches & Product Support Updates

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. 

Portal for ArcGIS Security 2023 Update 1 Patch is now available
Esri has released the Portal for ArcGIS Security 2023 Update 1 Patch that resolves multiple security vulnerabilities.

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 3.1 Patch 2 (3.1.2) Announcement
The ArcGIS Pro 3.1 Patch 2 (3.1.2) is now available for download from My Esri.

ArcGIS Online Issues Addressed List – June 2023
This page contains a list of issues addressed in the June 2023 update to ArcGIS Online that were logged through Support Services.

ArcGIS Server 11.1 Map Service and Custom Data Feeds Patch
Esri announces the ArcGIS Server 11.1 Map Service and Custom Data Feeds Patch. This patch addresses an issue where international characters are not properly displayed in custom data feed feature service responses. Additionally, this patch resolves defects affecting the use of map services and feature services. Esri recommends this patch for all users of ArcGIS Server 11.1.

ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 Announcement
ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 Issues Addressed list: 111-IssuesAddressedList_04072023.pdf

Portal for ArcGIS Security 2023 Update 1 Patch
Esri® announces the Portal for ArcGIS Security 2023 Update 1 Patch. Esri recommends that all customers using ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0, 10.9.1, 10.8.1 and 10.7.1 apply this patch.

ArcGIS GeoEvent Server 10.9.1 Patch 4 (Windows | Linux)
ArcGIS GeoEvent Server 10.9.1 Patch 4 is a general maintenance patch that addresses several issues, including persistent session log-in prompts on the site tab, the inability to export data from the spatiotemporal data store to Amazon S3, data retention where clauses not being honored, a condition where multiple GeoTagger processors causes gateway failure, and several resource and logging adjustments to the WebSocket transport. Esri recommends that all customers using ArcGIS GeoEvent Server 10.9.1 apply this patch.

ArcGIS for INSPIRE 10.8.2 Patch 1
This ArcGIS for INSPIRE (Desktop, Server) extension general maintenance patch improves INSPIRE compliance for view and download services as well as improves the geodatabase template for various data themes. We recommend all ArcGIS for INSPIRE customers download and install this patch at your earliest convenience to ensure the highest quality experience.

ArcGIS for INSPIRE 10.8.1 Patch 3
This ArcGIS for INSPIRE (Desktop, Server) extension general maintenance patch improves INSPIRE compliance for view and download services as well as improves the geodatabase template for various data themes. We recommend all ArcGIS for INSPIRE customers download and install this patch at your earliest convenience to ensure the highest quality experience.

ArcGIS 10.9.1 Maritime Server extension Update 4
This is a general maintenance patch for ArcGIS Maritime Server extension. Please download and install this patch at your earliest convenience.

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Web Watch – Blogs, Podcasts and Useful Resources

Map of the Month: Average Annual Canadian Solar Resource
This map is part of a presentation of potential solar energy by direct normal irradiance in Canada. It is based on 564 individual WY3 files of hourly solar data from weather monitoring stations throughout Canada. The WY3 files were batch-converted and processed using Microsoft Excel macros and then merged and summarized using ArcGIS Pro. A raster surface was created using the spline tool in ArcGIS Spatial Analyst to fill in the space between weather stations and to give a general view of solar energy potential across Canada.

Average Annual Canadian Solar Resource Map

Community Map of Canada – Style of the Month: "Getting Prehistoric!” 
This month, the Community Map of Canada is going back to dinosaur times with this "Getting Prehistoric" custom basemap style created by dinosaur enthusiast and Alberta-lowlands-based Community Map Analyst Kyle Constance.

Given that the basemap is republished every 72 hours and syncs data daily from over 400 contributors, the basemap is far from extinct. In fact, the basemap's precision and accuracy make other basemaps look prehistoric!

This custom style is the only thing about the Community Map of Canada that is fossilized. Icons of different dinosaur species symbolize cities and highways, and claw prints symbolize trail lines. The background of the basemap resembles the red sands of Alberta's badlands, and the pink hues of roads represent the colour of minerals and sandstone rock found in Canada's most prominent dinosaur regions, Drumheller AB and the T. Rex Discovery Centre in Eastend SK.

You can explore the July Style of the Month and more in our style gallery!

The image shows a map of Canada at a national extent, with the land cover a sandy red-beige colour and the oceans a deep textured blue. The country label “Canada” is symbolized by a large T-rex dinosaur symbol while all major cities are symbolized with smaller raptor dinosaurs. The land masses of Greenland and the United States visible on the left and right of the image are symbolized with different species of dinosaurs.

Spatial Report Podcast Season 1 | Episode 2: Taking Care of Business
Buckle up for another fast-paced episode. Today we introduce you to ArcGIS Business Analyst, our location-based market intelligence tool, with Esri Canada’s own, Brandon Wheatley. Then, we will break down all the new improvements and enhancements in our field operations apps with our GeoGeek, Sue Enyedy.

Don’t miss an episode. Get a quarterly roundup of resources sent right to your inbox by visiting our Communication Preference Centre and selecting “Getting Technical” under Esri Canada Blog Digests.

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ArcGIS Pro: Essential Workflows
Extend your foundational GIS knowledge, get comfortable with the ArcGIS Pro application and explore some of the most common GIS workflows. This course introduces techniques and general best practices to map, manage, analyze and share data and other GIS resources. Hands-on exercises will give you the experience needed to efficiently work with ArcGIS Pro.

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Esri Canada Seminars & Webinars

Esri Canada Summer School: Intro to ArcGIS Pro 3.1
July 27,2023

Are you looking to better monitor your ArcGIS Enterprise deployment? Ready to revamp your ArcGIS Online administration workflows? Join us as we explore all things administration and monitoring for your ArcGIS organization! On the ArcGIS Online side of things, we will dive into the built-in reporting tools to help you better understand the day-to-day activity of your organization. Looking to ArcGIS Enterprise, we’ll explore common workflows using ArcGIS Monitor to help you administer and optimize your deployment. Additionally, we’ll discuss key considerations when constructing your backup, recovery and upgrade plans for ArcGIS Enterprise.

CAMA + GIS = Geographic Assisted Mass Appraisal (GAMA)
August 9, 2023

Learn how to supercharge your property assessments with Esri Canada's Assessment Analyst GAMA—the game-changing solution for fair, accurate, and efficient valuations. Discover how to easily integrate GIS technology and see how GAMA can transform the way you calculate property values. No more juggling multiple GIS environments—we’ll explore the potential of assessment analytics and reveal hidden insights through spatial analysis in one powerful application.  GAMA empowers you to streamline valuations effortlessly, ensuring precision and ease. Ready to elevate your assessment game? Join us for this webinar and discover the power of GAMA today!

Esri Canada Summer School: ArcGIS for Microsoft 365
August 16, 2023

Class is in session at the Esri Canada Summer School! Prepare to learn how ArcGIS for Microsoft 365 brings the spatial advantage to your business productivity solutions. We will show you how ArcGIS works with Microsoft apps to transform data into interactive maps that anyone in your organization can use and understand.

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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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