What's New in ArcGIS Online—March 2015

Smart Mapping

Smart mapping is a new approach to making maps that are both useful and visually stunning. We enhanced the map viewer and added new ways to symbolize your data, "smart" defaults, and data-driven workflows. Within the map viewer, smart mapping has been applied to how you change the style of your feature layers.

Smart mapping capabilities include:

  • A new gallery browser in the map viewer, so you can now quickly find the best ways to represent your data.
  • Automatic setting of the minimum and maximum zoom levels for your maps, based on your data.
  • Coordinated styling to harmonize the look of your map with the basemap you are using.
  • Live styling so you can see the changes you′re making instantly on-screen.


Additional Map Viewer Enhancements

  • Visualizing scientific data in imagery layers with vector fields has been enhanced. You can now display the magnitude and direction of variables as vectors using a new multidimensional filter and you can change the style of the symbology.
  • You can now get directions for a route that includes up to 50 stops.
  • A new points of interest symbol set is available and the A–Z symbol set now includes AA–AZ symbols.

ArcGIS Open Data

  • New community functionality is available at opendata.arcgis.com. Use the website to search across all the agencies and sites that have shared their authoritative data through ArcGIS Open Data. You can download the datasets you find and discover more from the authoritative organizations publishing their data.
  • An update later on in March will include support for image layers, reindexing individual datasets, and visualizing map data by attributes.

For more information, see ArcGIS Open Data Help.

Scene Viewer

The scene viewer is no longer in beta. You can now also add configurable Esri-featured web scenes to new scenes and modify and save copies to scenes you do not own. We also added the ability to create legends and adjusttransparency of layers in your scenes.

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS

We added support for the following:

  • Related records in pop-ups, attribute tables and query results.
  • Feature search based on search settings in a map.
  • Customizing a map's visible scales.
  • Using URL parameters to modify the app.

We also added New Analysis, Time Slider, and Swipe widgets. Layer List now displays table, raster, and image layers. For more information, see Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Help.

Configurable App Templates

The Esri Featured Content Gallery includes new configurable apps:

  • Story Map Series allows you to present a series of maps and other content either as tabs, via a side accordion control, or as numbered bullets. Images, videos, and other web content can also be included in your story. It has an interactive builder that makes it easy to create a Map Series story map. For more information, see the Story Map Series page on the Story Maps website.
  • Compare Analysis allows you to compare up to four maps. This is a good way to share your analysis with others.
  • Map Tools allows you to display a map with a specified set of commonly used tools and options.

The Early Adopter Templates group contains some of the newest web app templates from Esri. Two new early adopter templates have been added to the group:

  • Crowdsource Reporter is a responsive group app template that allows users to submit problems and observations. The app presents one or more maps for users to report a problem or observation. Users can submit new reports, review existing reports, and comment and vote on reports and observations submitted by other users.
  • Crowdsource Manager, a companion group template to Crowdsource Reporter, is a responsive group app template for desktop and tablet devices that allows users within an organization to review problems and observations submitted through the Reporter app. The app presents one or more maps for users to review a problem or observation. Users can look for patterns and clusters, review problem details, update status, and assign responsibility.

The following existing templates have been enhanced:

  • Edit has been redesigned for better support on devices. It can now be configured to include a basemap toggle widget that allows users to switch to an alternate basemap. It can also be configured to continuously track a user's location with the press of a button.
  • Elevation Profile can now be configured to use a custom elevation profile service.
  • The EditMap ToolsElevation ProfileFilterLegendSimple Map Viewer, and Basic Viewer templates have enhanced search experiences that allow users to search all currently available resources by default or choose a single resource. The resources could be geocoders configured in an organization's utility services or searchable layers within the map. These enhancements also make it easier to find locations by latitude and longitude by showing suggestions. For example, if you inadvertently leave out a negative sign (-), the results would include suggestions to correct the error.

Several templates have been retired.

Retired Templates Use these Templates
Story Map Text and Legend Story Map Series
Classic Viewer Map Tools
Compare Maps Compare Analysis
Compare Compare Analysis
Panels Legend


Configurable Password Policy

Organizations can now configure the password policy for members with ArcGIS accounts. Administrators define the password length, complexity, and history requirements that best meet the security strategies of the organization.

New Privilege for Data Curators

Custom roles includes a new privilege to edit with full control. The privilege allows data curators in your organization to add, delete, and update features in editable feature layers, regardless of the editing options enabled for the layer.

A new data curator role template is available that encompasses the basic privileges needed for preparing and processing data within your organization. It includes the new privilege to edit with full control. Use the template as it has been configured or further customize it by adding and removing the privileges that fit the needs of your organization.

Enhanced Usage Reports for Items

  • Item details now includes usage over a selected time period and is available to anyone who has access to the item.
  • For Administrators, additional details are available on the subscription status page about the items in their organization. They can access usage details for any item over a selected time period and access the item details from the usage reports. They can also see an ordered list of the tags used in all of the items returned in the current report; the most frequently viewed items in the organization over the past two weeks; the ten most viewed items in the organization since the day the organization was created; and a summary count of the total number of items in the organization.

Language and Region

We added a new language: Greek. Language determines the user interface as well as the way time, date, and numerical values appear. We also added a new region: Panama. Region sets the featured maps on the home page, content in the gallery, and the default extent of new maps in the map viewer.

Other Enhancements

Hosted Feature Layers

When exporting hosted feature layers to feature collections, you can now generalize features for web display.

ArcGIS Content

  • World Elevation now includes 30-meter data for several regions in North America, South America, and Western Europe. Updated elevation data has been added for Africa, and Netherlands has additional community elevation data.
  • New detailed demographic data has been added for Spain, Germany, and Australia that can be used for mapping and data enrichment.

For more details and latest information, see the ArcGIS Online blog.

Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS

You can now use the browser app to open publicly available operation views without signing in. For the latest information, see Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS Help.

Esri Maps for Salesforce

A new integration with Salesforce1 mobile app enables Salesforce users to find customers near their location, check in at a customer's site, post to chatter, and enrich Salesforce data with demographic information. The app supports the Salesforce1 platform.

  • ArcGIS mapping and analytics to Salesforce.com (web) and Salesforce1 (mobile) so organizations can gain location-based business insights that might otherwise go unseen.
  • The web integration helps Salesforce users create workflows to geocode any Salesforce objects, map and perform spatial analysis on Salesforce data, and share maps and data in ArcGIS. This supports Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Marketing Cloud.

Both the mobile and web integrations are included with your ArcGIS Online subscription. For more information, see Esri Maps for Salesforce Help.

Esri Maps for Office

The upcoming release of Esri Maps for Office will include the following enhancements:

  • A new, more visual workflow for adding data to help you understand what type of map you are going to create and how many credits it will consume before you create the map.
  • New floating maps that allow you to drag maps outside the Excel window and scroll through your Excel data while keeping maps visible.
  • Support for all the coordinate systems supported by ArcGIS API for JavaScript.
  • Support for linear feature services as custom location types.
  • Support for adding multiple maps and displaying them side by side to compare data from multiple worksheets.

For more information, see Esri Maps for Office Help.