Map Viewer Improvements

New functionality for creating and viewing web maps includes:

  • The ability to make a copy of a layer in your map and configure different properties on the copied layer such as pop-up windows and symbols, and save the layer as a new item. You’ll also be able to save layers imported into your map such as CSV files and map notes.
  • Administrators can configure the default map units for the scale bar, measure tool, directions, and analysis. ArcGIS Online members can set the units they see through their own profile page.
  • More options to change symbols such as rotating point symbols, normalization of your data, the width of lines, and the ability to use size to display a graduated point symbol over a polygon.
  • Time-enabled layers include an option to disable the time animation so the time slider does not appear on the map.
  • Map authors can choose whether or not to allow others to save a copy of their map.
  • A simplified map viewer opens if a user is not signed in. This makes it easier to explore maps for casual, anonymous users. The simplified viewer includes tools to show tables, edit features, change symbols, share, view data through time, and so on. On the public site, authoring capabilities such as adding layers and configuring pop-up windows can be enabled by clicking Modify Map next to the Sign In button. There is no option to save the map unless you are signed in. The Modify Map option does not appear in the map viewer if a map author has enabled save as protection on the map. For organizations that allow anonymous access, a simplified map viewer opens but there is not option to modify the map (users must sign in to see all the tools).

Web App Templates

  • You can create configurable map apps and group gallery apps from Esri-featured template details pages featured in the Gallery.
  • Template code can be downloaded from GitHub so you can use it to create customized apps that are hosted on your own server.
  • The Basic Viewer, Social Media, Legend, and Panels Geocoder templates now show a list of suggestions as you type in your search term.
  • The GPX template has been retired from the Esri default map viewer template gallery. You can still use retired templates to create and publish apps by sharing them (and any other Esri template) to your custom template gallery.

ArcGIS Ready-to-Use Map Layers and Tools

  • Updated basemaps for India, using data from MapMyIndia.
  • Updated imagery, including recent 30 meter Landsat 8 imagery for the world.
  • 20 more countries have been added to the Demographic & Lifestyle maps group, bringing the total to over 120 countries.

ArcGIS Online Account Administration

To help administer and manage your ArcGIS Online subscription we have added:

  • The ability to use your own custom geocoding services to find places and addresses. Custom geocoders can be useful for batch geocoding or geocoding your own data.
  • A setting for the default basemap in the map viewer to open at a default extent set by the organization.
  • A setting to add Esri basemaps and templates to configure groups so you can automatically include the Esri default basemaps and Esri default templates.
  • A custom contact link in the footer of your ArcGIS Online website.
  • Under My Organization, administrators can now see the date when members last logged in. Administrators also have a new tool for resending and removing invitations, and disabling member log-ins.


ArcGIS Ready-to-Use Map Layers and Tools


  • Using the Enrich Layers tool you can now select a group of data variables (data packs) or individual variables from each group.
  • You can map the results from the Summarize Data tool using the new proportional symbols and get better visual clues for understanding your organization’s data.
  • You can use the Extract Data tool to export a CSV file of feature attributes from area and line layers.
  • We’ve added a new tool, Find Existing Locations, which allows you to query both spatial and non-spatial attributes in your data.
  • You'll now see the consumption of service credits ahead of time for Enrich Layers and Create Drive-Time Areas.


ArcGIS Ready-to-Use Map Layers and Tools

Network Analysis

  • Multi-Vehicle Route service credits usage has been reduced by 50%.
  • Content has been updated and enhanced for India and Thailand. Live traffic is now available for visualization and analysis in Argentina.
  • The Location-Allocation service is in beta. Developers can include this service in their applications and ArcGIS for Desktop users will see it as one of the ready-to-use services. 
  • There is an option to use live traffic in the Directions tool, including Drive Time Areas, Finding Nearest, and Summarize Nearby.

Other Enhancements

  • CityEngine Web Viewer has several enhancements. Search has been improved to deliver search results faster and search results are now highlighted in 3D view. We also added new search tokens for attribute filtering; a new screenshot tool; and a new dedicated comments pane with filter for author and non-author comments. The share dialog has been improved. Experimental support for Internet Explorer 11 has been added.
  • The gallery has been redesigned so that organizations will see an Esri featured content section as well as their own featured content section. In addition, members will now see items they've designated as a favorite in their My Favorites section. The gallery also includes better tools for sorting and filtering items.
  • You can add items to your favorites that you find in search results or the gallery or that you've added to your content. You can view your favorites in a new My Favorites section of the gallery and search your favorites to add layers to your map. In addition, when adding layers to your map, you can search for layers from your favorites.
  • Help has been reorganized to better highlight the main workflows of ArcGIS Online. This is part of an ongoing effort to improve the usability and attractiveness of the site.
  • You can change the URL of an ArcGIS for Server service layer you've moved to a different server by editing its details.
  • When you add a CSV file to ArcGIS Online and share it with everybody (public), the details page now displays the URL. You can then use the URL to reference the CSV file as a layer in web apps, pop-up windows, and so on.
  • Greece and South Africa are new regions.
  • Item details now include an option to protect against deleting the item.
  • You can now store items with the same title in the same folder.


ArcGIS Ready-to-Use Map Layers and Tools

ArcGIS Explorer Online Retirement

As of December 10, 2013, ArcGIS Explorer Online has been moved to retired status. This means you will no longer be able to open maps in ArcGIS Explorer directly from items within ArcGIS Online. Items that are associated with ArcGIS Explorer will open in the ArcGIS Online map viewer instead. Until March 2014, you will still be able to open maps in ArcGIS Explorer Online by going directly to