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ArcGIS Online’s June update brought a range of new capabilities; new mapping options, a new look for the organisation page and new functions for managing hosted data.

Relationship styles

Using new Relationship styles you can explore and visualise two topics within a single map. These styles help you see if two attributes from your data might be related by using bivariate choropleth mapping. Relationship styles apply a combination of two distinct color ramps to the attribute data, letting you see where patterns converge (or not).


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Hosted feature layers

Performance continues to improve, enabling you to display large amounts of data at once.  When visualising large numbers of features in a map, the size of the data delivered to your browser has been reduced, meaning they display much faster. Coupled with previous improvements, this allows you add, visualise, and query large amounts of data quickly.


Ground Transparency

Visualise and explore both global and local scenes underground. The new ground transparency slider allows you to see through the ground surface and reveal underground features such as seismic measurements, or utilities infrastructure. You can also navigate underground in global scenes to better visualise and interact with the subsurface data. Furthermore, you can set a ground colour when you configure ground and expose the colour in your scene with the Basemap tool.


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Edge rendering

Use edge rendering to create visually appealing scenes. You can choose solid edges to accentuate building outlines, or sketch edges to provide a more hand-drawn artistic look. The size and color of building edges can also be customized to create more visual interest.


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Learn paths

Learn paths are curated collections of hands-on resources for you to experience what’s possible. Learn paths cover a variety of key capabilities and workflows. Each path has a collection of lessons and exercises intended for sequential viewing, or you can brush up on any topic by viewing them individually. Topics include getting started, mapping and visualisation, sharing and collaboration, data analysis, and more. It’s the easiest way to ramp up on your ArcGIS Online skills and knowledge.


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Go back in time with World Imagery (Wayback), a digital archive of the World Imagery basemap that enables you to access archived imagery. Select any vintage you like from over 80 versions of World Imagery captured over the past 5 years, and create layers and basemaps for your use. Wayback can be used for general comparison, to obtain better alignment with existing GIS layers, or omit clouds or other undesirable image characteristics



Custom Vector Titles

An inherent feature of vector basemaps, and also vector tile layers in general, is that their styles can be customized. Want to be creative or have a unique look and feel? You can change colors, adjust labels, turn layers on or off, and much more. Vector tiles provide the ability to create your own cartographic style without having to host or maintain the underlying data.


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Firefly Cartography

World Imagery (Firefly) is no longer in beta, and is ready for you to light up your maps using Firefly Cartography. Firefly provides a muted colour rendition of the imagery basemap, with colour saturation increasing as you zoom in.  You get the texture, drama, and interest of imagery, without competing with other layers. Firefly is perfectly paired with Firefly Symbols, which are among the default symbols available in Map Viewer.


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Configurable apps

Configurable apps use templates that you can configure easily, without any coding. They help you publish apps quickly for a variety of users and workflows. Configurable apps are the fastest and easiest way to go from a map to a shareable app. You’ll be a hero in minutes! There are lots of configurable apps to choose from depending on the needs of you and your audience, what you need the app to do, and how you need it to look.


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Embedded Story Maps

Story Maps embedded in websites now display a toolbar that allows viewers to easily share the story with others, or open it in full-screen mode without leaving the current page. Story Map Shortlist now supports autoplay, and is no longer in beta. Story Map Series and Story Map Cascade have new features that improve accessibility. Story Map Crowdsource has been moved to mature support (meaning it’s no longer actively developed).


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Operations Dashboard

With this update, Dashboard authors now have more control over many dashboard-level settings. Dashboard interactivity has been improved through the introduction of two new actions: follow feature, and show pop-up window. The value axis on serial charts now has a logarithmic scale option to handle data that grows exponentially. And last, but not least, you can now view dashboards on your smartphone. 


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Organisation page

Esri work hard to improve the user experience in ArcGIS Online and the new look for the organisation page is the latest result. The re-design features a tabbed interface with tabs for: 

  • Overview
  • Members
  • Licences,
  • and Settings

New way to access your Organisation

The ArcGIS Companion moblie application has just launched. This new app, for iOS and Android, allows you to access your ArcGIS Online Organisation anytime and anywhere. You can explore content, view groups, edit your profile and more.

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